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Celebs Close Ranks Around a Pedophile

By Alexandra Wolfe, The Daily Beast - April 2, 2011

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Alexandra Wolfe is a former contributing editor to Conde Nast Portfolio. She has written for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, the New York Observer, and the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote design and lifestyle features for the Weekend Journal section. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Observer. She is currently working on a book called American Coddle, about America's culture of entitlement.

Despite the pedophile mogul's conviction for soliciting underage prostitution, his circle—a who's who of the rich and powerful, from Bill Clinton to Katie Couric—is standing by their man. Renowned scientists whose research Epstein funded also back the billionaire, writes Alexandra Wolfe.

On the evening of December 2nd, 2010, a handful of America's media and entertainment elite—including TV anchors Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos, comedienne Chelsea Handler, and director Woody Allen—convened around the dinner table of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It wasn't just any dining room, but part of a sprawling nine-story townhouse that once housed an entire preparatory school. And it wasn't just any sex offender, but an enigmatic billionaire who had flown the likes of former President Bill Clinton and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak around the world on his own Boeing 727. Last spring, Epstein completed a 13-month sentence for soliciting prostitution from a minor in Palm Beach. Now he was hosting a party for his close friend, Britain's Prince Andrew, fourth in line to the throne.

Jeffrey Epstein. Credit: Newscom

When a photo later surfaced of the two men walking in Central Park that weekend, the British press seized on the story, spinning out weeks of headlines about the 16-year relationship between Epstein and Andrew, with salacious details of underage "masseuses" and even a cozy weekend in Balmoral. Members of parliament began calling for Prince Andrew's resignation as Britain's trade envoy, and when another photo surfaced of Andrew and a 17-year-old concubine Epstein had allegedly "loaned" him splashed across the London tabs, even Britain's business secretary wouldn't confirm the royal could keep his role. But the uproar over "The Prince and The Perv"—as the British headlines screamed—mysteriously drowned in the Mid-Atlantic. New Yorkers barely batted an eye about the scandal-mongering across the pond. "A jail sentence doesn't matter anymore," says David Patrick Columbia, founder of New York Social Diary. "The only thing that gets you shunned in New York society is poverty."

"In the Midwest, where I am from, he would be a social pariah," says Lorna Brett Howard, a political activist and wife of Irving Post Capital CEO and Aeropostale director John Howard. "What I see here is if you have big money or are famous then you get a pass."

“A jail sentence doesn’t matter anymore. The only thing that gets you shunned in New York society is poverty.”

Sure enough, that December night no one mentioned that their handsome host, a gray-haired 58-year-old financier with tanned skin and a joker smile, had just doled out millions of dollars in civil settlements to 17 [Published reports say 7…LS] girls who allege that he paid them to perform erotic massages and demeaning sexual acts when they were underage. They are among the 40 victims turned up by an FBI investigation. But at the time, this particular swath of Epstein's elite Rolodex had no idea that the feted royal would soon renounce Epstein as a friend, nor that the royal's ex-wife, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, would hysterically apologize for letting Epstein pay off some of her debts.

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What a sad commentary of where we are as a society. We all knew Woody Allen would support him, Woody has been a known pedophile for years but for all these others to stand by his side is despicable. I surely thought more of Katie Couric, not anymore. I can't help but wonder how these people would feel if one of these girls was their daughter.

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As a fellow scientist, I too. always judge things based on empirical evidence.As a dog, I too, always hump anything I can, the younger and more innocent they are, arf-grrrrr-rff'; the fonder their memories will be.But, as an average, little-people-American I am dismayed at the undeniable fact that our country is being run by a bunch of grunions whose only apparent redeeming value is in the amount of money they float around on.Finally, as a composite American scientific canine, I have reached the conclusion that the rule of law was a nice achaic concept, but the reality is that the laws only apply to us little folks. The empirical evidence suggests that our rulers view laws as words. Words can be changed. Words can be ignored. Words can be created. I mean, whoever heard of collateralized debt obligations for crissake?

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DNC and Soetoro contributors all. ROFL

Flag It | Permalink | Reply 7:21 am, Apr 2, 2011 William D. Perry

Justice is not color blind in this country. It can see the color green (as in money.)

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