The new arrest of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has resurrected multiple reports about the wealthy and powerful people who once enjoyed the financier's friendship or who socialized with him over the years, both before and after he was investigated in the mid-2000s for sexually abusing multiple underage girls at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
For example, a much-cited Daily Beast report described how Epstein hosted a dinner party for longtime friend Prince Andrew in 2010 at his nine-story townhouse in Manhattan. Dinner guests that night included TV anchors Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos, comedian Chelsea Handler and director Woody Allen.
The dinner party took place nearly a year after Epstein completed a 13-month jail sentence in Florida, a widely criticized sentence his powerhouse attorneys negotiated under a secret "sweetheart" plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami. An FBI investigation had turned up 40 underage girls whom Epstein allegedly paid to perform erotic massages and other sex acts. Epstein also was suspected of making these girls available to his famous friends for sex acts, but he was allowed to plead guilty to much less serious state solicitation charges.
Epstein's dinner party with members of New York City's media elite also took place after the enigmatic financier had paid out millions of dollars in settlements to seven of those victims, the 2011 Daily Beast report added.