Former Barclays boss Jes Staley is alleged to have abused victims at late financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s Virgin Islands retreat, according to a court ruling issued Monday.
The document rejected motions to dismiss complaints claiming JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank were legally liable for their alleged facilitation of Epstein’s sex crimes.
The ruling instead revealed that Staley was alleged to have ‘used aggressive force in his sexual assault of [anonymous victim ‘JPM Jane Doe’] and informed [her] that he had Epstein’s permission to do what he wanted to her’.
Victims claim Epstein agreed to bring valuable clients to JPMorgan in exchange for Staley using his influence with the bank to make Epstein ‘untouchable’.
Staley has been accused of having ‘observed victims personally’ and ‘visited young girls at Epstein’s apartments’, exchanging some 1,200 emails with Epstein from 2008 to 2012, said to have included pictures of young women in ‘seductive’ poses.
James ‘Jes’ Staley headed JPMorgan’s private banking division and started to service Epstein’s account around the year 2000.
According to Monday’s report, Staley is alleged to have developed a close personal friendship with Epstein and was promoted to CEO of the lender’s Asset Management division while Epstein was still a client.