Recently declassified documents related to the infamous American financier Jeffrey Epstein have caused a stir, implicating many Western elites and celebrities. The 2008 death of the renowned Russian supermodel Ruslana Korshunova, who fell from a building, was highly controversial. New court documents reveal that two years before her death, at the age of 18, she had visited Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.
Korshunova, who was only 20 at the time of her death, had been a prominent figure in advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Nina Ricci. Citing information from a flight log, The New York Post reported that on June 7, 2006, she flew from New York’s Kennedy International Airport to Epstein’s private island on his plane, accompanied by Epstein and five others, including his three associates — bodyguard Igor Zinoviev, personal chef Lance Calloway, and long-time assistant Sarah Kellen. However, the details of what transpired after her arrival at the island remain unclear. Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands was infamous for the sexual exploitation of underage girls. Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell turned the island into an adult playground for the rich and powerful, where numerous minors fell victim, earning the island the notorious nickname ‘Lolita Island’.
The New York Post states that it is still unclear how or when Korshunova met Epstein, but the year she boarded his private plane was the pinnacle of her career — that winter, she was set to become the cover star of The New York Times Style Magazine. The impact of this trip on her remains unknown. RT (Russia Today) reports that Korshunova was discovered by a London modeling agency at 15 and later moved to New York. She appeared on the covers of Russian Vogue and French Elle.
In June 2008, two years after her trip to Epstein’s private island, she fell to her death from the balcony of her Manhattan apartment. Reports suggest she tore a hole in the construction net on the ninth-floor balcony before jumping, aged just 20, just days away from her 21st birthday. It is claimed that Korshunova left a lengthy message describing her longing for her home and family and discussing issues in her love life. According to The Washington Post, her ex-boyfriend stated that in the month before her death, she had lost a significant amount of weight and struggled to balance her personal life with her demanding work schedule.
According to documents released on January 4, several years after the model’s death, a victim of the ‘Epstein case’, Virginia Giuffre, received an email from her lawyer, Brad Edwards, inquiring whether she knew Korshunova. The email, sent in May 2011, read, ‘I think it’s unlikely you recognize her, but please read the attached article and then look at the pictures to see if you do.’ The lawyer included a link to a Newsweek article about Korshunova’s death. Giuffre replied, expressing her sadness over hearing about Ruslana and offering condolences to her family and friends, stating, ‘I can say I never met her and am sorry that I can’t provide more assistance.’
Epstein, a former financier known for mingling with elites and celebrities, was arrested on July 6, 2019, on charges of conspiring to traffic and sexually abuse underage girls. Just as it seemed the ‘Epstein’ case would become fully exposed, he was found dead in his jail cell at the age of 66, with the coroner ruling it a suicide. As reported by ABC on December 31, Judge Loretta Preska of the New York District Court has ordered the release of hundreds of sealed court documents in early 2024, revealing the identities of over a hundred individuals linked to Epstein. More notably, the documents are expected to feature several high-profile individuals, including Clinton and Prince Andrew. ABC, based on court records, found that Clinton was referred to as ‘John Doe 36’ in over fifty edited documents. Giuffre has accused Epstein’s former girlfriend Maxwell of facilitating Epstein’s recruitment, grooming, and abuse of women in the UK and forcing them to engage in sexual activities with several celebrities, including Prince Andrew, who has categorically denied these allegations. The case has since been settled. Additionally, The Independent reported that the latest round of documents includes vivid descriptions of former U.S. President Trump’s sexual preferences. One of Epstein’s victims, Sarah Ransom, accused Trump of having sexual relations with underage girls. Although Trump’s name had appeared several times before, it was only in relation to his good relations with Epstein. Ransom claimed that one of her friends, who wished to remain anonymous, was one of the girls involved with Trump and had witnessed her friend’s abuse. However, Epstein’s lawyers countered, arguing that Ransom’s testimony was fabricated and inflammatory.