Perversion of Justice: The Jeffery Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown:
Ward managed to get the two sisters and their mother on the record and, along with other details about Epstein’s eccentric lifestyle, tried to draw a portrait of a successful man who had a sinister and potentially criminal side.
But when Epstein learned about Ward’s reporting, he denied the allegation and called her editor, Graydon Carter. Carter in turn scrubbed the piece of any hint of illicit activity with young women. Carter would later claim that the allegations weren’t corroborated and didn’t meet Vanity Fair’s journalistic standards.
But Ward alleges that Carter was threatened by Epstein, who had a history of killing stories in the media that were negative about him. Epstein had a mob-boss-like way of intimidating people who crossed him, and in Carter’s case, the warning came in the form of a bullet that was found outside his front door.