Heidi Klum Denies She Ever Knew Jeffrey Epstein and Claims She Never Flew on His Private Plane
Monday, August 3, 2020
Heidi Klum says auf wiedersehen to allegations that she ever knew disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and denies flying on his private plane. The claim surfaced on Friday (July 31) when court documents were opened by a federal judge made public from a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed against Epstein’s alleged accomplice and partner, Ghislaine Maxwell by Epstein accuser, Virginia Giuffre.
Supermodel Heidi Klum pictured on her own plane via Instagram
In the documents, filings from a 2011 deposition include Giuffre being asked which celebrities she saw on Epstein’s private jet, she responded, “Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, Bill Clinton and Al Gore,” according to CBS 12.
A lawyer for Klum tells PEOPLE that Giuffre's claims are "totally false."
"Any reference to Heidi Klum in connection with Jeffrey Epstein is totally false. Heidi Klum’s name and initials were absent from all the flight logs which were released. Many high profile people are listed, but Ms. Klum is not one of them," the America’s Got Talent judge’s lawyer says, adding, "The explanation is simple. She has never been on any of Mr. Epstein’s planes. And that is because she did not know Mr. Epstein and was never on his island."
In a statement to PEOPLE, Klum, 47, says: "I have been watching the news and see that I have been mistakenly named as a passenger on one of Mr. Epstein’s flights. I did not know Mr. Epstein and therefore have never been on his planes, at his homes or his island. I am speaking up as I do not want to be falsely associated with Mr. Epstein and the horrific story surrounding him."
Klum continues: "I stand with the victims who have so bravely come forward and I too want the truth to come out and for justice to prevail."
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's longtime business partner and ex-girlfriend was arrested by the FBI on July 2, 2020 at her home in Bradford, New Hampshire on multiple felony criminal charges related to sexual abuse and trafficking of young women and girls.
Jeffrey Epstein, pictured left, and Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured right (Image: Getty)