The Dark History of Jeffrey Epstein and the Aftermath that Lies Ahead

“We intend to promptly file civil claims,” Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom recently told Reuters news service. The civil claims lawsuit is aimed at Jeffrey Epstein’s estate. By now most of us already know who Epstein was. Jeffrey Edward Epstein was a financier who made millions on Wallstreet. He counted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton as friends. He was a well-connected millionaire and businessman who rubbed shoulders with the financial, political and social elites. His money and connections within high society made him seemed like he was an untouchable figure. But in April 2005 the police officials at Palm Beach, Florida began an investigation on him after a parent of a 14-year old girl made a complaint that he had molested her daughter. 

On June 30, 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted of soliciting a prostitute and of procuring an underage girl for prostitution. As part of a plea deal, he served close to 13 months in jail. He was arrested again on July 6, 2019 on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. Reports identified there were at least 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, who had been molested. Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found unconscious in his jail cell with injuries to his neck. He died on August 10, 2019. Early reports indicate that the cause of death was suicide by hanging.  

Last month Epstein’s lawyers listed his total assets valued at $559 million, including two private islands and four homes. One of those residences is a luxurious property located at the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is valued at $77 million.

News outlets are expecting Epstein’s accusers to pursue civil claims against his estate. One of the first of Epstein’s alleged accusers to do so is Jennifer Araoz, who filed a lawsuit against the estate, his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed female household staff members. Araoz claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped by Epstein at his New York City townhouse when she was 14 and 15 years old.

Early reports had identified that there were at least 36 girls involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking case, so the number of civil cases against his estate will surely rise. The civil cases are not the only things expected to emerge in the aftermath of Epstein’s death. News outlets are reporting that Epstein had a collection of compromising material on an ‘astonishing number’ of rich and famous people. Though this information is based on a 2018 interview the New York Times conducted on Epstein, because of his death, other media outlets are now reporting on the “dirt” he had on the celebrities and powerful people who visited his luxurious homes in Miami Beach and the Caribbean.

“He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use,” The Sun quoted James B. Stewart saying, the New York Times writer who had interviewed Epstein.

“Jeffrey may be gone, but our fears have not,” UK newspaper, The Mirror quoted an alleged victim of Epstein as saying.  “I dare not speak out. It will put mine and my family’s safety at risk. Jeffrey was protected by some very powerful people. The threat they pose still hangs over us.”

In addition to the civil cases and secret recordings, the aftermath of Epstein also includes conspiracy theories; people are wondering if Epstein did kill himself.

“There is no way Epstein took his own life – too many powerful people wanted him dead,” another alleged victim said to the UK newspaper The Sun.

As Jeffrey Epstein’s death continues to fuel the current news cycle, we all will continue to stay glued to our TV screens or strolling through social media for more details surrounding his life and death.