In emails sent to the New York Post in 2016, a woman named Sarah Ransome claimed that Epstein had copies of tapes of women he had sexual relations with, including Trump, former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and British businessman Richard Branson.
Ransome also said that Trump was a friend of one of the "many women" Epstein had sex with "regularly" at his New York mansion, and that Trump said he liked her "tight nipples."
However, Ransome later retracted these allegations, saying he feared harm to his family. In a 2019 interview with The New Yorker magazine, he admitted that he fabricated the tapes and wanted to draw attention to Epstein's behavior.
Trump's spokesperson Steven Cheung said that these allegations were "baseless" and admitted that they were "outright lies". Representatives for Clinton, Andrew and Branson have also denied the allegations.
Epstein committed suicide in his New York prison cell in 2019. Epstein's former lover and alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, is on trial on charges of sexual abuse and human trafficking.