After Bill Gates rejected to join his philanthropic initiative, the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein allegedly threatened to reveal an alleged relationship the Microsoft co-founder had with a Russian bridge player.
In a 2017 email, Epstein, who later took his own life in 2019, appeared to threaten Gates on the alleged affair with the Russian Mila Antonova, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Gates and Antonova played in a tournament together in 2010, following Antonova’s relocation to the Bay Area to work as a software engineer, according to the newspaper.
Although Antonova revealed in a 2010 video about her love of bridge that she was friendly with Gates, sources told the Journal that the two allegedly had a brief romance when Gates was still wed to his then-wife, Melinda French Gates.
According to the story, Epstein met Antonova while she was looking for investors for a bridge academy and later paid for her to attend a software coding school.
The Wall Street Journal said that in the 2017 email, Epstein requested that Gates pay him back for the money he had spent on Antonova’s coding training.
Mail arrived just after Gates declined to participate in the billion-dollar charity the convicted sex offender was attempting to launch with US bank JPMorgan Chase, insiders said the newspaper.
In an effort to generate money for the Gates Foundation, Gates, 67, has acknowledged and expressed sorrow for meeting with Epstein multiple times in the 2010s after Epstein was found guilty in Florida of soliciting and procuring a child for prostitution.
“Mr. Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthropic purposes. Having failed repeatedly to draw Mr. Gates beyond these matters, Epstein tried unsuccessfully to leverage a past relationship to threaten Mr. Gates,” a spokesperson for Gates said.
The spokesperson added that Gates never paid up over the threat and that he had “no financial dealings” with Epstein.
Antonova told the Journal that she didn’t know who Epstein really was when they met, thinking he was just a “successful businessman and wanted to help.”
“I am disgusted with Epstein and what he did,” Antonova said, although she declined to comment on her alleged relationship with Gates.