PETER Mandelson phoned paedophile tycoon Jeffrey Epstein while he was in jail for sex offences, according to a bombshell documentary.
The then-Labour Business Secretary allegedly called to ask for help setting up a meeting with the boss of JP Morgan bank.
He was referred to by the pet name Petie during the call, a pal of Epstein has told Channel 4’s Dispatches.
The friend added: “I must say I was astonished that a British Cabinet minister at that time, probably the most powerful man other than the Prime Minister, was calling Jeffrey in jail.”
The revelations will drag Lord Mandelson, a confidant of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, into the scandal surrounding Epstein, who was jailed for child sex offences in 2008.
The perverted financier, a friend of Prince Andrew, was found dead in his jail cell earlier this year.
In tomorrow’s 9pm Dispatches special, The Prince and the Paedophile, Epstein’s pal alleges: “While I was there, he (Epstein) received a call and said, ‘Hello, Petie’. And Petie wanted to meet Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan. He said: ‘yes, I’ll sort it out’.
“Petie turned out to be Secretary of the Board of Trade, Peter Mandelson.”
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Lord Mandelson, 65, who twice quit the Cabinet amid scandals, was known to be in Epstein’s little black book of powerful and famous contacts.
In a statement, lawyers for Lord Mandelson said: “Our client has no recollection of a telephone conversation with Mr Epstein in January 2009. He talked to bank CEOs on a regular basis, including Mr Dimon. These contacts were arranged through his office.”