Viral claims circulating on social media declare that billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has traveled to Jeffrey Epstein’s island a number of instances. Whereas Gates and Epstein had met previously, this declare, primarily based on flight logs lately subpoenaed, is unfaithful.
One instance reads: “Flight information affirm that #BillGates went to #Epsteins baby intercourse trafficking island, 17 instances. It’s a truth, not a idea.”
Following his arrest on July 6, 2019, financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not responsible to intercourse trafficking prices involving dozens of underage ladies at his mansions on Manhattan’s Higher East Facet and in Palm Seashore, Fla.
He had escaped federal prosecution by pleading responsible in 2008 to Florida state prostitution prices, an settlement now broadly thought of too lenient. Epstein was discovered useless in his jail cell on Aug. 10, 2019.
The financier as soon as counted President Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew as mates. They haven’t been accused of prison wrongdoing. The non-public planes utilized by Epstein to journey to his island within the Caribbean (Little Saint James within the US Virgin Islands) has been referred to within the media because the “Lolita Specific,” following the accusations of him trafficking minors.
In July 2019, the New York Occasions reported that the pilots that flew Epstein’s non-public planes — together with to his island within the Caribbean – had launched information of flight logs together with names of those that had traveled on the planes.
Copies of those flight logs may be seen on-line, uploaded by Gawker.com and Factcheck.org. Reuters discovered no point out of Bill Gates within the first assortment of flight logs, and in just one occasion within the second.
The log reveals ‘Bill Gates’ famous as a passenger on March 1, 2013, from Teterboro airport in New Jersey to Palm Seashore Worldwide airport, Florida – to not Little Saint James.
A screenshot circulating on some media stories replicates this log entry in 2013. The New York Occasions corroborated this single journey to Florida and reported that Bill Gates’s spokeswoman mentioned, “Mr. Gates — who has his personal $40 million jet — hadn’t been conscious it was Mr. Epstein’s airplane.”
The Occasions reported that Bill Gates had met with Epstein a number of instances. This was after Epstein had been convicted of previous intercourse crimes. The Occasions reported that, “starting in 2011, Mr. Gates met with Mr. Epstein on quite a few events” and “Workers of Mr. Gates’s basis additionally paid a number of visits to Mr. Epstein’s mansion.” Exchanges have been recorded and reported by the newspaper, together with doable philanthropic collaboration.
To assert, nevertheless, that Gates visited Epstein’s island a number of instances is baseless. Reuters was unable to seek out any flight logs corroborating this allegation. It seems Gates flew on an plane of Epstein’s as soon as, however this was to Florida. A spokesperson for the Bill & Melinda Gates Basis confirmed to Reuters by way of e-mail that this declare is unfaithful.
False. Whereas Gates had met with Epstein, flight logs disprove he visited Epstein’s Caribbean island a number of instances.