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“I am embarrassed,” Les Wexner claims to be victim of Jeffrey Epstein

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Leslie Wexner, who has been highly scrutinized lately for his mysterious relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, is now claiming to be a victim.

In a letter to members of his namesake foundation, Wexner alleged that Epstein, who was arrested last month and charged with sex trafficking involving girls as young as 14, misappropriated more than $46 million of his fortune while functioning as Wexner’s financial manager.

“I am embarrassed that, like so many others, I was deceived by Mr. Epstein,” Mr. Wexner wrote Wednesday. “I know now that my trust in him was grossly misplaced and I deeply regret having ever crossed his path.”

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In the letter, Wexner explained that he separated from Epstein in 2007 after he was charged with multiple counts of molestation and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Epstein had been in control of Wexner’s personal finances since 1991.

It was during the 2007 separation that Wexner claimed he discovered the missing funds, calling it a “tremendous shock” to he and his family. He added that this situation “pales in comparison” to the allegations against Epstein now.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to charges that he and his employees paid dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts, reports The New York Times. Wexner maintains that he knew nothing about Epstein’s illegal activity.

For more coverage, visit nytimes.com and wsj.com.

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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

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In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

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King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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Rossi or Ratssi? Rodents force closure at Short North restaurant

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Someone is getting assigned to some “Charlie Work” after The Rossi Bar and Kitchen was served a red sticker by the Columbus Public Health Department.

The Short North restaurants was issued an emergency order yesterday because of “rodent activity in the basement prep area.” Reportedly, inspectors discovered dead rats in traps and excessive rat feces in the bowels of the 895 N. High St. building.

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Rossi will remain closed until the facility is cleaned, holes in the basement are repaired, and the rats are under control, according to a post from Tom Sussi, a local licensed and insured Private Investigator.

Sussi added that sources informed him that employees are not being paid on time.

Rats!The rodents forced a popular Short North restaurant to shut its doors.The Columbus Public Health Department…

Posted by Tom Sussi on Thursday, August 15, 2019

In an Instagram post, Rossi announced it’d be closed “for the next few days due to emergency repair.”

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Zoo welcomes “adorable, bright, alert” baby

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All anyone wants in life is to be described as “adorable, bright, alert” and the Columbus Zoo’s newest baby got those labels after only one month of life. Staff has been fawning over the female Siberian musk deer born on July 19.

The yet-to-be-named fawn was born weighing less than two pounds—normal for the breed. Her spots will soon give way to an all-over brown coat, according to the zoo.

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The zoo says the fawn and mom are currently behind the scenes while she continues to grow big and strong.

Siberian musk deer are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

We’re fawning over this new baby! On July 19, a female Siberian musk deer was born to parents Lady Stetson (mom) and…

Posted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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