Jamie Dimon, chairman and president of JPMorgan Chase & &Co, throughout a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., United States, on Thursday,Sept 22, 2022.
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JPMorgan Chase on Wednesday turned down claims pointed out in a brand-new report that CEO Jamie Dimon over years talked about the bank’s then-customer Jeffrey Epstein– a sex predator– with Jes Staley, who at the time was a leading JPMorgan executive.
“We believe this is false. There is no evidence that any such communications ever occurred — nothing in the voluminous number of documents reviewed and nothing in the nearly dozen depositions taken, including that of our own CEO,” JPMorgan spokesperson Patricia Wexler stated in a declaration to CNBC.
“The one person who claims this to be true is currently accused of horrific acts and dishonesty – and hasn’t been deposed,” Wexler stated, describing Staley.
Wexler’s remarks came hours after The Wall Street Journal released a short article stating that Staley, in legal files, stated that for many years he interacted with Dimon about JPMorgan’s service with Epstein.
Epstein patronized of the bank from 1998 to 2013, keeping numerous countless dollars on deposit in numerous accounts.
“In the documents, Staley said that Dimon communicated with him when Epstein was arrested in 2006 and in 2008 when Epstein pleaded guilty” to a sex criminal offense in Florida, the Journal reported.
“Staley also said that Dimon communicated with him various times about whether to maintain Epstein as a client through 2012,” according to the Journal.
Epstein served more than a year in prison for the Florida conviction of obtaining sex from a small, a case that was commonly reported at the time.
The Journal likewise reported that it had actually seen files suggesting that Dimon and Staley had actually a conference set up with Epstein on March 2,2010 JPMorgan informed that paper that Dimon did not go to that conference, which it was not on the CEO’s calendar.
Dimon was deposed on Friday for 2 civil claims in U.S. District Court in Manhattan versus the bank implicating JPMorgan of making it possible for and economically gaining from sex trafficking by Epstein.
One fit was submitted by the federal government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein kept a home on a personal island. The other grievance was submitted by an Epstein accuser who is looking for to make her grievance a class-action fit on behalf of other ladies.
The fit versus JPMorgan by an Epstein accuser declares that Staley “knew without any doubt that Epstein was trafficking and abusing girls.”
JPMorgan has actually declared in a court filing that Staley is the individual recognized, without being called because fit, as utilizing “aggressive force” in sexually attacking an Epstein accuser.
Staley rejects misdeed and likewise rejects having actually learnt about Epstein’s abuse of girls.
Deutsche Bank, which ended up being Epstein’s bank in 2013 after JPMorgan severed ties with him on the heels of Staley’s exit from the bank, previously this month consented to opt for $75 million a claim by another Epstein accuser. That offer will benefit other ladies who were preyed on by Epstein throughout the time he was a Deutsche Bank consumer.
JPMorgan, which rejects any misdeed, has actually declared in legal filings that Staley is accountable for any civil liability emerging from Epstein’s usage of funds he had on deposit at that bank to send out girls to the Virgin Islands and in other places to be abused by him and others.
Wexler recently stated after Dimon’s deposition, “Our CEO reaffirmed after his deposition that, as he has previously said, he never met with him, never emailed him, does not recall ever discussing his accounts internally, and was not involved in any decisions about his account.”
“There are over a million pages of emails and other documents that have been produced in this case and not one comes close to even suggesting that he had any role in decisions about Epstein’s accounts,” Wexler stated.
“As we have said, we now know that Epstein’s behavior was monstrous, and his victims deserve justice. In hindsight, any association with him was a mistake and we regret it, but these suits are misdirected as we did not help him commit his heinous crimes.”
Epstein, 66, eliminated himself in a Manhattan prison in August 2019, a month after federal authorities detained and charged him with kid sex trafficking.
Dimon has actually revealed remorse that JPMorgan worked with Epstein
“I am so sad that we had any relationship to that man whatsoever,” the CEO informed Bloomberg in an interview May 11.
“You understand, we had leading legal representatives examining, from the [U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission] enforcement, the [Department of Justice], you understand, and certainly, had we recognized then what we understand today, we would have done things in a different way,” Dimon stated.
— CNBC’s Dawn Giel added to this report.
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