Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion: ‘Vast trove’ of lewd photos, a life-size doll and other oddities – USA TODAY
Federal officials charged financier Jeffrey Epstein with creating and maintaining a sex trafficking network.
Federal agents who searchedÂ the East Side Manhattan mansion of wealthyÂ sexÂ offenderÂ Jeffrey Epstein turned up a “vast trove Â of lewd photographs”Â of young-looking girls, including hundreds of meticulously labeled nude pictures locked in a safe,Â according to federal courtÂ documents.
The description, laid out inÂ a memo by prosecutors from the SouthernÂ DistrictÂ of New York, was aimed at convincing a federal judge that Epstein, who was arrested July 6Â upon return from Paris on his private jet, should not be freed pending trial on charges of sex trafficking.
Agents used crowbars to force openÂ the front door of the seven-story Upper East Side mansion.
The memo said the search turned up not only evidence supporting its sex trafficking allegationsÂ against EspteinÂ but alsoÂ “hundreds âÂ and perhaps thousands âÂ of sexually suggestive photographs of fullyÂ âÂ or partially âÂ nude females.”
While investigators were still reviewing the material, the memo said one of the girls, according to her attorney,Â “was underage at the time the relevant photographs were taken.”
It noted that other photographsÂ were foundÂ in a locked safeÂ that included CDsÂ with handwritten labels including the descriptions “âYoung [Name] + [Name],â âMisc nudes 1,â and âGirl pics nude.â
In calling for Epstein to remain in jail, the memoÂ noted that he is a registered sex offender after aÂ 2008 conviction in FloridaÂ and “is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant,Â rather he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual whoÂ faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges.”
Epstein, 66,Â has pleaded not guilty to one federal countÂ of sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy for allegedly sexually exploiting minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, Palm Beach, Florida, and other locations, according to the federal indictment.
In a report on the mansion, valued at more than $55 million,Â The New York Times noted that its artwork includes,Â on the second floor, a commissioned mural of a âphotorealistic prison scene that included barbed wire, corrections officers and a guard station, with Mr. Epstein portrayed in the middle.âÂ
The Times quotesÂ R. Couri Hay, a public relations specialist who recently met with Epstein at his home,Â asÂ saying, â(Epstein)Â said, âThatâs me, and I had this painted because there is always the possibility that could be me again.ââ
The home also includes such oddities as a hallway covered with artificial eyeballs originally made for wounded soldiers, a life-size female doll hanging from a chandelier, and a chess board with custom figures, many dressed suggestively and modeled after one of Epstein’sÂ staffers, The Times reported.
Federal prosecutors said in the indictment that they were moving to seize the mansion as part of the proceedings against Epstein.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson