Stunning new drone footage has emerged of Jeffrey Epstein’s private Caribbean island, revealing close-up details of the secluded islet where the financier allegedly hosted orgies with underage girls.
The closest-ever look at Little St. James comes just a day after DailyMailTV revealed exclusive footage of FBI agents raiding the island on Monday.
Epstein was found dead at age 66 inside a federal jail cell in New York City early on Saturday, in what authorities call an apparent suicide.
The new drone footage shows incredible details of the mysterious outbuilding resembling a temple, which had a gold dome on top prior to a category 5 hurricane that hit the island in 2017.
The new drone footage shows incredible details of the mysterious outbuilding resembling a temple
On close inspection the door to the temple is revealed as a trompe l’oeil. The initials ‘JE’ can be seen to the left of the fake door
Peering inside the windows of the temple, a step ladder and scaffolding are seen inside the unusual structure
The scaffolding and latter can also be seen from a different angle through another window of the structure
It’s unclear whether there is any exterior door to the temple, or whether it can only be accessed through a tunnel
Scaffolding and construction supplies are seen through the third window on the side of the temple
This small structure on the hill near the temple could be an access point for a tunnel, though that has not been proven
Peering inside the windows of the temple, a step ladder and scaffolding are seen inside the unusual structure.
Epstein was found dead in a New York City jail cell on Saturday in an apparent suicide
The windows also appear to be new, bearing what look like manufacturer’s stickers on the panes.
Next to the scaffolding, a low flat object about the size of a bed is seen. The objects appears to be a pallet of construction material of some sort, or possibly three mattresses wrapped in plastic and stacked on one another.
Five-gallon white plastic buckets are also seen inside the temple, adding to the impression that some kind of painting or renovation is under way.
On the exterior of the temple, the close up view confirms for the first time that what appears to be a large wooden door that is barred from the outside is actually a trompe l’oeil.
Next to the fake, painted on door are the initials ‘JE’.
It’s unclear whether the temple has a concealed door somewhere on the exterior, or is accessible only from possible underground tunnels.
The drone footage also shows a close-up view of a small structure near the temple that some have speculated is an access point to an underground substructure.
The drone video also shows outbuildings near the main compound on Little St James island
What appears to be a winged figurine of some kind is seen through the window of the outbuilding
Outside another outbuilding, possibly a guest house, a large bathtub is seen next to a mirror
The pool attached to the main compound is seen on Little St James island in new drone footage
Little St. James is a 71.5-acre island that Epstein purchased in 1998 for $7.95 million. He allegedly hosted orgies there
A strange structure similar to an amphitheater or stage is seen near the beach on Little St. James island
Near the main compound, the footage shows a view through an outbuilding near the beach, and what appears to be a winged figurine of some kind.
By another outbuilding, perhaps a guest house, sits an oversized outdoor bathtub and shower next to a full-wall mirror.
On Monday, a large group of FBI agents and NYPD officers were seen disembarking speedboats at the pier of Little St James and driving around on golf carts.
Footage of the raid shows the officials packaging up computer monitors and other electronic devices in red bubble wrap for seizure.
Other officials with ‘FBI’ lettering on clear display were later seen overlooking the crystal blue sea from the top of Epstein’s remote luxury home off the coast of St Thomas, a larger nearby island.
The search came after 2,000 pages of documents detailing the lurid allegations of his sexual abuse of underage girls were unsealed to the public on Friday, adding fuel to the federal sex trafficking case that Epstein had faced until his death.
Sources say Epstein flew young girls into St Thomas then shuttled them over to his island on a boat named after Ghislaine Maxwell, his ex-girlfriend and his alleged ‘madam’. The boat was called Lady Ghislaine.
Federal agents are seen seizing computers, which are wrapped in red bubble wrap, from the main compound on the island
The NYPD and FBI cooperated in the search, seizing numerous computers and electronic devices
Another view from the drone shows the computers that are packaged for seizure during the search on Monday
The former employee said that guests included Victoria’s Secret billionaire Les Wexner, who sold Epstein his Upper East Side home in the 1990s.
The staffer said that he had seen Victoria’s Secret models on the island.
Whenever Epstein was there, normally for three to four days at a time, women would sunbathe either nude or topless by the pool as he padded around in shorts and flip flops, they said.
One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats and said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.
A former air traffic controller at the island’s airport told Vanity Fair: ‘On multiple occasions I saw Epstein exit his helicopter, stand on the tarmac in full view of my tower, and board his private jet with children—female children. One incident in particular really stands out in my mind, because the girls were just so young. They couldn’t have been over 16.’
Epstein doubled his property holdings in January 2016 when he paid $18 million for Great St. James, which is nearby Little St. James a few years back.
That 162-acre property is located next to Little St. James, the 71.5-acre island he purchased in 1998 for $7.95 million.
At least a dozen agents were seen disembarking speedboats at the pier and driving around on golf carts
An onlooker, who wanted to remain anonymous and shot the footage, told DailyMailTV: ‘I’m on a boat charter with guests. We are the only guests out here at the moment. We were enjoying lunch when we saw over a dozen people getting off their speedboats and landing on the island’
Epstein had plans for Great St. James to include a barge dock, two homes, cottages, an amphitheater, gardens, a marine electrical cable, solar array and generator, storage building, security building, work shed, machine shop, and an ‘underwater office and pool.’
That barge and a few completed structures, as well as construction equipment, are visible in aerial images of the island.
Epstein had erected ‘No Trespassing’ signs throughout around almost all of Great St. James due to the area’s popularity with tourists.
Local laws make all land below the tide or bush lines public property, so Epstein couldn’t legally kick people off those lands, but he was being vigilant about making sure no one wanders onto his property.
He had made Little St. James his primary residence, but in June the helicopter that shuttles the millionaire and his guests to and from the airport was listed for sale online, with an asking price of $1.8 million
Epstein also sold one of his private jets in June. His other was seized when he was arrested in July after landing back on US soil following three-week trip to Paris.
In total, Epstein’s properties are valued at close to $150 million.
While Epstein, left, was the only person charged the Manhattan U.S. Attorney pledged to ‘stand for victims’ following Epstein’s death on Saturday morning. Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, right, is one of those who may find herself in the spotlight
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he wants a ‘full investigation’ into the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death at a federal detention facility in New York City while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
‘Basically what we’re saying is we want an investigation. I want a full investigation, and that’s what I absolutely am demanding. That’s what our attorney general, our great attorney general is doing. He’s doing a full investigation,’ Trump told reporters in Morristown, New Jersey.
Trump made the comments a day after U.S. Attorney General William Barr vowed to carry on the Epstein investigation even after the wealthy and well-connected money manager’s death. Barr has ordered the Justice Department’s inspector general to look into the matter.
Epstein, who once counted Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14.
Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.
The financier had been on suicide watch, but a source said he was not on watch at the time of his death.
At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity.