A 2014 intimate dinner involving alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and Former President Bill Clinton drags the latter’s name anew.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a former associate of Jeffrey Epstein, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, two counts conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury. Maxwell denied the allegations.
Sources told The Daily Beast that Doug Band, a long-time Clinton gatekeeper, cut Maxwell out of the former President’s network in 2011 before leaving Clinton’s employ in the next year. Yet, news surfaced that Maxwell was again invited to join the entourage on an intimate dinner in 2014.
According to the outlet, the dinner was in a Los Angeles vegan restaurant following a star-studded February gala attended by actor Bruce Willis, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actor Sean Penn who the TMZ recorded glided through the front door.
Clinton’s former staff Ben Schwerin, a future Snapchat executive, and the then-talent agent Michael Kives were also among the invited guests.
A major Democratic donor and Clinton’s friend, producer Steve Bing, waited for them at the restaurant. Bing, an investor in the vegan restaurant, later committed suicide this year.
The entourage made a prior reservation, in which Ghislaine Maxwell and tech CEO Scott Borgerson had RSVP’d, the outlet reported.
Insiders said the staffs argued over Maxwell’s invitation, who had ties to the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Information acquired by The Daily Beast suggests Jon Davidson, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, knew Maxwell was included in the 2014 intimate dinner, which he helped organize. The outlet sought comment from Davidson yet has not returned messages.
“This is an intimate dinner with Clinton in LA,” said a source bothered by the inclusion of Maxwell. “Think of all the people he [Clinton] knows in LA, and Ghislaine gets to attend,” the source added.
The Daily Beast reported a friend of the Clintons told the outlet that Maxwell’s ties allegedly run deep as a close friend of Bill and daughter Chelsea. According to the source, the sex trafficker even got to visit their homes and went backstage at Clinton Global Initiative Events.
“It’s always someone else’s fault; it’s always not true,” the friend said. “They’re always fighting against the reporting and not that they did it. That’s the problem,” the friend added.
Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minors at his Palm Beach mansion has been widely circulated in media at the time of the intimate dinner.
Reasons behind the invitation of Ghislaine Maxwell at the height of accusations remain uncertain. Yet the incident clearly taints the name of former President Bill Clinton as more and more events link him with the sex trafficker.