Jeffrey Epstein threatened to expose Bill Gates’ alleged affair with Russian bridge participant: report
Jeffrey Epstein threatened to expose an affair Bill Gates allegedly had with a Russian bridge participant in 2010 when the Microsoft co-founder declined to be a part of his philanthropic enterprise, in accordance to a report on Sunday.
The disgraced pedophile, who killed himself in 2019, appeared to threaten Gates over the alleged affair with Russian card-wiz Mila Antonova in a 2017 e mail, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources acquainted with the matter.
Gates met Antonova in 2010, with the 2 taking part in in a match collectively after she moved to the Bay Area to work as a software program engineer, the newspaper mentioned.
While Antonova acknowledged that she was on pleasant phrases with Gates throughout a 2010 video about her love of bridge, the 2 allegedly had a short romance whereas Gates was nonetheless married to his then-wife, Melinda Gates, sources advised the Journal.
Epstein, in the meantime, met Antonova whereas she was on the lookout for monetary backers for a bridge academy.
In the 2017 e mail, Epstein known as on Gates to reimburse him for the price of investing in Antonova’s coding schooling, the Journal reported.
The message got here simply after the tech titan declined to be a part of the convicted intercourse offender’s multi-billion-dollar charity he was making an attempt to kick off with JPMorgan Chase.
“Mr. Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes. Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates,” a spokesperson for Gates mentioned.
The spokesperson added that Gates by no means paid up over the risk and that he had “no financial dealings” with Epstein.
Antonova advised the Journal that she didn’t know who Epstein actually was once they met, considering he was only a “successful businessman and wanted to help.”
“I am disgusted with Epstein and what he did,” Antonova mentioned, whereas declining to touch upon her alleged relationship with Gates.
Following her match match with Gates, which resulted within the billionaire’s victory, Antonova was impressed to begin her personal enterprise enterprise instructing folks to play the sport she beloved.
Boris Nikolic, a prime adviser to Gates on the time, pointed Antonova to Epstein, then a well-connected financier, who agreed to meet her in 2013, sources mentioned.
Although Epstein handed on the venture, she mentioned he did agree to assist pay for her software program engineer research.
“I don’t know why he did that,” she advised the Journal. “When I asked, he said something like, he was wealthy and wanted to help people when he could.”
Epstein additionally let her keep in his New York City townhouse in November 2014.
Antonova mentioned she didn’t work together with Epstein or anybody else in the course of the transient keep.
As Epstein’s finance empire started to crumple amid the rising allegations of intercourse and human trafficking crimes, he appeared to be on harm management and hoped to create a multi-billion-dollar charitable basis with Gates headlining as a big-name donor, sources mentioned.
Epstein allegedly dropped Gates’ identify as he labored to safe the muse with JPMorgan Chase, however Gates and the financial institution declined to work collectively with him.
The rejection then triggered the e-mail billing the billionaire for Antonova’s research, sources advised the Journal, suggesting the failed financier was blackmailing Gates.
Gates, Nikolic and JPMorgan Chase have mentioned in statements that they remorse ever assembly with Epstein on charitable issues.
“I deeply regret that I ever met Epstein,” Nikolic, who labored with Epstein on philanthropic proposals, advised the Journal. “His crimes were despicable. I never saw anything like his illegal behavior. My heart goes out to his victims and their families.”