It was revealed in a recent court ruling that former JP Morgan chief Jes Staley has been accused of sexually abusing an unnamed woman at the late Jeffrey Epstein’s private Island in the Caribbean, the New York Post reported.
The allegations against Staley were part of a ruling issued last week by US District Court Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York that allows specific claims by multiple Jane Does and the US Virgin Islands against the late Epstein’s estate to proceed.
Two unnamed victims of Epstein filed separate civil suits against JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank late last year, alleging that the banks enabled and benefited from Epstein’s trafficking operation.
The lawsuits were filed in part under the New York State law that permits adult sexual abuse survivors to sue their abusers after the statute of limitations has expired.
The suit filed against JPMorgan accuses the bank of giving “special treatment” to Epstein’s trafficking venture, ensuring its continued operation. The plaintiff alleges that without the institution’s participation, Jeffrey Epstein’s scheme “could not have existed.”
In a separate lawsuit, a second accuser representing a class of plaintiffs accused Deutsche Bank of knowingly facilitating Epstein’s trafficking after JP Morgan stopped doing business with Epstein in 2013.
In his ruling, Judge Rakoff revealed that Staley was accused of using “aggressive force” in his assault of a victim known only as “Jane Doe.” Staley allegedly told the victim that Jeffrey Epstein permitted him to “do what he wanted to her,” the ruling states.
Staley has acknowledged his friendship with Epstein but has long denied any involvement in the disgraced billionaire’s illegal trafficking of women.
The judge’s ruling also cleared the way for the lawsuit filed by the US Virgin Islands against JP Morgan. The government of the US Virgin Islands also alleges that the bank “knowingly benefited from participating” in Epstein’s trafficking.
Between 2008 and 2012, Staley exchanged 1,000 emails with Epstein after his 2008 conviction for soliciting a minor.
In a letter to Judge Rakoff, Staley’s attorney Brendan Sullivan called the allegations against his client “scandalous” and warned that the “potential damages are astronomical.”