The estate of Jeffrey Epstein and his brother Mark are being sued by a Minnesota woman who alleges she was one of the deceased pedophile's many victims. Charlene Latham claims she was trafficked by Epstein and other famous men for years in court documents and seeks damages, including the deed to Epstein's $20 million Palm Beach mansion.
Latham had previously filed this complaint in the Southern District of New York, but a federal judge quickly declared that she had no standing. It is unclear, however, if she sought compensation from the Victim Compensation Fund set up by the estate. Her litigation is ongoing.
In her suit, Latham makes a few claims that do not fit into the timeline of Epstein's life. She claims to have visited both Epstein's New York townhouse and Little St. James before he owned either property, while also alleging she flew in the Lolita Express long before Epstein had acquired the aircraft.
This lis pendens that has been filed by Latham is just the latest incident to delay the sale of Epstein's home. The estate has thus far had no luck offloading any of Epstein's properties with the exception of his secret Colorado ski chalet. OK! broke the news of that sale back in November after discovering Epstein had been put on the deed by his former client Libet Johnson before her death.
The estate is also still unable to sell the property or raze the structure because Epstein purportedly signed a deed transferring ownership of his $20 million Palm Beach mansion to Love & Bliss just four months before his 2019 arrest. A notarized deed bearing Epstein’s signature and dated March 9, 2019, had been filed in Palm Beach County a week before the news of the pending sale. That deed soon became an official record, and as a result, Epstein's estate did not have the power to transfer the property or demolish the haunted house where the likes of Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell abused children.
Laurel Inc. and lawyer Adam Seligman responded by filing a lis pendens of their own back in November, on hopes that the court would support their request to obtain a “quiet title” from Love & Bliss. The October deed gave ownership of 358 El Brillo Way to that Christian organization despite its very brief history and unclear aim. Love & Bliss was founded in 2018 by 22-year-old Alexander Leszczynski. The company — which brings in just under $31,000 annually — also counts Zachary Leszczynski and Jaison Garzon as directors. The initial address for the company had been the home where Alex and Zachary live with their mother in Redington Beach, Fla., but on the deed, it was changed to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion.
A judge did rule in favor of Epstein's estate and executor Darren Indyke, who prior to that point had not been the title owners' for six weeks. The estate did not waste any time moving forward either once they received the good news. OK! can report that just days later, Indyke submitted a proposal to raze the building, cabana and pool which was approved by the Palm Beach Architectural Commission.
Then nothing, despite reports claiming that the sale was finally a done deal. That is because just a few weeks after the judge's ruling, Love & Bliss refiled the same exact deed to the Palm Beach County Clerk's Office. Given the previous rulings made by judges involved in both cases, it is highly unlikely either Latham or Love & Bliss will come to own the home, but they are certainly delaying the process.
There were a number of potential problems with the deed OK! discoverted when first reporting on its existence back in November. A call to the phone number listed for Love & Bliss’ lawyer John Mayer resulted in an angry man yelling that he was not the person on the deed. Mayer, who according to the dead was based in Jacksonville, had a New York-state area code. His office suite was also not recognized by the U.S. Postal Service, and the actual address turned up an office building with just two residents — Young Realty College Tax and Retirement Strategies. Those companies are both managed by the same man.
Calls were then made to the witnesses by OK!, though only one answered her phone. Judy Tutt claimed to have no knowledge of the deal and said she would not have signed a deed in Palm Beach County. She then said that a family member had passed away just hours before and she could not talk any further at that time.
OK! was able to confirm that Liana L. Johnson, the woman who notarized the document, is in fact, a registered notary public. A call to her listed workplace revealed though that she had not been employed there for some time. Attempts to reach her directly were unsuccessful, with two numbers having been disconnected and a third not allowing voice messages.
Multiple emails to Kerry Warwick, the Corcoran agent who has been tasked with selling Epstein’s home, were not returned and a request that she call OK! made through the real estate firm’s website was also unsuccessful.