Jeffrey Epstein victim Sarah Ransome says her JPMorgan boyfriend told her not to tell police about him while they were dating
- Ransome said she dated a senior JPMorgan banker who told her not to report abuse by Epstein
- Epstein was a client of the bank at the time, although it’s not clear if her then-boyfriend knew about the connection
- She claims he told her to ‘move on and forget this whole thing’
A victim of Jeffrey Epstein said she dated a JPMorgan employee who told her not to report his abuse to police – while the pedophile financier was still one of the bank’s clients.
Sarah Ransome, who was 22 when Epstein began abusing her in 2006, said she dated a senior employee at JPMorgan and told him about what was happening, but he encouraged her to ‘move on and forget this whole thing’.
The bank is accused in lawsuits of keeping Epstein as a client even though it knew about his abuse. It allegedly facilitated his abuse by providing financial services.
Ransome previously disclosed in her memoir, Silenced No More, that she dated a senior banker who told her not to go to police. But he was identified only as ‘Dan’, a pseudonym, and the bank was not named.
She has now told The Daily Beast that Dan, whose identity has not been reported, was an employee of JPMorgan. She said that although her former boyfriend did not work in the bank’s private banking division, which counted Epstein as a client, she wonders whether Dan was still aware of the connection.
Sarah Ransome (left) said she dated a senior employee at JPMorgan and told him that Epstein was abusing her, but he encouraged her to ‘move on and forget this whole thing’. Ransome is pictured in 2022 with another Epstein victim, Elizabeth Stein
JPMorgan is accused in lawsuits of keeping Epstein as a client even though it knew about his abuse. It allegedly facilitated his abuse by providing financial services
‘Anything to do with Epstein, there are no coincidences whatsoever,’ she told The Daily Beast, adding that JPMorgan has ‘a lot to answer for’.
‘In light of everything that’s come out recently with JPMorgan, I can’t be quiet.’
Ransome, who was born in South Africa and moved to Scotland aged 14, was lured into Epstein’s web by one of his recruiters after coming to New York to become a model.
Epstein claimed he had connections at FIT, the New York fashion college, and Ransome has said he ‘used my education as a way for me to trade my soul to the devil and become a sex slave to pay for my studies’.
While the college placement never materialized, failure to agree to have sex with Epstein would lead to him refusing to support her anymore, leaving Ransome penniless and with no prospect of making it as a model, she claims.
She dated the JPMorgan staffer from 2007 to 2008.
‘I told him that I was being raped,’ she said. ‘I told him I was being trafficked. He knew what was being done to me. But I was so confused… [He] wasn’t like, ‘Hey, let’s go to the authorities.’ He was like, ‘No, no, no, don’t go.”
Ransome said that she eventually left the US for London to escape Epstein’s abuse but that the boyfriend followed her and was ‘love-bombing’ her.
She wrote in her memoir: ‘I had a funny feeling about Dan. I still do… Once when I told him I might go to the authorities, he said, ‘Why don’t you just move on and forget this whole thing?”
‘I have no proof that they were connected,’ she added of Dan and Epstein. ‘I just had a question mark lodged in my gut, the sort of inkling I’ve sometimes ignored at my peril…’
Ransome is pictured in 2006 at Little St James, the property owned by Epstein in the US Virgin Islands, in a picture released by the United States Southern District of New York
Epstein had been a JPMorgan client from 1998 until the bank terminated him in 2013, years after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for sex in the Florida state case. He died of an apparent suicide in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell
The Daily Beast also reported that it reviewed emails between Ransome and Dan that were sent from his JPMorgan email address.
Following Epstein’s imprisonment in Florida, he sent Ransome an email about the news with the note, ‘finally’. The Daily Beast said Dan did not respond to questions about the alleged behavior. JPMorgan was approached for comment.
Epstein was a JPMorgan client from 1998 to 2013.
The bank faces lawsuits over allegations it knew about his depraved behavior but failed to drop him as a client.
Recent court filings allege JPMorgan Chase viewed Epstein as ‘too big to fail’ and so it retained him as a client even after his 2006 sex crimes indictment in Florida due to his connections to the rich and powerful.
The US Virgin Islands unveiled the new accusations in a court memorandum in July, as part of its ongoing lawsuit against JPMorgan over the giant bank’s ties to former client Epstein.
The territory is suing JPMorgan for at least $190 million, saying the bank ignored red flags about convicted sex offender Epstein because he was a wealthy and lucrative client.
Epstein owned the islands of Little St James and Great St James in the US Virgin Islands. Little St James was nicknamed ‘pedophile island’ after Epstein used it to abuse his victims.
The recent court documents reveal that former JPMorgan executive Jes Staley testified under oath that he discussed Epstein’s ‘very public’ 2006 indictment with the bank’s CEO Jamie Dimon at the time it was making headlines.
Dimon has previously denied any knowledge of Epstein or his account with JPMorgan until his 2019 arrest on federal charges, saying that he did not recall any conversations about Epstein with top lieutenants.
Pictured left to right: Former JPMorgan exec Jes Staley, former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Gates and Gate’s trusted lieutenant Boris Nikolic
Jamie Dimon (above) has previously denied any knowledge of Epstein or his account with JPMorgan until his 2019 arrest on federal charges, saying that he did not recall any conversations about Epstein with top lieutenants
Staley, 66, led JPMorgan’s asset management business from 2001 to 2009, and its corporate and investment bank from 2009 to 2013. He later spent six years as Barclays Plc’s chief executive.
JPMorgan is separately suing Staley to cover its losses in the lawsuits filed by the USVI and Epstein’s victims, claiming he concealed what he knew about the disgraced financier and internally vouched for him.
Staley has acknowledged being friendly with Epstein, but denied knowing about his sex trafficking, accusing JPMorgan of using him as a ‘public relations shield’ to deflect blame for its own failures in working with Epstein.
Epstein had been a JPMorgan client from 1998 until the bank terminated him in 2013, years after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for sex in the Florida state case.
He died of an apparent suicide in August 2019 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on federal charges of sex trafficking dozens of girls as young 14.
The US Virgin Islands accused JPMorgan of turning a blind eye to Epstein’s crimes, claiming the bank ‘knowingly handled virtually every financial transaction Epstein needed to operate his sex-trafficking venture.’
‘Epstein was too big to fail,’ attorneys for the territory claim.
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