Trump barred Jeffrey Epstein from Mar-a-Lago over sex assault: court docs reveal
Jeffrey Epstein turned Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago into another of his hunting grounds for young girls, leading Trump to bar him from the Florida resort, court papers claim.
“Trump banned Epstein from his Maralago Club in West Palm Beach because Epstein sexually assaulted a girl at the club,” according to the papers, filed in the Sunshine State as part of an ongoing legal battle between Epstein and Bradley Edwards, who represented many of Epstein’s underage accusers in civil suits against him.
The filing is dated April 2011, well before Trump ascended to the presidency.
The same filing also cites an underage Jane Doe’s allegation that Epstein’s girlfriend-turned-pal Ghislane Maxwell recruited her at Mar-a-Lago to be the couple’s “sex slave.”
Mar-a-Lago is a resort and national historic landmark in Palm Beach, Florida. Mar-a-Lago was purchased by Donald Trump in 1985 His wife at the time, Ivana Trump, was charged with running the property.
Trump retained Mar-a-Lago through both of his divorces. His family maintains private quarters in a separate, closed-off area of the house and grounds. Trump has frequently visited there as president of the United States, referring to it as the Winter White House and his “Southern White House.”
Mar-a-Lago has been used to host meetings for President Trump and international leaders, including Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe and Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping. It is the second-largest mansion in the state of Florida and the 21st largest mansion in the United States.
According to the WashingtomNew York Post: Trump has previously praised Epstein as a “terrific guy” and, according to the filing, Epstein once welcomed Trump aboard his private plane, hosted him in his Palm Beach home and had 14 phone numbers for Trump in a computer directory.
But according to the president, he was not a fan of Epstein and has not been in association with Epstein for over 15 years.
“I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump told reporters at the White House of Epstein during an appearance with Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. “I had a falling out a long time ago, I’d say maybe 15 years.
“I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.”
Messages left for Edwards, as well as Epstein’s criminal lawyer, Reid Weingarten, were not immediately returned.