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Jeffrey Epstein tried to use Bill Gates’ affair with a bridge player as leverage.

Epstein paid for the bridge player to attend a school where she learned to program. Later, he hit up Gates to reimburse him for the cost. “The sum was immaterial for the two men and the tone of the message was that Epstein knew about the affair and could expose it,” the Journal wrote, citing anonymous sources. Gates’ spokeswoman says he did not make a payment and that Gates had “no financial dealings” with Epstein.