Jeffrey Epstein, the late financier, and convicted sex offender, reportedly threatened to disclose sexual information about Bill Gates in an attempt to extort money from the Microsoft co-founder, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.
The report, which was published on May 12, 2023, cites unnamed sources who say that Epstein threatened to release damaging information about Gates to the media if he did not pay him millions of dollars.
Epstein reportedly learned that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had an affair with a young Russian woman and later appeared to threaten to expose the tryst if Gates refused to do business with him.
Epstein met the woman in 2013 and paid for her to attend software coding school. After she graduated, and while Epstein was trying to get Gates to join a project he was working on, Epstein reportedly sent Gates an email asking to be reimbursed for her schooling.
“Mr. Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes,” a spokesperson for Gates said. “Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates.”
The spokesperson said that Gates did not make the payment.
Gates has denied the allegations, saying that he never had an affair with the woman and that he never paid Epstein any money. However, the report has raised new questions about Gates’ relationship with Epstein, a well-known associate of powerful people in business, politics, and academia.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He died by suicide in prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial.
The Wall Street Journal report is the latest in a series of revelations about Gates’ relationship with Epstein. In 2019, it was revealed that Gates had met with Epstein on multiple occasions, including at Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean. Gates said he regretted meeting with Epstein and had no knowledge of Epstein’s criminal activities.
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