Billionaire Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Hyatt hotel heiress Thomas Pritzker subpoenaed in high-profile lawsuit over links between JPMorgan Chase and dead convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein reportedly one of the most successful business moguls ever.
The Attorney General of the U.S. Virgin Islands has appointed legal representatives for Brin, Pritzker, creative arts agency co-founder Michael Ovitz and real estate mogul Mort Zuckerman, as well as banks, Epstein, The Wall Street Journal reported A person familiar with the matter said Friday.
The subpoenas relate to a U.S. Virgin Islands civil lawsuit accusing JPMorgan Chase of profiting from Epstein’s notorious sex-trafficking ring while ignoring Epstein’s despicable misdeeds. .
The bank denied wrongdoing and said it was not aware of Epstein’s crimes.
It is unclear why the four were asked to provide information.
As the Journal noted, civil litigation attorneys make such requests during the discovery process for those who were not directly involved in the case but who may have relevant information about the parties. It often happens.
Brin co-founded Google in 1998 and is one of the richest people in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of $85.6 billion according to Forbes.
Pritzker is the executive chairman of the Hyatt Hotels Group and has an estimated net worth of $5.3 billion.
Ovitz is a former Hollywood super agent and co-founder of the Creative Artists Agency, and Zuckerman is a prominent real estate developer and current owner of the US News & World Report media outlet.
The Journal said the four men could not be reached for comment.
The Washington Post reached out to Google parent company Alphabet, Hyatt Hotels Group and U.S. News & World Report for comment.
Epstein owned two private islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He died in prison in 2019 of an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.
Epstein was a client of JP Morgan from 2000 to 2013.
US Virgin Islands seeks damages in civil lawsuit – one of two lawsuits filed against JPMorgan Chase for its association with dishonored financiers.
A second lawsuit, filed by an unnamed Epstein alleged victim, is also pending in Manhattan federal court.
JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will be required to give sworn testimony about the bank’s ties to Epstein as part of the lawsuit, according to multiple reports last week. He resisted demands for testimony, claiming he was not personally involved in the matter.
The U.S. Virgin Islands lawsuit is based on a close relationship between former JPMorgan Chase and Barclays executive Jess Staley, and emails exchanged between the two read, “Staley accused Epstein of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. It has even suggested that he may have been involved in
JP Morgan sued Staley, arguing that he should be held liable for the damages ordered against the bank. The company is also seeking reimbursement of wages paid to Staley, who denied any wrongdoing.
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