Did Epstein Have Collateral on Wexner?

Les Wexner & Jeffrey Epstein
Frank Report correspondent Dianne Lipson is covering the Jeffrey Epstein case and attended his hearing this week. She has some excellent observations on who might be America’s most hated person.
By Dianne Lipson
Despite having been injured in jail, Jeffrey Epstein looked alert and focused as he was brought into the courtroom on Wednesday.
Seeing him, I was reminded that, purely on physical characteristics, with striking features and almost a full head of hair, Epstein is a good-looking man.
There were none of the obvious creep factors that you got with Keith Raniere.
Epstein, wearing dark blue prison garb, sat with his hands folded and resting on his chin, as if hiding his neck. However, even before he sat down, I could see no sign of his recent injury.
He had a whispered conversation with one of his lawyers before the hearing got underway.
The government proposed an October 31 deadline for discovery, with the possible exception that the viewing of materials in devices from Epstein’s New York residence may take longer. The government proposed a trial date of June of next year, with an anticipated 4-6 week trial, going through July.
The defense countered with a proposed September trial date. They have not yet received discovery, which they said would comprise over one million pages of material.
With the media attention, the constitutional issues regarding the non-prosecution agreement, the double jeopardy issues, and the overlap of charges, the defense feels they need more time to prepare for a 4-6 week trial. They need 13 months to prepare a case of this magnitude.
The government felt that there was public interest in bringing the case to trial as early as possible. The defense countered that this was not an ordinary 1591 (sex trafficking) case and they would need 13 months.
Judge Richard Berman is scheduling October 28th, 10 am for oral arguments. There will then be a clearer picture of where things stand. He is tentatively reserving a block of time starting June 8th, 2020.
It looks like Epstein will have to spend around the same amount time in pre-trial incarceration as Raniere did, in a jail that is reputed to be just as bad as where Raniere is held.  But this time it’s the defense lawyers, not the government, who are asking for more time.
Attorney Gloria Allred spoke outside the courthouse after the hearing. She said it is not too late for other victims to come forward, and urged them to do so. Some of the clients she is representing came forward before Epstein’s arrest, and some after. None of her clients were involved in the Florida case. She was asked if there were any incidents of misconduct subsequent to the ones Epstein is charged with, but Allred said she could not disclose any information about time frames.
Once there is a firm trial date, I suspect bookies will set up betting pools on how long Epstein will live before the start of the trial.
Similar to a football pool, instead of a point spread, blocks of dates could be set out. I know this is sick and wrong, but it is human nature.

Jeffrey Epstein and Lex Wexner: Collateral or Brainwashing?

According to this New York Times article here, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/business/jeffrey-epstein-wexner-victorias-secret.html, Jeffrey Epstein had a strange hold over Victoria’s Secret owner Les Wexner.
It seemed to rival the kind of hold Keith Raniere had over his followers.
Was it because of blackmail material, as with DOS, or was it because of undue influence, reminiscent of Raniere’s relationship with the Bronfman sisters?
The Times article states, “Mr. Wexner’s friends and colleagues were mystified as to why a renowned businessman in the prime of his career would place such trust in an outsider with a thin résumé and scant financial experience.”
Raniere had a similar lack of credentials.
Epstein became more than merely Wexner’s money manager. According to the Times article, “in July 1991. Mr. Wexner signed a  three-page legal document, known as a power of attorney, that enabled Mr. Epstein to hire people, sign checks, buy and sell properties and borrow money — all on Mr. Wexner’s behalf.”
This is the kind of control an incapacitated family member gives to their spouse or child, Wexner gave to Epstein.
In true NXIVM style, Epstein’s Columbus, Ohio estate was within a short walk of Wexner’s home.
Wexner seemed willing to cut off friends, and even alienate a family member, in favor of Epstein.
Wexner quit talking to friend and business associate Jim Duberstein when Duberstein had a disagreement with Epstein.
Wexner’s own mother was not immune from Epstein’s reach. Amid a dispute regarding a family foundation, “The foundation, with Mr. Epstein as a trustee, ended up suing Mr. Wexner’s mother, Bella, who had been temporarily replaced as a trustee while she was ill. Ms. Wexner died in 2001.”
Epstein was charged in Florida in 2006.
Wexner reportedly cut ties with him 18 months later.
Did Wexner walk away, or did he take his chance to escape?
Did Epstein have collateral over Wexner, of a sexual nature?
Or was it a case of a slick, amoral con artist who was able to read and manipulate the older, successful businessman?
Whichever it was, Epstein had the sort of influence over Wexner that cult leaders exercise over their followers.

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  • Wexner was a member of the “mega-group”–a group of wealthy Jewish-American businessmen who strongly supported Israeli causes and lobbied American politicians to do the same. In fact, there are some that suspect the mega-group had influence over President Clinton through sexual blackmail regarding the Lewinsky scandal.

    These kinds of “conspiracy theories” back in the day (1990’s) were derided as crazy. Certainly, they seemed as such back then. However, with the current Epstein scandal and Wexner’s intimate involvement with Epstein, one starts to look back at those theories and ask if the folks making the allegations then weren’t onto something. Think about it: Wexner is this fella who supports everything Israel. He gives this other fella–Epstein–access to his wealth for completely unknown reasons. And Epstein: All he is doing is (per victim statements) compiling sexual blackmail material on the rich folks and politically connected folks. It su-e seems like the two were working together toward some kind of end. Both are Jewish-Americans with a very strong interest in supporting Israeli causes. Were they forcing others–through blackmail–to support those same causes too?

    These are very legitimate questions to ask, and Wexner wasn’t some guy who was senile or being blackmailed. Whatever Wexner’s role was, he certainly was a willing participant. Let’s continue investigating his involvement with Epstein. Let’s see if those “conspiracy theory” folks were right back in the 1990’s.

  • How many girls (or boys) have been murdered for Jeffrey Epstein’s and his pals’ idea of having a good old time? If one doesn’t already have that on one’s mind when looking into Epstein, that is being naive.

    Epstein’s systematized, long involvement with sex-trafficking has provided carte blanche to secretive pervs and pedos, allowing a whole lot of privacy and time for things to become fatal. Whether “accidentally” or deliberately. When kids go off the grid, sometimes nobody is looking, no one even notices. You can be sure that many things were done which are going to remain undiscovered and have been diligently concealed.

    For the kids who will never be recovered or even noticed as being gone, what can be done now? Light a candle? Send a little light up at the heavens and say, “you have not been not forgotten.” Huh? ??? You won’t be forgotten?

    Epstein doesn’t care what he has done. He’d still be at it if he could be. There is no cure for him, not that he wanted to look for a cure. Look at him. He didn’t see any problem; just getting what he wanted, expanding his empire. Crying, bleeding girls? No worries.

    Never mind how Epstein looks on the exterior or that he isn’t bald, with an unattractive nose or a paunch or bifocals. His self- fascination and his obsessions led him to install a “self-portrait” of himself, up on the 2nd floor of his Manhattan townhouse. It depicts him as a prisoner, standing between a fenced guardhouse and an armed guard. He told someone who was being given a grand tour of the house that he commissioned the piece because that had been him and could be him again.

    Even he could see his future.

    None of his cohorts are going to bother to assist him now. He can’t talk and it’s obvious that he knows it. We shall see how long Epstein can walk the line. Dead man walking, but then it appears that he has always been a heartless but lively skeleton. He grabbed all of the power he could get for himself and then kept using it to do as much damage as he could pump out. What a spectacularly impoverished sociopath he managed to make of himself. The streets are full of hardworking people who often live paycheck-to-paycheck, but when these people come home to sit down and rest awhile, they still have hearts and souls.

    But Jeffrey didn’t give a damn about any of that. He was only interested in whether or not he wanted to use their kids as his sex objects. He was busy winning friends and influencing “important” people, pleased as punch that their tastes were so easy to service and so well-matched with his own.

  • A recent story in the UK’s Daily Mail offers a disturbing possibility about how Jeffrey Epstein received such a sweet plea deal in 2008.

    Epstein agreed to become an informant for the FBI.

    Jeffrey Epstein became an FBI INFORMANT to secure sweetheart deal and shut down federal probe into the pedophile’s abuse of underage girls, government records reveal
    The last report, on September 18, 2008, notes that Epstein ‘provided information to the FBI as agreed upon’, according to the case agent

    This story, if true, raises the disturbing possibility that Epstein was collecting blackmail material for the government.

    In order to get this information the government was willing to trade away any prosecution of Epstein for Pedophilia.

    To what degree was the government complicit in Epstein’s pedophilia?
    Was the government collecting blackmail through Epstein as leverage against politicians, judges, businessmen and media personalities?

    • Shadowstate: Government complicity with Jeffrey Epstein may have pre-dated his Florida plea deal. According to this article by Vicky Ward, a journalist who has written extensively on Epstein, https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epsteins-sick-story-played-out-for-years-in-plain-sight?ref=scroll , Acosta was asked by Trump’s transition team if his involvement in the Epstein case would cause a problem.

      “Acosta had explained, breezily, apparently, that back in the day he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta.”

      From https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/, Acosta backed away from this at his recent press conference by saying, “So there has been reporting to that effect and let me say, there’s been reporting to a lot of effects in this case, not just now but over the years and, again, I would hesitant to take this reporting as fact. This was a case that was brought by our office, it was brought based on the facts and I look at the reporting and others, I can’t address it directly because of our guidelines, but I can tell you that a lot of reporting is going down rabbit holes.”

      Wait, what??? Acosta dug that rabbit hole a little deeper.

      • Diane, Shadowstate, and everyone else,

        Bill Clinton handed out a pardon to a US fugitive living in Switzerland allegedly at the bequest of Israel.

        So it’s within the realm of possibilities that Acosta is not lying.

      • I read somewhere, and can’t find it now, where Epstein exchanged spilling the beans on various financial crimes as part of his leniency agreement about a decade ago. Apparently, his information did not lead to any prosecutions, so essentially it was worthless but got him a good deal.

      • Diane,
        Once the story veers into the murky world of espionage even prosecutors shy away.
        Saying the Epstein case was above Acosta’s pay grade is government speak for espionage.

        There have long been rumors of the CIA running “Brownstone Operations” where targeted individuals are entrapped by sex workers and then blackmailed by intelligence agencies.

        The Russians are masters at using sex to blackmail people.
        Joseph Alsop was a newspaper columnist and Teddy Roosevelt’s grand nephew.
        In 1957 the KGB entrapped Alsop in a gay honeypot.

        “Early in 1957, the KGB photographed him (Alsop) in a hotel room in Moscow while he was having sex with another man, an agent of the Soviet Union. He rebuffed Soviet attempts at blackmail, instead writing “a detailed account of the incident and a relevant narrative history of his sex life.” It has been described as “brimming with revelations about Alsop’s sex life on several continents,”

        • Two very important qualities for intelligence operatives:
          1. Have an interesting set of sexual predilections.
          2. Be able to withstand images of human cruelty and carnage – without flinching.

  • The Private Investigator Ed Opperman, a former New Yorker who has his own radio show based in Las Vega, has talked extensively about the weird relationship between Epstein and Wexner.(Opperman’s radio shows can be found on Youtube)

    According to Opperman Wexner and Epstein would go to parties together almost as a couple.

    Like husband and wife, they would complete each other’s sentences.

    Wexner and Epstein were close even though Wexner is a Republican and Epstein is a Democrat.

    Here is a conversation where Opperman talks about Wexner and Epstein:

    “Then, he went out on his own, had one client, Leslie Wexner, who’s the guy behind Victoria’s Secret and The Limited and all that kind of stuff.”

    “So, when you wonder why, when you see the little kids at Limited Too and those outfits from Limited Too, why these little girls are all dressed like sluts, well, Leslie Wexner owns that place. You might wonder what’s going on there.”

    “So, notorious behavior, all throughout Manhattan. If you read the Vicky Ward article from way back, talking about parties at Epstein’s house where there was a bunch of teenage Eastern European girls who looked like prostitutes. His relationship with Jean-Luc Brunel, the modeling scout. There’s the notorious 60 Minutes exposé on him about giving roofies and stuff to models.”

    “I’ve interviewed some models that know all of these characters, I did a couple of shows on them. One with Barbara Pilling that just came out, who talks about how Trump hit on her when she was 16 years old, at a party and that she met a young girl, I think it was a Haitian girl, she said, who was 17 that dated Trump and was dating Trump for a while.”

    “Other stories have come forward since then about other members of the Trump family, recently, in the past couple of years. Trump employees dating Trump men, okay? And they’re underage.” https://skeptiko.com/ed-opperman-trump-epstein-why-beliefs-do-not-change/

    Many people don’t know this fact but Trump used to own the Trump Modeling Agency which specialized in young women from Eastern Europe.
    Very thin young women.
    There have been many accusations that the Trump Modeling Agency violated immigration laws and exploited young women/girls.

    This story discusses some of the allegations against the Trump Modeling Agency:
    2 models who worked for Trump’s controversial agency tell what it was like for them

    In the book about Epstein called “Filthy Rich” by James Patterson, it clearly states that Epstein paid some of the girls who serviced him with Victoria’s Secret lingerie.

    And this story about Les Wexner came out just last month:
    Epstein Accuser Says She Was Assaulted In Billionaire Les Wexner’s Home
    July 8, 2019 By Alyssa Fisher
    2 minutes

    I voted for Trump because I preferred his policies, particularly on immigration, to Hillary Clinton’s.
    But regardless of what the DOJ does with President Trump, the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is investigating him.
    And I must hold Donald Trump to the same standards that I would hold Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein or Keith Raniere.
    It is disturbing that an open and notorious pedophile like Jeffrey Epstein would hob nob with so many powerful politicians.
    And Democrats if they were honest and fair would be upset about Bill Clinton’s close relationship to Epstein.

    • Shadowstate, I agree that Trump has to be held to the same standards as others. But I also believe that if Hillary had been elected president, Epstein would still be a free man today.

      • The 2 main reasons Epstein case resurfaced:
        1) The Miami Herald’s recent reports on the outrageous Acosta soft plea deal.
        2) Trump appointing Acosta to his cabinet brought even more public and legal scrutiny…so maybe Trump intentionally appointed Acosta to get the attention of the NY feds. LOL

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