- Jeffrey Epstein owned an expensive real-estate portfolio that played a major role in the sexual-abuse allegations against him.
- He was arrested on July 6, 2019, on suspicion of sex trafficking minors in his Manhattan and Florida homes from around 2002 to 2005.
- The sexual abuse is said to have taken place in Epstein’s homes in New York, New Mexico, the US Virgin Islands, and Paris,France.
- On August 10, Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell. Following his death, the FBI raided one of his private islands in the Caribbean.
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Though Jeffrey Epstein went to great lengths to keep his life private, one thing he couldn’t keep under wraps was his expensive real-estate portfolio.
On July 6, he was arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking minors in his Manhattan and Florida homes from 2002 to 2005. The arrest was made over a decade after Epstein pleaded guilty to solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution and served 13 months in prison.
On August 10, he was found dead in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell.
To the public’s knowledge, he owned six luxury residential properties: a multimillion-dollar mansion in Manhattan; two private islands in the US Virgin Islands; a home in Palm Beach, Florida; a ranch in New Mexico; and an apartment in Paris, France.
The $US77 million Manhattan mansion, which was acquired for $US0
Epstein’s seven-story mansion in Manhattan is proving to be just as mysterious as he was.
Epstein was accused of luring young girls to the mansion and sexually abusing them. According to the New York Times, the minors gave him naked massages and engaged in sex acts with him.
The mansion was first bought in 1989 by founder and CEO of L Brands Les Wexner for $US13.2 million. Wexner then sold it in 1998 to the New York-based Nine East 71st Street Corporation (NES) for an undisclosed amount. In 2011, ownership of the property was transferred from NES to Maple Inc. for $US0. Public records from 2011 show that Epstein held ownership of both NES and Maple Inc. at the time of the transfer.
While there aren’t many photos of the inside, in 2003, Epstein allowed a reporter from Vanity Fair to visit the home. The interior was described by Vicky Ward as a “high-walled, eclectic, imperious fantasy that seems to have no boundaries.” Decorations throughout the home included framed eyeballs made for injured soldiers and a stuffed black poodle.
Following Epstein’s death, New York Times reporter James B. Stewart described a 2018 “on background” interview he had conducted with Epstein in the financier’s Upper East Side mansion.
Stewart reported that when he first arrived on Epstein’s street, he accidentally walked past the mansion, stating that it looked “more like an embassy or museum than a private home.”
He was greeted at the door by a young woman who looked, according to Stewart, to be in her late teens or 20s. As he made his way through the home, he recalled seeing photos of Epstein with powerful people including former President Bill Clinton and director Woody Allen.
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The 70-acre private island in the US Virgin Islands
On Monday, August 12, two days after Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell – where he was being held on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking– the FBI raided Little St. James to search for evidence pertaining to the case against him.
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- The FBI raided one of Jeffrey Epstein’s private islands in the Caribbean, which locals call ‘Orgy Island’ and where airport workers say they saw him travelling with underage girls. Here’s an inside look at the properties.
- Why did Jeffrey Epstein build a temple on his private island?
The 165-acre private island in the US Virgin Islands
In 2016, Epstein reportedly purchased Great St. James, another private island in the US Virgin Islands, for $US18 million.
According to New York Magazine, Epstein planned to build a compound on the island but was issued a stop-work order in December of 2018 for not obeying environmental regulations.
The $US12 million waterfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida that was reportedly purchased for $US2.5 million and was where much of the alleged sex acts took place
The Palm Beach home is where a lot of the abuse is alleged to have taken place. According to the Miami Herald, in 2007, Epstein was accused of engaging in sex acts with underage girls as often as three times a day in the home.
The Zorro Ranch in Stanley, New Mexico with a 26,700-square-foot mansion that was reportedly the largest in the county
Epstein purchased the Zorro Ranch in 1993 from former New Mexico Governor Bruce King. On the 7,500 acre property, he built a 26,700-square-foot mansion. According to Curbed, it was appraised at over $US18 million in 2013.
According to a local report, at the time the mansion was built, it was double the size of the second-largest home in the county. Epstein told Vanity Fair that his property in New Mexico made his Manhattan townhouse “look like a shack.”
The mystery apartment in Paris, France
According to Curbed, the apartment Epstein owned in Paris is on the famous Avenue Foch. While there is little information about the apartment, The Real Deal reports that homes on the avenue can sell for over $US4 million.
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