Bill Clinton “threatened” a prominent magazine and told staff not to publish articles about Jeffrey Epstein, newly unsealed court documents suggest.
The claim is made in an email that was written by Virginia Giuffre – Epstein’s first public accuser – in 2011.
In the message to a journalist, Ms Giuffre alleges that the former US president had walked into the offices of Vanity Fair, and said stories about his “good friend” should not be written.
Graydon Carter, a former Vanity Fair editor, told The Daily Telegraph: “This categorically did not happen.”
Ms Giuffre was preparing to release a new book at the time – and describes being worried about what the magazine might publish about her.
Mr Clinton is among several high-profile figures who have been named in court filings relating to Ghislaine Maxwell, her relationship with Epstein and alleged victims of sexual abuse.
In documents released on Wednesday, it was claimed that Epstein had said Clinton “likes them young, referring to girls”.
Back in 2019, a spokesperson for the former president said he had “not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade” and “knows nothing about the terrible crimes”.
There is no indication of any wrongdoing by Mr Clinton, and Sky News has contacted his foundation for a response to the latest court documents.
Epstein – a disgraced financier – had been accused of abusing underage girls as young as 14. In 2019, he killed himself in prison as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence after being convicted of helping recruit and groom teenagers for Epstein to molest.