The plot thickens. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jeffrey Epstein tried to blackmail Bill Gates after learning about an affair Gates had with a young woman.
Epstein learned that Gates had an affair with a Russian bridge player and when Gates shot down a donation request from Epstein, Jeffrey sent him an email reminding the Microsoft founder what he knew.
According to The Wall Street Journal: “The Microsoft co-founder met the woman around 2010, when she was in her 20s. Epstein met her in 2013 and later paid for her to attend software coding school. In 2017, Epstein emailed Gates and asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the course, according to the people familiar with the matter.
“The email came after the convicted sex offender had struggled and failed to convince Gates to participate in a multibillion-dollar charitable fund that Epstein tried to establish with JPMorgan Chase. The implication behind the message, according to people who have viewed it, was that Epstein could reveal the affair if Gates didn’t keep up an association between the two men.
Mila Antonova, the Russian bridge player, said: “I had no idea that he was a criminal or had any ulterior motive.
“I just thought he was a successful businessman and wanted to help.
“I am disgusted with Epstein and what he did.”
Boris Nikolic, a Gates associate who introduced Antonova to Epstein, said:
“I deeply regret that I ever met Epstein.
“His crimes were despicable.
“I never saw anything like his illegal behavior.
“My heart goes out to his victims and their families.”
A spokesperson for Gates to the WSJ:
“Mr. Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes.
“Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates.”