- Business Insider found sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s public
social media and music streaming accounts, including Pinterest,
Twitter, and Spotify.
- His music tastes varied from Gospel music to Broadway show
tunes to disgraced comic Louis C.K. One of his playlists shares the
name of the 24-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend. His
Pinterest focused on home design ideas.
- Registered sex offenders are allowed to use social media,
according to a 2017 Supreme Court ruling. The state of New York,
where Epstein had a home, requires offenders to report their social
media accounts, among other information, to its sex offender
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Every now and then, Jeffrey Epstein offered a winking reference
to the well-known allegations against him. After his jail stint in
2008, for example, the moneyed sex offender commissioned a mural
depicting him in prison garb. “I had this painted,” he
told a visitor who encountered the mural at his Manhattan
mansion, “because there is always the possibility that could be me
The contents of Epstein’s public Spotify account, recently
identified by Business Insider, gesture in a similar direction.
They illustrate a wildly varied taste in music, from Beethoven to
Elton John and Pitbull to Céline Dion. They also suggest a
preference for hard-rock songs from the 1970s that emphasized male
sexual conquest, and the odd song about sexual attraction between
children and adults — Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” and an Oscar
Peterson performance of “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.”
Meanwhile, a Pinterest page includes a painting of Peter Pan,
the boy who never grows up and leads a young girl and her siblings
out of their home.
Business Insider found three of Epstein’s online accounts after
reviewing his correspondence with the Florida probation officers
who supervised his release in 2009 after serving 13 months in jail
on charges that included soliciting a minor for prostitution. The
correspondence indicates Epstein had an email address with the
username “jeevacation” — a combination of his initials, JEE, and
the word “vacation.”
Business Insider found profiles with the same username on
Twitter, Pinterest, and Spotify. The
profiles on Twitter and Pinterest bear the name “Jeffrey Epstein.”
The Spotify account lacks his full name, but his followers on the
music platform include accounts that appear to belong to women in
his social network.
A lawyer for Epstein, contacted prior to the jailed
multi-millionaire’s apparent suicide earlier this month, did not
respond to a request for comment.
2017 Supreme Court ruling allows sex offenders to use social
media, though individual platforms can ban individual users. The
state of New York, where
Epstein had a townhouse, requires sex offenders to submit
“Internet information,” including email addresses and social media
accounts, to the state sex offender registry. That information
isn’t publicly available, but social media companies with users
under age 18 can request the information.
On the playlists: ‘Before You Accuse Me’ and Louis C.K.
Epstein’s Twitter presence was insignificant: he never tweeted
or followed anyone. On Pinterest, he has one board with eight pins
of home decorations, including a painting of
Epstein’s Spotify account was much more heavily used. It has 19
playlists that were created between 2011 through 2015. Two
playlists, “paris flight” and “paris_return,” appear to be named
for trips to and from Paris, where Epstein owned an apartment and
frequently traveled via private jet. “Paris flight” features a
number of classic rock stalwarts like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, The
Who, and The Doors. “Paris_return,” by contrast, is heavy on blues
Other playlists focus on Elton John, classical music, Broadway
tunes, the jazz artist Oscar Peterson, and the rapper Pitbull.
Elsewhere, you can find Eric Clapton’s “Before You Accuse Me”;
Christian singer Morris Chapman’s “Falling in Love with Jesus”; Van
Halen’s “Hot for Teacher”; and
disgraced comic Louis C.K.‘s album “Hilarious.”
Jazz artist Oscar Peterson and his band take the top spot by
number of songs on Epstein’s playlists – 188 songs. Ludwig van
Beethoven, with 130 songs, is the second artist by song count,
followed by Céline Dion with 108. Behind them are Elton John,
Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, David Guetta, Tchaikovsky,
and Beatles cover band The Yesteryears (including their recording
of “Can’t Buy Me Love”).
Another playlist, largely drawn from the catalog of DJ David
Guetta, is called “celina” and was created in 2011. Epstein has
been publicly linked to two women named Celina. One, Celina
Midelfart, is a Norwegian businesswoman who dated Donald Trump. She
was on Epstein’s private plane a number of times in 1996 and 1997,
according to flight records made public on Friday, but has not been
publicly tied to him since then.
The other is 24-year-old Celina Dubin, who four sources
described as Epstein’s goddaughter. Her parents, Glenn and Eva
Dubin, were longtime friends of Epstein; her mother dated him in
the 1980s. (A spokesperson for the family denies that Epstein was
her godfather.) The billionaire family flew on Epstein’s planes
many times between 1995 and 2005, according to flight logs that run
up to 2008. After Epstein was released from jail in 2008,
the family maintained ties with him, even inviting him to a
large Thanksgiving dinner in 2009.
That same year, when Epstein wanted to contribute to Eva Dubin’s
breast-cancer organization, he understood that a public donation
from a registered sex offender might not be welcome, Business
previously reported. Eva established a new nonprofit, called
the Celina Dubin United Fund, to receive $50,000 from Epstein and
donate to her and other medical organizations. The foundation was
wound down in 2013. A source familiar with the matter said Celina
Dubin was not aware of the arrangement.
One woman that Epstein paid to give him erotic massages in the
told Business Insider that Epstein had referred her to the
Dubins as well, although she says the massage she gave the couple
was not sexual in nature. A former employee for the couple
said in recently unsealed deposition testimony that he spoke to
a Swedish girl in the Dubin’s kitchen who said she was 15 years old
and had been asked for sex while working as Epstein’s personal
assistant, and was threatened when she refused. (She didn’t say who
had asked for sex.) The former employee said the girl later worked
for the Dubins as a nanny for several weeks.
Through a spokesperson, the Dubin’s denied the former employee’s
claims: “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the
unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and
defamatory. The Dubins have flight records and other evidence that
definitively disprove that any such events occurred.”
The family now says that they regret their relationship with
Epstein and if they had known of the new allegations, they would
have cut all ties to him. They thought he had rehabilitated himself
after jail and “deserved a second chance.”
Epstein’s other music interests seem to include musicians Phil
Collins, Michael Jackson, and Mick Jagger, who appeared in his
“black book,” a list of contacts obtained by Gawker in 2015.
Michael Jackson is the only artist of the three to appear on
Epstein’s Spotify playlists.
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