The Associated Press reports that in April 2005, Jeffrey Epstein’s book “The Black Book” was shown to more than 100 prospective jurors in the child sexual-abuse case against his accuser, “Lizzie.” The judge in the case did not let on to the jurors that the book contains some salacious details that may later become the source of argument in the case.
The book describes a tryst between Epstein and an 18-year-old woman called Lizzie, whom Epstein calls a woman in “quasi-arranged relationships” who likes to be rough with men. She apparently was also an escort for Epstein.
Epstein did not testify at his trial.
Then-District Court Judge William B. Dimitrouleas brought up the book when he refused to allow the defense to introduce as evidence the diary of Epstein’s girlfriend.
Dimitrouleas later banned the book and the diary, calling the diary “bizarre and frankly disturbing” and saying it painted a picture of Epstein that was the same as in the book. The jury subsequently returned with guilty verdicts on two of the child sexual-abuse charges.