Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss — one of the Democrats’ biggest and most
secretive donors — is currently under investigation for a 2011 sexual
assault, as originally reported in a handwritten complaint by his former
employee Jacqueline Long.
current status of the investigation was confirmed by a Nov. 30, 2017 document obtained
by TheDCNF in a case titled State vs. Hansjorg Wyss. The document was
from the office of Fredric M. Knapp, the Morris County, New Jersey,
document confirmed the receipt of sexual paraphernalia from Long,
including a “purple vibrator.” She alleged in the complaint the device
was used by Wyss as a weapon during the assault against her.
John Mills, the Morris Township, New Jersey, attorney where the alleged
assault took place, informed TheDCNF in an email the township could not
release any documents concerning the probe because it involved in “an
ongoing investigation [that] involves victims’ rights.”
authorities are looking into the accusation Wyss launched a vicious and
brutal sexual assault against Long on April 3, 2011, while the two were
staying at the Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown, New Jersey.
case apparently remained dormant and was never closed. Last fall, Long
traveled to Morris Township to meet with local officials in the
prosecutor’s office and at the police department, according to her
attorney, John F. O’Riordan.
accompanied Long to Morris Township and observed the prosecutor’s
office’s request for the new evidence pertaining to the alleged sexual
has ties to Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and John Podesta,
Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman. Although he is not as
well known as other liberal mega-donor billionaires like George Soros
and Tom Steyer, Wyss has given hundreds of millions of dollars to
progressive activist groups through his private foundations.
just 2014 and 2015,
the Wyss Foundation reported in its Form 990 filings with the Internal
Revenue Service it gave $110 million to progressive activist groups. His
foundation also donated several million dollars to non-activist
organizations such as Yale University, the Salvation Army and food
pantries. His foundation’s assets were nearly $2.2 billion according to
a 2015 filing.
Swiss citizen sits on the board of the progressive Center for American
Progress, founded by Podesta. From 2009 to 2013, Podesta also sat on the
board of Wyss’s HJW Foundation and served as a consultant, personally
pocketing $87,000, according to
his 2013 White House financial disclosure.
$5 million to the Clinton Foundation in December
2013 to support “the progress women and girls have made in the 20 years
since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women,” according to the
foundation’s web site.
also was the architect for an aggressive $100 million “Democracy
Program” in 2016, which sought to create a “surge of registration” and
“substantially advancing the [Wyss] Foundation’s policy agenda,” according to
by the Washington Free Beacon.
is not the first time Wyss has had a run-in with the law. He gained
notoriety when his company, known as Synthes, Inc., conducted surgical
procedures on patients — procedures that lacked approval from the Food
and Drug Administration. Five people died following the illegal medical
Assistant Attorney Mary Crawley, who led the Synthes prosecution, told
federal Judge Legrome Davis that Wyss’ firm
“used these people, these elderly patients, as guinea pigs.” She called
it “human experimentation,” noting, “they all have undermined the
fundamental procedural protections that separate a civilized society
from an uncivilized society when it comes to human experimentation.”
top executives from the Pennsylvania firm served time in prison, but
free under the Obama Justice Department despite being named
“Person No. 7” in the federal indictment. Federal prosecutors originally
identified Wyss as the CEO who repeatedly approved the illegal surgical
2011 assault allegedly occurred when Long had a personal relationship
with Wyss. But in April, she told Wyss she wanted to end the
relationship due to mounting abuse, according to the handwritten
complaint Long filed with the Morris Township Police Department.
her complaint to Morris Township police, obtained years ago by TheDCNF,
Long said, “I told him I wanted out of any relationship and just
continue to do my work.”
was allegedly enticed to quit a job in Aspen, Colorado, in 2009 to join
Wyss as a marketing manager to the billionaire’s winery along with his
HJW Foundation. Later, she left both entities and joined the Wyss
Foundation also as an employee. At both foundations she tried to fund
programs for underprivileged and abused women and children.
helped to establish and fund a Colorado-state sex and human trafficking
task force led by the Denver Police Department when Wyss made the job
offer. She continued with the task force and still works with it today.
previously told TheDCNF Wyss also promised her he would cover costs for
her daughter Callie, who was entering the Betty Ford Center. She was
suffering from prescription and substance-abuse problems.
time, however, Long’s relationship allegedly devolved into a “pattern”
that ran “the full gamut of rather perverse sex acts,” according to a
May 8, 2013 letter by Ryan DiMaria, a previous Long lawyer, to Carolyn
Short, one Wyss’s top lawyers.
had a pattern and practice of carefully executed grooming and
victimization of women,” DiMaria charged.
Long felt she had no choice but to acquiesce to most of his demands and
fell victims to his deviancy due to her financial dependency on him and
the well-being of her daughter,” DiMaria alleges.
detailed “bizarre fetish demands,” including “a fetish for sadomasochism
and introduced the aspect of pain and physical injury into the sexual
the New Jersey hotel, Wyss assaulted Long physically and sexually,
according to her police complaint.
screaming, ‘No stop it,'” she wrote in her own handwriting to police.
“He grabbed my teeth with his left hand and ripped my mouth open. He
inserted a vibrator into my vagina and almost suffocated me by putting
his fist into my mouth. I struggled and pushed. I thought for sure he
was going to kill me,” she wrote.
left that hotel room sick and in pain,” she told police in the
statement. She returned to Boulder and “stayed in bed for weeks. The
physical sickness of this event was devastating,” she told police.
also allegedly threatened to stop his financial support for her daughter
if she broke up with him, according to Long.
probably one of the first who took on powerful men over sexual
misconduct,” recalled Boulder Police Chief Tom Koby in an interview with
TheDCNF. He personally knew the Boulder resident and counseled her about
her relationship with Wyss.
the attack, I had breakfast with Jackie at the Hotel Boulderado. She
broke down during breakfast. This thing had happened and it was
terrible. She was quite shaken and Jackie doesn’t shake too easily,”
had her in a bind in terms of helping Jackie heal her daughter, who had
some serious health addiction issues,” Kolby added. “That was what was
keeping Jackie in the relationship and she didn’t have a lot of money.
She was still clinging to the hope she could save her daughter. And that
she had these things she wanted to do with these organizations working
on detention homes and shelters in Boulder and in Denver,” Koby
said ‘Jackie, you have to get out of the relationship. You cannot do
things based on an unequal relationship. This relationship has gone
evil,'” Koby told TheDCNF.
Kinnear, a Boulder attorney who has known Long for decades, told TheDCNF
she changed after the alleged attack, from a successful, friendly,
outgoing person to a withdrawn, shell-shocked individual.
became a different human being, to kind of a ‘shell’ and shell-shocked.
Right after the attack, then her daughter died and her mother died,”
Kinnear told TheDCNF. “It’s kind of unimaginable to me.”
physical abuse she described, I can’t comprehend it. An act like that
and bullying her in that relationship, then with her daughter, it was
deeply affecting,” he told TheDCNF.
the alleged assault occurred in 2011, Long instead focused on her
daughter’s condition after the incident. Callie died on Dec. 12, 2013.
Long traveled to Morris Township three months later and filed her
handwritten complaint. Long told the police her daughter had died. “That
is why I am free now to report this incident,” she wrote in her March
12, 2014 complaint.
Long’s lawyer, said he could not comment on the case under a 2013
settlement agreement between his client and Wyss. The 2013 settlement
contains both confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses.
confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions of the settlement
agreement and subsequent court orders bar Ms. Long from discussing what
happened to her, her relationship with Mr. Wyss, or the terms on which
the lawsuit of Long v. Wyss was resolved. Similarly, I cannot
and will not comment on any of those matters,” O’Riordan told TheDCNF.
in light of the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s eight
confidential settlements with women over three
decades that The
New York Times reported imposed a “code of silence” on both
his victims and on his company’s employees, many advocates for women are
challenging the pervasive use of confidentiality clauses in sexual abuse
Pennsylvania, where Wyss executed his settlement with Long, there is an
active movement to prohibit out-of-court settlements that can serve as
“gag orders” on abused women.
state Sen. Judith Schwank, a Democrat, has introduced legislation that
seeks to end the silencing of women through the use of non-disclosure
agreements (NDAs) or out-of-court settlements.
the last year, we have repeatedly seen the sexual harassment and
misconduct swept under the rug by way of the use of NDAs and
out-of-court settlements,” Schwank stated upon the introduction of
her bill last October before the state Senate. “These agreements allow
serial predators to continue abusing employees, clients, and
contractors, sometimes over decades.”
victims of sexual harassment often find themselves pressured by the
expense and length of court battles into signing agreements that do not
protect the public interest and can enable predators,” she said. “The
elimination of NDAs and out-of-court settlements that protect
perpetrators is a positive step forward.”
argument over the use of confidentiality clauses to protect sexual
predators is not new. In 2008, Jon Bauer, a law professor at the
University of Connecticut Law School published a paper titled,
“Buying Witness Silence: Evidence-Suppressing Settlements and Lawyer’s
debate about settlement secrecy has raged on and off for the past
two decades,” Bauer wrote, noting that defendants who practiced
highly offensive conduct have “strong incentives” to seek such
confidentiality clauses or agreements “in order to avoid adverse
publicity, decrease the chances of similar suits being filed, and make
it more difficult for those who bring claims to prove their cases.”
Glenn, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, said even after a relationship is long over, abusers often
will turn to the legal system to reassert control. “They will maintain
control by using any systems that are at their disposal to continue to
batter,” she told TheDCNF.
cannot wrap my head around why it would be in the victim’s best interest
to say, ‘I won’t talk about you assaulting me,'” Glenn added, and said
confidentiality agreements “are about power and control.”
said she would like groups that deal with the trauma of sexual abuse to
re-contact women to see if they would want confidentiality clauses
the perfect world, wouldn’t it be awesome for them if someone were to go
back and knock on a woman’s door, noting the NDA or the confidentiality
agreement, and they would say, ‘we’d like to offer you the opportunity
to review and to make the determination if you’d like for us to take a
look another look at it through trauma lens.’ Something that simple,”
told TheDCNF, “Cases such as Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Bill
O’Reilly, and Roger Ailes have prompted legislators, including the New
Jersey and Pennsylvania legislatures, to consider banning the use of
confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements in sexual abuse and
new movement “has caused many to rethink whether these types of
agreements serve any legitimate purpose in today’s society and whether
they should be declared illegal and unenforceable as a matter of public
policy,” O’Riordan told TheDCNF.
Fitton, the president of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch,
told TheDCNF sometimes confidentiality clauses protect both sides,
especially when embarrassing information is involved.
Fitton, whose group represented a large number of women who accused Bill
Clinton of sexual assault, said confidentiality clauses should not
protect someone from criminal prosecution. “When they are used to cover
up criminality, I don’t know if legally they have much weight in terms
of enforcement,” he said. He added that it’s in the public interest to
make “sure that confidentially clauses and settlement agreements are not
used to cover up criminal acts.”
has established a foundation called
“Callie’s Backyard” that focuses on youth homelessness, addiction and
trying to turn all of that around and now she’s working hard on Callie’s
Backyard,” Kinnear told TheDCNF. “She formed it to make what happened to
Callie to have some meaning.”
contacted the Wyss Foundation and its president, Molly McUsic about the
case. There was no reply to our inquiry.
Events’ readers, in an online poll, recently
voted billionaire financier George Soros “the
single most destructive leftist demagogue in the country.”
Here are the Top 10 Reasons George
Soros Is Dangerous:
Gives billions to left-wing causes: Soros started the
Open Society Institute in 1993 as a way to spread his wealth to
progressive causes. Using Open Society as a conduit, Soros has
given more than $7 billion to a who’s who of left-wing groups.
This partial list of recipients of Soros’ money says it all: ACORN,
Apollo Alliance, National Council of La
Raza, Tides Foundation, Huffington Post, Southern
Poverty Law Center, Soujourners, People for the American Way,
Planned Parenthood, and the National Organization for Women.
Influence on U.S. elections: Soros once said that
removing President George W. Bush from office in 2004 was the “central
focus of my life.” He put his money where his mouth is, giving
$23.58 million to various 527 groups dedicated to defeating Bush.
His early financial support helped jump-start Barack Obama’s political
career. Soros hosted a 2004 fund-raiser for Obama when he was
running for the Illinois Senate and gave the maximum-allowed
contribution within hours of Obama’s announcement that he was running
Wants to curtail American sovereignty: Soros would like
nothing better than for America to become subservient to international
bodies. He wants more power for groups such as the World Bank and
International Monetary Fund, even while saying the U.S. role in the IMF
should be “downsized.” In 1998, he wrote: “Insofar as there
are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the
sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and
Matters: Soros is a financial backer of Media
Matters for America, a progressive media watchdog group that
hyperventilates over any conservative view that makes it into the
mainstream media. Now its founder, David Brock, has openly
declared war on Fox News, telling Politico that
the group was mounting “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against the
cable news channel, and would try to disrupt the commercial interests of
owner Rupert Murdoch—an odd mission for a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
educational foundation that is barred from participating in partisan
MoveOn.org: Soros has been a major funder of
MoveOn.org, a progressive advocacy group and political action committee
that raises millions for liberal candidates. This is the group
that had on its website an ad comparing President George W. Bush to
Adolf Hitler and ran the infamous “General Betray Us” ad in the New York
Times, disparaging the integrity of Gen. David Petraeus.
for American Progress: Headed by John Podesta,
White House chief of staff under President Clinton, the Center for
American Progress has been instrumental in providing progressive talking
points and policy positions for the Obama administration. There
has also been a revolving door between the White House and the
Soros-funded think tank, with Obama staffing his administration with
many CAP officials.
Environmental extremism: Former Obama green jobs czar
Van Jones and his leftist environmental ideas have been funded by Soros’
money at these groups: the Ella Baker Center, Green For All, the Center
for American Progress, and the Apollo Alliance, which was instrumental
in getting $110 billion in green initiatives included in Obama’s
stimulus package. Soros also funds the Climate Policy Initiative
to address global warming and gave Friends of the Earth money to
“integrate a climate equity perspective in the presidential transition.”
America Coming Together: Soros gave nearly $20 million
to this 527 group with the express purpose of defeating President Bush.
A massive get-out-the-vote effort, ACT’s door-to-door canvassing teams
included numerous felons, its voter registration drives were riddled
with fraud, and it handed out incendiary fliers and made misleading
taped phone calls to voters. ACT was fined $775,000 by the Federal
Election Commission for violations of various federal campaign finance
Currency manipulation: A large part of Soros’
multibillion-dollar fortune has come from manipulating currencies.
During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad accused him of bringing down the nation’s currency
through his trading activities, and in Thailand he was called an
“economic war criminal.” Known as “The Man who Broke the Bank of
England,” Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10
billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a
Delusions: Soros has repeatedly said that he sees
himself as a messianic figure. Who but a megalomaniac would make
these comments? “I admit that I have always harbored an
exaggerated view of my self-importance—to put it bluntly, I fancied
myself as some kind of god” or “I carried some rather potent messianic
fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control,
otherwise I might end up in the loony bin.” If only the loony bin
were an option. As it is, one of the wealthiest men in the world
is using his billions to impose a radical agenda on America.