One of the pilots who flew the late pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets to and from Long Island airports 50 times in 20 years witnessed sex trafficking victims aboard unspecified flights, data shows.
Details of the alleged multimillionaire sex trafficker’s local stops came from flight records provided by the Press and the recent Manhattan federal trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, Expstein’s ex-girlfriend. The British socialite is appealing her December 29 conviction on five counts of sex trafficking and other charges related to recruiting and grooming teenage girls for Epstein to abuse them between 1994 and 2004. — including the infamous jet dubbed the “Lolita Express,” a Boeing 727-31 reportedly decked out in red velvet reclining seats and beds on which Epstein’s victims claimed he abused them in-flight — were pilot Lawrence Visoski, the prosecution’s first witness at Maxwell’s trial.
Visoski told the jurors he remembered the “piercing powder blue eyes” of a victim — one of four who took the stand — named Jane, who later testified that she had sexual contact with Epstein multiple times when she was 14 years old, sometimes with Maxwell in the Chamber.
Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in Florida to soliciting prostitution from underage girls, died by suicide in a Manhattan prison cell in 2019, authorities said, pending trial on federal sex trafficking charges for alleged abuse of dozens of girls over the years. Epstein’s many powerful friends over the years have included former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as Prince Andrew, who recently lost his military title amid pending lawsuits from Epstein’s alleged victims.
Details of Epstein’s trips to LI were scarce, but records show that the region was one of his many stopovers on his international travels as he flew companions between New York, Florida and abroad, as he had homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach. and in the US. Virgin Islands. Six of the 50 flights were to or from the Virgin Islands, where Epstein’s so-called “Pedophile Island” is located. None of those who traveled to LI with Epstein have been charged with crimes.
Flight logs show that passengers on Epstein’s flights to and from LI included Gerald Lefcourt, a lawyer who negotiated Epstein’s 2008 agreement with prosecutors who concealed a no-prosecution agreement from Epstein’s victims. After Epstein was arrested again, Lefcourt told the Associated Press that he “would never have signed or endorsed the agreement unless we believed it would resolve what it said: all federal and state criminal liability.”
Also mentioned in Epstein’s flight manifests was Celina Midelfart, a Norwegian cosmetics heiress whose lawyer issued a statement denying that Midelfart was Epstein’s ex-girlfriend after Maxwell’s former executive assistant testified that she believed the pedophile was dating the heiress behind the back of her. the socialite. A representative for Midelfart, who has not been accused of involvement in Epstein’s alleged plan, did not respond to a request for comment.
The flight documents also showed that one of Epstein’s passengers on a trip to LI was his scientific advisor, neurosurgeon Melanie Walker, who reportedly helped introduce Epstein to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the world’s fifth richest man. dr. Walker is married to a former Microsoft executive and reportedly helped introduce Epstein to Gates in 2011. Walker and another person close to Gates “sometimes acted as go-betweens between the two men,” The New York Times reported. The everyday beast quoted an anonymous source as saying that “she was not present nor did she help set up meetings between Gates and Epstein.”
Walker, who has not been charged with involvement in Epstein’s alleged human trafficking, could not be reached for comment. Gates told Anderson Cooper last summer that his meetings with Epstein were a “mistake”. Gates’ wife Melinda, who ended their 27-year marriage last year, was widely quoted as saying she was concerned about her ex-husband’s relationship with Epstein.
Records of the voyages were found in a Business Insider database of thousands of Epstein flight logs. In November, the Federal Aviation Administration accidentally sent another 2,000 flight logs to the publication in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that the FAA had previously rejected. It is unclear whether the LI flights were among the new or previously disclosed logs.
The flights aren’t Epstein’s only local ties. as the Press Richard Kahn, an accountant with a home in Water Mill and an executor of Epstein’s $634 million estate, has been accused of helping Epstein run the alleged international sex trafficking ring. The U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General filed documents with the Virgin Islands Superior Court last year, naming Kahn and Epstein’s co-executor Darren Indyke, a lawyer and resident of Glen Cove, as “indispensable captains” in the settlement. . The duo denies the allegations.
Maxwell’s attorneys, alleging she is being scapegoated for the crimes Epstein committed, requested a new trial after a juror in the case told reporters he shared his experience of childhood sexual abuse during deliberations, and that his report helped convince jurors who were skeptical of Maxwell’s accusers. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan.
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