Little Saint James, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Little Saint James
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Overview of Little Saint James
Little Saint James is located in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Little Saint James
Little Saint James
Location in the Caribbean
Little Saint James is located in Caribbean
Little Saint James
Little Saint James
Little Saint James (Caribbean)
Geography
LocationCaribbean Sea
Coordinates18°18′0″N 64°49′30″W / 18.30000°N 64.82500°W / 18.30000; -64.82500Coordinates: 18°18′0″N 64°49′30″W / 18.30000°N 64.82500°W / 18.30000; -64.82500
Highest point25 m
Administration
Area covered0.32 km2 (0.12 sq mi)

Little Saint James is a private island of the United States Virgin Islands,[1] off the coast of St. Thomas[2][3] and belongs to subdistrict East End, Saint Thomas. The island, owned by American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from 1998 until his 2019 death, is 70–78 acres (28–32 ha).[1][4][5]

It has been dubbed the "Island of Sin".[6][7][8] Little Saint James is also known to locals as "Pedophile Island" and "Orgy Island".[9][10] According to The Independent, "Epstein's island developed a reputation for depravity, and it is alleged that teenage girls were made to take part in orgies on Little St. James."[6]

Ownership[edit]

According to public records, the island was once worth $3 million and owned by a woman who died in a chalet in Switzerland.[11] In 1997, Little St. James was owned by venture capitalist Arch Cummin and was for sale for $10.5 million.[12] In April 1998, a company called L.S.J. LLC purchased the island for $7.95 million, and additional documents showed that Jeffrey Epstein was the sole member of L.S.J.[11][10][13] In 2019, the island was valued at $63,874,223.[14] The island was Epstein's primary residence[2][15] and he called the island "Little St. Jeff".[1][4][7] The main house on the island was renovated by Edward Tuttle, a designer of the Aman Resorts.[1] In 2008, Epstein's estate on Little Saint James had 70 staff.[10][16] According to a former staffer, Epstein insisted on secrecy from his employees.[13]

In 1997, the island had a main house, three guest cottages, a caretaker's cottage, a private desalination system, a helipad and a dock.[12] By 2015, the island had a library, Japanese bathhouse, cinema, lagoon and cabañas.[5] In addition, there is also a blue-striped boxlike building that initially was topped by a golden dome.[17] The purpose of this construction is unclear; it does not appear to match the plans for a music pavilion that had been submitted by Epstein's architects for approval in 2010.[17]

Visitors[edit]

Court papers allege that visitors included "prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well known prime minister and other world leaders".[5] According to flight logs, Prince Andrew, Duke of York paid at least one visit aboard Epstein's private jet to the island, although former staff claimed he visited Little St. James several times.[5][8] According to a former employee, Victoria's Secret models were among the guests he saw there, and Les Wexner visited the island at least once.[13]

Before Epstein was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a minor, Stephen Hawking visited the island with of a group of particle physicists, cosmologists and theorists, including three Nobel laureates and experts on gravity, dark matter and string theory.[18][6] All had been invited to attend a conference funded by Epstein.[18] A March 2006 photograph on Little St. James shows Hawking, David Gross and Lisa Randall at a barbecue during the conference.[6][7] Other visitors have included Gerard 't Hooft, Frank Wilczek, Lawrence Krauss and Martin Nowak.[7] Krauss said most of the conference took place on the neighbouring island of St. Thomas, but Epstein had thrown a party on Little St. James.[18]

Bill Clinton is widely reported to have visited Little St. James.[19] According to The Independent, Clinton flew on Epstein's private jet to Little St. James[20] on multiple occasions between 2002 and 2005.[21] According to Newsweek, Bill Clinton had been to Little St. James as part of Epstein's circle.[7] Virginia Roberts, later known as Virginia Giuffre, claims in a lawsuit that she was lured into a sex-trafficking ring run by Epstein, and while traveling with Epstein she saw Clinton on the island.[22] In a 2011 conversation with her lawyers, Roberts claimed Clinton traveled to Epstein's retreat on Little St. James in 2002.[23] A Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service records of visits Clinton may have made to Little St. James produced no such evidence.[22] According to Epstein's flight logs, Clinton never flew near the U.S. Virgin Islands.[23] A Clinton spokesperson issued a statement saying Clinton never visited the island.[11][24]

According to People magazine, David Copperfield proposed to Claudia Schiffer on Little St. James, three months after meeting her in 1993.[25]

Mar a Lago was also said to be where Giuffre was recruited from. [22]

Alleged sexual abuse[edit]

According to attorneys for Epstein's alleged victims, Little St. James is where many of the worst crimes against minors were committed by Epstein and friends who traveled there with him.[19] Court documents allege that the then 17-year-old Virginia Roberts was forced by Epstein to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions – in London, New York, and as part of an orgy on Little St. James.[8][20] Buckingham Palace has denied this allegation.[18][26] A lawyer for Epstein has described the allegations of orgies by Roberts as "old and discredited".[8]

According to locals, Epstein continued to bring underage girls to the island in 2019, after he was registered as a sex offender, and authorities did nothing to stop him.[27] In August 2019, following Epstein's death, FBI agents searched Epstein's residence on Little St. James.[28][29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ward, Vicky (June 27, 2011). "The Talented Mr. Epstein". Vanity Fair.
  2. ^ a b "Jeffrey Epstein arrested on sex trafficking charges". miamiherald.
  3. ^ Coaston, Jane (December 3, 2018). "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained". Vox.
  4. ^ a b Jr, Landon Thomas (July 1, 2008). "Financier Starts Sentence in Prostitution Case" – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ a b c d "Prince Andrew allegation: First pictures of paedo tycoon Jeffrey Epstein's £8k-a-night island lair". Mirror. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Pictured: Stephen Hawking on Jeffrey Epsteins "sex-slave island"". The Independent. January 13, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e EST, Catherine Ostler On 01/29/15 at 9:52 AM (January 29, 2015). "Jeffrey Epstein: The Sex Offender Who Mixes With Princes and Premiers". Newsweek.
  8. ^ a b c d "Stephen Hawking pictured on Jeffrey Epstein's 'Island of Sin'". The Daily Telegraph. January 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Metcalf, Jonathan Levin, Greg Farrell, Tom. "Mystery surrounds Jeffrey Epstein's private island in the Caribbean". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  10. ^ a b c Stieb, Matt (2019-07-10). "Everything We Know About Jeffrey Epstein's Private 'Pedophile Island'". Intelligencer. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  11. ^ a b c "Whispers, suspicion about Epstein on Caribbean island". July 11, 2019 – via Associated Press.
  12. ^ a b "Private Properties". The Wall Street Journal. April 18, 1997.
  13. ^ a b c "The Mystery Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein's Private Island". www.bloomberg.com. 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ Lisette Voytko (July 16, 2019). "Court Documents Confirm Jeffrey Epstein Is Nowhere Near A Billionaire". Forbes.
  15. ^ Cartwright, Kate Briquelet|Lachlan (March 12, 2019). "Notorious Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Funded This 'Women's Empowerment' Advocate" – via www.thedailybeast.com.
  16. ^ "INSIDE THE TIMES: July 1, 2008". query.nytimes.com.
  17. ^ a b Rich Schapiro (August 1, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein's bizarre blue-striped building on private island raised alarm". NBC News. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  18. ^ a b c d Pavia, Will (January 9, 2015). "Stephen Hawking joined Jeffrey Epstein private island soiree". The Australian.
  19. ^ a b "The Salacious Ammo Even Donald Trump Won't Use in a Fight Against Hillary Clinton – VICE News". News.vice.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  20. ^ a b "Prince Andrew sex allegations: Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein 'had 21". The Independent. January 6, 2015.
  21. ^ "Jeffrey Epstein – the billionaire paedophile at the centre of the Prince Andrew sex claim". The Independent. January 2, 2015.
  22. ^ a b c Gerstein, Josh. "The one weird court case linking Trump, Clinton, and a billionaire pedophile". POLITICO.
  23. ^ a b "Plenty Of Innuendo, But No Hard Evidence Of New Clinton Sex Scandal". BuzzFeed News.
  24. ^ Sullivan, Kate (July 8, 2019). "Bill Clinton 'knows nothing' about Epstein's 'terrible crimes,' spokesman says". CNN.
  25. ^ Espinoza, Galina (April 9, 2001). "A Lift Out of Life". People.
  26. ^ Swaine, Jon (January 13, 2015). "Jeffrey Epstein's donations to young pupils prompts US Virgin Islands review" – via www.theguardian.com.
  27. ^ ""The girls were just so young": The horrors of Jeffrey Epstein's private island". Vanity Fair. July 20, 2019.
  28. ^ "FBI searches Jeffrey Epstein's home in Virgin Islands". CNBC. August 12, 2019.
  29. ^ "FBI agents swarm Jeffrey Epstein's private Caribbean island". August 13, 2019 – via NBC News.