(TMU) — It has long been known that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly committed suicide while in prison this summer, has circulated among some of the richest and most powerful men in the world.
The 66-year-old counted key figures in the global elite among his friends and associates, including politicians like former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump, U.K. royal Prince Andrew, actor Kevin Spacey, Nobel laureates Murray Gell-Mann and Frank Wilczek, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, billionaire Les Wexner, comedian Woody Allen, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and innumerable other public figures.
However, none had the cachet and wealth of Bill Gates, the famous co-founder of Microsoft, who became close to Epstein even after the disgraced financier plead guilty and was convicted in 2008 of procuring an underage girl for prostitution.
According to a report from the New York Times, Gates—the world’s second-richest person who has endowed the largest private foundation in the world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—was among those who spent a meaningful amount of time around Epstein while also sending his employees to meet with the pedophile multiple times at his New York mansion.
The revelation sharply contradicts Gates’ previous claims that he didn’t have any “business relationship or friendship” with the late businessman.
Last month, Gates told the Wall Street Journal that while he had “met him,” that was the extent of their relationship. He explained:
“I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him. I didn’t go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that. There were people around him who were saying, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.”
However, according to the Times, Gates had in fact met with Epstein “numerous times” including three times at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse, according to over a dozen people familiar with their relationship and documents the journalists reviewed.
A spokeswoman for Gates refused to tell us how many times he met with Epstein — so presumably it is more than the number we have documented in the article.
She also offered what I think is an apology on Gates’s behalf. pic.twitter.com/tpSEDYb1jV
— David Enrich (@davidenrich) October 12, 2019
In an email to his colleagues in 2011, Gates wrote:
“His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.”
According to his spokeswoman, the tech mogul “was referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence—and Epstein’s habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates.”
“It was in no way meant to convey a sense of interest or approval,” she added.
She also explained:
“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so … Gates recognizes that entertaining Epstein’s ideas related to philanthropy gave Epstein an undeserved platform that was at odds with Gates’s personal values and the values of his foundation.
In 2011, Gates instructed his employees to meet with Epstein at his Manhattan townhouse to discuss fundraising for his charity. At the time, he told Gates’ team that while he have a bad reputation in media reports, his crime – soliciting prostitution from an underage girl—was no worse than “stealing a bagel,” two people said.
The Times also detailed how two of Gates’ inner circle members served as intermediaries between the two billionaires. Melanie Walker, who joined the Gates Foundation as a senior program officer in 2006, met Epstein in 1992 following her graduation at college. She then moved to a building he owned in New York before working for him as a science advisor in 1998 after graduating from medical school.
Gates Foundation science advisor Boris Nikolic—who now runs a venture capital firm that Gates invests in—was the man who introduced Gates to Epstein. Nikolic had been named as a fallback executor to Epstein’s will, which he declined in court proceedings, and has now expressed deep regret for ever meeting the late pedophile.
Gates and Epstein remained in contact for quite some time, with Gates flying on Epstein’s jet from New Jersey to Palm Beach, Florida in 2013, according to flight records. Gates’ spokeswoman now claims that he had no idea the jet belonged to Epstein.
And while the two apparently stopped meeting regularly after 2014, the Gates Foundation continued to maintain contact with Epstein through 2017.
In a statement to CNET, the foundation said:
“It’s become clear that Epstein misrepresented the nature of his meetings with Gates while also working to insert himself behind the scenes without Gates’ knowledge.
Over time, Gates and his team realized Epstein’s capabilities and ideas were not legitimate and all contact with Epstein was discontinued.”
Man’s Hand Amputated After Alabama Cops Hold Him In “Unbearably Tight” Handcuffs for Hours
An Alabama man is suing the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for excessive force and civil rights violations after a sheriff’s deputy handcuffed him too tightly for several hours, resulting in major injuries that ultimately led to the amputation of his left hand.
Giovanni Loyola, 26, was at his mother’s trailer in Pinson, Alabama, on Feb. 16, 2020, when three sheriff’s deputies arrived in response to reports of an alleged fight between two men wielding firearms.
According to the lawsuit, a “Deputy Godber” grabbed Loyola by the wrist and roughly detained him mere moments after Loyola answered the door.
At that point, the deputy then pulled Loyola down the stairs and “slammed” him against the car before throwing him to the ground and punching him in the face. The deputy proceeded to handcuff Loyola in a manner that as “unbearably tight.”
Loyola claims that complications from the incident led to the amputation of his hand 10 months later.
According to the deputy’s report, Loyola was allegedly intoxicated and fighting with family members before he fought the deputies and resisted arrest. Loyola, however, claims that he was merely watching television.
During the arrest, Loyola complained that he was feeling numb in his left hand but deputy Godber ignored his pleas.
“The handcuffs remained tightly on Plaintiff’s wrists until they were removed hours later at the jail,” the amended complaint read. “After Plaintiff got out of jail on February 28, 2020, his left wrist was still in tremendous pain.”
Following his release from jail, Loyola checked into a local hospital and was told that he had a severe blood flow issue requiring surgery. Upon admission at Ascension St. Vincent’s East hospital in Birmingham, his fingertips were grey and doctors had a “concern for necrosis.”
Following multiple hospital visits and four surgeries over the course of 10 months, he eventually had the left hand amputated.
“Deputy Godber handcuffed Plaintiff’s wrists so tightly that Plaintiff immediately lost sensation in one hand, and Deputy Godber refused to loosen the handcuffs even after Plaintiff told him that they were too tight and were causing him pain,” Loyola’s attorneys argued. “These actions and inactions constituted unreasonable and excessive force.”
The lawsuit also alleges that deputies unlawfully searched his home without a warrant. Loyola is now suing for compensatory damages related to the physical and mental toll of the ordeal, his loss of income due to an inability to work, as well as medical costs, legal fees, and punitive damages.
‘Horrible History’: Mass Grave for 215 Indigenous Children Found at Canada Boarding School
Indigenous people are in shock and Canadians are reeling after a grim discovery cast a harsh light on the North American country’s bloody history of native genocide.
On Thursday, the chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indigenous community confirmed that it had found the remains of 215 children buried in a mass grave at a state-run boarding school, including some as young as three.
The discovery of the mass grave at the Kamloops Indian Residential School offers a sobering confirmation of why such a large number of Indigenous children seized from their homes by Canadian authorities never made it back home – validating some of the worst fears of Tk’emlúps community members as to why their lost loved ones seemingly disappeared.
“It’s a harsh reality and it’s our truth, it’s our history,” said Chief Rosanne Casimir said at a news conference, reports New York Times. “And it’s something that we’ve always had to fight to prove. To me, it’s always been a horrible, horrible history.”
Chief Casimir said that there was always “a knowing” about the disturbing history at boarding schools like the Kamloops Indian Residential School and that proof finally came this past weekend thanks to ground-penetrating radar technology.
The school operated from 1890 to the late 1970s, with enrollment peaking at around 500 during the 1950s. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has confirmed that large amounts of Indigenous children fled the schools or died there, their whereabouts unknown. Former students have testified to the horrific sexual, mental and physical abuse they suffered while enrolled at the schols.
The Tk’emlúps Heritage Park where the school was located has now been closed as crews scour the area for more possible remains.
Children as young as three were students at the school, which was once the largest in Canada’s boarding schools for First Nations children.
It is believed that the deaths were swept under the rug and never documented, although Indigenous scholars are working with the Royal British Columbia Museum to find any possible records that may exist.
Chief Casimir has vowed that the Tk’emlups community would take full responsibility to do justice to the hundreds of “lost children” and their families.
“We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children,” Chief Casimir said in a statement.
Work to identify the site began in the early 2000s and was led by Indigenous authorities in tandem with ceremonial Knowledge Keepers to ensure that cultural protocols were respected. State-of-the-art radar technology used to identify potential mass graves led to the recent breakthrough.
“With access to the latest technology, the true accounting of the missing students will hopefully bring some peace and closure to those lives lost and their home communities,” Casimir noted.
“At this time we have more questions than answers,” Casimir added.
CA Prison Guards Caught Lying About Brutal Torture and Beheading by Satanist Inmate
Some California prison guards are in hot water after they were found to have lied in their reports after a Satan-worshipping inmate brutally slaughtered his cellmate, according to a state investigation.
On March 9, 2019, 31-year-old inmate Jaime Osuna decapitated his cellmate Luis Romero, 44, and then dissected him in what the Los Angeles Times has described as “one of the most heinous slayings inside the California prison system.” The grisly murder also raises fresh questions about why Romero was assigned to a cell with Osuna, a self-described satanist with a long history of attacking his cellmates.
Osuna had been serving a life sentence for the murder and torture of a woman in 2011, and had never been given a cellmate in the past. Decked out in face tattoos and known for his over-the-top Charles Manson-like antics, Osuna boasted of his love for torturing people and mocked his victim’s family in court.
Romero, an inmate who had spent 27 years in prison for a second-degree murder he was convicted for as a teenager, was assigned to the same cell as Osuna just before he was going to be eligible for parole.
Using a homemade knife, Osuna cut out one of Romero’s eyes, chopped off his finger, removed a portion of his ribs and sliced off a part of a lung before eventually decapitating him. He then manipulated the corpse into a pose and cut the sides of his mouth to resemble a smile. He allegedly used sheets to cover the bars of the cell.
When guards finally discovered the scene, Osuna was wearing a necklace he made from Romero’s body parts.
However, guards reported on the prior night that both men had been alive. The cell was never checked throughout the night, according to a state probe, while two officers falsely reported that Romero was alive at the time when he was being brutally murdered. Two other officers also failed to properly count inmates on the night of the horrific slaying.
The state report adds that the prison’s internal affairs process was shoddy, while officers who lied and witnesses were never interviewed.
Osuna has since been transferred to the psychiatric inpatient program at Salinas Valley State Prison. He has been diagnosed with unspecified schizophrenia spectrum, antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder and has been ruled not competent to stand trial for the brutal murder of Romero.
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