- Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder and CEO of Victorias Secrets parent company, sold his Manhattan mansion to Jeffrey Epstein in 1998 for $20 million, according to a family source.
- But Wexner, who was Epsteins only known client, is identified as an agent of the propertys owner in a pair of construction permits filed in 2002.
- Epstein allegedly began luring children to the mansion for sex that same year, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.
The founder and CEO of Victorias Secrets parent company was tied to Jeffrey Epsteins Manhattan mansion in a pair of construction permits filed in 2002, the same year federal prosecutors said Epstein began luring children to the property for sex.
Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder of Ohio-based L Brands and Epsteins only publicly known client, purchased the Manhattan townhouse in 1989 for $13.2 million and spent millions more renovating the home with Picasso paintings, antiques and a network of security cameras, according to The New York Times.
But Wexner never officially moved into the property at 9 East 71st Street. Instead, he reportedly “turned over” the mansion in 1995 to Epstein, who performed his own renovation of the property, according to New York Magazine.
“Les never spent more than two months there,” Epstein told The Times in a 1996 story that called the financier Wexners “protege.”
Les Wexner speaks at the Fragrance Foundation Awards. (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Fragrance Foundation)
But public records link Wexner to the property in 2002, the same year a federal indictment alleged that Epstein began luring children to the mansion to engage in sex acts. (RELATED: Prosecutors Move To Seize Epsteins $75 Million Townhouse)
Wexner is listed as an agent of the property owner in two construction permits filed in 2002 with the New York City Department of Buildings. The two permits, one filed on Jan. 4 and the other on May 31, appear to be related to a construction project on the mansions facade.
Leslie Wexner identified as an agent of the property owner for Jeffrey Epsteins 9 East 71st Street property in a 2002 work permit. (Screenshot/NYC Department of Buildings)
A source close to the Wexner family told the Daily Caller News Foundation that inaccurate record keeping was likely to blame for the billionaires name being on the 2002 work permits, noting Wexner had sold his entire ownership stake in the company that owned the mansion — Nine East 71st Street Corporation — for $20 million to Epstein in November 1998.
Public records indicate Wexner and Epstein were officers of Nine East 71st Street Corporation, which was dissolved in 2015. The Wexner family source didnt have any documents showing Epsteins acquisition of Wexners stake.
“I can assure that after Nov. 11, 1998, [Wexner] had no affiliation with that property,” the source told the DCNF, adding that Wexner had severed ties with Epstein nearly 12 years ago.
A representative for the company that filed the construction permits, Direct Access Expediting, declined to comment on how the permit application was prepared or on the possibility that the listed owner on the permit could have been misattributed. She noted that the company doesnt keep permitting records dating back to 2002 as New York City makes building construction permits available to the public by default.