NEW YORK, NY (AP) - The U.S. Virgin Islands government told a federal court Monday that they couldn't locate billionaire Elon Musk in order to serve him a subpoena requesting documents for its lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase for sex crimes committed by Jeffrey Epstein. It wants to serve the electric vehicle company, instead.
In a Manhattan court filing, lawyers asked Judge Jed Rakoff to allow them to serve the subpoena to Tesla Inc. since they have not been able give the documents to Musk or his attorneys since issuing the subpoena in April.
The company said it hired an investigatory firm to search public databases for possible addresses of Musk. They contacted one of his attorneys by email, but did not receive a response.
Musk's lawyer did not respond to a message Monday seeking comment.
The U.S. Virgin Islands government believes Epstein could have sent or attempted to send Musk to JPMorgan.
It sued JPMorgan in 2012, claiming that its investigation revealed JPMorgan's role in enabling Epstein's recruiters and paying victims. JPMorgan was also 'indispensable' to the operation and hiding of the Epstein trafficking business.
Epstein, aged 66, committed suicide in August 2019, while awaiting sex-trafficking charges at a federal prison in Manhattan. Authorities claimed that Epstein recruited and sexually assaulted dozens of girls underage at his mansions located in New York City and Palm Beach in Florida in the early 2000s. He had pleaded guilty.
Lawyers for JPMorgan did not immediately return messages seeking comment Monday.
They have previously said that victims deserve justice, but that any litigation seeking to blame Epstein for his actions was unjustified, wrongly directed and should be dismissed.