BUSINESS INSIDER - Aug 11, 2020 -
Les Wexner, the billionaire founder and former CEO of L Brands, has not shared much detail about his connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
According to court filings in the Southern District of New York, Wexner has not turned over documents requested in a defamation case between Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and Epstein's former lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
On Monday, US District Judge Loretta Preska ordered that correspondence between Wexner and Dershowitz be unsealed.
"I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein," Wexner wrote in a letter to his foundation last August. "I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path."
Les Wexner, the billionaire founder and former CEO of Victoria's Secret parent L Brands, has largely stayed quiet on his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the late convicted sex offender.
Epstein managed Wexner's finances, reportedly beginning in the 1980s, and was at one point granted power of attorney over Wexner's legal and financial matters.
Wexner may be forced to share more details as US District Judge Lorette Preska called for the unsealing of correspondence on Monday between Wexner and lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who once defended Epstein in court.
According to court filings in the Southern District of New York, Wexner has not turned over documents that Dershowitz requested to bolster his suit against Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has said that Epstein trafficked her to men including Dershowitz and the UK's Prince Andrew.