The U.S. Senate Finance Committee, part of the legislative branch of the U.S. government, is investigating why Wall Street billionaire Leon Black gave sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein $158 million. But the Senate has made no mention of investigating the more than $100 million in unexplained money and property that former retailing magnate and billionaire Leslie Wexner gave to Epstein.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, part of the executive branch of the U.S. government, denied our Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to Leslie Wexner’s relationship with Epstein. The Department of Justice, also part of the executive branch, has failed to bring any charges against Wexner.
The federal courts in the Southern District of New York, part of the judicial branch of government, have locked up tight for years incriminating witness testimony involving Leslie Wexner.
Earlier this week, one of those highly incriminating court documents was unsealed and released by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, following years of a legal fight by the Miami Herald newspaper to unlock the documents from the grasp of judicial darkness.
The document was a deposition given by Virginia Giuffre, whom Epstein had turned into his sex slave when she was underage. In a BBC interview in 2022, Giuffre said she was “passed around like a platter of fruit” for sex with Epstein’s powerful friends. Prince Andrew was one of Epstein’s powerful friends and settled a lawsuit by Giuffre last year for a reported $12 million.
The deposition of Giuffre was taken on January 16, 2016 as part of discovery in a Florida state court case where lawyers Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell sued attorney Alan Dershowitz for defamation. Dershowitz had claimed that the lawyers had filed a lawsuit containing falsehoods about him. The case was settled between the parties less than four months after it was filed with terms undisclosed. The Giuffre deposition document then made its way into Giuffre’s defamation claim against Epstein’s procurer of young girls, Ghislaine Maxwell, in the federal court in Manhattan. It was unsealed there on Tuesday.
In the newly unsealed deposition, the following separate exchanges occur between the attorney for Dershowitz and Giuffre:
Q. Was Les Wexner one of the powerful business executives that you were trafficked to? A. Yes.
Q. How many times did you have sex with Les Wexner? A. Multiple. Q. What’s the approximate range of number, more than three? A. More than three. Q. More than five? A. Possibly. Q. More than ten? A. No.
Q. Did Mr. Wexner ask you to wear any particular clothing during your sexual trafficking? [Back and forth comments between lawyers.] A. Yes, I wore lingerie for him. Q. At his request? A. It wasn’t his request, it was Ghislaine [Maxwell] who set it up for me. [Maxwell is serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted by a jury on federal sex trafficking charges related to Epstein’s victims.]
Q. How many times did you and Les Wexner and Sarah Kellen have sex together? A. Once that I can remember. Q. Where were you? A. New Mexico. Q. Are there other witnesses? A. Number 48 [name redacted in document] I can’t pronounce her last name. Q. [Name redacted in document] A. [Redacted in document] yes. Q. Anyone else? A. Number 50, [name redacted in document].
Later in the deposition, the following separate exchanges occur:
Q. Did you name Les Wexner to the FBI? A. Yes.
Q. And you said I think he has relevant information, but I don’t think he’ll tell you the truth. Do you see that? A. Yes. Q. Why did you think he wouldn’t tell the truth? A. Because he did things that were wrong. Q. What do you mean by that? A. He participated in sex with minors. Q. Did you tell Rebecca [Giuffre’s friend] that Les Wexner had participated in sex with minors? A. Yes, I did.
Let’s pause here for a moment. Giuffre has listed three witnesses to her alleged sexual event(s) with Wexner. She reported his name to the FBI. Perjuring oneself in testimony to the FBI is not something that young women tend to do. And there is a further mountain of evidence that raises alarm bells about Wexner….