- Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire who is a registered sex offender charged with trafficking underage girls, had an all-female executive team he brought with him to overseas trips and kept in contact with 24 hours a day, according to a 2005 report in The New York Times.
- The Times reported that Epstein paid for his assistants’ Michelin-star dinners and appointments with a celebrity hairstylist. He bought a luxury car for his pregnant assistant to convince her not to leave.
- Reports have now suggested he was talking to the newspaper around the same time he is accused of sex trafficking in New York and Florida.
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The financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was arrested in New York City on suspicion of sex trafficking underage girls, reportedly kept an all-female team of assistants that would work 24 hours a day on business and personal matters.
Epstein referred to his team as a “social prosthesis” and an “extension of my brain,” The New York Times reported in 2005. He paid each assistant $US200,000 a year.
To get the gig, assistants would write a 20-page research report to demonstrate their communication and critical-thinking skills. Epstein likened the assistant hiring process to a “graduate exam.”
In addition to their high salaries, Epstein paid for their visits to the celebrity hair stylist Frédéric Fekkai and Michelin-star restaurant Le Cirque, The Times reported. He brought two assistants with him every time he travelled on his private jet.
The hiring style and working relationship details further fill out a profile of Epstein’s lifestyle, which is coming to light after the financier was arrested and charged with sex trafficking. Epstein, a registered sex offender, pleaded guilty to solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution in 2007.
According to The Times, Epstein was so fond of his assistants, he bought one of them a Mercedes-Benz and a full-time nanny after she got pregnant and considered leaving. ”There is no way that I could lose Lesley to motherhood,” he told The Times.
The FBI arrested Epstein on July 6. He is accused of sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, the same year he spoke with The Times about his all-female executive assistant team.
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