(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) A former top Barclays executive, and well-connected Democrat, has been accused of aggressively raping a woman at the Virgin Islands property of Jeffrey Epstein, a new court ruling claimed.
Jes Staley, the 66-year-old embattled former banking chief at JP Morgan, allegedly “used aggressive force in his sexual assault of [anonymous victim ‘JPM Jane Doe’] and informed [her] that he had Epstein’s permission to do what he wanted to her,’” a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff stated.
The ruling is not a verdict but allows certain claims against Staley and the estate of Epstein to proceed, effectively rejecting motions to dismiss the accusation that both JP Morgan and Deutsche Banks are legally liable for the criminal aiding and abetting of Epstein’s sex rapes, the Daily Mail reported.
The victims are trying to hold both banks responsible, claiming that Epstein plotted to connect affluent clients to the banks in exchange for Staley’s influence with the bank to make Epstein “‘untouchable.’”
Staley, a well-known Democratic donor, admitted to having a friendship with Epstein but denied claims that he partook in the sex rape of the girls trafficked by the now-diseased tycoon, the New York Post reported. Epstein and Staley exchanged approximately 1,200 emails between 2008 and 2012 (after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor).
“That was fun,” the embattled banker wrote to Epstein in one of the emails. “Say hi to Snow White.”
Staley is described as a Democrat in several profiles published in 2016. Fortune magazine, for instance, featured Staley and brother Peter in a Q&A article headlined “The AIDS Activist and the Banker.”
“I really love that he’s spoken up about income inequality, and that he’s a Democrat and that we often support the same candidates,” Peter Staley told Fortune when describing his brother’s support for LGBTQ-related causes.
The Guardian referred to Staley as a “Democrat” in an article announcing his new role as Barcley’s chief executive on October 16, 2015.
“The bank tapped up Staley, a Democrat who has held fundraisers at his plush apartment a stone’s throw from the Guggenheim museum, in 2012 to replace Diamond but backed away due to fears of the political reaction to the vast amount of cash it would have to shell out to buy him out of his JP Morgan contract,” reported the article, headlined “Jes Staley: who is the man tapped to be Barclays’ next chief executive?”
Federal Election Commission records also show that Staley donated tens of thousands of dollars to President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Staley funneled a whipping $20,000 to Biden weeks before the 2020 election and a separate $14,400 to the DNC, Fox Business reported in November 2021.
The federal court order is a temporary setback to JP Morgan Chase, which sued Staley in March, to prove that Staley, not his bank, is personally liable for the damages arising from the lawsuits tied to Epstein.
The order, which was obtained by Headline USA, says that “the claim of plaintiff the Government of the United States Virgin Islands that defendant JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. knowingly benefited from participating in a sex-trafficking venture, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1591(a) (2), remains as part of the case.”
“All other claims are dismissed,” the order continued.
The trial is scheduled to take place on October 23, 2023.