The CEO of electric car manufacturer Tesla, Elon Musk, meets with the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, on the sidelines of the 6th edition of the “Choose France” Summit at the Château de Versailles, near Paris, on May 15, 2023.
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United States The Virgin Islands issued a summons to appear You’re here CEO Elon Musk seeks documents in this government’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase into sex trafficking by the bank’s late longtime client Jeffrey Epstein, a court filing revealed on Monday.
This filing says the Virgin Islands unsuccessfully attempted to serve Musk with the subpoena, which was issued on April 28 over suspicions that Epstein “may have fired or attempted to fire” Musk as a client of JPMorgan.
The USVI asked Manhattan federal court judge Jed Rakoff in the filing to allow the government to serve Musk with the subpoena for documents with Tesla’s registered agent.
The US territory is suing JPMorgan for allegedly enabling and profiting from the trafficking of young Epstein 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 claims Epstein sexually assaulted her.
A May 4 court filing by the USVI revealed that the government issued a similar subpoena against Google co-founder Larry Page.
The territory previously issued subpoenas to Page co-founder Sergey Brin, former Disney executive Michael Ovitz, Hyatt Hotels executive chairman Thomas Pritzker and Mort Zuckerman, the billionaire real estate investor.
In Monday’s filing, the USVI said: “Based on information and belief, Elon Musk – the CEO of Tesla, Inc., among other companies – is a wealthy individual whom Epstein may have referred or attempted to reference.
The government said it had hired an investigative firm to try to locate an address for Musk, and also contacted one of his lawyers.
This lawyer in past federal cases waived the requirement that he personally receive legal documents, according to the filing.
“The government contacted Mr. Musk’s lawyer by email to ask if he would be permitted to accept service on behalf of Mr. Musk in this case, but has not received a response confirming or denying his authority,” the filing reads.
CNBC has asked Musk for comment. In addition to being CEO of Tesla, Musk is the head of SpaceX and owner of Twitter.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is due to be filed for both lawsuits beginning 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 for soliciting connections sex with an underage girl.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019, a month after he was arrested for child sex trafficking.
A video from the NBC Archives showing Donald Trump chatting with Jeffrey Epstein at a party at Mar-A-Lago in 1992.