One day in July, 2010, Tina Brown, the editor-in-chief and creator of the Daily Beast, arrived at her office–glass walled and in view of most of the newsroom–to find an uninvited visitor sitting there. It was Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein knew that the Beast was about to publish the first of what would be six detailed investigative reports exposing his role in sex-trafficking young girls from abroad through his mansion in Palm Beach.
It was an unnerving encounter: “He was snake-eyed and terse” she writes in her gripping new book, The Palace Papers. “There was a morose, menacing air to him that I found sinister. ‘Just stop’ he said heavily as I stood staring at him from the doorway. ‘Just stop. There will be consequences if you don’t.’ I thanked him for his suggestion and told him to talk to our lawyers. ‘You heard me’ he said. ‘Stop.’ And he left.”