Bill Gates should reveal all ties to Epstein to help Ghislaine Maxwell investigation, says victims' lawyer
There has always been a debate about whether Bill Gates has had any associations with late billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. While the Microsoft founder has time and again refuted connections with Epstein, it has been reported that they met not once but several times, and Gates even flew in the infamous Lolita Express despite having his own million-dollar private plane. Recent reports also connect Bill and Melinda's recent divorce to Epstein. And amidst all this, he is being urged by the victims' lawyer to give evidence to Ghislaine Maxwell investigators about all ties to Epstein.
Lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represents nine Epstein victims, recently advised Gates that he should volunteer any information about the late financier or his friends that could help in the Ghislaine Maxwell investigation.
Why take meetings with a pedophile?
It has been reported that Gates and Epstein first met in 2011. This was three years after Epstein had pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage girl in Florida. They reportedly went on to meet on numerous occasions.
In a recent interview with The Sun, Kuvin said he had an issue with Bill Gates' association with Epstein. He said it was at par with Prince Andrew's association with him. "Why are you taking business meetings with a person like that?" Kuvin asked. "I question anyone's moral character who chooses to take business meetings with someone who's exhibited that kind of behavior and admitted to that type of behavior."
The lawyer added that it was hard to believe that Gates had little to no idea about what exactly Epstein was up to. "With Bill Gates, his wealth and investigatory powers, I find it incredibly hard to believe that he would not have known the full extent of the allegations that have been brought against Epstein here for that."
"And yet he continued to take meetings with him. It just shows poor judgment."
Gates has reportedly denied witnessing any malpractice during any of his meetings with Epstein. But records show Gates flew on Epstein's notorious Lolita Express in 2013. Gates, however, claims he didn't know who the jet belonged to.
Melinda was upset with Bill's association with Epstein
It has recently been reported that Melinda was not at all okay with Bill and Epstein's relationship.
The trio reportedly met in September 2013 at Epstein's Upper East Side mansion. She would later go on to tell friends about the encounter and how "uncomfortable she was in the company of the wealthy sex offender and how she wanted nothing to do with him".
Was Epstein the reason behind the divorce?
The divorce proceedings for Bill and Melinda's divorce reportedly started in 2019. Kuvin added that the timing of the divorce, which was around the time of Epstein's arrest on sex trafficking charges, "does seem suspect".
He is now urging Gates to come forward and reveal to prosectors in the Ghislaine Maxwell case any information he has about Epstein and his associates. Maxwell, 59, has reportedly pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein.
Kuvin said, "Remember there's an ongoing investigation regarding Ghislaine Maxwell. So if Mr Gates, has information that could assist in that investigation, I would say he should step forward. Just like I have said with respect to Prince Andrew, Mr Gates should come forward and volunteer any information he thinks that could help in that investigation."
'Come ahead with information'
Kuvin said "more people need to be looked into, not just Bill Gates, not just Ghislaine Maxwell."
"I've always said that this was a much larger network of people that need to be held accountable for their connections to Jeffrey Epstein," he added.
"We know historically that numerous other people that and took meetings with Epstein after his conviction, we're just slowly peeling away the layers of this onion of the numerous individuals, high profile individuals that continued with their social and business relationships with that scene after his convictions. There are academic institutions and business individuals that were continuing associations with Epstein after his conviction in admissions about what he'd done to young girls," Kuvin said.
"There are academic institutions and business individuals that were continuing associations with Epstein after his conviction in admissions about what he'd done to young girls," he added.