There Are Some Big Discrepancies in the Epstein-Related Lawsuits
As the lawsuits pile up, the mysteries are mounting…
From Netflix’s “Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich.”
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I talked last night to Jessica Reed Krauss of House Inhabit (you can find our interview on her Substack) about what the firing of Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George might mean, coming as it did just days after she filed a lawsuit against J.P. Morgan.
In her complaint, George had accused the bank of enabling Epstein’s criminal sexual crimes, saying they banked him out of self-interest, not wanting to lose him or an assortment of high-net-worth individuals he was connected to—individuals whose names were blacked out in the suit. The bank denies these allegations.
As I talked to Jessica, I realized that’s what’s almost as odd as the sudden removal of George as Attorney General is the fact that the names—or some of them, at least—are not blacked out in a separate lawsuit filed against J.P. Morgan just weeks earlier also in the Southern District of New York on behalf of two unnamed Epstein victims. (The victims claim J.P. Morgan enabled Epstein and his friends to abuse them.)
The women’s suit names at least one high-net-worth individual who they claim J.P. Morgan feared would leave the bank if Epstein left: the billionaire Les Wexner. The suit also names Glenn Dubin as a wealthy hedge-fund owner who Epstein introduced to then-head of private banking Jes Staley, resulting in a profitable transaction for J.P. Morgan.
The women’s complaint also gets into detail about the role it claims was played by J.P. Morgan’s Staley and later Mary Erdoes, Staley’s successor as CEO of private banking. The suit claims that Staley protected Epstein from the bank’s naysayers and that, in 2008, Erdoes made the case to the board that Epstein was too valuable a client to be let go.
And it’s all there in plain sight. So why, in the USVI complaint, are most of the sections about Staley and other J.P. Morgan executives as well as the names of high-net-worth clients introduced by Epstein blacked out?
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