While he was serving his 13-month sentence in a Florida jail, financier Jeffrey Epstein continued to sexually abuse at least one of his victims, attorney Brad Edwards alleged during a press conference Tuesday.
Epstein was accused of molesting dozens of girls in the mid-2000s, but as part of a lenient plea agreement, was able to plead guilty to state charges of procuring and soliciting prostitution. During his 13-month sentence, Epstein left the jail six days a week to go to work, and Edwards claims he had "female visitors," including some who were under 21.
"All I can say is more than one person that visited him, they believed they were going there for something other than a sexual purpose," he said. "Once there, he turned his perfect master manipulation to turn the situation into something sexual." Edwards added that it's not clear what work was actually taking place at Epstein's office. "What he did on a daily basis was engage in these types of sex acts with minors and vulnerable women," he said. "Where did he make his money? I don't know."
A spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office told The Daily Beast that while on work release, Epstein was picked up by a driver, and a sheriff's deputy met him at his office. She said the deputy was with Epstein the entire time he was in the building, and "was allowed no family, friends, or guests." Earlier this month, Epstein was arrested in New Jersey and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. Catherine Garcia
Hours after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer's parent company, AMI, of trying to blackmail him, journalist Ronan Farrow said he received similar threats from AMI while reporting on the relationship between the Enquirer and President Trump.
Farrow tweeted: "I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer's arrangement with Trump fielded similar 'stop digging or we'll ruin you' blackmail efforts from AMI. (I did not engage as I don't cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.)" Bezos revealed on Thursday that after the Enquirer published a story exposing his relationship with Lauren Sanchez, he hired investigators to determine how the tabloid obtained their text messages. He was then approached by AMI, and told embarrassing photos and texts would be released if he did not halt the investigation.
AMI is led by David Pecker, one of Trump's longtime friends. Last year, Farrow wrote a story for The New Yorker about the Enquirer's "catch and kill" practice; in order to keep dirt on Trump under wraps during the 2016 election, the tabloid paid people for their stories about him, and then never published anything.
Ted Bridis, a former editor for The Associated Press, responded to Farrow's tweet, sharing that AP was "warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid's efforts on behalf of Trump. Never saw evidence of this either way, and it didn't stop our reporting." Catherine Garcia
The new allegations come days after radio host and model Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour, and another woman, Lindsay Menz, said Franken squeezed her buttocks while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.
The two new accusers spoke on the condition of anonymity, and said they did not know about each other's stories. Franken told HuffPost: "It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don't remember those campaign events." Harold Maass