Jeffrey Epstein was the wheeler dealer financier who lived the high life – cosying up to presidents, politicians and even royalty.
But the wealthy businessman was hiding a dark and horrifying secret. He was a sex offender who targeted the vulnerable and the young in a reign of terror that spanned years.
He was also accused of being at the centre of an international sex trafficking scandal.
Epstein was finally arrested in 2019 and was found dead in his prison cell just a month later – but the repurcussions of his horrifying actions are still being felt.
He built a formidable reputation as one of the world’s most mysterious financiers, specialising in clients with assets worth in excess of $1billion.
Now, for the first time, Epstein’s words and actions are put under the microscope in brand new documentary special Prince Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein.
In the one-hour special, experts in body language, linguistics and forensic psychology analyse video footage of Epstein’s pre-hearing deposition for a series of alleged sex crimes, and pinpoint the ‘smile of enjoyment’ and a ‘reddening face’ that exposed him as a liar.
Epstein first met socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the 1990s.
As their relationship developed, Maxwell brought Epstein into her inner circle, introducing him to those at the very top of British society, including her close friend Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
But underneath the surface, Maxwell soon became part of Epstein’s sordid world, allegedly procuring underage girls for him to sexually abuse.
Forensic Psychologist Kerry Daynes said: “American prosecutors allege that Ghislaine was absolutely instrumental in finding these girls.
“She introduced them to Epstein and then together they started to sexually abuse these girls.”
In July 2020, Maxwell was officially charged in the US for assisting Epstein’s abuse of minors, which she has always denied..
Epstein was jailed in 2008 after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution and procuring a minor for prostitution.
Kerry explained: “What that actually means is he had sex with a 14-year-old girl, that’s the rape of a child.”
After serving just 13 months, Epstein was released from jail. But soon after he was faced with a series of civil actions from other women who claimed he had abused them.
Analysing footage of Epstein’s deposition for these alleged crimes, body language expert Cliff Lansley pinpoints the moment’s Epstein’s body betrays him.
Sat down, Epstein looks to his lawyers, and whispers ‘nope’ as the charges he’s faced with are read out by the prosecutors, claiming how he procured underage girls for sex as a birthday present.
But for Cliff, Epstein’s behaviour contradicts his denial.
He explained: “At the point the three 12-year-old girls are mentioned we see a head turn away from the interviewer, an eye closure, and the right lip lifts.
“This is contempt; It’s moving the corner of the mouth towards the centre of the cheek, contempt towards the question.”
The expert also highlights a micro-handroll and shake of the head that signpost Epstein’s fakery even further.
He said: “If you look at his sleeve on the left-hand side of the screen, under his left hand, you’ll see the arm raising. But the clues from the shirt here are that we’re getting a single-sided hand shrug.
“That is strong evidence that the body and the thinking and the feeling is contradicting the response. So, this tells us that there’s no confidence in his head shake ‘no.’”
Analysing Epstein’s language and movements in the footage, Professor of Linguistics Dawn Archer pinpoints the moment he lets the mask of deception slip.
He reveals his guilt with a ‘smirk of enjoyment’ as he evades questions from the prosecutors.
She said: “He’s smiling throughout and he’s nodding his head throughout, and you can almost hear the ‘but’ is coming, but in this case he decides to use a ‘however’.
“He’s hiding behind the amendments. He has no intention of answering the question. We even see him smiling as he gives his first ‘I would like to answer that question, I really would’.’
“It’s an odd thing to be enjoying though, isn’t it when you think about what he’s facing? And it’s a very odd thing to be enjoying if you’re facing the kind of allegations as he was, including that minor girls should be offered as a birthday present.”
As the deposition continues, Cliff underlines how Epstein becomes anxious when posed further questions, epitomised by a ‘reddening face,’ again indicating deception is at play.
He explained: “We get a look away and we get a movement across the nose; the stress of not being able to respond is creating an increase in blood flow.
“When blood pressure increases not only does it show with the redness, but you can feel it. You’ll see an increase in redness from the left picture, which is base line skin tone from earlier on in the deposition, to the hot spot now where we’re being queried on 14-year-old girls.
“This is not embarrassment or a blushing, this is a redness that’s created by stress.”
But while stressed under the interview conditions, Epstein fights back when questioned about his relationship with Virginia Roberts, allegedly one of his most high-profile victims.
Cliff explains how Epstein’s arrogant response exposes his dishonesty.
He said: “The first thing we notice is a combination of an in-breath and the crease between his brows. We also see some rapid blinking. This is a good indication of cognitive load or thinking hard.
“He buys himself 24 seconds with some ridiculous questions that he knows the answers to. He’s attacking the questioner by repeating his question to him.”
Epstein’s unconscious behaviours back him into a corner.
He said: “He’s known Virginia Roberts for 10 years, he took her to London 10 years ago on that now famous trip.
“The two words ‘Virginia Roberts’ are not difficult to spell. So, when you combine this anxiety with the other indicators, this would suggest that he’s faking it.”
While the Epstein sex trafficking scandal continues to rumble on, for the fiancier it all came to a dramatic end on August 10 last year 2019, just five weeks after he was arrested for sex trafficking charges.
He was found dead in his New York prison cell and the cause of death was officially ruled as suicide.
The world’s focus now switches to Ghislaine Maxwell, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
- Prince Andrew, Maxwell & Epstein is available to stream now on discovery+