Topline: A trove of Facebook photos posted by Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-housekeeper Jun-Lyn Fontanilla show her with a slew of his famous friends—like Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton—who have denied any involvement or knowledge of the disgraced financier’s alleged sex ring.
What we don’t know: While the photos were posted on Facebook in February and March of 2010, it’s unclear when the photos were actually taken. (Jun-Lyn Fontanilla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.) Epstein was convicted of state prostitution charges in June 2008, and was released from prison in August 2009 to a year of house arrest, which included trips to his Manhattan mansion and private island.
Tangent: Epstein was known for wearing Harvard sweatshirts (and was photographed in them multiple times) even though he never went there and had no formal relationship with the university. He did donate millions to Harvard, which has no plans to return the money—which continues to create tension at the university (a Harvard Crimson editorial urged Harvard to “critically evaluate the full extent of its relationship with Epstein, considering not only the millions of dollars that he directly gave to the University and its affiliates, but also the relationships he forged with University faculty”). He also socialized with Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who helped negotiate Epstein’s highly criticized 2008 plea deal.
Key background: The Epstein scandal has plagued Prince Andrew for years. After striking up a friendship with Epstein, Prince Andrew stayed at many of Epstein’s properties and flew on Epstein’s private jet, nicknamed the “Lolita Express.” When Epstein’s payment to Ferguson became publicly known in 2011, she publicly apologized for accepting his money. Prince Andrew resigned from his role as trade envoy for the British Foreign Office as part of the fallout.