An ‘urban explorer’ has claimed that he snuck onto Jeffrey Epstein’s private island while sharing footage of himself standing in front of the location’s infamous blue and white striped temple.
YouTuber Andy Bracco from Long Island, New York, and his friend Jon Megna allegedly infiltrated Little Saint James in August 2020 not once, but twice. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the abandoned getaway location is only accessible by private plane or boat.
Bracco, who never specified how they got onto the island, originally shared videos from their trip on TikTok, but he claimed the app deleted his account.
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Claim: YouTuber Andy Bracco (right) from Long Island, New York, and his friend Jon Megna (left) allegedly snuck onto Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, Little Saint James, in August 2020
Allegedly: Bracco, who never specified how they got onto the island, originally shared videos from their trip on TikTok, but he claimed his account was deleted
Making headlines: In April, he reposted a clip of himself walking around what appears to be the temple located on the island. He also shared photos on Instagram
In April, he reposted a clip of himself walking around what appears to be Epstein’s ‘Pedophile Island’ where the convicted sex offender allegedly trafficked underage girls for sex.
After a skeptic called the footage ‘bs,’ he shared a second video on May 23 that shows him and his friend running around the blue and white-striped temple.
Epstein is said to have bought the 70-acre island in 1998, importing 200 workers to build a stone mansion, two guest houses, a helipad, a sundial, and the much talked about temple, which previously featured a gold dome before it blew off.
Some conspiracy theories believe the temple houses secret underground tunnels.
The bizarre building was supposed to be a music pavilion, according to permit records viewed by NBC News, but the drawings of the structure look nothing like the one that was built.
Going viral: After a skeptic called the footage ‘bs,’ he posted a second video on May 23 that shows him and his friend running around the bizarre structure
Exploring: Conspiracy theories believe the temple houses secret underground tunnels, and Bracco claimed he peered in and saw a ‘staircase descending downwards’
Bracco told Newsweek that he peered into the temple from the outside and saw a ‘staircase descending downwards.’
‘If I was to have entered the unlocked temple, that I clearly came into close contact with, I would never self incriminate by showing my audience how I got in. Getting in would then subsequently have allowed me to access the tunnels,’ he said.
Death: Epstein died by suicide in August 2019 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges in a federal Manhattan jail
Bracco shared the rest of the footage on his YouTube channel, where he posted two videos detailing their alleged trip.
The first clip was edited to feature footage of Epstein along with their infiltration of the island.
According to the video, they flew from JFK airport in New York to the U.S. Virgin Islands in August 2020, but they never explained how exactly they got onto Little Saint James.
The two travelers allegedly arrived on the island at 6:30 a.m. but fled after they almost got caught by security. They claimed to have returned 12 hours later.
Bracco told The Sun last August that parts of the island still had electricity, and it was mostly well-maintained with a clean swimming pool and manicured palm trees.
He also alleged that the tennis court had recently been demolished.
The explorer noted that despite Epstein’s massive wealth, the structures looked cheap and had strange features such as painted on fake doors with the initials ‘JE’ inscribed next to them.
Remote: Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the abandoned getaway location is only accessible by private plane or boat (File Photo)
Getaway: Epstein is said to have bought the 70-acre island in 1998, importing 200 workers to build his stone mansion, guest houses, and temple (File Photo)
His story: The island has a large sundial and a helipad among other things. Bracco claimed that parts of the island still had electricity, and it was mostly well-maintained
‘It’s very strange to know how much money this guy had to see such a low quality of a structure there,’ he said. ‘It makes you think, is this a distraction from something else?’
Bracco claimed ‘shadowy people’ contacted him and called his cellphone after the trip, which led to ‘paranoia.’
‘Security most definitely existed on the island during both of my visits, he recently told Newsweek. ‘The months of effort that went into planning for just a few hours of exploring are so disproportionate. I took in account so many things, asked as many resources available as I felt we needed to know while still attempting to remain surreptitious.
‘On both of my visits we remained completely undetected due to following our very careful planning and other convert entry procedures. We stayed away from the main dock, the main house, and the infrared cameras.’
Bracco’s recent TikTok video of the island has been viewed more than 420,000, and many commenters have shown concern for his safety.
‘Bro they gonna take u you out,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Bro gonna go missing.’
Opinion: The explorer noted that the structures looked cheap and had strange features such as painted on fake doors with the initials ‘JE’ inscribed next to them
Master plan: Bracco said it took months of effort and talking to locals to figure out how to bypass security and sneak onto the island
Feeling watched: Bracco claimed ‘shadowy people’ contacted him and called his cellphone after the trip, which led to ‘paranoia’
‘Not that hard to get there it’s just dangerous,’ someone else shared. ‘I could see the island from my resort in St. John.’
Little Saint James was raided by the FBI in 2019 as the agency worked to build a case against Epstein. Accusers have claimed that the island was where many of his crimes took place.
Allegations have been made that underage girls were used as sex slaves and repeatedly abused inside the temple.
Many members of the community believe that Epstein hid young girls he allegedly enslaved in underground rooms below the temple and other parts of the island. There is no concrete evidence to support that claim.
Sources said Epstein flew the girls into St. Thomas then shuttled them over to his island on the boat Lady Ghislaine named after Ghislaine Maxwell, his ex-girlfriend and alleged ‘madam.’
Epstein died in August 2019 in a federal Manhattan jail as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide, though it was shrouded in mystery.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004. Her trial is slated for November.