The criminal trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s “madame” and girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, has raised speculation about those who crossed paths with the late financier and pedophile before his sudden death in prison.
The jury in Maxwell’s trial was reportedly shown sections of the “little black book” of Epstein’s associates, which included embattled actor Alec Baldwin.
The “black book”
Baldwin has been mired in scandal lately over his role in the accidental shooting death of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer of his movie Rust.
The actor and his wife both deleted their Twitter accounts days after Baldwin denied feeling any responsibility or guilt for killing Hutchins in a widely panned ABC interview.
Around the same time, prosecutors in the Maxwell trial showed the jury a section of Epstein’s notorious “little black book” of contacts, the Daily Mail reported.
What the jury saw will remain under seal, but a redacted version of the book published by Gawker in 2015 named a who’s who of the rich and powerful, including Baldwin. The nature of Epstein’s associations with those listed in it has provoked plenty of speculation.
To be clear, it is not known whether Baldwin’s name was included in the prosecution’s document, called “Government Exhibit 52,” and Baldwin has not been accused of any crime in relation to Epstein or the death of Hutchins, although authorities in the Rust case are searching through Baldwin’s phone.
Still, the timing of his social media blackout struck some as odd.
There has long been speculation that Epstein’s death in jail in 2019, ruled a suicide, was part of an orchestrated cover-up to avoid exposing dark secrets about those connected to the financier’s underworld.
Like his death, how Epstein amassed his great fortune has remained a mystery. But those in his rarified world included politicians and businesspeople such as former President Donald Trump and members of his family, former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.
There are also actors and entertainers mentioned in Epstein’s book, including Monty Python comedian John Cleese, actor Ralph Fiennes, actor Dustin Hoffman, Mick Jagger, and Jimmy Buffett.
Some have speculated whether a cover-up has been underway in the Maxwell trial, especially after it was revealed that evidence from Epstein’s safe went “missing” after an FBI raid.