New details emerge about the personal life of Jeffrey Epstein, who remains behind bars
Unusual details about the personal life and habits of Jeffrey Epstein have emerged, as he remains jailed without bond facing federal sex trafficking charges.
Two women who were involved with Epstein in the early 2000s spoke with Vanity Fair about the disgraced man’s odd predilections – though both say he kept his interest in underage girls secret.
One woman described how she was unable to sleep when she spent the night with him, because he insisted on keeping the temperature at a frosty 54 degrees.
‘I was like, I’m f**king freezing. I’m going to die of hypothermia,’ she told the magazine.
The temperature preference seemed to be part of Epstein’s strict health regimen of chef-prepared meals, meditation and exercise – though not to much exercise, as Epstein believed muscle mass could be detrimental to intelligence, the woman said.
‘He had theories about…everything,’ the woman said.
Epstein (far left) is seen in 2005 with journalist Maer Roshan and two women identified only as Tatiana and Adriana. New details have emerged about his life in the early 2000s
One woman said that she didn’t understand why the floor of Epstein’s private jet was padded, until she realized it was for sex in the sky. The interior of one of Epstein’s jets is seen above
She said that Epstein told her that due to his high sex drive, he could not be monogamous.
‘He said everyone dates multiple people at the same time…that’s how all wealthy and powerful people do it,’ the woman said.
‘He said kings and queens do it, and if I was less pedestrian and common we could have this beautiful, long-term relationship.’ The woman says she declined.
Another woman, a former model who was at the time just out of college, told Vanity Fair of the time Epstein gave her and a group of older men a tour of his private 727.
She recalls being surprised by the padded floors in the jet.
‘When I saw that I thought, Wow, rich people are weird,’ she says. ‘I was so stupid and naïve—Why are padded floors cool? I was too young to get it.’
Meanwhile, she says, the other men winked and joked with each other that the floors were padded so that Epstein could have sex on the floor at 10,000 feet.
The women said that Epstein was a germaphobe who disliked shaking hands, and preferred the privacy of his own home to the club scene in Manhattan.
All the while, unbeknownst to the women, Epstein was exploiting dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s, according to federal prosecutors.
Jeffrey Epstein looks on near Judge Richard Berman during a bail hearing in his sex trafficking case, in this court sketch in New York on Thursday
On Thursday, a judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges, saying he poses a danger to the public and might use his ‘great wealth and vast resources’ to flee the country.
Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction to the announcement by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman. His lawyers did not comment afterward.
‘I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community,’ Berman said, citing a danger for both the ‘minor victims in this case and prospective victims as well.’
The decision means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights sex trafficking charges. He faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Two politicians lauded Berman’s bail decision, with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying the ‘survivors deserve more answer and true justice.’
Berman noted the ‘compelling testimony’ at Monday’s bail hearing by Epstein accusers Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild, who ‘testified that they fear for their safety and the safety of others if Mr. Epstein were to be released.’
Wild, who said she was sexually abused by Epstein when she was 14 in Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded with the judge to keep him jailed.
‘He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,’ Wild said during the Monday hearing.
The defense had argued 66-year-old Epstein should be allowed to await trial under house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion. They said he wouldn’t run and was willing to pledge a fortune of at least $559 million as collateral.