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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, is hiding in homes of powerful associates around the world, the New York Post reported last week. The FBI is investigating Maxwell, 58, who’s accused of recruiting girls to have sex with Epstein and his wealthy buddies. Mostly invisible since 2016, the Brit is traveling among “safe houses” in the U.K., Israel, and elsewhere abroad, a source told the Post. Epstein died in jail last August of an apparent suicide by hanging, and 60 Minutes this week revealed photos of his jail cell and his neck wounds. Dr. Michael Baden, hired by Epstein’s brother to investigate, said he’s never seen a jail hanging break a neck in three places, as Epstein’s did; other pathologists have disagreed. Photos showed several nooses fashioned from bedding in his Manhattan cell, plus a note left by Epstein complaining about the food and life behind bars. “Giant bugs crawling over my hands,” Epstein wrote. “No fun!!”
Longtime PBS host Tavis Smiley spent years sexually harassing and pursuing sexual relationships with subordinates and guests on his show, according to an external investigation released last week. Smiley, 55, sued PBS after being fired in 2018, claiming he had only consensual relationships with employees. Yet several women told investigators that Smiley subjected them to unwanted advances, including inappropriate touching, sexual comments, and requests that they “hook up.” Smiley denied the allegations, which he called “weak,” and said he was looking forward to “my day in court.”
Nick Gordon died of a suspected heroin overdose on New Year’s Day, three years after he was found liable in the drug-related death of his fiancée, Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. Gordon, 30, overdosed in an Orlando hotel room. He was engaged to Brown in 2015 when the 22-year-old was found facedown in a bathtub and went into a coma. Gordon was accused of drugging her, and was ordered to pay her estate $36 million. Houston drowned in a bathtub in 2012 while under the influence of multiple legal and illegal substances.
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