NEW YORK (PNN) - August 14, 2019 - Jeffrey Epstein had a bizarre portrait of Bill Clinton in a dress hanging in his Manhattan mansion.
The picture depicting the former president apparently lounging on a chair in the Oval Office, wearing red heels and posing suggestively in a blue dress redolent of Monica Lewinsky was in a room off the stairway of Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse.
The dress is also strikingly similar to one worn by Hillary Clinton at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors.
The original painting is called “Parsing Bill” and is by Australian-American artist Petrina Ryan-Kleid, although it is unclear if Epstein had bought the canvas or had a print mounted. Ryan-Kleid exhibited for her degree show when she graduated with an Master of Fine Arts in 2012 from the New York Academy of Art.
The painting was secretly snapped inside the pedophile's lavish $56 million home in October 2012, four years after Epstein completed his sweetheart deal for prostitution of a minor, and seven years before he was accused of running a sex trafficking ring of underage girls.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous, was visiting Epstein to present a business proposal - an encounter with Epstein that included spotting a girl who seemed to be 14 waiting to see the financier.
The woman said she was shocked to catch sight of the portrait through an open door as she walked through the ornate home with her business partner.
She said, “It was absolutely Bill Clinton. It was shocking - it was definitely a painting of him. It was a very provocative, sexual picture. He was wearing heels, a blue dress, and his hand was in a weird position.”
The color of the dress seemed to be a pointed reference to Clinton's former intern Monica Lewinsky, who wore a blue dress during their infamous sexual encounter in the White House.
Epstein and Clinton were once friends, with the now 72-year-old flying on the now deceased financier's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express, several times and on his own account visiting the townhouse once - making it possible he could have seen the bizarre painting.
However, Clinton has denied being on Epstein's “pedophile island,” Little St. James - a denial that Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on this week.
The presence of the picture is a new twist in the relationship between Clinton, his family and Epstein.
Last month the former president's office said he had not known anything of Epstein's crimes and had taken four trips with him in 2002 and 2003, although flight logs showed that he had taken a total of at least 26 individual flights during that time period.
One of Epstein's former sex slaves, Virginia Roberts, claimed she saw Clinton on the island for a dinner held in his honor shortly after he left office, and stood by the claim when questioned under oath.
After the financier's apparent suicide on Saturday morning, Trump retweeted a suggestion that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death and a link to court documents setting out Roberts' evidence.
Additionally, Epstein's alleged procurer, Ghislaine Maxwell, was a guest at Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Meezvinsky, at least a year after the time when Bill Clinton says his relationship with Epstein ended.
The origin of the painting is unknown. DailyMail.com has seen metadata that verifies where and when the picture was taken. It was hanging against a dark-colored wall in Epstein's stone fortress.
Clinton has his legs crossed over the arm of a chair, with blood red heels hovering over a rug that seems to bear the presidential seal.
The shoulder of the blue dress hangs off to the side as Clinton seems to point a finger towards the viewer.
That image is apparently inspired by the famous image of Uncle Sam used in James Montgomery Flagg's World War I recruiting poster.
The source who spotted the painting said she saw it while “being led from the office to his personal quarters. It was through a door that had been left temporarily open by his housekeeper or butler. I thought, ‘'Why in the world would Epstein have that up?’' I didn't even know that they knew each other.”
Although she was stunned by the painting, her business partner managed to take a snapshot of it.
She said, “He took a picture. I was mortified because there were cameras everywhere.”
The source added that she was inside Epstein's home for around an hour and a half for the meeting, which had been arranged by his then-assistant Lesley Groff.
The glamorous blonde was named as a possible accomplice and granted immunity in Epstein's controversial plea deal in 2008.
The source said, “We had been in communication with Lesley Groff. She was the person who coordinated our meeting. We were met at the door of Epstein's penthouse by a butler. He had a real butler - an old gentleman who walked with a limp. He led us to Lesley's circular office. She was beautiful and fabulous and so nice and bubbly. Then she led us into Epstein's private quarters, which is when we passed by the open door and the portrait. We went into his dining room and spoke to him about the proposal.”
After the discussion, the source returned to the waiting area and said she noticed a young Hispanic girl was waiting to see Epstein.
She added, “We were wrapping things up with his private secretary and I noticed a young Hispanic girl there, all hunched up over her phone, waiting to see him next. I thought it was odd that she was in the same waiting room where we were. She was really young - she looked about 14. I thought that maybe she was the housekeeper's daughter.”
The source added that during her hour-long discussion with Epstein, he struck her as a “creepy” man.
She said, “He came out in pajamas. He wasn't messy but he had on a white T-shirt, pajama bottoms and bare feet. He was very grey and he looked creepy. He looked like a villain to me. I immediately knew we didn't want to do business with him, despite wanting the contract. I knew he would bury us if something went wrong.”
The proposal fell through and she never worked with the billionaire.