JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will be interviewed under oath about his company’s ties with deceased child sex predator and financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Lawsuits from an unnamed victim of Epstein and the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands allege that JPMorgan Chase benefited financially from its relationship with the pedophile. Attorneys have uncovered communications from JPMorgan Chase employees which mentioned a “Dimon review” into the company’s relationship with Epstein, according to a report from the Financial Times based upon unnamed sources.
Dimon, who has led the investment bank since 2005 and is widely considered one of the most powerful executives on Wall Street, will be deposed behind closed doors in May. Another source told the Financial Times that there is no record of direct communications between Dimon and Epstein, who worked with JPMorgan Chase between 1998 and 2013.
JPMorgan Chase has denied that Dimon had knowledge of a review into the firm’s associations with Epstein and rejected the notion that the company benefited from sex trafficking.
News of the upcoming deposition comes one week after United States District Judge Jed Rakoff tossed most of the charges against JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank in the proposed class action lawsuits from the Epstein accuser and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attorneys will be permitted, however, to contend that both companies benefited from the Epstein sex trafficking scheme by providing him with financial services.
“Epstein’s sex trafficking operation was impossible without the assistance of JPMorgan Chase, and later Deutsche Bank, and we assure the public that we will leave no stone unturned in our quest for justice for the many victims who deserved better from one of America’s largest financial institutions,” lawyers for the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Epstein victim, identified only as Jane Doe, said in a statement.
The complaint from Doe asserts that Epstein, who ran a hedge fund before his death in 2019, benefited from special treatment at JPMorgan Chase because he attracted clients to the investment bank. Most of the Epstein hedge fund’s business went to Deutsche Bank after he ceased business with JPMorgan Chase in 2013.
The new complaints against the financial institutions come after managers of the Epstein estate agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Virgin Islands at the end of last year over enforcement actions related to the territory’s laws against fraud, sex trafficking, and child exploitation. The estate agreed to pay $105 million and half of the proceeds earned from selling the island of Little St. James, which has acquired nicknames such as “Pedophile Island,” and $450,000 to remediate environmental damage around Great St. James, another island owned by Epstein.
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The financier purchased Little St. James in 1998 and owned the property until his death. The island has allegedly hosted former President Bill Clinton and British Prince Andrew; a pilot who formerly worked for Epstein testified that he had seen the two individuals, and former President Donald Trump and actor Kevin Spacey, on the deceased predator’s aircraft.