FBI agents have descended upon the private island home of Jeffrey Epstein, searching for evidence related to the alleged sex trafficking crimes of the now-deceased billionaire, as well as any evidence of co-conspirators to his schemes.
The search of the island comes after documents containing nearly 2,000 pages containing allegations of sexual abuse by Epstein were released to the public on Friday, adding plenty more fuel to the investigations into Epstein.
The private island – located in the Virgin Islands – has become the center of the ongoing sex trafficking probe into Epstein and his potential co-conspirators. Many allegations have been levied against the financer, including accusations that underaged girls were brought to the island to be abused and kept as sex slaves.
Sources suggest that Epstein would fly the girls into St. Thomas and have them shuttled over to the island on his boat “Lady Ghislaine,” named for his ex-girlfriend and alleged “madam.”
Former staff members have spoken about the alleged crimes at the island. One member of his staff said that guests to the island included billionaires such as Les Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret. Wexner sold his house to Epstein in the 1990s, and it’s alleged Victoria Secret models were taken to the island.
One former employee says that Epstein had five boats and that he once saw some women on the island, but he believed they were over 18 years of age.
Epstein planned for the private island, Little St. James, to include two homes, cottages, a barge dock, gardens, an amphitheater, solar array and generator, marine electrical cable, a storage building, a security building, a machine shop, a work shed, and an “underwater office and pool”.
The raid came following a warning from Attorney General Bill Barr stating that any alleged co-conspirators of Epstein should “not rest easy.” The investigation of Epstein’s sex crimes has shifted focus since his death. It is now looking into people who have been accused of helping the billionaire. The move could implicate some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the world.
Barr spoke at a police event in New Orleans where he said, “Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Any con-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it.”
Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, is someone who may be dragged into the spotlight if the investigation into co-conspirators continues. Maxwell was dubbed the “madam of the house” by a former housekeeper at the Epstein mansion in Florida. Maxwell denies any claims against her, but reports are now suggesting she is willing to cooperate with the investigation.
The New York Post is reported that prosecutors may go after witnesses who were preparing to testify against Epstein because they no longer “need them” to convict Epstein. A reporter with the Miami Herald, Julie K. Brown, says that prosecutors are likely to “refocus their probe on Maxwell, Sarah Kellen Vickers, Adriana Ross, and Lesley Groff.”
These are all alleged co-conspirators of Epstein, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.
His accusers may also be able to pursue their own civil cases against Epstein’s estate, including the $77 million mansion he owned in New York and his home in Palm Beach.