According to the Daily Mail1, one of the documents was an email from Epstein to his assistant in September 2013, in which he mentioned that Branson might join him for dinner in Los Angeles. The email also listed several other celebrities and business leaders that Epstein planned to meet or invite, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates.
However, Branson’s spokesperson told the Daily Mail that Branson had never met Epstein, and that the email was a "complete fabrication". The spokesperson also said that Branson had no knowledge of the dinner or the invitation, and that he was in London on the date of the alleged dinner. The spokesperson added that Branson was "appalled" by Epstein’s crimes and had "zero tolerance" for any form of abuse.
Branson is not the only prominent figure whose name was mentioned in the unsealed documents. The documents also included the names of more than 100 people who had some contact with Epstein, such as Britain’s Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Some of them have been accused by Giuffre or other victims of being involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, while others have denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of Epstein’s activities.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on federal charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy, but he died by suicide in his jail cell a month later. Maxwell, his longtime friend and alleged accomplice, was arrested in July 2020 and convicted in December 2021 on six counts of sex trafficking, conspiracy, and perjury. She is facing up to 65 years in prison.