By Ian Gallagher For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:14 BST, 19 October 2019 | Updated: 06:09 BST, 20 October 2019
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
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