One of the pilots who flew pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets to and from Long Island airports 50 times over a two-decade period witnessed victims of sex trafficking aboard unspecified flights, according to archives.
Details of the alleged multi-millionaire sex trafficker’s local stops emerged from flight records reviewed by the hurry and the recent trial in Manhattan federal court of Ghislaine Maxwell, Expstein’s ex-girlfriend. The British socialite is appealing her conviction on December 29 on five counts of sex trafficking and other charges related to the recruitment and grooming of teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004. Among those listed in Epstein’s plane manifests — including the infamous jet dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’, a Boeing 727-31 believed to have been decorated with reclining red velvet seats and beds that Epstein’s victims alleged he abused them on mid-flight — were pilot Lawrence Visoski, the first prosecution witness at Maxwell’s trial.
Visoski told jurors he remembered the ‘piercing powder blue eyes’ of a victim – one of four who spoke – surnamed Jane who later testified she had had multiple sexual contacts with Epstein at the age of 14, sometimes with Maxwell in the bedroom.
Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in Florida to soliciting prostitution from underage girls, died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019, authorities said, while awaiting trial on trafficking charges. Federal sex offender for allegedly abusing dozens of girls over the years. Among Epstein’s many influential friends over the years include former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as Prince Andrew, who was recently stripped of his military title amid ongoing lawsuits from alleged victims of Epstein.
Details of Epstein’s trips to LI were scarce, but records show the area was among his many stopovers on his international trips as he flew with companions between New York, Florida and overseas as he had homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and the United States. Virgin Islands. Six of the 50 flights were to or from the Virgin Islands, where Epstein’s so-called ‘pedophile island’ is located. None of those who traveled with Epstein to LI have been charged with crimes.
Flight logs show passengers on Epstein’s flights to and from LI included Gerald Lefcourt, a lawyer who brokered Epstein’s 2008 deal with prosecutors who hid a deal from Epstein’s victims of non-prosecution. After Epstein was re-arrested, Lefcourt told The Associated Press that he “would never have signed the deal or recommended it unless we believed it solved what he said: all federal and state criminal liability”.
Celina Midelfart, a Norwegian cosmetics heiress whose lawyer released a statement denying that Midelfart was Epstein’s ex-girlfriend after Maxwell’s former executive assistant testified she believed the pedophile was dating the heiress behind the socialite’s back, was also listed in Epstein’s theft manifestos. A representative for Midelfart, who has not been accused of involvement in Epstein’s alleged scheme, did not respond to a request for comment.
Flight documents further showed that a passenger of Epstein on a trip to LI was his scientific adviser, neurosurgeon Melanie Walker, who allegedly helped introduce Epstein to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the fifth most trusted man. rich in the world. Dr Walker is married to a former Microsoft executive and is said to have helped introduce Epstein to Gates in 2011. Walker and another person close to Gates “at times acted as intermediaries between the two men”. The New York Times reported. The daily beast quoted an unnamed source as saying that “she did not attend or help arrange any meetings between Gates and Epstein.”
Walker, who has not been charged with involvement in the alleged trafficking of Epstein, could not be reached for comment. Gates told Anderson Cooper last summer that his meetings with Epstein were a “mistake”. Gates’ wife Melinda, who ended their 27-year marriage last year, was widely quoted as saying she was concerned about her ex-husband’s relationship with Epstein.
Records of the trips were found in a Business Intern database containing thousands of Epstein flight logs. In November, the Federal Aviation Administration accidentally sent 2,000 additional flight logs to publication in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that the FAA had previously denied. It is unclear whether the LI flights were among the new or previously leaked logs.
Flights aren’t Epstein’s only local ties. As the hurry reported, Richard Kahn, an accountant with a home in Water Mill who is an executor of Epstein’s $634 million estate, has been accused of helping Epstein run the alleged international sex trafficking ring. The U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General filed papers last year in the Virgin Islands Superior Court naming Kahn and Epstein’s co-executor Darren Indyke, a lawyer and Glen Cove native, as ‘indispensable captains’ in the scheme. The duo denied the charges.
Lawyers for Maxwell, who argued she was a scapegoat for crimes committed by Epstein, have called for a new trial after a juror in the case told reporters he had shared his experience of child sexual abuse during deliberations, and that her account helped sway jurors who were skeptical of Maxwell’s accusers. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan.