Long-sealed grand jury records that could reveal whether Palm Beach prosecutors sabotaged their own case against child molester Jeffrey Epstein will likely remain hidden from the public, at least for now, a county judge signaled Wednesday.
The county’s chief judge, Krista Marx, appeared poised to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Palm Beach Post that sought to open the documents, which have been sealed since 2006, but had not issued a decision from the bench following a hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse Wednesday morning.
Grand jury testimony and evidence is kept secret in Florida and can only be opened if it can be shown that the proceedings were tainted by wrongdoing.
Before Jeffrey Epstein moved into his infamous Manhattan townhome, it was owned by the clothing billionaire, Les Wexner, and left unoccupied for years.
The Columbus-based businessman, who owned Victoria’s Secret, embarked in the 1990s on an interior makeover of the former school.
The house was featured in the December 1995 edition of Architectural Digest.
Ummm there is a Picasso in the top photo. A real one. That’s some serious money. Who knew that clothing retail was so lucrative?!
A New York Times reporter, Christopher Mason, also wrote about the house around the time Epstein first took up residence.
Here’s some of what we wrote: “WHAT is the latest status symbol of the ultra rich? A spectacular residence they purchase for millions, reconfigure with the world’s leading architects and interior designers for even more millions, then elect not to live in.
Such is the fate of one of Manhattan’s largest town houses, a majestic stone mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Possessing some 21,000 square feet, the house was recently the uninhabited domain of Leslie H. Wexner, the founding chairman of the Limited Inc., the retailing company.
Mr. Wexner bought the house in 1989 for $13.2 million and lavished tens of millions on renovations, art and furnishings. Those curious to see the princely accommodations Mr. Wexner abandoned need look no further than the cover of last month’s Architectural Digest. When asked how long Mr. Wexner had occupied the property, Jeffrey Epstein, his protege and one of his financial advisers, replied, “Les never spent more than two months there.”
Visitors described a bathroom reminiscent of James Bond movies: hidden beneath a stairway, lined with lead to provide shelter from attack and supplied with closed-circuit television screens and a telephone, both concealed in a cabinet beneath the sink. The house also has a heated sidewalk.
The seven-story house was built by the society architect Horace Trumbauer in 1933 for Herbert N. Straus, an heir to the Macy’s fortune, who died before it was completed. (Mr. Trumbauer also built Clarendon Court in Newport, R.I., the former home of Sunny and Claus von Bulow.) The Straus house later became a convalescent home and the Birch Wathen School, making Mr. Wexner the first private resident — or at least, the first private nonresident.”
Reached in Florida last week, Epstein confirmed the house was his home.”
The question remains – why did Wexner give Epstein the townhome?
“Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, with whom he still lives, are a bit disappointed. Many of the charities provided the prince, or both of them, with all-expenses paid visits to many exotic locations at home and abroad. Also each organisation held a formal royal lunch or dinner each year — providing two thirds of the couple’s annual nosh.
The pair will get no more free tickets to the English National Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both of which had him as patron.
Charities involved with young children were quick to realise his connection with a convicted paedophile as well as accusations made about his own behaviour with underage girls could be embarrassing to say the least. Out he went.”
Jen found these photos from the late ‘90s of Little St James Island before it was owned by Jeffrey Epstein.
During this time, it was rented partly to holidaymakers.
We’ve also just received some more information about the island and it will be discussed in our next podcast.
The blurb from Dick Zebo Caribbean says: “Crowning the private island retreat of Little St. James is a magnificent vacation villa where coral stone walls, sweeping arches and gothic columns frame 360 view of aquamarine waters.”
It was priced at $3000 USD-a-night for two people, which included all meals and on-site staff.
“Richly decorated, spacious interiors boast fine European antique furnishings. Inviting lounge areas and floor-to-ceiling louvered doors open to patios fringed with colorful tropical gardens, backdropped by the sea,” the website reads.
Guests could “explore the island, snorkel along your private shores or take a boat ride to nearby islands of St. Thomas, St. John or Jost Van Dyke.”
Documents that could make or break Prince Andrew’s ‘alibi’ for the night he is alleged to have had sex with a sex-trafficked teenager are gathering dust in a police office.
A former Royal protection officer at Buckingham Palace told The Mail on Sunday in February that he believed Andrew may have returned to the Palace in the early hours of March 11, 2001 – the night in question.
If Andrew did return, it would contradict his claim of being at home at Sunninghill Park in Berkshire all evening after earlier taking his daughter Beatrice to a party at Pizza Express in Woking.
As Bryant and her crew traveled from a public beach to Epstein’s dock, they found themselves being ambushed. “All of a sudden out of nowhere these ATVs come barreling down the side of his island, and these men with guns came after us and shooed us off,” she told Vanity Fair.
“That was a scary experience. The island was still being run by his employees at the time. That was an interesting ‘don’t mess with us’ [signal].
But these reviews and things are starting to come out. It is interesting since the trailers came out that we’ve received some interesting letters, some threatening letters from people who are involved in the case, warning not to defame them. They don’t even know if they are in it. So it’s interesting how the high-powered people are still trying to influence the media here. And it’s not gonna happen.
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