Last week multiple billionaires – including Hyatt Hotels chairman Tom Pritzker, Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and real estate investor Mortimer Zuckerman – and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) co-founder and former Disney executive Michael Ovitz were served subpoenas in the U.S. Virgin Islands civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase alleging the company facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation and helped him cover it up. The media outlets that did cover this failed to question or analyze why these wealthy men may have been subpoenaed, and particularly with Pritzker, there’s plenty of open-source information that sheds light on this.
Attorneys for the U.S. Virgin Islands requested that the wealthy businessmen turn over any documents, communication or information related to JPMorgan and Epstein and cited that they’re people familiar with the matter. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, it’s claimed that human trafficking was the principal business of Epstein’s accounts at the bank. JPMorgan denies these claims. Also, representatives for those subpoenaed declined to comment. However, insight into the potential motives behind the subpoenas can be found via court records and various news sources when one digs hard and long enough. Since the mainstream media failed to do this, I did.
For starters, Pritzker’s subpoena should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following Epstein-related cases closely. In 2015, Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre sued Ghislaine Maxwell for defamation after Maxwell made a series of statements labeling her as a liar. In 2019, some court records from the lawsuit were unsealed, in wake of another lawsuit filed by the Miami Herald and other news organizations, and it exposed that Giuffre claimed she was forced to have sex with Pritzker. Giuffre also claimed that she was forced to have sex with former Disney executive and former Maine Senator George Mitchell, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin, the late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, late modeling agent and convicted Epstein co-conspirator Jean-Luc Brunel, Epstein’s former lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew and another unnamed prince and a “well-known Prime Minister.” All accused parties denied her allegations.
In November of 2022, Judge Loretta Preska ruled that dozens of more documents relating to eight Epstein associates including Pritzker will be unsealed from Giuffre’s case against Maxwell despite objections from Pritzker and other John Does. To date, those other records have not been unsealed.
Typically, lawyers in civil cases use subpoenas to collect information from those who aren’t party to the suit but may have relevant evidence. However, if Giuffre’s allegations against Pritzker are true, and Pritzker knew she was forced to have sex with him, that would make the hotel magnate a criminal accomplice in Epstein’s trafficking ring – at best.
Further evidence linking Pritzker to Epstein is found in the pedophile’s infamous black book. The presence of a person’s contact information in Epstein’s black book is clearly not enough evidence to prove that person was involved in his criminal network; however, it’s the way Epstein listed Pritzker in his book that raises eyebrows.
Pritzker was labeled in Spanish with the nickname “Numero Uno”—which translates to Number One in English – in the pedophile’s black book. Also, Epstein had 12 phone numbers for Pritzker including an emergency contact number. One has to ponder, why would Epstein label Pritzker as his “Number One” person? It’s also noteworthy that Epstein had many hotel numbers listed in his black book including the “Jerusalem Hyatt”. Also, Pritzker flew on Epstein’s infamous Lolita Express.
Pritzker is the cousin to the Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. In addition to serving as chairman for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, he’s also the executive officer of the Pritzker Organization which manages various Pritzker family business assets. The Pritzker family is widely leftwing and has directed their money and their philanthropic endeavors toward normalizing transgenderism. Pritzker was Hillary Clinton’s second biggest donor in 2016 via his Pritzker Group giving her $16, 626,207 to her campaign.
Pritzker’s involvement with Epstein, along with the other subpoenaed men, could potentially go deep. The Virgin Islands lawsuit against JPMorgan offers clues that could explain why these businessmen were subpoenaed. The complaint often cites that there were Epstein co-conspirators in the trafficking ring, individuals who participated, directly or indirectly, and conspired with him in a pattern of criminal activity related to the sex trafficking or they could’ve been part of deals or clients that Epstein brought to JPMorgan in exchange for their complacency. Here’s some relevant bullet points outlined in the complaint:
· It’s alleged that the bank was well-aware that there were public allegations that Epstein’s conduct was facilitated by several named co-conspirators.
· The bank was also well-aware not only that Mr. Epstein had pled guilty and served prison time for engaging in sex with a minor but also that there were public allegations that his conduct was facilitated by several named co-conspirators.
· Epstein created a network of companies and individuals who participated in, directly or indirectly, and conspired with him in a pattern of criminal activity related to the sex trafficking, forced labor, sexual assault, child abuse, and sexual servitude of these young women and children. Epstein and his associates trafficked underage girls to the Virgin Islands, held them captive, and sexually abused them, causing them grave physical, mental, and emotional injury.
· To accomplish this criminal activity, Epstein formed an association in fact with both companies and non-profit organizations that he owned and operated, as well as individuals, who were willing to participate in, directly or indirectly, facilitate, and conceal Epstein’s criminal activity in exchange for Epstein’s bestowal of financial and other benefits, including sexual services and forced labor from victims.
· Despite this knowledge, JPMorgan intentionally paid for, concealed, facilitated, and participated in Epstein’s and his co-conspirators’ violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a), which JPMorgan knew and was in reckless disregard of the fact that Epstein and his co-conspirators would use its bank accounts and financial transactions to coerce, defraud, and force young women and underage girls to engage in commercial sex acts.
· Upon information and belief, JPMorgan turned a blind eye to evidence of human trafficking over more than a decade because of Epstein’s own financial footprint, and because of the deals and clients that Epstein brought and promised to bring to the bank.
The other subpoenaed elites’ connections to Epstein are not as strong or widely reported as Pritzker’s but they do exist. Brin reportedly had multiple dinners with Epstein, after he became a convicted child sex offender, along with other Google and Big Tech executives, according to Buzzfeed. In March of 2011, Brin dined with Epstein and others at an Italian upscale restaurant in Long Beach, California hosted by New York literary agent John Brockman. Brockman headed an intellectual club called Edge. A photo of then Google Vice President Marissa Mayer’s husband, Zack Bogue, displayed on the Edge’s website shows Epstein in the background at the dinner. Brin also reportedly attended other dinners hosted by the Edge that Epstein attended in 1999 and 2004. In 2011, Epstein reportedly attended another Edge dinner in St. Helena, California attended by Pritzker’s relative, Nicholas Pritzker, who is the former CEO of the Hyatt Development Corporation. Epstein was captured laughing on video while sitting next to Nicholas at that dinner. Also, Nicholas’ name and number are also listed in Epstein’s black book as “Nick” Pritzker and he’s labeled with his Hyatt title.
Zuckerman had ties to Epstein before his first conviction that are publicly available. Zuckerman teamed up with Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and others in 2003 to make an unsuccessful bid to buy New York Magazine, according to the New York Post. A year later, they invested in Radar Magazine. After three issues, Zuckerman and Epstein shut the magazine down. In 2009, Zuckerman owned the Daily News when their resident gossip columnist, George Rush, was preparing a story on the latest Jane Doe lawsuit against Epstein, according to Vanity Fair. Epstein called Zuckerman and offered an interview with the reporter with one condition: the interview was off the record. Rush described his 22-minute conversation with Epstein as “a bunch of spin.”
Although Ovitz is listed in Epstein’s black book, his relationship with the deceased child sex predator is more of an enigma. Epstein’s brother, Mark, did serve as his attorney in 2005 over a dispute with Disney. In 1975, Ovitz co-founded the mega talent agency CAA and served as chairman till 1995. He then went on to serve as president of The Walt Disney Company for 16 months.
CAA has been plagued with sex scandals in recent years after Ovitz’s time there. Rose McGowan has called out the company for enabling Weinstein and said CAA agents were “pimps” for the convicted serial rapist. In 2017, CAA issued an apology for enabling Weinstein’s behavior. In 2017, CAA agent Cade Hudson was accused of offering sex in exchange for access to directors and a Hollywood star. That same year CAA fired Cameron Mitchell after actress Demi Mann accused the agent of multiple instances of sexual assault and harassment.
There are connections between Disney and Epstein too. Disney Cruise Lines reportedly sponsored a snorkeling expedition to Epstein’s pedophile island Little St. James. In 1985, Maxwell hosted an event with Disney at Lord and Lady Bath’s home where she ironically presented a check for a fund to save the children. Furthermore, it’s interesting that former Senator Mitchell, previously mentioned as one of the men Giuffre claimed she was forced to have sex with, also worked as an executive for The Walt Disney Company. Also, e-mails between former JPMorgan executive, Jes Staley, and Epstein – that have come to light via the Virgin Islands suit against JPMorgan – show that they used Disney code words “Snow White” and “Beauty & the Beast”.
Also, Ovitz does appear to have ties to JPMorgan as well. In 2015 he tweeted a tribute with an article attached from his blog about the late Jimmy Lee of JPMorgan that stated he attended a memorial for him.
As this case moves forward, we’ll continue to learn more about these men’s potential involvement with Epstein’s trafficking ring and many more names will be exposed in time.
The truth always comes out in the end, no matter how hard dark forces try to hide or stop it. Lies are just a temporary delay to the inevitable.
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