The Daily Beast reported that Jeffrey Epstein attempted to woo Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, during her visit to New York City on a work trip from September 21st to September 26th, 2013.
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Late financier and sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein maintained close ties with members of at least two royal families in the years following his 2008 felony conviction for soliciting an underage girl, personal emails obtained by The Daily Beast show.
Epstein served 13 months in a Florida prison on state charges, then spent another year on house arrest and probation, which ended in July 2010. The terms of his release required him to register as a Level III sex offender for the rest of his life. But that didn’t stop him from palling around with the global elite.
In a Sept. 21, 2013 message to Epstein from his longtime executive assistant Lesley Groff, she laid out his schedule for the day. There was a reminder to call an Eastern European violinist, a breakfast with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and a string of appointments with professors, diplomats, and a real estate broker who was showing Epstein’s opulent Upper East Side townhouse to potential buyers.
And then there was the note about the princess.
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“Reminder: Princess Mette to arrive today and stay until Thurs, Sept 26,” Groff’s email notes, referring to Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit. “7:00pm Mette???” it adds, just after a note regarding a 6 p.m. meeting with former Norwegian Prime Minister, Nobel Committee chair, and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.
The emails, which The Daily Beast obtained from authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands via a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal Epstein’s ongoing relationships with European royalty—even as a felon.
“Crown Princess Mette-Marit was visiting New York City on a work trip between September 21st until September 26th in 2013,” Guri Varpe, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Royal Court, told The Daily Beast.
She provided details of Mette-Marit’s activities during the period she was in the city, which were two-pronged: as a Special Representative for UNAIDS, the Crown Princess met with youth leaders and others to discuss “continued commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.” She also attended the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which honored a Norwegian fertilizer company for its “commitment to alleviating the global food shortage in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.”
According to Varpe, Mette-Marit “has never been” to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned two islands and allegedly carried out some of his most heinous sex trafficking crimes. The princess stayed at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan, not with Epstein, Varpe said, reiterating in a follow-up email that emphasized the fact that Mette-Marit never visited Epstein Caribbean lair.
Mette-Marit, who reportedly met Epstein through mutual friends, has apologized for her interactions with him, telling Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv in 2019, “I never would have associated with Mr. Epstein if I had been aware of the seriousness of the crimes he committed. I should have investigated his past more thoroughly, and I am sorry that I didn’t.”
She broke off all contact with Epstein in 2013, according to Varpe.
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