Millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is reportedly selling his private helicopter which he is alleged to have used to ferry underage girls and women to and from his Manhattan residence.
Epstein, who is scheduled to be tried in federal court on sex trafficking charges, is selling the 2008 Sikorsky S-76 for $3million, Page Six is reporting.
The interior of the chopper was custom designed two ‘four-person divans’ that face each other instead of the usual individual seats.
The couches can fit up to eight people.
Jeffrey Epstein is reportedly selling his 2008 Sikorsky S-76 helicopter for $3million
The aircraft was reportedly custom designed with two couches facing each other
Epstein was reported to have used the helicopter to fly himself and underage women back and forth to his homes in the Hamptons and Manhattan.
He is also believed to have used the helicopter to fly to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he parked his notorious private jet.
The aircraft, which has been dubbed in the media ‘the Lolita Express’, was allegedly used to shuttle underage girls to his homes in the US Virgin Islands; Palm Beach, Florida; and New Mexico.
The plane was also reported to have flown celebrities and other high-profile figures who joined Epstein, including Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, Prince Andrew, and Alan Dershowitz.
Epstein’s fleet of aircraft also reportedly included a black Gulfstream IV and a Gulfstream GV-SP jets as well as a twin-engine Cessna 421.
A used 2008 Sikorsky S-76 would normally sell on the second-hand market for up to $6million, but Epstein is offering his at a discount.
Prosecutors have accused Epstein (seen left in March 2017) of arranging for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude ‘massages’ and other sex acts, and of paying some girls to recruit others. Epstein has pleaded not guilty. An artist rendering of Epstein is seen right from Wednesday
Page Six is reporting that Epstein is eager to sell the helicopter for liquid assets that he needs to post bail.
His lawyer said that bail could cost as much as $100million.
Epstein is appealing a federal judge’s denial of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side while awaiting trial.
Anyone who buys Epstein’s helicopter might want to change its tail number, which bears the disgraced investor’s initials – 722JE.
Epstein could go to trial on charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as early as next June, though his lawyers told a court on Wednesday they may need more time.
At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors sought a June 2020 trial date, while a lawyer for Epstein asked that it wait another three months.
The lawyer, Martin Weinberg, said Epstein and his legal team needed more time to review evidence, expected to total more than 1 million pages.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he would tentatively set aside time for a trial beginning June 8, but revisit the issue later.
He said he normally allowed defendants more time to prepare if they wished.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe said a trial is expected to last four to six weeks.
Prosecutors have accused Epstein of arranging for girls under the age of 18 to perform nude ‘massages’ and other sex acts, and of paying some girls to recruit others. Epstein has pleaded not guilty.
He is also believed to have used the helicopter to fly to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he parked his notorious private jet (above). The aircraft, which has been dubbed ‘the Lolita Express’, was allegedly used to shuttle underage girls to his homes in the US Virgin Islands; Palm Beach, Florida; and New Mexico
Wednesday’s hearing occurred one week after Epstein was reportedly found unconscious and with neck injuries in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan.
Epstein, dressed in blue jail scrubs, had no visible injuries on Wednesday. His lawyers declined to comment on the reports after the hearing.
The charges against Epstein focus on alleged misconduct from at least 2002 to 2005.
They followed Epstein’s 2008 guilty plea to state prostitution charges in Florida, in exchange for the Justice Department’s agreement not to prosecute him on similar charges.
Epstein served 13 months in jail and agreed to register as a sex offender under the 2008 agreement, which is now widely considered too lenient.
His lawyers have argued this month that the agreement barred federal prosecutors in Manhattan from pursuing the current case over the same conduct.
Weinberg said at Wednesday’s hearing that they intended to file motions on the issue.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, whose office is overseeing the current case, has said there is no such bar.