Every accused individual in the American court system — save, of course, enemy combatants — deserves their day in court.
You get the feeling that for disgraced financier (or something) Jeffrey Epstein, that’s just going to make things worse.
It’s not as if we haven’t gotten enough glimpses into the debauched lifestyle that Epstein allegedly led, and we’re not just talking the allegations levied against him. Apparently, pretty much every piece of evidence collected about the man indicates he was an incorrigible rogue who didn’t so much need to be kept away from women and young girls as to be quarantined from the rest of the human race.
The latest allegations come from an IT contractor who Epstein hired for his private island down in the Caribbean, off the coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Little St. James — or Little St. Jeff’s, as Epstein reportedly wanted to call it — was a strange place nicknamed “Pedophile Island” and “our dark corner” by locals.
All right, you may say, but these people knew about Epstein’s extensive history. Surely Little St. James wasn’t as dissolute as it was claimed?
Well, we have no idea what went on there in terms of alleged illegal activity. However, the contractor says the island was already creepy enough on its own that it raised serious questions about Epstein — and ultimate caused him to quit.
According to ABC News, the contractor ended his relationship with Epstein over what was described as “gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women on the embattled financier’s private island.”
ABC reported that Steve Scully also said “his reluctance to continue working there was underscored by what he said was an extensive collection of photos of topless women displayed throughout the island’s compounds.”
“There were photos of topless women everywhere,” Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and left six years later, said. “On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom.”
Scully, 69, visited Little St. James more than 100 times as part of his role in setting up a communications network on the island.
“Epstein wanted phone or internet access nearly everywhere on the 72-acre island, Scully said, including in a secluded cove that the financier referred to as ‘the grotto,'” ABC News reported.
“Given his work in high-volume financial trading, Scully said, Epstein ‘never wanted a call to drop’ because of weak digital coverage on the island.”
The significance of this could be debated, but there’s no evidence of untoward intent here. Elsewhere on the island, Scully said, there were red flags flying high.
“The truth is, I was there for 6 years,” he said. “I really started seeing things weren’t normal in the first year. And I started … I wear shame and guilt. Because you know what? When you allow money to dictate your moral consciousness, you’ve lost all idea of moral consciousness. It’s not about the money. It can’t be.”
What was he seeing? Among other things, ABC reported, “revolving groups of young girls that appeared to him to be minors who were guests on the island.”
“They couldn’t have been more than 15 or 16 years old,” he said.
There were other signs, too.
Per ABC: “A colorful building that some news reports have called the ‘temple’ was actually a gym when Epstein worked out when he was on the island, Scully said, noting in an interview with ABC News that the gym had a memorable feature — a massive framed photo of a topless woman.”
When it comes to Epstein’s residences, this is hardly unusual. When he was arrested, police found “an extraordinary volume of photographs of nude and partially-nude young women or girls.” At least one of the subjects was allegedly underage.
This wasn’t limited to stashes of pornography, either, if one of his accusers is being accurate.
In her lawsuit, Jennifer Araoz remembers being taken on a tour of Epstein’s $66 million Upper East Side townhouse when she was only 14,” according to the New York Post.
“Ms. Araoz remembers after the first sexual encounter with Epstein, he showed her a room on the same floor as the massage room that he said was designed to look like his favorite room at the White House, which he called the ‘Blue Room,’” the now-32-year-old accuser says in the filing.
“He then showed her some more artwork, his master bedroom with a large jacuzzi and prosthetic breasts on the wall in a bathroom that he could look at or play with while in the bathtub,” Araoz’s filing earlier this month read.
She says she noticed “a lot of paintings of nude women on the walls,” the filing reads.
“[Epstein] even commented on one painting of a nude woman with small breasts and brunette hair. … That painting was right behind the massage table, and he said how much the woman in the picture looked like Ms. Araoz, then 14-years-old.”
“He said he liked ‘girls with small breasts’ because they were ‘natural and real.’”
A lot of people I know — and some that I don’t, including Christine Pelosi — believe that the Epstein indictment could expose a whole litany of other people he was in league with.
I personally doubt that. However, two things that I think will happen should be very interesting.
First, we’ll finally discover how Epstein managed to make his staggering wealth, which I somehow doubt came solely through the avenues of finance.
Second, we’re going to learn just how open Epstein was with his alleged perversions. These are just anecdotal stories, but they’re stories that seem to add up — and this was true before and after his arrest over 10 years ago.
There’s a lot of explaining to do here, assuming there’s truth to these stories.
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