- Jeffrey Epstein told a reporter for The New York Times last year that he had damaging information about notable Silicon Valley figures.
- He said he had witnessed tech leaders doing drugs and “arranging for sex,” according to an article published Monday.
- The article doesn’t name any names.
- Epstein died by suicide on Saturday.
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Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who died by suicide in jail on Saturday, told a reporter last year he had dirt on some of Silicon Valley’s elite.
The stereotypical tech entrepreneur is a nerdy guy who works all the time. But according Epstein, the truth was much different, The New York Times’ James B. Stewart said in a report on Monday. Epstein said he had seen prominent tech figures doing drugs and “arranging for sex,” according to the article.
“They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs,” Stewart reported, paraphrasing Epstein.
Stewart doesn’t name any particular people whom Epstein said he witnessed doing illicit or hedonistic things.
The article focuses on Epstein’s claim that he was asked by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to help him find a new chairman for the electric-car company. Epstein told Stewart that Musk had authorized him to help find a new chairman after Musk got in trouble with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year over an ill-advised tweet about having “funding secured” for the company to go private.
In a statement to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Musk said it was “incorrect to say that Epstein ever advised Elon on anything.”
Stewart later thought about “how little information Mr. Epstein had actually provided” in the interview. “While I can’t say anything he said was an explicit lie, much of what he said was vague or speculative and couldn’t be proved or disproved,” Stewart said in his report.
Epstein had asked Stewart to keep the interview on background, meaning that Stewart couldn’t attribute any facts to or quote Epstein in a subsequent article about what they discussed. With Epstein’s death, Stewart considered that agreement to have ended.
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