The raid of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's home turned up what is being described as "blackmail tapes" that could include incriminating information about some of the convicted felon's famous friends.
Epstein was arrested on Saturday for allegedly trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida for sex, The Daily Beast reported. The arrest came 12 years after Epstein was given a controversial "slap on the wrist" for molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida, the report added.
Saturday's arrest included a search of Epstein's mansion in Manhattan's Upper East Side, one that reportedly hauled in a series of CDs in a safe with suspicious labeling. As reporter Ryan Grim of The Intercept reported on Twitter, the description of the CDs "looks an awful like like they found the blackmail tapes" that Epstein was alleged to possess.
There have been accusations in the past that Jeffrey Epstein kept blackmail material. As The Week noted, the billionaire faced a 2015 lawsuit from a woman named Virginia Roberts, who claimed that U.S. authorities had "footage of her having underage sex with powerful friends of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein."
The report noted that Roberts claimed Epstein would "debrief her" after she had sex with these powerful associates so that she would garner "intimate and potentially embarrassing information" that would then be used to blackmail those people.