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How Epstein ‘set up meeting between ‘Petie’ Mandelson and US banker from his prison cell’ 

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How Jeffrey Epstein ‘set up meeting between ‘Petie’ Mandelson and US billionaire banker from his prison cell’

  • Channel 4 Dispatches will claim Prince Andrew met Epstein ‘at least ten times’
  • Peter Mandelson ‘asked Jeffrey Epstein to set up meeting’ with JP Morgan chair
  • Mr Mandelson was de facto Deputy Prime Minister to PM Gordon Brown in 2009

Peter Mandelson phoned Jeffrey Epstein to seek a personal favour while the disgraced US financier was serving a sentence for child sex offences, according to a TV documentary.

As de facto Deputy Prime Minister to Gordon Brown in 2009, Lord Mandelson asked Epstein – who was then on day release – to arrange a meeting with a billionaire New York banker.

Channel 4’s Dispatches allege Epstein agreed instantly. A friend of Epstein said the financier ‘sorted’ a meeting between Lord Mandelson – whom he called ‘Petie’ – and Jamie Dimon, the billionaire chairman of US investment bank JP Morgan.

Lord Mandelson asked Epstein – who was then on day release – to arrange a meeting with a billionaire New York banker. Channel 4's Dispatches allege Epstein agreed instantly

Lord Mandelson asked Epstein – who was then on day release – to arrange a meeting with a billionaire New York banker. Channel 4’s Dispatches allege Epstein agreed instantly

At the time, Epstein, who killed himself in August, was serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to procuring a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.

The financier’s friend, who requested anonymity, said: ‘I was astonished that a British Cabinet Minister… probably the most powerful man other than the Prime Minister, was calling Jeffrey in jail to make an appointment… with a very powerful banker in New York.’

In The Prince And The Paedophile, to be broadcast at 10pm tomorrow, Dispatches also explores Epstein's friendship with Prince Andrew and claims the men met at least ten times. Epstein is pictured above

In The Prince And The Paedophile, to be broadcast at 10pm tomorrow, Dispatches also explores Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew and claims the men met at least ten times. Epstein is pictured above

In 2005 Lord Mandelson was photographed shopping with Epstein in the US Virgin Islands. 

He also featured in the financier’s ‘little black book’ of contacts encompassing every sphere of influence, from politics to royalty. 

Lord Mandelson’s entry included ten numbers, including home numbers and mobile details for his partner.

The friend, who has never spoken before, said the exchange with the politician ‘demonstrated that as far as Jeffrey was concerned… life was carrying on as if nothing had happened’.

Asked if the phone call had worked, the friend replied: ‘Yep, it was sorted out.’ 

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He added: ‘You don’t call Peter Mandelson ‘Petie’ if you’re not a close friend.’ 

Lawyers for Lord Mandelson said he ‘has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009… in which he allegedly requested Mr Epstein set up a meeting with Jamie Dimon’.

They added: ‘Our client would have no need to make such a request… As Business Secretary… he met or talked on the phone to bank CEOs on a regular basis, including Mr Dimon.’

Court documents show Epstein unsuccessfully applied to a judge in late 2009 to leave his Florida home, where he was under house arrest, for a meeting in New York with an unnamed British Minister to discuss British universities. 

The Minister was described as an ‘under-secretary to the Prime Minister of Great Britain’.

Lord Mandelson has denied being the Minister and his spokesman said he was in London during those dates.

In The Prince And The Paedophile, to be broadcast at 10pm tomorrow, Dispatches also explores Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew and claims the men met at least ten times.

Buckingham Palace has said ‘any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue’.

Lawyers for Lord Mandelson said he 'has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009... in which he allegedly requested Mr Epstein set up a meeting with Jamie Dimon'. Mr Dimon is pictured above

Lawyers for Lord Mandelson said he ‘has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009… in which he allegedly requested Mr Epstein set up a meeting with Jamie Dimon’. Mr Dimon is pictured above

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