Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla, has been subpoenaed by the US Virgin Islands as part of a lawsuit alleging that JP Morgan Chase facilitated Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operations. The lawsuit demands Musk to surrender any documents indicating communication among him, JP Morgan, and Epstein, who passed away in 2019. Notably, Musk is not implicated in any misconduct in this case.
The suit brought forward by the Virgin Islands accuses JP Morgan Chase of effectively enabling Epstein’s alleged illegal activities. The bank is said to have ignored warning signs about the alleged crimes. In response, JP Morgan has refuted these allegations.
The court documents disclosed on Monday that the authorities from the territory have attempted to deliver the subpoena to Musk, the multi-billionaire owner of Twitter, but have been unsuccessful. The Virgin Islands government contacted Musk’s legal team via email, inquiring whether they were authorized to accept the subpoena on his behalf, but no confirmation or denial of this authority was received.
Further, the Virgin Islands requested a Manhattan federal court judge to permit it to deliver the subpoena to Musk through Tesla’s registered agent. According to the court filings, Musk may have been introduced to the Wall Street banking titan by Epstein. However, the Virgin Islands did not elaborate on why it wants to procure documents from Musk.
Both Epstein and Musk have been clients of JP Morgan, with Epstein having been a client from 2000 to 2013, and JP Morgan overseeing Tesla’s commercial banking business for a number of years. Musk, however, vehemently dismissed the notion that Epstein had provided him with financial advice, describing it as “idiotic” and labelling Epstein a “dumb crook.”
Epstein, a financier convicted in 2008 for soliciting prostitution from a minor, was part of social circles that encompassed high-profile figures like Prince Andrew, former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, and numerous prominent business personalities. In 2019, prosecutors accused Epstein of operating a “vast network” of underage girls for sex.
Despite the Virgin Islands’ allegations, JP Morgan Chase has consistently denied having any knowledge about Epstein’s crimes.