Two sources close to the situation told The Daily Beast that Gates met with Epstein several times between 2011 and 2014. Gates reportedly considered the meetings an escape from the tumult of his marriage, while Epstein used that time to try to get more involved with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” one source told The Daily Beast.
Unsurprisingly, a spokesperson for Gates reached out to the publication and said the reports are false. “Bill never received or solicited personal advice of any kind from Epstein — on marriage or anything else. Bill never complained about Melinda or his marriage to Epstein,” the spokesperson said.
Adding, the outlet’s “characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated.”