Jeffrey Epstein ‘gave Bill Gates marriage advice’ while the couple laughed at his ‘toxic’ relationship

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Jeffrey Epstein suggested that Bill Gates leave his wife Melinda during dozens of meetings at the convicted pedophile’s $ 77 million Manhattan mansion, according to a person who attended the “men’s club” style meetings.

Gates’ visits to Epstein’s’ lair ‘were an escape from his unhappy marriage, and the couple’ were very close, ‘the source told The Daily Beast.

The report claims that the couple’s friendship blurred personal and professional lines and was much closer than Gates had previously admitted.

A spokeswoman for Gates said he had never spoken of Melinda in a disparaging way.

The Daily Beast revealed that between 2011 and 2014, Gates sought marital advice from convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein during dozens of meetings at his $ 77 million mansion in Manhattan, far more than previously reported.

Gates told Epstein that his marriage to Melinda was “ toxic, ” which both men found amusing, according to the report.

Gates suggested that Epstein would become involved in the couple’s philanthropic organization and “ rehabilitate his image ” after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, a person who attended the meetings said.

Melinda Gates was so outraged by the friendship that she began talking to a divorce attorney after the couple’s close ties were first reported by the New York Times in October 2019.

Bill Gates had dozens of meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, where they discussed his marriage to Melinda, according to a new report.  Bill Gates is pictured in Epstein's Manhattan mansion in 2011, from left to right: James E. Staley, then a senior JPMorgan director;  former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers;  Epstein;  Gates and Boris Nikolic, who was the science adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates had dozens of meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, where they discussed his marriage to Melinda, according to a new report. Bill Gates is pictured in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion in 2011, from left to right: James E. Staley, then a senior JPMorgan director; former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers; Epstein; Gates and Boris Nikolic, who was the science adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates and Epstein were 'very close, according to a source who attended the' men's club 'style gatherings at Epstein's mansion

Gates and Epstein were ‘very close, according to a source who attended the’ men’s club ‘style gatherings at Epstein’s mansion

Melinda told Bill to stop hanging out with Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with convicted sex offender in 2013

Melinda told Bill to stop hanging out with Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable meeting with convicted sex offender in 2013

The friendship between Gates and Epstein began in 2011, three years after Epstein pleaded guilty to the prostitution of a minor.

The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that the pair had met “ dozens of times ” in the palatial $ 77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side between 2011 and 2014.

The pair talked about science and philanthropy, but also joked and gossiped in a “ men’s club ” atmosphere, the Daily Beast claimed.

Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill about further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable encounter with the convicted sex offender in 2013.

Melinda was ‘furious’ over Bill’s relationship with Epstein after the couple visited the predator’s Upper East Side mansion in September 2013.

The meeting turned out to be a turning point in Bill’s relationship with Epstein, after Melinda expressed how uncomfortable she was with the sex offender and said she didn’t want anything to do with him, the sources said.

Gates and Epstein became friends in 2011 when Epstein raised a fund to the Gates Foundation and JP Morgan.

When they met, Epstein had already been in prison for a year for soliciting child prostitution, but he was welcomed back into the upper echelons of New York society.

After their first meeting, Gates emailed colleagues saying about Epstein, “His lifestyle is very different and intriguing, although it wouldn’t work for me.”

When the friendship was first revealed in 2019, Gates told the Wall Street Journal, “I didn’t have a business relationship or friendship with him.”

Following new revelations in the New York Times in October 2019, a spokeswoman said he “ regrets ever meeting Epstein and acknowledges it was an error of judgment to do so. ”

After the latest allegations were made to Gates, his spokeswoman said the “characterization of his encounters with Epstein and others about philanthropy is imprecise.”

“Likewise, any claim that Gates spoke in a disparaging way about his marriage or Melinda is false.”

The same month, the New York Times released details of Gates’ friendship with Epstein in 2019, Melinda began conferring with divorce attorneys, culminating this month with the announcement that their 27-year marriage was over.

Gates suggested that Epstein would become involved in the couple’s philanthropic organization and “ rehabilitate his image ” after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution, a person who attended the meetings said.

Gates’ visits to Epstein’s “ lair ” were an escape from the marriage, the source said, saying the couple were “ very close. ”

The Gateses, one of the world’s richest couples with a net worth of $ 130 billion, announced this month that they were getting a divorce, with Melinda saying the marriage has been “ irretrievably broken ” in divorce filings.

Epstein died in August 2019 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, New York, while awaiting trial on child trafficking charges.

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