The ground has recently shaken California, and now it might be the turn of Washington D.C. Donald Trump’s old friend and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested this weekend, on his way back from France, for alleged sex trafficking of minors. This new investigation might put the White House resident in a very uncomfortable position, as one mysterious case involving a woman in California might resurface.
Epstein, a former hedge-fund owner and registered sex offender, got away from similar allegations ten years ago by serving only 13 months in prison, thanks to a very lenient deal with then Miami’s federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who later became Trump’s Secretary of Labor.
According to the detailed work of Miami’s Herald Julie K. Brown, from 2001 to 2006, about 80 girls were identified as being sexually molested and abused by Epstein, aged 13 to 16. He also had a “sex slave”, a young woman from Yugoslavia who is said to have been bought to her parents.
“Sex slave” is also how an anonymous woman, coming under the names “Jane Doe” in one case and “Katie Johnson” in the other complaint she filed, self-described herself in justice documents. In april 2016, “Katie Johnson” filed by herself – without a lawyer – in California for “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprive civil rights”. In a six-page document, she accused both Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein of “sexually and physically abusing” her at the age of 13, in 1994, “by forcing her to engage in various perverted and depraved sex acts”.
She also alleged that the two men “willfully and with extreme malice violated her civil rights (…) by making her their sex slave”.
The address of the accuser appeared to locate a home in Twentynine Palms, in the desert east of Los Angeles. But the house seemed in fact a foreclosed home who used to belong to other people… The situation remains unclear. It’s possible that the person involved in that case didn’t really have a home. Some put into questions that she even existed or her mental health.
I have tried many times to call the phone number listed on the front page, but every time it says : “The person you’re trying to reach is not accepting calls at this time, please try again later”. No one ever answers.
After this complaint was dropped by the judge for technical reasons, she filed another one in New York, with representation this time. But the case was dropped, again, four days before the presidential election. A press conference with lawyer Lisa Bloom was cancelled at the last minute because the woman changed her mind and didnt’ want to appear in public. Ms. Bloom tweeted : “Jane Doe instructed us to dismiss her lawsuit against Trump and Epstein today. Tough week for her. We wish her well.”
It’s been said that she received death threats and that there was no evidence to corroborate the 25 year-old alleged events.
Today, it seems that New York authorities have enough evidence to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein. And some powerful and wealthy men in Epstein’s circle are probably shaking.
His former neighbor in Palm Beach, Donald Trump has already seen images and words from a 2002 piece in the New York Magazine re-emerge everywhere. The journalist reports Trump’s comments as such : “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life”.
No doubt too that in the coming weeks, the social lives of Epstein’s friends or former friends known for sharing his private jets or his crazy parties will be the subject of scrutiny. Among them, we could also find Bill Clinton and a mysterious French man called Jean-Luc Brunel, who used to manage young female models out of Paris and who is close to Epstein. The financier owns an apartment in the French capital and even had a stake in Brunel’s agency, according to court documents. A reason why he was flying back from Paris before his arrest ?
In any case, here’s the account on Medium of a former model named Zoë Brock, published in October 2017, in the wake of the “metoo” movement, about her stay at Brunel’s appartment on Avenue Hoche, in Paris.
“He tried to have sex with me when I was a child (author’s note: she was 17). He gave me drugs. It’s high time he was outed for it”, says the woman, who self-describes as “seeker and speaker of truth, silence breaker, member of the Resistance”.
Big program, for the coming times.