Even behind bars, Jeffrey Epstein had enough power to arrange to pay women to stay quiet, according to a report.
One of Epstein’s associates contacted the women about a “financial arrangement” in mid-July, and ultimately doled out $10,000 to each, to “make sure that she was comfortable not speaking to any press,” a source told the outlet.
“The money was to alleviate their panic, and assure their silence,” the source said, noting that the women were “in a panic over the FBI coming to speak to them.”
Epstein was indicted in early July on charges connected to sex trafficking of minors. He served a 13-month sentence years earlier after pleading guilty to state prostitution charges.
Federal prosecutors alleged the financier had paid a collective amount of approximately $350,000 to a pair of potential witnesses months before his most recent arrest, according to court papers.
He committed suicide by hanging inside a lower Manhattan jail cell in August, prompting a Southern District of New York judge to dismiss the criminal case against him weeks later.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Epstein’s crimes as they pertain to his co-conspirators continues.
On Tuesday, French media outlet France 24 reported investigators had searched his $8 million Paris home, which was outfitted with a "custom-made massage room," the Daily Mail U.S. reported.
Epstein – who was reportedly worth more than $550 million – also owned properties in Manhattan, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.