Former President Bill Clinton’s address during this week’s Democratic National Convention was overshadowed by the emergence of some troubling photos.
According to a Daily Mail report, Clinton was pictured receiving a massage from Chauntae Davies, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, when she was 22 years old.
Images reignite old allegations
Despite the controversies that have long surrounded Clinton, he remains a central figure within the Democratic Party, using his platform at the convention to denounce President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since Epstein’s arrest, conviction, and subsequent death behind bars, however, the former president’s connection to the disgraced financier has resulted in heightened scrutiny.
Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested earlier this year, which caused the speculation surrounding this ongoing case to increase considerably.
When the latest images surfaced this week, Clinton was once again thrust into the midst of the salacious narrative.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Would you mind giving it a crack?’ Clinton leans back and smiles while receiving neck massage from Epstein victim https://t.co/wtWwgLa2CX
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) August 18, 2020
Clinton continues to deny wrongdoing
The photos were reportedly taken aboard Epstein’s jet as he, Clinton, and Maxwell traveled to Africa. Davies has addressed the controversy, though, and said that Clinton did not act inappropriately aside from agreeing to the massage depicted in the pictures.
As for the former president, he has continuously maintained his innocence in public statements, including a spokesperson’s claim that he “Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilt to in Florida some years ago or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.”
Clinton and Epstein “took a total of four trips” together on the latter’s private plane, the statement continued, including two flights destined for Africa.
Of course, Epstein’s deplorable behavior was apparently widely known within his social circles even before his arrest. Combined with Clinton’s own sordid history of sexual assault claims, his association with such a figure is not the type of thing that will improve his tattered reputation.
In political terms, it remains to be seen whether trotting out the former president for a convention speech will be a help or a hindrance to the Biden campaign.