It’s one thing to claim you had no idea who Jeffrey Epstein was or any of the horrible things he was alleged to have done.
But it gets a lot harder to make that claim after he was already listed as a public sex offender.
The folks over at Business Insider first broke the story:
Yahoo then published a list of its own, here's a portion of it:
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- Jeffrey Epstein, the financier arrested in July on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls, died on August 10.
- The former money manager had many famous connections, including to tech moguls, despite his status as a convicted sex offender.
- Bill Gates and Elon Musk are among those who have been connected to Epstein.
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Epstein hobnobbed with world leaders and elite executives throughout his life, even after he registered as a sex offender as part of a guilty plea in 2008. He's been connected to everyone from Prince Andrew to L Brands CEO Les Wexner to several tech moguls, including Elon Musk and Bill Gates.
The New York Times columnist James B. Stewart published an article on August 12 about an August 2018 interview he said he had with Epstein. Stewart included Epstein's thoughts on Silicon Valley and its tech elite.
"Mr. Epstein then meandered into a discussion of other prominent names in technology circles," Stewart wrote. "He said people in Silicon Valley had a reputation for being geeky workaholics, but that was far from the truth: They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs. He said he'd witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex."
Here are some of the tech moguls who have been connected to Epstein.
Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
CNBC reported that other leaders in philanthropy also attended these meetings and that Gates flew on one of Epstein's airplanes to Palm Beach, Florida, after their meeting in New York.
In a statement, a representative for Gates, Bridgitt Arnold, told Business Insider: "Although Epstein pursued Bill Gates aggressively, any account of a business partnership or personal relationship between the two is categorically false."
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
Stewart said he asked Epstein about a rumor that Musk had asked Epstein to compile a list of candidates to become Tesla's new chairman.
"It is incorrect to say that Epstein ever advised Elon or Tesla on anything," a representative for Musk told Business Insider in August.
Musk was also photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell, who's been accused of being Epstein's madam, at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood.
Musk's representative told Business Insider that Musk wasn't posing with Maxwell and that she simply "inserted herself behind him in a photo he was posing for without his knowledge."
Scott Borgerson, CEO of CargoMetrics
The Daily Mail reported in August that Maxwell was living in the home of Borgerson, the CEO of the tech company CargoMetrics.
But Borgerson told Business Insider that Maxwell was a "former friend" and that she was not living in his house.
"Ghislaine Maxwell is not at my home and I don't know where she is," Borgerson told Business Insider.
Marvin Minsky, MIT's "father of artificial intelligence"
MIT called Minsky, who died in 2016, the "father of artificial intelligence." He was one of the founding members of MIT Media Lab, which has innovated a trove of technological advances over the past 30 years including touchscreens, robotic prosthetics, and GPS.
In a recently unsealed deposition published by The Verge in early August, a woman testified that she had been forced to have sex with Minsky at Epstein's compound in the US Virgin Islands.
The Verge said that while Minsky was known to be a part of Epstein's circle, the accusation was the first to tie Minsky to the sex-trafficking network Epstein was charged with operating.
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