Former Chelsea star, Callum Hudson-Odoi has been forced to address – and deny claims on social media that he was a part of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The 23-year-old Nottingham Forest star took to Instagram on Thursday to clarify that he has never been associated with Epstein after a list circulating online claimed he and many other celebrities had visited the pedophile’s private island.
Hudson-Odoi’s statement comes after a list of disgraced financier Epstein’s associates from court filings was made public in the first few days of 2024.
Hudson-Odoi wrote on Instagram: ‘I have seen this circulating around social media for a while now, and I wasn’t going to comment on it as it is absurd (and I would’ve been a child at the time); however, understanding my position as a role model, I would like to make it absolutely clear that I have never been part of the Epstein scandal nor have l ever been to Epstein island; so please stop tagging me in these posts. Thank you.’
The identities of dozens of well-known figures linked to Epstein have been revealed in court papers unsealed in the US overnight.
The files are part of a defamation case brought against Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell, who is serving 20 years in jail for sex trafficking underage girls to him.
She was sued by Virginia Roberts, now known as Virginia Giuffre, who claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times in 2001 when she was 17 – claims the duke vehemently denies.
High-profile people such as Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Al Gore, Kevin Spacey, and Stephen Hawking were all included in evidence filings.
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Cameron Diaz, and Bruce Willis are in there along with model Naomi Campbell. But none of them have been accused of any involvement in Epstein’s crimes.