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Newly unsealed emails in the case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein indicate that one of his victims claimed to have copies of blackmail videos featuring some of his wealthiest associates. The emails, released by prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, reveal that a woman identified as “Jane Doe 3” told investigators she was aware of videos taken by Epstein and kept on a secure server at his New York home.
The emails indicate that the woman, who was not named in the documents but is believed to be Virginia Giuffre, said she had seen videos on the server which featured “powerful people doing things they should not be doing.” She also said she had copies of some of these videos, though it is unclear whether these copies were ever recovered by investigators.
The emails also reference other individuals connected to Epstein who may have been involved in creating the alleged blackmail tapes. These include Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former associate and alleged madam; Sarah Kellen, another associate; and Les Wexner, an American billionaire and former business partner of Epstein. It is unclear what role any or all of these individuals may have played in creating or storing the alleged tapes.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and faced federal charges for sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He committed suicide (allegedly) while in jail awaiting trial and was never convicted on any charges related to child exploitation or sexual abuse. However, many of his wealthy associates are still facing scrutiny from prosecutors who are looking into possible criminal conduct related to their involvement with him.
The newly unsealed emails regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s case raise many questions about his activities before his death. Specifically, they appear to suggest that he kept videos on a secure server at his home which could have been used for blackmailing wealthy associates. It remains to be seen what evidence prosecutors might uncover as their investigation continues but this latest development certainly sheds more light on Epstein’s activities prior to his arrest last year.