Former Jeffrey Epstein Associate Compares Bad Press Coverage to Treatment of Jews in ‘Nazi Germany’
Publicist Peggy Siegal, who has received some negative coverage in the mainstream media due to her association with deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, compared the bad press to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Siegal made the abhorrent comment while giving an interview to Vanity Fair.
“I’m going, this can’t be happening,” she said regarding the press coverage. “This is what it’d be like to go to your own funeral.”
“Or to be a casualty of war,” she said to the paper, bringing up family members who she claims died in the Holocaust. “I mean, if I had been in Nazi Germany, it could not have been worse.”
The New York Times referred to Siegel as Epstein’s “social guarantor” who allegedly used “her gate-keeping powers” as a well-connected publicist to secure Epstein’s placement at lavish screenings and events. She reportedly worked with Epstein following his release from jail for child sex crimes in 2009.
She continued with her insensitive and incomprehesible Holocaust comparison in a despicable attempt to play the victim.
“I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I’m on the train station,’ ” Siegal said. “I’m getting on that train, and I’m going to the camps. And this is exactly what came to mind. This is the kind of political, social, horrific nightmare that came to fruition. … Life has come full circle. I’ve finally been attacked for nothing more than being Jewish or being a woman or being at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
She would later attempt to backtrack her comparison in a statement she released to the New York Post on Tuesday.
“I certainly did not mean to offend anyone,” Siegal said.
“The comparison was an insensitive exaggeration. I honestly apologize. There is no way to compare inhumane discrimination of the most heinous evil of the Holocaust to anything. Again, I am so terribly sorry,” she added.
Siegal claims that she did not understand what Epstein was doing, despite the fact that she worked with him following his child sex crime conviction and saw him around young girls all the time.
She said to Vanity Fair: “It’s very hard to tell their ages. You don’t walk into a room and say, ‘Oh, right, how old are you?’ ”
“Part of this, this — I don’t know whether guilt is the right word — but remorse, just this nauseous feeling, is that I didn’t see it,” Siegal said. “How did I miss it? I mean, I’m extremely articulate. I am extremely perceptive. I’m in the perception business, and it was right in front of me, and I didn’t see it. And it’s very hard to believe that. But it’s the truth,” she added.
At least three different movie or TV clients have terminated Siegal as their publicist after learning the extent of her relationship with Epstein. Following her offensive Holocaust comments, more of her clients may be joining them and cutting ties with Siegal as well.