In a recent release of court documents, it was revealed that Jeffrey Epstein had a secret ex-girlfriend, who authored a children's book and runs a meditation center in New York City. His ex-girlfriend was reportedly a 43-year-old woman named Shelley Anne Lewis, and she was a frequent flyer on his jet and a regular visitor to his island.
Lewis has not responded to the revelations, but she has deleted all of her social media accounts in preparation for the media frenzy that is sure to come.
It is not clear what the pair's relationship was like while Epstein was suspected of child trafficking, but they were believed to begin dating in 1999, when she was 22 and Epstein was 46. They reportedly dated for a few years, until 2002, but remained friends. Lewis was said to think about Epstein as some sort of a mentor after they dated.
The two may have appeared in some photos together, but were never seen as a couple publicly. The recently released court documents revealed that Ghislaine Maxwell begged Epstein to convince Lewis to announce their relationship publicly, likely to draw negative attention away from herself.
Lewis describes herself as a spiritual entrepreneur, and runs a children's publishing company named “Chocolate Sauce.” She also has a meditation center in New York City called "Sacred Space NY."
In addition to publishing children's books, she writes them too. one of her books, “A Key To The Heart,” was promoted by high profile figures like Laura Bush and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Lewis is not being accused of anything at this time, but there is a very good chance that prosecutors are going to want to get a statement from her, and they could possibly order her to appear in court.
Lewis, like many of Epstein's close associates, came from a wealthy family. Her father Brain, a retired millionaire, said that he was very said about Epstein's crimes, and that his daughter was involved with him. He also said that he has not spoken with his daughter in a very long time and said that he would not feel comfortable commenting for her.
Brain said that Shelly's family was aware that she was dating a wealthy businessman from New York nearly twenty years ago. They vaguely remember Epstein, but say that they had no idea about the type of criminality that he was involved with.