“Jeffrey is a monster.” That’s how 27 year old Virginia Roberts describes convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and she should know. Virginia is now a married mother of three living in Australia but 12 years ago, when she was just 15, she was groomed by Epstein as his personal sexual assistant and traveling companion.
Last week Mrs. Roberts, who had been identified in court documents only as “Jane Doe 102,” saw pictures of Epstein walking free with Prince Andrew and got angry. She decided to break her silence and told her story over several days to the Daily Mail. You can read many of the gritty details of her time with Epstein here, but the bottom line is simple: Epstein trained Roberts as his personal “erotic masseuse” from the time she was 15 and then, while she was still underage, began flying her to his private island in the Caribbean for sex with his friends. In other words, he was acting as a pimp to a child prostitute.
Epstein, who is a billionaire money manager (hence the private island and private jet), faced dozens of counts of paying for sex with underage girls five years ago but avoided trial when the FBI stepped in and offered him a sweetheart plea bargain. No one involved understands why he was offered the deal, since the details of the charges against him were quite shocking. The Daily Beast recently reported that Epstein flew underage girls in from around the world, including three 12 year olds selected from France as a birthday present to himself. These are crimes for which an ordinary person could see several decades in prison. But under the FBI deal, Esptein spent about 18 months in jail (some of that in work release). Some have suggested that Epstein’s personal relationships with people like Bill Clinton (who has also flown on Epstein’s jet) and Prince Andrew may have helped him get a light sentence.
Normally, being a convicted sex offender would ruin your social life; not so for Jeffrey Epstein. Buried in this weekend’s story about Virginia Roberts was mention of a party Epstein had thrown in December for his pal Prince Andrew. On the guest list: Woody Allen, Charlie Rose, George Stephanopolous and Katie Couric. Now I can figure out what Woody Allen and Epstein might have in common, but why were Rose, Stephanopolous and Couric there? According to this story, they were all having a fine time begging Prince Andrew for invitations to the Royal Wedding. Priorities, I guess.
The level of hypocrisy, especially in Couric’s case, is stunning. Here’s a finger-wagging report Couric did on the need for Congress to address underage prostitution and protect girls being exploited by pimps.
Note that this aired just two weeks after Couric attended the soiree at the New York home of convicted pedophile and pimp Jeffrey Epstein. Maybe Katie ought to take a page from her own notebook and stop socializing with men who exploit children. The same goes for George Stephanopolous and Charlie Rose, both of whom should be ashamed of themselves.
CBS News, ABC News and PBS need to explain to viewers why their most prominent on air talent are so chummy with a man most Americans would rightly consider to be a “monster.”