Back in 2013, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates met sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which according to media reports had infuriated Melinda and caused major issues in the couple’s relationship.
The meeting occurred in September of 2013 at Epstein’s Upper East Side Mansion in New York City. It was a turning point for Epstein and Gate’s relationship, after which Melinda told friends that she was uncomfortable meeting with the sex offender and had not wanted to be there, according to The Daily Beast.
Gates and Epstein had met several times beginning in 2011, three years after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting a young girl, The New York Times.
Bill Gates claims that he never had a business relationship with Epstein and none of their meetings were private.
After Epstein was arrested in 2019, Gates was scrutinized for his relationship with the sex offender, according to The Daily Beast.
A technology associate who attended some of the same events as Epstein commented on Gates’ ties with him.
“If you ask Bill Gates, he’ll say, ‘Oh I had absolutely no idea he wasn’t up to anything of the highest moral character.’ But I seriously doubted Epstein’s moral character,” the person, who asked to remain anonymous, said, according to The Daily Beast.
Bill and Melinda announced Monday on Twitter that they are getting divorced.
Bill and Melinda Gates married in 1994 and have three children together.
Jeffrey Epstein was an American financier and convicted sex offender. He began his professional life as a teacher, but then switched to the banking and finance sector in various roles, working at Bear Stearns before forming his own firm. He developed an elite social circle and procured many women and children who were then sexually abused by Epstein and some of his contacts.
In 2005, police in Palm Beach, Florida, began investigating Epstein after a parent complained that he had sexually abused her 14-year-old daughter. Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 by a Florida state court of procuring a child for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute. He served almost 13 months in custody, but with extensive work release. He was convicted of only these two crimes as part of a controversial plea deal; federal officials had identified 36 girls, some as young as 14 years old, whom Epstein had allegedly sexually abused.
Epstein was arrested again on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death. Since his death precluded the possibility of pursuing criminal charges, a judge dismissed all criminal charges on August 29, 2019. Epstein had a decades-long association with Ghislaine Maxwell, who has faced persistent allegations of procuring and sexually trafficking underage girls for Epstein, which led to her arrest by the FBI on July 2, 2020. Epstein also maintained a years-long friendship with Prince Andrew, Duke of York..
Epstein installed concealed cameras in numerous places on his properties to allegedly record sexual activity with underage girls by prominent people for criminal purposes, such as blackmail. Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s close companion, told a friend that Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands was completely wired for video and the friend believed that Maxwell and Epstein were videotaping everyone on the island as an insurance policy. When police raided his Palm Beach residence in 2006 two hidden pinhole cameras were discovered in his home. It was also reported that Epstein’s mansion in New York was wired extensively with a video surveillance system.
Maria Farmer, an artist who worked for Epstein in 1996, noted that Epstein showed her a media room in the New York mansion where there were individuals monitoring the pinhole cameras throughout the house. The media room was accessed through a hidden door. She stated that in the media room “there were men sitting here. And I looked on the cameras, and I saw toilet, toilet, bed, bed, toilet, bed.” She added that “It was very obvious that they were, like, monitoring private moments.”
Epstein allegedly “lent” girls to powerful people to ingratiate himself with them and also to gain possible blackmail information. According to the Department of Justice, he kept compact discs locked in his safe in his New York mansion with handwritten labels that included the description: “young [name] + [name]”. Epstein implied that he had blackmail material when he told a New York Times reporter in 2018, off the record, that he had dirt on powerful people, including information about their sexual proclivities and recreational drug use.