Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’
Soon after the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein died in August, a mysterious man met with two prominent lawyers.
Towering, barrel-chested and wild-bearded, he was a prodigious drinker and often wore flip-flops. He went by a pseudonym, Patrick Kessler — a necessity, he said, given the shadowy, dangerous world that he inhabited.
He told the lawyers he had something incendiary: a vast archive of Mr. Epstein’s data, stored on encrypted servers overseas. He said he had years of the financier’s communications and financial records — as well as thousands of hours of footage from hidden cameras in the bedrooms of Mr. Epstein’s properties. The videos, Kessler said, captured some of the world’s richest, most powerful men in compromising sexual situations — even in the act of rape.
Who is Patrick Kessler? The big, bearded man with a taste for Japanese whiskey who claimed to have Jeffrey Epstein’s digital archive went by a pseudonym, he said, for his own protection. #TheWeeklyNYT on @FXNetworks and @Hulu. https://t.co/E4QTaVunzC pic.twitter.com/ZWG8VweOEY— The Weekly (@TheWeekly) November 30, 2019