A former JPMorgan Chase executive reportedly participated in an email discussion in July 2010 with since-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The topic? Disney princesses.
“That was fun. Say hi to Snow White,” former exec Jes Staley reportedly wrote in one email.
In response, Epstein wrote back, “[W]hat character would you like next?”
“Beauty and the Beast,” Staley replied.
What the heck were they talking about? Young girls, reportedly.
According to a court filing submitted on Wednesday by U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) acting Attorney General Carol Thomas-Jacobs, the two men were talking about the young women and girls who were being procured by Epstein.
The filing states that Staley “visited Epstein’s properties in the Virgin Islands and elsewhere” and “exchanged hundreds of messages with Epstein from his JPMorgan email account in full view of JPMorgan, including some with photos of young women.”
It also states they “discussed Epstein’s provision of services to him during his travel on dates that closely corresponded with Epstein’s payments to the same young woman from his JPMorgan accounts, and discussed young women or girls procured by Epstein using the names of Disney princesses.”
View the filing below:
From the sound of it, Staley was one of Epstein’s clients.
The filing was submitted as part of a lawsuit by USVI against JPMorgan alleging “that JPMorgan, as Staley’s employer at the time, is liable for facilitating Epstein’s sexual abuse,” according to Bloomberg.
The suit was filed in December and alleges that JPMorgan essentially “turned a blind eye” to evidence that Epstein was using the bank and island to facilitate sex trafficking on Little Saint James, i.e., Epstein Island.
“In a more than 100-page complaint filed by [then] U.S.V.I. Attorney General Denise George in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan on Tuesday, the territory alleges that JPMorgan failed to report Epstein’s suspicious activities and provided the financier with services reserved for high-wealth clients after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution in Palm Beach, Fla.,” NPR reported in December.
“The complaint says the territory’s Department of Justice investigation ‘revealed that JP Morgan knowingly, negligently, and unlawfully provided and pulled the levers through which recruiters and victims were paid and was indispensable to the operation and concealment of the Epstein trafficking enterprise,'” according to NPR.
U.S. Virgin Islands implicates JP Morgan Chase bigtime in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation https://t.co/0VGjifkufC pic.twitter.com/7Uqr6FBr4A
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 31, 2022
All of this is part of lawsuit one. Filed separately by an Epstein victim, lawsuit two claims Staley “personally observed” Epstein’s illegal and gross behavior. The lawsuit also targets JPMorgan.
“According to the complaint, Staley frequently visited Epstein’s properties, including his New York townhouse massage room, a ‘stash house’ apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and his US Virgin Islands estate,” according to Bloomberg.
“The then-JPMorgan executive allegedly met many of Epstein’s trafficking victims and ‘personally observed the sexual abuse of young women, including Jane Doe 1,'” the top news publisher reported Thursday.
JPMorgan has, for its part, tried to dismiss the suit, saying it’s “legally meritless and should be dismissed.”
Staley meanwhile has denied having any knowledge of Epstein’s abusive activities.
Epstein victims sue BIG banks for playing an ‘integral role’ in his crimes: ‘He did not act alone’ https://t.co/Wxua44Hpaj pic.twitter.com/P0yDYbC8fh
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 26, 2022
The problem is that the evidence weighs heavily against JPMorgan in both suits. For example, at least 20 of Epstein’s victims were paid through JPMorgan accounts.
“These women were trafficked and abused during different intervals between at least 2003 and July 2019, when Epstein was arrested and jailed, and these women received payments, typically multiple payments, between 2003 and 2013 in excess of $1 million collectively,” this week’s filing from acting AG Thomas-Jacobs notes.
“JP Morgan’s banking relationship with Epstein was known at the highest levels of the bank. For instance, an August 2008 internal email states, ‘I would count Epstein’s assets as a probable outflow for ’08 ($120mm or so?) as I can’t imagine it will stay (pending Dimon review),'” the filing continues.
Retired @jpmorgan executive Jes Staley appears to have been ordering off of a menu of Disney princesses from Jeffrey Epstein (who, we’d like to point out, did not kill himself). pic.twitter.com/0bMCKPlDe1
— Libertarian Party of Delaware (@LPofDelaware) February 17, 2023
In response to JPMorgan’s attempt to dismiss the first suit, Thomas-Jacobs outright accused the bank of having “broke every rule” in its attempts to procure wealth (i.e., more money) from Epstein’s illicit activities.
“Sex-trafficking was the principal business of Epstein’s accounts held by JPMorgan, and JPMorgan profited handsomely from the hundreds of millions of dollars in assets in those accounts,” the acting AG wrote in this week’s filing.
“Far from the so-called ‘ordinary’ banking services JPMorgan claims it provided to Epstein, JPMorgan broke every rule to facilitate Epstein’s sex-trafficking and feed off his wealth and connections,” she added, accusing the bank of profiting off of Epstein until his untimely death in 2019.
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