A new report states that Melinda Gates was very uncomfortable with a meeting that took place between her husband, Bill Gates, and late accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The meeting allegedly caused major problems between Bill and Melinda and purportedly damaged their relationship.
The Gateses announced their intent to divorce on social media this week.
What are the details?
According to a Thursday report from the Daily Beast, the couple met with Epstein in 2013 while in New York City.
Gates was still Microsoft's chairman at the time of the meeting.
Following the meeting, Melinda reportedly told her husband that she was furious at the relationship between him and Epstein and felt incredibly uncomfortable with the encounter.
"Gates' friendship with Epstein — who for years was accused of molesting scores of underage girls — still haunts Melinda, according to friends of the couple who spoke to The Daily Beast this week in light of the pair's divorce announcement, which had been weeks in the making," the outlet reported.
Bill reportedly also met with Epstein several times beginning in 2011 to solicit donations for a charitable fund — three years after the late accused pedophile pleaded guilty to soliciting a young girl. He also reportedly rode aboard Epstein's private jet during one occasion in 2013.
Bill has previously said that he never had any business relationships with the late billionaire financier and that he never had any private meetings with Epstein.
In 2019, Bill said, "I met [Epstein]. I didn't have any business relationship or friendship with him. I didn't go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that. There were people around him who were saying, 'Hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.' Every meeting where I was with him were meetings with men. I was never at any parties or anything like that. He never donated any money to anything that I know about."
The outlet also noted that Boris Nikolic — Harvard Medical school grad and "former adviser to Gates" who was "mysteriously named a backup executor in Epstein's last will and testament" — reportedly acted as a go-between for Bill and Epstein.
The outlet reported that no spokesperson for either Bill or Melinda responded to requests for comments on the report. A spokesperson for Nikolic also did not respond to the outlet's request for a statement.