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NY Times columnist James B. Stewart had his first and only meeting with Jeffrey Epstein last August at the billionaire’s New York mansion. Stewart says Epstein agreed to the 90-minute interview on the grounds that the whole thing would be conducted “on background,” meaning any information Stewart gathered couldn’t be attributed to Epstein. But now that Epstein is dead, Stewart says he feels his obligation to keep the conversation semi-private has also expired.
The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it. He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.
So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein’s suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him.
Stewart doesn’t name all of the names but he does mention a few people Epstein had photos of hanging in his mansion:
He pointed to a full-length shot of a man in traditional Arab dress. “That’s M.B.S.,” he said, referring to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The crown prince had visited him many times, and they spoke often, Mr. Epstein said…
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