Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill of further contact with Jeffrey Epstein after the couple had an uncomfortable encounter with the convicted sex offender, according to a new report.
Melinda was ‘furious’ at Bill’s relationship with Epstein after the couple visited the predator’s Upper East Side mansion in September 2013, people familiar with the case said the Everyday beast.
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.
It comes after Bill and Melinda announced their intention to separate this week and provide no other explanation for the split other than by saying ‘we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives’.
Melinda Gates warned her husband Bill (with her left) of any further contact with Jeffrey Epstein (right) after the couple had an uncomfortable encounter with the convicted sex offender
The meeting took place at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion (above) in September 2013 and reportedly infuriated Melinda who did not want to contact Epstein
Bill and Melinda’s meeting with Epstein, previously undisclosed, took place on September 20, 2013, the same day the couple had a public appearance in New York to accept the Lasker Bloomberg Public Service Award at the Pierre Hotel.
At the time, Epstein had already been convicted of asking a minor for prostitution in Florida. Several years later, he was federally charged with sex trafficking and died behind bars in 2019.
Sources told the Daily Beast that Gates’s friendship with Epstein, who cultivated rich and powerful friends, haunts Melinda to this day.
It’s unclear if Melinda was concerned about Epstein’s earlier conviction, or just didn’t like him.
‘He was just an obnoxious guy. He almost made a point of having bad manners and not paying attention to dinner, ”one person told the outlet. “I could see how, even without suspicion, someone wouldn’t want to be around him.”
The New York Times reported in 2019 that Gates became friends with Epstein in 2011 and visited Epstein at least three times at Epstein’s mansion in New York City.
Gates has said he initially hoped the wealthy financier would help him raise money for his global health initiatives.
In 2011 Gates wrote in an email to colleagues: ‘[Epstein’s] lifestyle is very different and intriguing although it wouldn’t work for me. ‘
On the same day as the meeting with Epstein, Bill and Melinda Gates appeared with Michael Bloomberg to accept awards for public service in New York City
A spokesman for Gates told the Times that Gates was “referring only to the unique decor of the Epstein residence – and Epstein’s habit of spontaneously bringing in acquaintances to meet Mr. Gates.”
“It was in no way intended to convey a sense of interest or approval,” she said.
In March 2013, Gates flew Epstein’s private plane – the plane called the ‘Lolita Express’ because it was allegedly used to trade young girls.
Bridgitt Arnold, a Gates spokesman, told the Times that Gates did not know the plane belonged to Epstein.
In September of that year, Gates and Epstein met for a dinner in New York to discuss philanthropy, according to Arnold – possibly the same meeting that Melinda attended, which sparked her anger.
By the end of 2014, Gates and Epstein were out of touch, prompting Epstein to complain to an acquaintance that Gates was shunning him, the Times reported.
Logs for the “Lolita Express” listing Bill Gates on a flight from Teterboro, New Jersey to Abilene Regional Airport, Texas in March 2013. Gates said he did not know it was Epstein’s plane
The joint charity that was discussed never materialized.
Arnold told the Times that Gates had been introduced to Epstein by “high-profile people.”
“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting Epstein and acknowledges it was an error of judgment to do so,” Arnold said.
“Gates acknowledges that entertaining Epstein’s ideas regarding philanthropy gave Epstein an undeserved platform that was contrary to Gates’s personal values and the values of his foundation.”
In 2019, after Epstein’s second arrest, Gates took the trouble to distance himself, saying he had “ made an error of judgment ” by befriending the predator.
He told Axios that he “wish they had never met” and insisted that he had no “business or personal relationship” with Epstein.
It comes after Bill and Melinda (seen in 2018) announced their intention to separate this week and gave no other explanation for the split other than saying ‘we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our life’
And Gates told the New York Times Dealbook Conference he had “made a mistake” meeting with the disgraced financier he hoped to help raise money for his work for global health.
He said, ‘That was a mirage. None of that money ever appeared, and I gave him an association benefit, so I made a double wrong mistake there. ‘
Gates told The Wall Street Journal, “There were people around [Epstein] who said, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people. ‘
He added: ‘There are some countries where we have not done any recruitment at all because we are not able to actually make those judgments.
‘I feel bad. We will probably one day accept someone for the Giving Pledge and it will turn out that their fortune is an infamous fortune. If you engage in this, and if you really want to get out there and get more people involved in philanthropy, you run the risk of making a mistake. ‘