The former U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general revealed in court documents made public Tuesday that the governor of the territory pressured her to give convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein special treatment.
In July statements under oath, Denise George testified that Democratic Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. pressured her in 2019 to issue a special waiver to Epstein, which she denied to do, that would allow him to enter the Virgin Islands despite his sex offender status that prevented his entry, according to court documents.
Bryan fired George unexpectedly in December, four days after her office sued JPMorgan Chase over its dealings with Epstein, according to The New York Times.
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“My thoughts about that even then, in particular then, it did not sit right with me,” George said in her deposition about the 2019 request by the governor. “Because my thing is, first of all, why is the Governor, you know, getting involved in this matter that is a law enforcement matter. Or only the Attorney General to make based on law, and that he was doing so on behalf of a convicted sex offender, a sexual offender, child predator, this person, Jeffrey — Jeffrey Epstein.”
The statements from George were part of a deposition in a larger legal battle between the government of the Virgin Islands and JPMorgan.
The two entities have thrown a number of accusations at each other, including accusations from JPMorgan that the Virgin Islands looked the other way when Epstein entered the country and the Virgin Islands levying accusations of executive discussions of Epstein surrounding himself with “nymphettes.”
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Before George’s firing in December 2022, the U.S. Virgin Islands government had reached a settlement with Epstein’s estate, with two co-defendants and 10 other associated entities agreeing to pay $105 million and half the price of the sale of Epstein’s island to the Virgin Islands following Epstein’s death.
Bryan’s office did not immediately respond to a request to comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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