Viral claims circulating on social media declare that billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has traveled to Jeffrey Epstein’s island a number of instances. While Gates and Epstein had met prior to now, this declare, primarily based on flight logs just lately subpoenaed, is unfaithful.
One instance reads: “Flight records confirm that #BillGates went to #Epsteins child sex trafficking island, 17 times. It’s a fact, not a theory.”
Following his arrest on July 6, 2019, financier Jeffrey Epstein pleaded not responsible to sex trafficking prices involving dozens of underage ladies at his mansions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and in Palm Beach, Fla.
He had escaped federal prosecution by pleading responsible in 2008 to Florida state prostitution prices, an settlement now extensively thought-about too lenient. Epstein was discovered lifeless 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 associates. They haven’t been accused of criminal 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 Express,” following the accusations of him trafficking minors.
In July 2019, the New York Times reported that the pilots that flew Epstein’s non-public planes — together with to his island within the Caribbean – had launched data of flight logs together with names of those who 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 Beach International airport, Florida – to not Little Saint James.
A screenshot circulating on some media experiences replicates this log entry in 2013. The New York Times corroborated this single journey to Florida and reported that Bill Gates’s spokeswoman stated, “Mr. Gates — who has his own $40 million jet — hadn’t been aware it was Mr. Epstein’s plane.”
The Times reported that Bill Gates had met with Epstein a number of instances. This was after Epstein had been convicted of previous sex crimes. The Times reported that, “beginning in 2011, Mr. Gates met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions” and “Employees of Mr. Gates’s foundation also paid multiple visits to Mr. Epstein’s mansion.” Exchanges have been recorded and reported by the newspaper, together with attainable philanthropic collaboration.
To declare, nonetheless, that Gates visited Epstein’s island a number of instances is baseless. Reuters was unable to search 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 Foundation confirmed to Reuters through e-mail that this declare is unfaithful.
False. While Gates had met with Epstein, flight logs disprove he visited Epstein’s Caribbean island a number of instances.