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Jeffrey Epstein’s secret girlfriend was a children’s book author nicknamed “Chocolate Sauce” who touts herself as a “spiritual entrepreneur” — and runs a “sacred space” in the Big Apple, according to a report.
News of a previously unknown girlfriend first emerged in the latest trove of unsealed court documents, in which Ghislaine Maxwell was shown to have begged Epstein to get “Shelley” to publicly announce in the 2000s that she — not Maxwell — was the pedophile’s ex.
Now she has been identified as British-born author Shelley Anne Lewis, 43, who was a frequent traveler on Epstein’s private jet, including trips to his so-called “Pedo Island,” according to the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
“Shelley was always very well connected and beautiful. I am shocked and saddened,” a former colleague told the UK paper of her apparent romantic ties to the notorious late pedophile.
Lewis refused to comment to the paper — but appeared to have deleted her social media accounts before the latest document dump.
She would have been 22 when she is said to have started dating Epstein in 1999, when he was 46, meeting while she worked in the contemporary art department of Christie’s auction house in New York.
Lewis previously praised an unidentified “mentor” who was “so original in all his thought processes that he couldn’t even see the box,” according to the report. “My already inquisitive and curious nature evolved. I supposed it gave me a kind of ‘anything is possible’ mentality,” she reportedly said.
She now runs a “spirituality-oriented” children’s publishing house named after her nickname, “Chocolate Sauce” — as well as a Big Apple meditation center, Sacred Space NY, which aims to “help New Yorker’s unplug from the frenetic pace of the city and cultivate practices for Inner Peace.”
Lewis also wrote a bestselling children’s book — “A Key To The Heart,” which garnered praise from the likes of first lady Laura Bush and Harry Potter series author JK Rowling — along with spiritual blog articles, her bio states.
The self-titled “spiritual entrepreneur” was tied to Epstein in part by flight logs from the period — many of which showed her flying alone with him to New York and his private island, Little Saint James, the Mail said.
While she has not been accused of any wrongdoing or tied to the allegations against Epstein, she could be of keen interest to prosecutors or lawyers for Epstein’s accusers, sources told the UK paper.
“Ms. Lewis may have information which could be valuable and which could aid victims who are seeking compensation from Epstein’s estate. We would urge her to tell the FBI what she knows,” an unidentified lawyer for some of the accusers told the paper.
Lewis divides her time between New York and her native Britain, where she co-owns a $1 million apartment with her sister in west London, the Mail said. She has not responded to the paper’s requests for comment.
Her father, Brian, a retired millionaire businessman, told the paper he felt “very sad” for Epstein’s victims.
“I’ve not seen my daughter for ages. I have no idea what she would want to say,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
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