The private Caribbean islands owned by Jeffrey Epstein have been placed up for sale.

Two private Caribbean islands owned by the late sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein have been put up for sale and could fetch as much as $125m.

The two islands named Little St James and Great St James have been listed for sale according to a lawyer for Epstein’s estate.

Jeffrey Epstein

Epstein died in jail in 2019, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The businessman bought the 90-acre Little St James – the more developed of the two – nearly 25 years ago for almost $8m (£6m).

Jeffrey Epstein

He then acquired the Great St James property in 2016 for $22.5m and had drawn up plans to develop the 161-acre island by building homes, an amphitheatre, as well as an underwater office and pool.

But his estate’s lawyer, Daniel Weiner has now said some proceeds from the sale will used to settle outstanding lawsuits. Epstein reportedly welcomed a number of high profile guests to Little St James over the years.

One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, claimed in a civil suit that Prince Andrew had abused her on the island. Prince Andrew denied the claims and said he had no recollection of meeting Ms Giuffre.

The prince recently paid a settlement to Ms Giuffre to end a civil case in the US.

Epstein was accused by US Virgin Islands attorney general Denise George of sexually abusing girls as young as 12 years-old on Little St James.

The lawsuit, filed two years ago, also claimed that one 15 year-old girl attempted to escape the island by swimming away before being captured and having her passport confiscated.

Weiner said the sale is taking place with the support of Attorney General George and that the proceeds “will be used by the estate for the resolution of outstanding lawsuits and the regular costs of the estate’s operations”.

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