The Trump-Epstein Scandal Gets More Bizarre As Melania Is Thrown Into The Mix
President Donald Trump has been in a mad dash, frantically trying to himself from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing new charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy, by playing down their past relationship. But the scandal just became more complicated for Trump and his wife Melania.
Trump and Melania have never mentioned Epstein’s involvement in their romance, but they were friends with the wealthy financier in the late ’90s, when he would attend parties at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, where the two lived nearby each other.
Now, according to a new report published by The New York Times, Epstein claims he introduced Trump to his third wife, Melania.
The first lady’s account of how she met Trump met doesn’t mention Epstein at all. She told Vanity Fair that she was at a party during Fashion Week 1998 at the Kit Kat Club in Times Square, thrown by Metropolitan Models co-owner Paolo Zampolli.
But Epstein wouldn’t have been out of place that night during New York Fashion Week, since he had established contacts within the modeling industry by that point.
Epstein had also moved into his New York residence by 1998, and stories from his accusers detail his presence in the modeling industry, with one former model saying she’s been told he was “in charge of Victoria’s Secret.” Epstein had a close relationship with Les Wexner, the CEO of Victoria’s Secret’s parent company.
The New York Times also reported that Trump and Epstein once held an event by themselves with roughly two dozen women flown in for a “calendar girls” competition.
For a 2002 profile of Epstein in New York Magazine, Trump said the financier was a “terrific guy” and “a lot of fun to be with.” He noted that Epstein “likes beautiful women,” with many “on the younger side.”
Since Epstein was charged, Trump has said “he was not a fan.”
“I haven’t spoken to him in probably 15 years or more. I wasn’t a big fan of Jeffrey Epstein, that I can tell you,” Trump said on July 12.