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Now that Melinda French Gates is officially divorced from Bill Gates, she’s finally speaking out about her ex-husband’s relationship with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Speaking on “CBS Mornings” this week, she revealed that the friendship between the two men was one of the many factors that’d played a role in her decision to divorce her husband of 27 years.
“It’s not one thing; it was many things. But I did not like that he had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, no. … I made that clear to him,” she said.
She added that she’d met Epstein only once and immediately regretted it.
Wow. Melinda Gates on the 1 time she met Jeffrey Epstein: “I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door. He was abhorrent. He was evil personified. I had nightmares about it…my heart breaks for these young women because that’s how I felt…” @CBSMornings pic.twitter.com/7vuJDgplHC
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) March 3, 2022
“I wanted to see who this man was, and I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door. He was abhorrent. He was evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards,” French Gates claimed.
But she stopped short of explaining what about him had led her to feel this way about Epstein. Did she already know at the time about his past? And if not, what specific characteristics triggered her revulsion?
“So my heart breaks for these young women. That’s how I felt, and I am an older woman. He was awful,” she continued.
This prompted the interviewer to ask whether she’d told her ex-husband about her nightmares and whether or not doing so had made a difference.
However, French Gates refused to directly answer the question, saying, “Any of the questions remaining about what Bill’s relationship was there, those are for Bill to answer. But I made it very clear how I felt about him.”
Prior to this week’s interview, French Gates’ concerns about her ex-husband’s relationship with Epstein had only been told through sources.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 10, 2021
For instance, after the pair announced their divorce last year, The Wall Street Journal spoke with several anonymous people close to the pair who claimed that she’d been expressing concerns about the friendship since at least 2013.
“One source of concern for Ms. Gates was her husband’s dealings with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to the people and a former employee of their charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Gates’s concerns about the relationship dated as far back as 2013, the former employee said,” the Journal reported.
Meanwhile, a piece published by The New York Times in 2019 revealed via its own sources that Gates had befriended Epstein after the notorious pedophile was convicted for his first round of sex crimes and that the relationship had been closer than a mere business-related acquaintanceship.
“In fact, beginning in 2011, Mr. Gates met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions — including at least three times at Mr. Epstein’s palatial Manhattan townhouse, and at least once staying late into the night,” the Times reported.
“Employees of Mr. Gates’s foundation also paid multiple visits to Mr. Epstein’s mansion. And Mr. Epstein spoke with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase about a proposed multibillion-dollar charitable fund — an arrangement that had the potential to generate enormous fees for Mr. Epstein.”
The rest of the “CBS Mornings” interview reportedly centered on French Gates’ failed marriage. From the sounds of it, the marriage failed because of her ex-husband’s penchant for adultery.
And indeed, a separate Times report published last year noted that Gates had “developed a reputation for questionable conduct in work-related settings.”
Harvey Weinstein-like “questionable conduct.”
“On at least a few occasions, Mr. Gates pursued women who worked for him at Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to people with direct knowledge of his overtures,” the Times confirmed.
Gates for his part only ever once admitted to having an affair — specifically an affair with a Microsoft employee sometime in 2000. But that admission only came after a complaint was filed against him at Microsoft:
A Wall Street Journal report says Bill Gates was told to step down from the Microsoft board last year as the company was investigating an alleged affair with a Microsoft staffer in 2000. @EmilyGlazer has been covering the story and joins @MSNBC with the latest. pic.twitter.com/mEfolbTJgz
— Stephanie Ruhle Reports (@RuhleOnMSNBC) May 17, 2021
French Gates suggested in the interview this week that there may have been more affairs. Likely many more.
“I thought we had worked through some of that. There just came a point in time where there was enough there that I realized it just wasn’t healthy. And I couldn’t trust what we had,” she said.
Then when asked whether there had been any additional affairs besides the one from 2020, she again refused to answer, saying these are “questions Bill needs to answer.”
But it appears that he too would rather not talk.
“Meeting with Epstein was a mistake that I regret deeply. It was a substantial error in judgment,” was all he had to say in a statement to CBS News …
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