HUNTER: Jeffrey Epstein victims sue big banks over sex trafficking

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JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank are named in separate lawsuits

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With billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the fix always seemed to be in.

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The mysterious financier’s greasy fingers stretched across the planet, from the corridors of financial power on Wall St. to the upper levels of political power in Washington, along with the fluffy waystation in between known as high society.

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Of course, the 66-year-old pervert — either voluntarily or not — removed himself from centre stage when he put a sheet around his neck, strangling himself while awaiting trial on a slew of sex-trafficking charges.

That was in August 2019 but the sordid saga of Jeffrey Epstein seems without end even after his second banana, former sexual playmate and disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was caged for 20 years in June.

Epstein and Maxwell operated a sex-trafficking ring that ran underage girls to Epstein’s well-heeled pedo pals around the globe. Always just one step ahead of scrutiny.

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The names of the wealthy and powerful men who enjoyed Epstein’s lurid largesse remain mere whispers.

Now, in a possible indication of how widespread Epstein’s influence was, two of his sex abuse victims are suing JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank in separate lawsuits.

Ghislaine Maxwell. HANDOUT/US BUREAU OF PRISONS
Ghislaine Maxwell. HANDOUT/US BUREAU OF PRISONS

The women claim the banking bigs picked profits and a pedophile over his underage sex-trafficking victims.

Known only as Jane Does, the pair filed lawsuits in New York federal court. They want class-action status and unspecified damages, according to the New York Post.

The women claim the two banks facilitated and participated in greasing Epstein’s sex-trafficking operation, including enabling him to pay off women for the sex acts. The banks, in turn, profited from doing business with the dodgy businessman, the Jane Does say.

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For its part, Deutsche Bank told the tabloid that the claim “lacks merit” and they will fight it out in court. JPMorgan declined to comment.

The Post reports that the two banks worked with Epstein after he swung a deal to basically worm out of an underage prostitution charge in Florida.

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One suit claimed: “(Deutsche Bank) knowingly participated in the Epstein sex-trafficking venture by (among other things) providing the financial underpinnings for Epstein to have ready and reliable access to resources — including cash — to recruit, lure, coerce, and entice young women and girls to be sexually abused and to cause them to engage in commercial sex acts and other degradations.”

The German bank allegedly ignored red flags, The Wall Street Journal reported. Among these were payoffs to young women and huge cash withdrawals.

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The Journal said the sleazeball former teacher and associates had more than 40 accounts with Deutsche Bank.

The lawsuit adds: “When considering whether to participate in the sex-trafficking venture, and before on-boarding Epstein, Deutsche Bank estimated that it would earn between $2,000,000 to $4,000,000 annually by funding the sex-trafficking venture and handling the accounts of Epstein-related entities.”

The second Jane Doe suing JPMorgan said in her suit she was recruited by a young woman in 2006 and sexually abused by Epstein from 2006 to 2013. She is reportedly a former ballet dancer who also claims she was trafficked to Epstein’s friends for mega-cash — withdrawn from JPMorgan.

Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured massaging Jeffrey Epstein’s feet in a photo recovered during an FBI raid at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion in 2019.
Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured massaging Jeffrey Epstein’s feet in a photo recovered during an FBI raid at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion in 2019. Photo by U.S. District Attorney’s Office /supplied

In addition, the suit claims the company’s head of private banking, Jes Staley, established the relationship with Epstein in 2000. The Post reported that the suit does not implicate Staley in any way.

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“The relationship between Epstein and Staley was symbiotic,” the suit said. “Epstein agreed to bring many ultra-high wealth clients to JP Morgan, and in exchange, Staley would use his clout within JPMorgan to make Epstein untouchable.”

Today, Epstein’s roasting in hell, Maxwell is caged in the Florida Panhandle for the foreseeable future.

And the ugly apparatus that was their lifeblood is slowly being shamed and dismantled. One piece at a time.

But we’re still waiting for the names.

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