Accused sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein, whose life came to a shocking end allegedly on the end of a makeshift prison noose over the weekend, reportedly gave a chilling interview about a year before his death where he revealed the depravity of his sexual addiction.
What's the background?
New York Times journalist James Stewart met with Epstein at his Upper East Side mansion last August for a 90-minute conversation. Stewart published the contents only after Epstein's death because Epstein required Stewart to conduct the interview "on background," which meant Stewart agreed not to attribute the information directly to Epstein, a condition that Stewart said he believes lapsed when Epstein died.
Stewart requested the interview to investigate rumors that Epstein was advising Elon Musk and Tesla, which Epstein reportedly confirmed during their interview. However, Musk and Tesla now vehemently deny any connection to Epstein.
What did Epstein allegedly say?
Epstein was "unapologetic," Stewart claims, yet reluctant to discuss his alleged work with Tesla. Instead, Stewart claims Epstein was more comfortable discussing his sexual addiction, which reportedly included raping underage girls.
In fact, Epstein told Stewart that "criminalizing sex with teenage girls was a cultural aberration," lamenting "that at times in history it was perfectly acceptable," Stewart says.
Epstein even reportedly compared the criminalization of raping underage girls to the criminalization of homosexuality, which remains prevalent in many parts of the world today.
Stewart also says he found it shocking that Epstein had a very young woman welcome him at the front door of his mansion.
"After I rang, the door was opened by a young woman, her blonde hair pulled back in a chignon, who greeted me with what sounded like an Eastern European accent," Stewart recalls. "I can't say how old she was, but my guess would be late teens or perhaps 20."
"Given Mr. Epstein's past, this struck me as far too close to the line. Why would Mr. Epstein want a reporter's first impression to be that of a young woman opening his door?" Stewart adds.
Stewart says that earlier this year Epstein called him, requesting Stewart write his biography. However, Stewart declined.
"That was the last I heard from him," Stewart says. "After his arrest and suicide, I'm left to wonder: What might he have told me?"