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A new report claimed convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein thought he had a hold over Bill Gates and tried to indirectly shake down the Microsoft co-founder for an investment in one of Epstein’s projects.
The report in The Wall Street Journal alleged that Gates had an affair with a Russian bridge player named Mila Antonova and that Epstein hinted at the affair in 2017 while trying to get Gates to invest in a fund he was trying to establish at the time. The Journal said it was told the tale by “people familiar with the matter.”
Epstein was later arrested in 2019 on sex trafficking charges and died in his jail cell while awaiting trial. His death was labeled a suicide.
Antonova declined to comment about Gates.
She said she met Epstein but did not know anything about his activities.
“I had no idea that he was a criminal or had any ulterior motive. I just thought he was a successful businessman and wanted to help,” she said, adding “I am disgusted with Epstein and what he did.”
A representative of Gates issued a statement in response to the Journal’s allegations.
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