'Epstein Coverup, meet your party at terminal two': San Diego airport flashes bizarre message on screens, apologizes
San Diego International Airport, in a bizarre incident on Tuesday, displayed a message mentioning "Epstein Coverup" on the screens across the terminals.
A video posted on Twitter of the incident showed the screens stating: "Airport is paging Epstein Coverup please meet your party at terminal two east by American Airlines." The incident came on the same day after a leaked video showed an ABC News anchor complaining about network executives blocking her from reporting sex trafficking allegations against the late millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2016. The video was promoted on Twitter with the hashtag, #EpsteinCoverup.
Shortly after the gaffe on Wednesday, the airport confirmed the incident, acknowledging its occurrence and claiming it was an employee's mistake.
An airport spokesperson, in a statement to KGTV, said: "San Diego International Airport's paging system is a vital communications resource for airport users in a sometimes busy, hectic environment. Airport users depend on this system to reach loved ones or receive notifications in a timely manner. In this instance, our employee made a mistake. Steps are being taken to avoid such mistakes in the future."
Project Veritas, a rightwing activist group, released a hot mic of ABC News anchor Amy Roback on Tuesday, speaking to a producer about how the network executives had spiked her reporting on Epstein. Robak, in the tape, said she had reported allegations about underage sex abuse in 2016, three years before Epstein was apprehended.
Epstein allegedly hanged himself at the Manhattan Correctional Center early morning on August 10, despite being intermittently put on suicide watch. The investor was arrested by federal agents on July 6 in New Jersey after his return from a Paris trip and was charged with child sex trafficking in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591.
A frustrated Roback can be heard saying she had even filmed an interview with Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts. "I've had the story for three years. I've had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not put it on the air," says Robach at the start of the video. "First of all I was told, 'Who's Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is this is, this is a stupid story.''
Robach, after the video's leak, released a formal statement, downplaying her remarks in the clip.
"As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration. I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn't air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC's editorial standards about her allegations."