Elon Musk’s Documents Subpoenaed in US Virgin Islands Lawsuit Involving Jeffrey Epstein
The U.S. Virgin Islands has issued a subpoena for Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s documents in a lawsuit that accuses JPMorgan Chase of facilitating sexual abuses by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The subpoena, which was issued on April 28, was revealed in a court filing on Monday. The U.S. Virgin Islands requested alternative means to serve Musk since it had been unable to locate and serve him directly.
It is important to note that the subpoena does not imply any wrongdoing on Musk’s part, and he is not being sought for questioning under oath.
According to the court filing, there is a possibility that Musk may have been referred to JPMorgan by Epstein, but the U.S. Virgin Islands did not provide further details regarding its interest in obtaining documents from Musk.
In response, Musk took to Twitter to express his disbelief at the suggestion that he would seek financial advice from Epstein. He stated that Epstein never advised him on anything.
Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while in jail awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.
The U.S. Virgin Islands accuses JPMorgan of failing to recognize warning signs of Epstein’s abuse of women on Little St. James, a private island he owned in the territory. JPMorgan has denied any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.
The subpoena issued by the U.S. Virgin Islands demands that Musk provide any documents he has related to Epstein’s involvement in human trafficking and the procurement of girls or women for commercial sex. It also seeks communications between Musk and both Epstein and JPMorgan, as well as documents concerning any fees paid by Musk to Epstein or JPMorgan.
The nature and extent of any relationship between Musk and Epstein remain unclear. In the past, Musk and Tesla have vehemently denied speculation that Epstein was advising Musk.
This lawsuit involving Musk is the latest development in the legal proceedings initiated by the U.S. Virgin Islands. Previously, a judge ruled that legal papers could be served on Larry Page, co-founder of Google, as part of the same litigation.
Musk has been involved in other legal battles, including a shareholder lawsuit in which he testified about a tweet regarding Tesla’s privatization plans. In that case, Musk was found not liable for damages.
JPMorgan also has its own legal disputes with Tesla, including a lawsuit over the impact of Musk’s tweet on the pricing of Tesla stock warrants. Tesla countersued, alleging that the bank was seeking unwarranted gains.