Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao raised eyebrows yesterday when she claimed that she knew about Ghislaine Maxwell’s function in Jeffrey Epstein’s intercourse trafficking ring again in 2011.
The FBI arrested Maxwell final week on expenses of conspiracy to entice minors to journey to have interaction in unlawful intercourse acts. The indictment accuses her of luring and grooming underage ladies for Epstein to abuse, abusing a few of them herself, trafficking victims throughout state strains and worldwide borders, and mendacity below oath.
Maxwell’s arrest sparked a flurry of tweeted pictures that confirmed her and Epstein fraternizing with President Donald Trump, Invoice and Hillary Clinton, and Elon Musk, amongst different political figures and socialites.
On Monday morning, angel investor Cyan Banister joked about these gatherings on Twitter, writing, “I was kinda unhappy that I wasn’t ever ‘cool’ sufficient to get invited to some events that individuals I do know had been invited to, however now, I’m tremendous grateful that I’ve by no means by accident had a photograph of me taken with Ghislaine.”
Pao replied to Banister’s tweet stating that she and Maxwell as soon as attended the identical celebration hosted by Pao’s former employer, enterprise capital agency Kleiner Perkins, and knew in regards to the sordid allegations levied in opposition to her.
“She was on the Kleiner vacation celebration in 2011, however I had no need to satisfy her a lot much less have a photograph taken along with her,” Pao wrote. “We knew about her supplying underage ladies for intercourse, however I suppose that was superb with the ‘cool’ individuals who managed the tightly managed visitor record.”
Pao’s tweet obtained widespread skepticism and criticism, and a number of other Twitter customers demanded to know why she saved quiet about Maxwell’s crimes if she had been conscious of them.
“Wait what? Everybody within the room knew she was a baby intercourse trafficker… and nobody within the room objected to her presence?” Thomas McLeod wrote.
“Sorry nevertheless it sounds such as you had been superb with it too,” @duygudaniels replied to the previous Reddit CEO.
Pao tried to make clear her assertion in a pair of follow-up tweets.
“To be clear, the press had described [Maxwell] as supplying underage ladies for intercourse, however she had not been charged so I suppose it could be extra correct to say we ‘suspected’ v ‘knew,’” she wrote. Pao additionally stated that “after all” she wasn’t superb with the allegations, however she “was a junior companion on the surface of the circle, and what I stated made no distinction right here and in lots of different selections.”
Pao briefly locked her Twitter account amid the backlash however has since made it public once more. Her clarifying tweets didn’t impress many individuals.
“Hey, Ms Pao. The sleaze luggage you labored for could not have cared however the remainder of us would have,” Jason Anderson tweeted. “Feels like your actual aim was to affix the sleaze bag internal circle.”
Twitter person @TheEyeDoctor_ had a far much less refined response: “You couldn’t pull out your mobile phone and dial 911? You had been complicit within the rape of youngsters and you’ll burn in hell for what you probably did.”