He soon built it into a global behemoth that for ericans’ perceptions of female sexiness

He soon built it into a global behemoth that for ericans’ perceptions of female sexiness

Mr. Epstein pleaded not guilty to charges that he and his employees paid dozens of underage girls to engage in sex acts. He is being held without bail as he awaits trial. His lawyer, Martin G. Weinberg, declined to comment.

‘There Was Just Nothing There’

Mr. Wexner grew up in Ohio, where his parents owned a women’s apparel store, Leslie’s. Their son started The Limited in a Columbus shopping mall in 1963.

By the 1980s, Mr. Wexner was emerging as a force that would shape the American shopping mall – “The Merlin of the Mall,” as The New York Times would later describe him. His company was expanding its namesake chain, Providence escort girl The Limited, as well as the retailer Express, while snapping up the likes of Henri Bendel and Lane Bryant.

Mr. Wexner, who would go on to buy Abercrombie Fitch and launch Bath Body Works, made his most important acquisition in 1982: an obscure company called Victoria’s Secret.

Mr. Wexner wanted to diversify his personal investments beyond his retail chains. He was planning to build a luxury residential community in New Albany, Ohio, and also wanted to get more involved in the arts, philanthropy and Jewish causes, according to Robert Morosky, the former vice chairman of The Limited who resigned in 1987.

It was around then, in the mid-to-late 1980s, that Mr. Wexner and Mr. Epstein were introduced by a mutual acquaintance, an insurance executive named Robert Meister.

Mr. Epstein, a 30-something Coney Island native, didn’t fit the mold of financial adviser to the superwealthy. A college dropout, he had briefly taught math at the Dalton School in Manhattan and then worked at Bear Stearns, the investment bank. Read More …