U.S. Virgin Islands Issues Subpoena to Elon Musk in Jeffrey Epstein Lawsuit
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has been issued a subpoena by the U.S. Virgin Islands in connection with the investigation of the infamous financier, Jeffrey Epstein. The lawsuit filed by the Virgin Islands alleges that Epstein engaged in human trafficking and abuse, and seeks to reclaim $25 million from his estate.
The subpoena to Musk comes as a part of the ongoing legal investigation into Epstein’s financial dealings. Musk, who has been linked to Epstein in the past, has reportedly visited the late financier’s private island, Little Saint James. However, it is not clear what evidence the Virgin Islands is seeking from Musk.
The subpoena was issued under the provisions of the Virgin Islands’ Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act, which allows for out-of-state parties to be deposed in cases being litigated in the Virgin Islands.
Musk, who has been known to have a fascination with Epstein’s work on artificial intelligence, previously claimed to have severed ties with the financier following his conviction for solicitation of prostitution from a minor in 2008. However, leaked emails between Musk and former Tesla board member, Steve Jurvetson, reveal that the two discussed Epstein and his alleged sex trafficking activities as recently as 2015.
The lawsuit, originally filed in January 2020, alleges that Epstein used his private island in the Virgin Islands as a sex trafficking hub, luring young girls and women to the island with promises of money and modeling opportunities. Epstein’s estate, valued at over $600 million, is currently being administered by the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, Denise N. George, who has been leading the investigation into the financier’s alleged crimes and financial dealings.
While it is not clear what information the Virgin Islands is seeking from Musk, the subpoena indicates that the investigation into Epstein’s financial dealings is far-reaching and that law enforcement is taking a closer look at those who were connected to him. The subpoena comes amidst an already tumultuous period for Musk, whose recent Twitter controversies and apparent uncooperative behavior towards the National Transportation Safety Board have generated significant media attention.
Overall, the subpoena to Musk highlights the ongoing legal saga surrounding Jeffrey Epstein, and how those connected to the late financier are continuing to be scrutinized by law enforcement agencies. While it is unclear what new developments may arise as a result of the subpoena, it is clear that the investigation into Epstein’s alleged crimes and financial dealings is far from over.