Jeffrey Epstein’s Art World Connections

Jeffrey Epstein and Leon Black

By Son of Bangkok

Yesterday, the New York Post reported that financier Leon Black, who was last year named chairman at the Museum of Modern Art, retained Epstein as the sole non-family director of his family charity for more than a decade.

Tax records indicate that Epstein stayed with the Black Family Foundation through the end of 2012, four years after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to two charges of soliciting prostitution — one involving a minor — which resulted in a sweetheart deal of only 18-months with 13 months served.

An unnamed source told the newspaper that Epstein’s personal relationship with Black has continued through the years. In 2015, the disgraced billionaire was spotted at a lavish pool party thrown at Black’s Hamptons estate. Black — who amassed his $7 billion fortune after co-founding the buyout firm Apollo Global Management — has not yet responded to press inquiries for comment.

Federal prosecutors intercepted Epstein on Saturday at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey after investigators discovered a cache of lewd photographs of girls kept within a safe stored at the billionaire’s 45,000-square-foot mansion located on Museum Mile.

Hours after his arrest, several other women contacted the bureau with complaints against the former convict.

One of the latest accusations comes from Maria Farmer, who filed an affidavit in April claiming that Epstein leveraged her dreams of becoming an artist against her when she was a 25-year-old student at the New York Academy of Art. The billionaire allegedly assaulted her and her younger sister, who was only 15 years old at the time.

Maria Farmer swears that Jeffrey Epstein assaulted her.

“Epstein said that if I sold him one of my paintings for half price he would help me with my career,” Farmer wrote about their encounter at her art opening in 1995, according to the affidavit. She agreed and sold him an artwork for $6,000.

A year later, Farmer was recruited to help Epstein “with acquiring art.” The job included both buying art and monitoring who came into his home. During this time, she claims to have seen numerous young girls come through the house, some still in uniforms. She also claims that attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz was there and would sometimes go upstairs where the girls were led.

The account appears within Virginia Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz, who has been accused of participating in Epstein’s trafficking operation. (Dershowitz has also served as Epstein’s lawyer over the years.) Giuffre claims that when she was a 16-year-old locker-room attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell recruited her to work as a masseuse for Epstein.

Her lawsuit claims that Epstein later “lent” her out for sex to his friends, including Dershowitz.

The summer after Farmer began working for Epstein, he arranged for her to work on an art project at the Ohio mansion of his friend Leslie Wexner — the billionaire businessman and Victoria’s Secret founder – who gave Epstein his New York mansion. It was there that she claims she was sexually assaulted by Epstein and his girlfriend Maxwell.

“I fled from the room and called the sheriff’s office but did not get any response,” Farmer writes in the affidavit. “The Wexner’s security staff refused to let me leave the property. I pleaded with them and my father drove up from Kentucky to Ohio to help me. I was held against my will for approximately 12 hours until I was ultimately allowed to leave with my father.”

She filed a report with the FBI upon returning to New York but says she doesn’t know if any action was taken.

That summer, Epstein allegedly flew Farmer’s younger sister to visit him at his New Mexico ranch where he “directed her to take off all of her clothes and get on a massage table,” whereupon he and Maxwell molested her, according to the affidavit. “It was not until later in the summer … that I learned what had happened to her,” Farmer wrote.

The artist couldn’t escape the billionaire and British socialite, even upon returning to New York.

“Maxwell and Epstein contacted my art clients and individuals in the art community in an effort to ruin my art career,” she wrote. They “were successful and I was shut out of all art-related opportunities.” She also said that she’s had to move several times in order to hide from Epstein, who worked to ensure her art career was “ruined.”

In an interview with Democracy Now, the journalist Vicky Ward said that she first learned of Farmer’s allegations while reporting on Epstein for Vanity Fair in 2003.

Unfortunately, the magazine’s editor, Graydon Carter, cut that section from her piece after taking a meeting with the billionaire. Ward also verified Farmer and her sister’s account with several witnesses, including the artist Eric Fischl, who had been a postgraduate instructor for Farmer at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Last year, Epstein was the subject of a Miami Herald report on how Alexander Acosta (then a US attorney in Miami and now President Trump’s Secretary of Labor) offered the billionaire the plea deal of a lifetime despite ample evidence and a 53-page federal indictment. Victims in the case were not notified of the deal, which also ended an FBI probe into the allegations.

In January of last year, Acosta tried to slash the budget of a government anti-trafficking program by almost 80 percent.

“I have struggled throughout my life as a direct result of Epstein and Maxwell’s actions,” Farmer wrote in the affidavit, “and my hope is that they will be held accountable for their crimes.”

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4 years ago

If even one of these allegations is true, Epstein is an utter sleaze bag who deserves to go back to prison for a good long time. That said, I’m wary of these guilt by association stories blossoming in the press, like the one about Leon Black. An alarming number of names have been “linked” in this manner to Epstein, even an astrophysicist and a Harvard psychology professor.

Remember this is how Senator Joe McCarthy operated. People who went to a party once where there was one “known Communist” were exposed as being “linked” to Communists. So let’s just remember that not everyone who had his picture taken in the company of Jeffrey Epstein was having wild orgies with underage girls.

4 years ago
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i beg to differ once it was established that jeffrey epstein was a scumbag pervert CHILD RAPIST anyone having their picture taken with him thereafter is fully culpable {and hey if i knew about it THEY KNEW ABOUT IT} and beyond pictures doing business and say inviting his whore female finders to their daughters weddings for example…..

shine a light on it they love their pedophilia so much LET THEM FUCKIN OWN THEIR BEHAVIOR ….

i cant imagine anyone was hanging with this asswipe for his wit and good looks

4 years ago

“Snyder: Epstein Case Has The Potential To Be The Biggest Scandal In American History”

“Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s horrific crimes have been well known for a very long time, and I have been writing about them for many years. In fact, there were some people that really, really didn’t like it when I wrote about Bill Clinton’s connections to Jeffrey Epstein and “the Lolita Express” during the 2016 presidential election. Flight records show that Bill Clinton took 26 trips on board Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous private plane, and Clinton also spent an enormous amount of time on Epstein’s secluded private “sex island” where underage girls were routinely abused. Of course Jeffrey Epstein had lots of other very famous friends as well, and it has been documented that his “black book” was absolutely filled with marquee names from Hollywood, Wall Street and Washington.”

And it is also extremely interesting to note that James Comey’s daughter is one of the prosecutors on this case…

Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey, is reportedly a prosecutor in the new criminal case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This details comes out of a new CNN report. The source is described as a person “with knowledge of the case.”

4 years ago

A story in today’s New York Times reveals that Epstein’s fortune might derive in part from his relationship with a convicted Ponzi Artist named Stephen Hoffenberg.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Fortune May Be More Illusion Than Fact

“there is little evidence that Mr. Epstein is a billionaire.”

“Mr. Epstein’s wealth may have depended less on his math acumen than his connections to two men — Steven J. Hoffenberg, a onetime owner of The New York Post and a notorious fraudster later convicted of running a $460 million Ponzi scheme, and Leslie H. Wexner, the billionaire founder of retail chains including The Limited and the chief executive of the company that owns Victoria’s Secret.”

The Archetypal American character is an amalgam of the Wizard of Oz, Charles Ponzi, Bernie Madoff, Elmer Gantry, P. T. Barnum, Keith Raniere, Jeffrey Epstein and Jay Gatsby.
No wonder the Music Man’s Professor Harold Hill was so popular.
And this fact explains the type of political characters who get elected in America.

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