- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Lawyers sifting through documents related to the case of Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy sex offender accused of pimping out an underage girl to Britain’s Prince Andrew, stumbled across an interesting finding among the filings: 21 email and telephone contacts for former President Bill Clinton and his personal aide, Doug Band.

The contacts were found within Mr. Epstein’s electronic directory, the court documents showed, the New York Post reported.

Mr. Epstein, 61, is a convicted sex offender who pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony charges related to a long-running investigation into his interactions with underage girls at Palm Beach High School in Florida — some of whom he paid to give naked massages at his home, The Smoking Gun reported.

At the same time, Epstein maintained friendships and contacts with some of the best known in America, from politicians to celebrities. And even post-prison, Mr. Epstein kept up some of these high-profile relationships — leading to his most recent emergence in the news, which involves allegations that he provided Prince Andrew with sexual services from a then-17-year-old American girl, Virginia Roberts.

Ms. Roberts, now 30, has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against Mr. Epstein, alleging he forced her to serve as a “sex slave” and paid her $15,000 to perform sexual services for the prince, the New York Post reported.

Lawyers going through these court documents found Mr. Clinton’s contacts.

It appears, however, the former president cut ties with Mr. Epstein in 2005 — shortly after he was arrested for receiving an “erotic massage” from a minor-aged girl, court documents indicated, the Post reported. But prior to cutting those ties, Mr. Clinton “frequently flew” on Mr. Epstein’s private jet with him, between the years of 2002 and 2005, The Smoking Gun website reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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