FACT CHECK: Did Tom Hanks Make This Tweet Stating That He Didn’t Visit Jeffrey Epstein’s Island?
A photo shared on Facebook purportedly shows a tweet from actor Tom Hanks stating there is no evidence that he visited the island owner by alleged sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein.
This image has been digitally fabricated and originated from a parody account.
Rep. George Santos claimed he previously met Epstein in a 2020 podcast interview and suggested he was still alive, Business Insider reported. Ghislaine Maxwell, a former associate of Epstein’s who is currently serving 20 years for her role in the abuse of young girls, has also recently expressed doubts the sex offender had killed himself, Fox News reported.
A Facebook image allegedly shows a tweet from Hanks stating that he did not visit Epstein’s island. The alleged tweet appears to have been posted Jan. 21.
“Hey Clown Anon,” the alleged tweet reads. “There is 0 evidence I visited Epstein Island while there’s PROOF your orange god was CLOSE FRIENDS with Jeffrey Epstein you third-rate tin-foil-humpers.” The screenshot refers to Little Saint James Island, which was owned by the late convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, according to the New York Post.
There is no evidence Hanks tweeted this, however. Hanks’ verified Twitter account has been inactive since 2020. There are no matching search results for the tweet shown in the Facebook screenshot.
The bottom of the screenshot reads “Parody by Back Rub,” while the time also reads “11:68 AM.” It was originally posted on Twitter by @FaithRubPol, whose bio states “Most of our screenshots are parodies.”
Check Your Fact has previously debunked other claims originating from this Twitter account. (RELATED: Did Tom Hanks Wear A ‘Keep America Trumpless’ Shirt?)
This is not the first time misinformation related to Epstein has spread online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a claim that actor Will Smith’s name appeared on flight logs associated with Epstein.