Graydon Carter: Who is Graydon Carter? Meet the former Vanity Fair editor

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Netflix has released its controversial new documentary series Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich which sheds further light on the convicted sex offender. The programme comes nearly a year after Epstein was found dead in his cell in a New York prison. Along with testimony from Epstein’s accusers, Filthy Rich also analyses the allegations and rumours of child sex abuse and trafficking which dogged him during his life.

Episode one of Filthy Rich concentrated on how former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter published a piece in 2003 about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

However, this piece didn’t include any details of the allegations facing former Wall Street worker Epstein. It wasn’t until 2008 Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution charges involving a minor in Florida, which saw him broker a plea deal and serving out a 13-month work release programme.

The author of the article and investigative journalist Vicky Ward spoke to documentary-makers about how she was asked by the magazine to write a piece about the elusive Jeffrey Epstein. But the story Ward uncovered was unlike anything the profile she’d set out to write.

Carter wholly disputes writer Vicky Ward’s version of events.

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Ward said: “I’d heard about Jeffrey Epstein actually, long before I was asked to write about him because he was known as this sort of Gatsby-like figure of mystery in New York.

“He was this very wealthy guy, very good-looking and people knew that he had made a lot of money but they didn’t know how. It was supposed to be a society piece. It wasn’t supposed to be anything more than that.”

Ward said: “But right away there was a red flag. One of my sources said, ‘I know a woman who had a very unpleasant experience working with Jeffrey. And even worse, her younger sister was abused by him when she was underage. Maybe they will talk to you’.”

Ward went on to speak to Epstein’s accusers Maria Farmer and her younger sister Annie, who shared their story of abuse at the hands of late the banker.

Accuser Annie Farmer claimed Vanity Fair approached Epstein for comment with the businessman saying the story was a form of revenge over unrequited feelings they harboured for him.

Ward also recounted conversations she’d had with Epstein in which she claimed he threatened her and Carter.

She claimed: “He [Epstein] said, ‘Well, Vicky, if I don’t like this piece, it’s going to be bad for you and your family.’ And I was newly pregnant with twins.

“He said, ‘Where are you giving birth? He followed that up with, ‘I know all the doctors in all the hospitals, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t tell me, I’ll find out. If I don’t like this piece, I’m going to have a witch doctor place a curse on your unborn children.’

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“He was beginning to spook me out, and these were just conversations.”

In the documentary, she also claimed: “I got a phone call from Graydon, he was pretty spooked because he’d found a severed cat head in his garden. He also found a bullet on his doorstep and then suddenly, I was told by my editor that the girls were being taken out of the story.”

She went on to claim: “I’ll never forget Graydon Carter saying to me, ‘I believe Jeffrey Epstein.’”

Ward alleged: “I think that Vanity Fair basically got bought off by Jeffrey. The excuse was it was a business story. It was a business story, but just like life the story was more complicated, far more complicated.”

The Netflix documentary featured a robust statement from the ex-Editor-in-Chief Carter, which read: “During my 25 years at Vanity Fair, we were steadfast in our legal review on every story.

“Ms Ward’s reporting on this aspect of her story came in as we were going to press and simply did not meet our legal threshold.

“Furthermore, her recounting of the facts around the Epstein article is completely inaccurate.

“If we had had three people on the record willing to stand up for us in court if Epstein had chosen to sue, we would have run it.”

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Who is Graydon Carter?

Carter is a Canadian journalist who worked as Vanity Fair’s Editor-in-Chief from 1992 until 2017.

He also co-founded the satirical magazine Spy back in 1986.

After moving to America, Carter worked for Time and Life magazine, later going on to serve as editor at The New York Observer.

Later, he moved to Vanity Fair to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the publication, taking over from British journalist Tina Brown.

He’s also written several books including What We’ve Lost (2004), Tom Ford: Ten Years (2004), Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties (2004) and Spy: The Funny Years (2006).

The journalist has worked in television, co-producing HBO documentary Public Speaking and His Way.

He executive produced CBS film 9/11 about the September 11th terrorist attacks, which earned him Emmy and Peabody Awards.

Carter has been married three times and has five children.

Express.co.uk has approached representatives for Graydon Carter for comment on this story.

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