Former Barclays CEO Jes Staley Exchanged Emails with Jeffrey Epstein, Lawsuit Reveals
The disclosure of emails exchanged between Jes Staley, former CEO of Barclays, and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has sparked controversy and shed new light on the relationship between the two men. The emails, which were revealed by the US Virgin Islands government in a lawsuit against JPMorgan, where Staley was once a senior executive, reportedly show Staley exchanging over a thousand emails with Epstein, some of which included pictures of young women in suggestive poses.
- Former Barclays CEO Jes Staley exchanged over a thousand emails with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to court documents.
- Some of the emails included photos of young women in seductive poses.
- Staley has maintained he was friendly with Epstein but never knew about his alleged crimes.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands is suing JPMorgan, alleging the bank facilitated Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking by allowing him access to bank accounts.
- JPMorgan has said it didn’t facilitate any possible crimes committed by Epstein.
The emails have raised questions about Staley’s judgment and ethics, particularly given Epstein’s reputation and his previous conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution. Staley resigned from Barclays in November 2021 amid a regulatory investigation into whether the bank had been truthful about his relationship with Epstein.
Staley has maintained that he was friendly with Epstein but did not know about his alleged crimes and ended their friendship before becoming Barclays CEO. However, the disclosure of the emails has put his claims under scrutiny and raised doubts about his credibility.
The lawsuit filed by the US Virgin Islands government against JPMorgan alleges that the bank facilitated Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking by allowing him access to bank accounts and approving transfers he used to pay young women. The suit alleges that JPMorgan approved payments by Epstein to at least 20 young women who were victims of Epstein. The bank denies any wrongdoing and has argued that the US Virgin Islands should have stopped Epstein.
The disclosure of the emails has also highlighted the issue of corporate responsibility and the obligation of banks and other organizations to prevent and combat illegal activities such as sex trafficking. The lawsuit filed by the US Virgin Islands against JPMorgan is part of a broader effort to hold companies accountable for their role in enabling or facilitating sex trafficking and other crimes.