According to The New York Times, Jeffrey Epstein, arrested on paedophilia charges, has been bragging he introduced Donald Trump to his wife Melania since the US president was elected in 2016.
The first lady has only ever said she met her future husband at a party at the Kit Kat Club in Manhattan in 1998, when Trump, who was separated from his second wife, asked Melania for her phone number.
The US president previously commented on the Epstein case, stating they hadn't talked for over a decade due to some disputes.
In an old interview with New York Magazine, published back in 2002, Trump noted that Epstein liked beautiful women, adding, however, that "many of them are on the younger side".
At the same time, ex-President Bill Clinton, who was a long-time friend of the accused businessman, claimed he knew nothing about the "terrible crimes" linked to Epstein.
The news comes after prosecutors stated that hundreds of "sexually suggestive" photos of nude minor girls had been discovered in Epstein's New York City mansion as part of an ongoing investigation.
The businessman previously faced a sex scandal in 2008 but got away with just an 18-month term after a "sweetheart" plea deal.
The list of his friends, associates and guests to his parties includes multiple politicians, moguls, noblemen, rock stars, and Hollywood celebrities.