The ongoing legal battle surrounding the late financier Jeffrey Epstein has taken another twist, with the US Virgin Islands issuing a subpoena to Elon Musk. The subpoena is related to the government’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase for its alleged role in the sex trafficking ring run by Jeffrey Epstein, who was awaiting trial when he was found dead in his jail cell in 2019, with authorities ruling it as a suicide.
Court filings show that the government is seeking information from the Tesla CEO regarding Epstein’s possible referral of Musk to JPMorgan Chase.
The subpoena does not suggest any wrongdoing on Musk’s part nor require him to testify under oath. The US Virgin Islands is also seeking similar information from other high-profile figures, including Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Disney exec Michael Ovitz, Hyatt Hotels Executive Chairman Thomas Pritzker, and billionaire real estate investor Mort Zuckerman.
Epstein was a customer of JPMorgan Chase for fifteen years and was known to have pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting sex from an underage girl in 2008. The US Virgin Islands is suing JPMorgan Chase over accusations that the company enabled and benefited from Epstein’s trafficking of young women and underaged girls to his private island in the American territory. The financial institution is also facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims to be a victim of Epstein and is weighing the same allegations. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is set to testify in both lawsuits.
The US Virgin Islands’ government is seeking communications between Musk, JPMorgan, Epstein, and “all documents reflecting or regarding Epstein’s involvement in human trafficking and/or his procurement of girls or women for consensual sex.” Despite hiring a private investigative firm, officials have been unable to locate Musk and are now requesting that he be served through Tesla’s registered agent.
This is not the first time Epstein has been linked to Musk; in a 2018 interview, Epstein claimed to have advised Tesla during a Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) probe into a tweet by Musk in which he said he was “considering” taking Tesla private and had “secured funding.” The tweet led to a shareholder lawsuit, and while Musk was ultimately found not liable, JPMorgan also brought a legal case against Tesla over it, with the company countersuing in turn. Despite Epstein’s claim, Tesla has denied any involvement with him, leaving many to wonder about the truth behind the situation.
The fact Epstein made such a claim raised quite a few eyebrows and brought about questions about the potential connections between him and the business world, particularly in the tech sector. It also highlights the challenges of navigating complex legal and regulatory issues in an increasingly high-stakes business environment. As this story continues to unfold, it will be important to closely monitor developments and consider their broader implications for both the business world and society as a whole.
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