In its lawsuit aiming to make JPMorgan Chase accountable for the sex trafficking offenses done by businessman Jeffrey Epstein, the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is attempting to subpoena billionaire Elon Musk for records.
In relation to Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019 while awaiting sex trafficking charges in a federal prison in Manhattan, Musk has never been publicly accused of any wrongdoing.
But there had been persistent rumors throughout the years — promoted by Epstein himself — that Epstein had given Musk business advice.
Musk’s spokespeople have refuted the claims, but the U.S. Virgin Islands government claimed in a court document that it thinks Epstein may have attempted to introduce Musk to JPMorgan as a potential customer.
On Monday, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and Twitter tweeted that the US Virgin Islands’ decision to issue a subpoena was “idiotic on so many levels” and dubbed Epstein a “cretin” who had never given him advice on “anything whatsoever.”
The idea that I would seek financial advice from a bumbling crook is ludicrous, Musk wrote in a tweet. “Despite owning Tesla’s global commercial banking business, which we later abandoned, JPM let Tesla down ten years ago. They were never pardoned by me.
The Monday-filed subpoena provided little details regarding its motivations, stating only that Musk is “a high-net-worth individual who Epstein may have referred or attempted to refer to JPMorgan.”
This makes Musk the most recent well-known figure to receive a subpoena in a slew of legal cases involving JPMorgan’s associations with Epstein.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, has lately been summoned.
It was revealed earlier this month that the US Virgin Islands were unable to locate fellow Google cofounder Larry Page to deliver a subpoena to him.
Before his accounts were stopped in 2013, Epstein had been a client of JPMorgan for a number of years.
However, the Wall Street Journal reported last month that senior bank employees had continued to meet with Epstein.
Although the billionaire had been pictured with the sex offender’s close accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell at a Vanity Affair event in 2014, Musk’s connections to Epstein are unknown.
Musk has claimed in the past that Maxwell “photo-bombed” him; however, Maxwell has denied knowing him and said that “the same people who push this photo say nothing about the prominent people” who visited Epstein’s home in the US Virgin Islands linked to trafficking.
The relationship between the CEOs of Tesla and Twitter and JPMorgan has been rocky in recent years as a result of the bank’s $162 million lawsuit against Tesla in 2021 for alleged contract violations.
In a lawsuit against JPMorgan last year, the Virgin Islands, where Epstein held property, claimed that its investigation had shown that the financial services company had made it possible for Epstein’s recruiters to pay their victims and had been “indispensable to the operation and concealment of the Epstein trafficking enterprise.”
JPMorgan’s attorneys did not promptly respond to mails seeking comment on Monday.
In the past, they have claimed that while victims are entitled to justice, legal actions that seek to hold the financial institution accountable for Epstein’s deeds are without legal foundation, are directed at the incorrect person, and ought to be dropped.
Authorities claimed that in the early 2000s, at his mansions in New York and Palm Beach, Florida, Epstein enlisted and sexually assaulted hundreds of young girls. He entered a not-guilty plea.
2019 saw the passing of Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.