FILE- In this July 30, 2008 file photo, Jeffrey Epstein is shown in custody in West Palm Beach, Fla. Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is expected to face questions at his Senate confirmation hearing about an unusual plea deal he oversaw for Epstein, a Florida billionaire and sex offender, as U.S. attorney in Miami. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Post, Uma Sanghvi, File)/Palm Beach Post via AP)
During an interview with reporters on Tuesday, President Donald Trump revealed that he had a “falling out” with billionaire financier recently charged with child sex trafficking, Jeffrey Epstein.
“I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago,” Trump told reporters. “I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn’t a fan. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you. I was not a fan of his.”
Author of “Filthy Rich: The Billionaire’s Sex Scandal–The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein,” James Patterson, revealed to Dana Perino exactly what Trump meant by that during an interview on “The Daily Briefing.”
“President Trump said earlier that he had a falling-out with Epstein about 15 years ago. Do you know what that was about?” asked Perino.
“Well, I know that there were some complaints about Epstein at Mar-a-Lago and also I spoke to the head of the spa there,” said Patterson. “I said ‘did you ever meet Epstein?’ She said, ‘oh yes… he was inappropriate with some of the younger women there.”
“She said she went to Trump and he threw him out of the club,” he added.
Patterson went on to tell Fox News that he “knows” Trump wasn’t aware of Epstein’s illegal activities, and also made it clear that he “believes” Clinton didn’t know either.
A raid on Epstein’s home found pictures of nude, underage girls. The impact of Epstein’s trouble with the law has swung many into a political tug-of-war between Republicans and Democrats and trying to connect Epstein to the opposite party. Earlier this week, users on Wikipedia were quietly trying to edit out any connection Epstein had to Democrats like Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, both of whom have been accused of sexual assault.