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Clinton, Hawking, Prince Andrew among those uncovered in Epstein documents

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Former President Bill Clinton, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein are seen communicating with each other in 1993. Epstein and Clinton were frequently photographed together.

Over 1400 pages have been unsealed since Jan. 3 that detail the child sexual abuse and trafficking committed by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell relating to a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell. The release of these documents comes following a decision in December by a federal judge. More than 150 different names were mentioned.

Epstein’s crimes began with paying minors $200 for a massage, and while he was receiving that massage, he would sexually assault the girls. He targeted poorer areas where the $200 was a motivation for anything. After these girls gave the “massage”, he told them that he would pay $200 for each friend they brought. This escalated into bringing them to his island, Little Saint James in the Virgin Islands, and “giving” the girls to his friends for them to abuse. Once he brought them to the island, they were completely disconnected from the world and couldn’t do anything to save themselves. He threatened their families if they were to speak out and stop “working” for him. Epstein was arrested in 2019 and was awaiting trial in the Metropolitan Correctional Center before killing himself. Much of the documents are the prosecutor asking questions that the witness did not have any answer to, so here are the most important parts.

When one victim, Johanna Sjoberg, was asked, “Do you know if Bill Clinton was a friend of Jeffrey Epstein?” she responded, “I knew he had dealings with Bill Clinton. I didn’t know they were friends until I read the Vanity Fair article about them going to Africa Together.” The follow-up question was whether Epstein ever talked to her about Clinton. She responded, “He said one time that Clinton likes them young, referring to girls.”

Clinton and Epstein were frequently photographed with each other. Although Clinton had been on Epstein’s private plane multiple times, there is no evidence from the documents that Clinton ever went to Epstein’s island and engaged in sex trafficking.

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Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, was also a big name released. He was already known to have committed the acts with Epstein. The Royal Family helped pay the Prince’s $16 million settlement to Giuffre in a civil sexual assault case. When Sjoberg first met the Prince, they pulled out a puppet that looked like him. She then described what happened next, “They put the puppet on Virginia’s lap, and I sat on Andrew’s lap, and they put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, and Andrew put his hand on my breast, and they took a photo.” The victim never saw the picture. There was another Prince referenced in the documents but the name was redacted.

A surprising name that came out was Steven Hawking. Hawking was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21 and slowly became paralyzed. Epstein in an email to Maxwell said, “You can issue a reward to any of Virginia’s friends, acquaintances and family that come forward and help prove her allegations are false. The strongest is the Clinton dinner, and the new version in the Virgin Islands that Steven Hawking participated in an underage orgy.”

These three people mentioned are among hundreds that have some sort of involvement in the operation. As more of these documents come out, more celebrities, politicians and high ranking members of our society will be exposed to have been involved in the trafficking and abuse of underage women.

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