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Gates Divorce Talks Started in 2019 on Epstein Link, WSJ Says

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WATCH: Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage. Sophie Alexander reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Melinda French Gates began working with divorce lawyers well over a year before her split with Bill Gates was announced last week, partly over concerns about her husband’s dealings with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The 56-year-old spoke with attorneys from several firms as early as October 2019, saying the marriage was “irretrievably broken,” the Journal reported Sunday, citing documents and people familiar with the matter. Her unease about her ex-husband’s ties to Epstein dates back to at least 2013, the paper said.