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NBC News releases video showing Trump, Epstein at 1992 party

NBC News on Wednesday released previously unseen video that shows President Trump and wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein interacting at a party in 1992.

The footage from NBC's archives shows Trump dancing with women and talking and laughing with Epstein at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The video was released amid questions over the extent of Trump's relationship with Epstein, who was indicted last week on sex trafficking charges.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video, but Trump has insisted that he hasn't spoken to Epstein in 15 years.

"I knew him like everybody in Palm Beach knew him. I mean, people in Palm Beach knew him," Trump said a day after the charges against Epstein were unsealed. "He was a fixture in Palm Beach. I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don't think I've spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn't a fan."

In the footage, Trump is shown inviting Epstein into his property for the get together. The video cuts to Trump dancing and pulling a woman close to him. It then shows Trump whispering into Epstein's ear and appearing to point at the women in attendance as the two men share a laugh.

Prosecutors in New York alleged that Epstein, 66, engaged in sex acts with girls as young as 14 and had some girls recruit others to be part of an alleged sex trafficking operation. Epstein has denied any wrongdoing.

He pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to a charge of soliciting prostitution in Florida as part of a deal negotiated by Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who served as a U.S. attorney at the time.

Trump and Epstein were known to run in the same social circles in New York and Florida. Trump told New York Magazine in a 2002 article that Epstein is a "terrific guy" and "a lot of fun to be with."

Last Friday, Trump reiterated that he broke off his connection to Epstein while standing next to Acosta, who is resigning over his role in negotiating the 2008 plea deal.

The New York Post reported that court papers filed in 2011 alleged Trump barred Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago estate because the financier had assaulted a girl at the property.

 

Trump last week alluded to an incident with Epstein at his club where the president said he "threw him out."

 

"I was not a fan of Jeffrey Epstein," Trump said Friday. "And you watched people yesterday saying that I threw him out of a club. I didn't want anything to do with him. That was many, many years ago. It shows you one thing: that I have good taste."

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