Jeffrey Epstein knew everyone.
He invited celebrities and politicians to his private island and mansions; he offered them lifts in his private jet and he was invited to all the fancy parties attended by supermodels, actors, TV hosts and royalty.
He was the epitome of rich, powerful and connected. He was also a paedophile, accused of running a sex trafficking ring for as long as four decades before taking his own life in 2019 after being arrested on several charges.
While Epstein died before he was able to be tried, his associate Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty in 2021 of trafficking women and girls for Epstein to sexually abuse.
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Right now she's in the middle of a defamation trial, and as court proceedings play out thousands of pages of Epstein records and formally redacted documents are being released to the media. Everyone's obsessed with the sheer number of famous names (about 150 so far), being dropped within these files.
We already knew about Epstein's associations with people like Prince Andrew and Donald Trump. But everyone from Michael Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Clinton, Cate Blanchett, Bruce Willis and David Cooperfield are getting a mention. There's also chief executives of enormous companies, high-profile lawyers and Harvard professors.