Epstein’s Longtime Accountant Sheds Light on Disgraced Financier’s Businesses

In unreleased testimony, Richard Kahn said that he had not been aware that Jeffrey Epstein was abusing women, and that none had asked for his help.

Jeffrey Epstein in 2017. His accountant for 14 years, Richard Kahn, said in a confidential deposition that he had learned about the worst of Mr. Epstein’s activities only after his death.New York State Sex Offender Registry, via Associated Press

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s closest business associates testified in May that he was unaware during his employment of allegations that the financier had sexually abused scores of teenage girls and young women, two people briefed on the matter said.

Richard Kahn, who was Mr. Epstein’s accountant for 14 years, said in a confidential deposition that he had learned about the worst of Mr. Epstein’s activities only after his death, the people said. Mr. Epstein killed himself while being held in a federal jail on sex trafficking charges after his July 2019 arrest.

The deposition was taken in connection with a class-action lawsuit that accused JPMorgan Chase of having facilitated Mr. Epstein’s sex trafficking during the years he was a customer. JPMorgan agreed last year to pay $290 million to nearly 200 victims in a settlement.

The two people briefed on Mr. Kahn’s testimony, who requested anonymity because the deposition has not been made public, said he had been questioned about topics including cash paid to women associated with Mr. Epstein and allegations that the financier coerced some into same-sex marriages.

Mr. Kahn said that he had been unaware that any woman was being abused and that none had ever asked for help, according to the people, who described some of his testimony.

Mr. Kahn and Darren Indyke, a longtime lawyer to Mr. Epstein, were responsible for managing some of the financier’s business affairs. Mr. Kahn, who has not talked publicly about his time with Mr. Epstein, said during the deposition that he had met with him at least once every three weeks, but said he never did Mr. Epstein’s taxes. Mr. Epstein named both men coexecutors of his onetime $600 million estate and they set up a process that has provided about $155 million in restitution to Mr. Epstein’s victims.

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