Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly dined at fancy Manhattan restaurants with New York power couple Tim and Nina Zagat years after he was arrested and put on the sex offender list, according to a bombshell report.
After his 2008 arrest on state charges, the pedophile financier quickly returned to his life of luxury after his time behind bars, continuing to party with an array of billionaires, heads of state and titans of industry.
According to a report from daily beastEpstein and Tim Zagat were closely linked in the years after his arrest, where they reportedly dined with famous faces including Hollywood director Woody Allen.
Despite his reputation for being opulent, those who knew Epstein also claimed he never enjoyed meals in expensive restaurants because he “ate like a sixth-grader.”
Pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein lived a life of luxury from his arrest in 2008 until his suicide in custody in 2019
Tim (right) and Nina Zagat are said to have become friends with Epstein and enjoyed an exclusive dinner with the disgraced financier
The report on the decade between Epstein’s arrest in Florida in 2008 and his death by suicide in 2019 revealed that his sphere of influence continued to grow despite the disturbing accusations leveled against him.
Tim and Nina Zagat, who shot to fame after creating the eponymous food guide, reportedly ran in the same high-profile circles as Epstein and, in 2014, attended at least one dinner party hosted by the sex trafficker.
The dinner also reportedly included a dozen other people, including Epstein’s girlfriend Karyna Shuliak, magician David Blaine and Hollywood director Woody Allen.
The exclusive guest list was obtained by The Daily Beast via a public records request.
Epstein would go on to dine with his high-profile friendship group, which reportedly included director Woody Allen (left) and magician David Blaine
The origin of Zagat and Epstein’s friendship is unclear, but they had known each other since at least 2002, when they flew on Epstein’s private jet to the annual TED talk.
And according to the report, the relationship between Epstein and Zagat continued after his arrest in 2008. That year, Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution and underage prostitution charges, and spent more than a year in a Florida prison. A much-criticized plea deal saw US lawyers refuse to prosecute him federally for more than a decade.
The two reportedly became closely linked in the years that followed, and emails revealed how Epstein continued to enjoy a well-connected lifestyle after breaking the law.
In an email exchange, Epstein and Zagat planned to treat the ‘sultan’ to dinner in New York, reportedly Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
Sulayem’s name was also allegedly used by Epstein to buy his private island, the infamous hub of his depraved sex trafficking empire.
When contacted by The Daily Beast for comment, Zagat reportedly described Epstein as “radioactive”, but declined to comment on their meetings.
Jeffrey Epstein lived a life of luxury, but former friends revealed he would ‘eat like a sixth grader’ at lavish meals
Epstein allegedly used Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s name to buy his infamous private island in the US Virgin Islands (pictured)
Epstein and Zagat are said to eat at some of Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurants, including the now closed Italian hotspot Ristorante Morini (pictured)
According to emails detailing his activities intimately, Epstein dined with his famous friends on several occasions. A dinner cited in the report included one between Zagat, the disgraced financier, and Woody Allen.
The group dinner reportedly took place at Ristorante Morini, a now closed Italian restaurant on Madison Avenue.
Comedian Bobby Slayton, who has also attended events with Epstein, told The Daily Beast that despite his foodie lifestyle, Epstein was “not a fan of going out to dinner”.
“Once he said, ‘You and Tim are always talking about food. What’s between you and food? He said that about a few people. He didn’t understand why people like to eat good food,” Slayton said.
I could never get him out. He invited me several times to his house to dine with a group of comedians.
“When I asked him about restaurants once, he said, ‘Call Zagat, he knows the food. What do I know?’
He claimed Epstein would “eat like a sixth grader” and would usually only survive on burgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while his guests enjoyed lavish meals.
“Every time I went to his house, he only talked to me about comedy,” Slayton added. “He never talked about girls, I never saw any of the girls.”
In a telling moment, he says Epstein showed him his private island, but when he suggested bringing his wife for a visit, Epstein turned to him and replied, “No women.”