BREAKING: JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon executive to be deposed in Epstein lawsuits

The deposition is set to take place in May behind closed doors.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Chief executive of JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon is set to be interviewed under oath over his bank’s decision to keep on infamous financier Jeffrey Epstein as a client as part of two of lawsuits brought forth by an alleged Epstein victim and the US Virgin Islands.

The deposition is set to take place in May behind closed doors, according to the Financial Times. JPMorgan banked Epstein from 1998 to 2013.

The lawsuits claimed that JPMorgan ignored several internal warnings regarding Epstein’s illegal activities and that the banking giant benefitted from human trafficking. The bank has called these claims meritless.

During the pre-trial process, communications between JPMorgan employees revealed a reference to a "Dimon review" into the bank’s relationship with Epstein.

According to the Financial Times, JPMorgan has denied that Dimon had any knowledge of such a review. A person familiar with the matter said that no record was found during the internal probe of Dimon being in direct contact with Epstein or being included in any discussions regarding keeping him as a client.

JPMorgan lawyers have resisted attempts to depose Dimon, and have tried to limit during the pre-trial process the range of documents handed over. 

Judge Jed Rakoff denied in part last week the bank’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, and allowed some of the claims made against JPMorgan as well as Deutsche Bank to proceed.

Rakoff later ordered the bank to hand over communications regarding Dimon and former general counsel Steve Cutler from before 2006, when Epstein was first arrested.

Former JPMorgan executive Jes Staley is set to be deposed by his former employer’s lawyers in April, with the complaint stating that Staley witnessed and participated in sex crimes at Epstein’s residences and did not disclose such details.

A person familiar with the matter told the Financial Times that Dimon was originally set to be deposed in April as well, but lawyers argued that Dimon’s interview should take place after Staley’s.


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