Electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk meets with French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire on the sidelines of the 6th edition of the ‘Choose France’ summit at Chateau de Versailles, outside Paris on May 15, 2023.
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USA Virgin Islands issued summons to Tesla CEO Elon Musk seeking documents as part of that government’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over sex trade at Banks late long term customer Jeffrey Epsteina court filing revealed Monday.
That filing said the Virgin Islands has tried unsuccessfully to serve Musk with atmospherewhich was issued on April 28 on suspicion that Epstein “may have referred or attempted to refer” Musk as a client to JPMorgan.
USVI asked Manhattan Federal Court Judge Jed Rakoff in the filing to allow the government to subpoena Musk for the documents with Tesla’s registered agent.
The US territory is suing JPMorgan for enabling and benefiting from Epstein’s trafficking of young women to his private island in the Virgin Islands to be abused by him and others.
JPMorgan denies the government’s claims, which are reflected in a separate civil lawsuit pending in Manhattan federal court by a woman who says Epstein sexually assaulted her.
A USVI court filing on May 4 revealed that the government had issued a similar subpoena on Google co-founder Larry Page.
The territory has previously issued subpoenas to Page’s co-founder of Google Sergey Brinformer Disney CEO Michael Ovitz, Hotel in Hyatt executive chairman Thomas Pritzker and Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate investor.
In Monday’s filing, the USVI said: “On information and belief, Elon Musk — CEO of Tesla, Inc., among other companies — is a high-net-worth individual whom Epstein may have referred or attempted to refer.
The government said it had hired an investigative firm to try to find an address from Musk and also contacted one of his lawyers.
That attorney in previous federal cases has waived the requirement that he be personally served with legal documents, according to the filing.
“The government contacted Musk’s counsel via email to inquire whether he would be authorized to accept service on Musk’s behalf in this matter but received no response confirming or denying his authority,” the filing states.
CNBC has reached out seeking comment from Musk. In addition to being the CEO of Tesla, Musk is the head of SpaceX and the owner of Twitter.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon will be deposed for both trials, which begin on May 26.
Epstein, a former friend of Donald Trump Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, was a client of the bank from 1998 to 2013. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a state charge in Florida of soliciting sex from an underage girl.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan prison in August 2019, a month after being arrested on child sex trafficking charges.
A video still from the NBC archives showing Donald Trump talking to Jeffrey Epstein at a party at Mar-A-Lago from 1992.