George Clooney made headlines last week for a charitable donation that was quickly overshadowed by allegations of a past bathroom hook-up with jailed Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
Unsealed court documents in Maxwell’s child trafficking case revealed a book manuscript detailing the two years Virginia Guiffre spent as an alleged underage victim of Epstein’s “Pedophile Island.” Maxwell’s lawyers unsuccessfully fought to keep The Billionaire Playboy’s Club and other documents from Guiffre’s 2015 civil suit against her out of the ongoing trial.
According to an excerpt of the 139-page tell all, Maxwell enjoyed boasting about her sexual conquests. “Once she came back giddy as a schoolgirl with an explosion of news,” Guiffre reported. “She had given George Clooney a b***j*b.”
The purported encounter happened in the bathroom at an event and Maxwell was very excited to talk about it for a long stretch of time. It’s not clear when this incident occurred, but if Guffree was in bragging range of Maxwell, the event must have been held between 2000 and 2002, years before Epstein’s first criminal case.
Clooney is in no way accused of any wrongdoing, or considered to be connected with any of Epstein’s criminality. Beyond a regrettable hookup two decades ago, he has no connection with Maxwell.
The ill-timed blast from a past dalliance came a day after Clooney and his wife Amal donated $100,000 to Lebanese relief charities, after a massive explosion devastated the capital city of Beirut last week.
The Clooney’s hoped to inspire others to donate to the ground relief organizations: Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytana Baytak. Clooney’s wife is a human rights attorney who hails from the affected country. The couple is “Deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they’ve faced.”
Here are survivor stories, new video of the explosion, and information about the current clash between protestors and the government:
Baby Nabil was born a half hour before the blast destroyed his mother’s hospital room and injured over 6,000 people.
A bride thought she was going to die when the nearly three thousand tons of ammonium nitrate exploded less than a mile away from her wedding video shoot.
A camera captured Israa Seblani as she posed for her wedding video at the instant a deadly blast tore through Beirut on Tuesday. In an interview, she recalled the moment: "One thing came into my mind," she said, "now you are going to die." https://t.co/MNBq0fiPSS pic.twitter.com/xLsPVHxT2y
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 6, 2020
Over 150 are confirmed dead and many more are missing. Alexandra Najjar is the youngest known victim at just three years old.
Know her name. This is Alexandra Najjar. She is only 3 years old. She was injured by the #Beirut blast. Today she passed away. She is the youngest Lebanese victim so far. RIP Alexandra ?@akhbar pic.twitter.com/poK9sKljaM
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 7, 2020
The blast is considered one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever, with a ground shockwave that measured equivalent to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. Here’s what it looked like from a dashcam.
A view of the Beirut explosion from a dashcam. Imagine driving and seeing this. pic.twitter.com/kqzkyCwOE4
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 4, 2020
The apocalyptic blast displaced over 300,000 residents and caused damage to buildings ten kilometers away. Security cameras in a storefront caught three women experience the explosion.
— CNW (@ConflictsW) August 6, 2020
Rescuers worked tirelessly for days to find survivors in the rubble.
Survivor found after 10 hours in the rubble. #Beirut
— Lebanese Problems (@LebaneseProblem) August 5, 2020
The explosion fueled anger towards the government, when details emerged that the source of the detonation was an impounded cargo ship that officials knew posed a serious danger.
— Sharif Kouddous (@sharifkouddous) August 8, 2020
Protests turned violent as the foreign ministry was raided over the weekend.
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) August 10, 2020
The government responded with live ammunition and tear gas.
— Dima Sarsour (@YasminWaQahwa) August 9, 2020
Protesters demanded justice for the people lost and erected gallows to hang government officials.
‘Judgement Day’ protests underway in Martyrs’ Square. Enraged people want justice for those who died from the #Beirut blast and demand the resignation of the political class. Pictured are gallows standing in the middle of the square. pic.twitter.com/uRl0yUqt5P
— Houshig K. (@houshigk) August 8, 2020