What do Kevin Spacey, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump have in common? They all have ties to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who took his friends for rides on his private jet, which tabloids dubbed the “Lolita Express.”
Jeffrey Epstein is a powerful hedge fund mogul who has received light penalties for as many as 100 allegations of sexual assault and rape and has settled dozens of lawsuits from underage girls. The Daily Beast summarized:
“According to law-enforcement officials and alleged victims, between the years 1998 and 2007—and possibly even earlier—he ran a particularly vile pyramid scheme that involved paying minors around $200 at a time to perform sexual massages nearly every day and then recruit even younger girls to do the same. (‘The more you do, the more you are paid,’ one said)… During these massages, girls as young as 13 told police they were instructed to get undressed. Epstein would masturbate or penetrate them, they said — with his finger, or a vibrator, or his allegedly egg-shaped penis.”
Epstein is also known for shuttling around a “who’s who” list of famous friends.
According to flight records, those friends included Kevin Spacey and Bill Clinton. Spacey reportedly flew with Bill Clinton and Chris Tucker to Africa in 2002 as part of a “charitable endeavor,” as the Independent put it. Clinton, however, was implicated in multiple rides, often to the U.S. Virgin Islands, a location that was implicated in some of the allegations against Epstein. The Independent noted:
“[Clinton] flew on multiple occasions in the same plane to Epstein’s private Caribbean island, Little St James, between 2002 and 2005 as he developed his philanthropic post-presidential career. It would later be alleged in court that Epstein organised orgies on that same private island in the US Virgin Islands.”
Epstein also has ties to Donald Trump, who was implicated in two instances of sexual assault allegations involving Epstein. Though those cases were dropped, Trump was also listed as a witness in one civil case against Epstein. Epstein’s brother, Mark, testified in 2009 Trump had flown on Epstein’s jet at least once.
Trump previously said the following of Epstein, according to New York Magazine:
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.“
Interestingly, Trump did not call out Bill Clinton’s ties to Epstein during the 2016 campaign, even as he criticized Hillary’s husband for sexual harassment claims against him.
This week, Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing a 14-year-old when Spacey was 26. In his apology, which has received widespread criticism, Spacey said he didn’t remember the incident but took the opportunity to come out as gay.
Though Spacey’s ties to verified pedophile Epstein clearly don’t prove guilt of harassment or wrongdoing, what is clear is that the wealthiest, most powerful people often congregate behind closed doors — regardless of perceived political differences — and often evade accountability for their actions, whether their misdeeds are political, sexual, or both.
Now that the floodgates have been opened with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, it seems unlikely they will close anytime soon.