The Daily Telegraph - Saturday

Gates’ ‘lover’ threatened with exposure by Epstein knew Russian spy Chapman

- By Rozina Sabur Washington Editor

BILL GATES’S alleged mistress was an associate of the notorious Kremlin spy Anna Chapman, it has emerged.

The convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein had threatened to expose Mr Gates over an alleged affair he had with Mila Antonova, a Russian bridge player nearly 30 years his junior.

Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial over further sexual abuse charges, was a financial backer of Ms Antonova.

It can now be revealed that Ms Antonova was also an acquaintan­ce of Ms Chapman, a glamorous member of a Russian spy ring who was exposed as a sleeper agent and deported from the US in 2010. A photograph unearthed by the Daily Mail shows Ms Chapman and Ms Antonova taking a selfie as they walk along a New York road, at some point before the KGB spy’s arrest.

It raises fresh questions over the nature of Epstein’s relationsh­ip with Mr Gates and whether either of the men knew of Ms Anatonova’s links to a Russian spy ring.

Mr Gates has admitted that Epstein tried “to threaten” the billionair­e over his past relationsh­ip. There is no evidence of any wrongdoing on Ms Anatonova’s part.

Mr Gates met Epstein multiple times, once flying on his private jet. He later expressed regret for meeting him after his conviction for soliciting prostitu- tion from a minor.

Mr Gates, 67, was a keen bridge player and met Ms Antonova, who was in her mid 20s, at a tournament in 2009.

The father-of-three was still married to Melinda Gates at the time. The couple separated two years ago.

Epstein threatened to expose the affair unless Mr Gates supported a charity he wanted to set up, The Wall

Street Journal reported.

“Mr Gates met with Epstein solely for philanthro­pic purposes,” a spokesman said. “Epstein tried unsuccessf­ully to leverage a past relationsh­ip to threaten Mr Gates. Mr Gates had no financial dealings with Epstein.”

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