Convicted sex offender and old time pal of former President Bill Clinton was indicted Monday in a federal court in Manhattan on sex trafficking conspiracy charges.
Who: Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire New York financier.
What: Epstein was officially indicted Monday on sex trafficking charges, including sex trafficking of minors.
“Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, and others known and unknown, willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit an offense against the United States, to wit, sex trafficking of minors,” the indictment alleges.
When: Epstein was indicted Monday morning. The allegations against him stem back to 2002.
Where: Epstein was indicted in New York City, but resided in Palm Beach, Florida. He is known for traveling all over the world on his private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express,” where it is said that he and his guests had sex with underage girls.
Why It Matters: Epstein has long been suspected of sex trafficking minors. His close friendship with Bill Clinton sparked investigations by independent reporters, particularly Mike Cernovich, during the 2016 election cycle. Eventually, Cernovich sued to obtain court documents from Epstein’s 2007 conviction on child molestation charges, to which he plead guilty in exchange for a sweetheart of a plea deal. Those documents were released last Wednesday, and Epstein was arrested Saturday.
Clinton and Epstein are alleged to have flown to Epstein’s private island, nicknamed “Orgy Island,” on the “Lolita Express,” where they allegedly had sex with underage women.
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