Police have released interview footage of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged teenage victims – revealing intimate details of how they said the billionaire seduced them.
The clips, released by the force in Palm Beach, Florida, from 2005 shows a 16-year-old say Epstein would offer her $200 to recruit more girls to visit him.
In the video, one girl said: ‘Every girl that meets Jeffrey starts off with giving him a massage.
‘The more you do with him, the more you make.’
The clips, released by the force in Palm Beach, Florida, from 2005 shows a 16-year-old say Epstein (pictured) would offer her $200 to recruit more girls to visit him
A detective in the room asks the girl: ‘By do things you mean touch you?’ She replied ‘yes’
‘Basically, if you take off your clothes you’re going to make more. If you let him do things to you, you’re going to make more.’
A detective in the room asks the girl: ‘By do things you mean touch you?’
She replied ‘yes’.
Authorities in Florida launched a probe in 2005 into Epstein after a mother called to allege her daughter was molested at his Palm Beach estate.
Authorities in Florida launched a probe into the billionaire pedophile (left in sketch from court on July 15 this year) in 2005 after a mother called to allege her daughter was molested at his Palm Beach estate
The FBI conducted its own investigation from 2006 called Operation Leap Year, with the US Attorney’s Office drafting a lengthy indictment as the federal probe came to an end the next year.
In June 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor.
Both are state charges and he was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He also had to register as a sex offender.
He has been accused of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 for sex in his New York and Florida properties (pictured, his Palm Beach resort) between 2002 and 2005
He was released from prison in July 2009 but on July 6 this year the financier was arrested on charges of child sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
He has been accused of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 for sex in his New York and Florida properties between 2002 and 2005.
Epstein denies the charges but could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
He has been accused of paying dozens of girls as young as 14 for sex in his New York and Florida properties between 2002 and 2005. Epstein denies the charges but could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. Pictured: He is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center
In the video, one of the girls revealed how she would rebel against the former hedge fund mogul and would not let him do everything to her.
She said: ‘I did it naked but I wouldn’t let him touch me or anything like that. So after that, he says, ”You know what, listen, I’ll pay you $200 for every girl you bring to me’.’
The girl obliged and told other girls from poorer backgrounds of the way to make money.
SEX TRAFFICKING & CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT SEX TRAFFICKING
Sex Trafficking of Minors (maximum sentence of 40 years in prison)
This refers to any recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
Offenders of this crime often target vulnerable children and gain control over them using a variety of manipulative methods.
Those offenders now have more channels to carry out these crimes with the advent of the Internet and mobile technology, and as a result are harder to apprehend in most cases.
In Epstein’s case, he was with an employee in New York who he allegedly instructed to contact a minor in Palm Beach to set up a meeting between the two.
This happened at least two times with two different employees and two different minors according to the indictment.
Conspiracy to Sex Traffic Minor (maximum sentence of five years in prison)
This refers to enticing a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
In Epstein’s case, he allegedly contacted the minor victim in New York and set up a meeting at his mansion during which a commercial sex act took place.
An Epstein employee was also involved in scheduling that meeting.
Another alleged victim said of the first girl: ‘She’s like ”Oh, do you need to make any extra money?” I’m like ”yeah”. She’s like ”OK, I can give you $200 – there’s an older guy in Palm Beach, he gets a lot of massages from girls,” that’s all she told me.’
And a different girl said: ‘It was like a train: I brought my friends, they brought their friends, and it went on and on.’
A cop asks: ‘Did Jeff know anybody’s real true age or he didn’t care?’
She replied: ‘I don’t think he cared. He told me the younger the better.’
The interviews came before police searched Epstein’s $20million house in Palm Beach, with the girl’s description of it interior appearing to be accurate.
They had described the pink spiral staircase, as well as the bathroom which had a massage table, sex toys and oil.
The girls told how predator Epstein entered the room in a towel and told them to take their clothes off.
One said: ‘He asked me to take my shirt off so I took my shirt off and that time that was it.’
A police officer said: ‘Did you ever take your panties off and be completely nude?’
She said: ‘Every now and then, yeah.’
One of the discoveries in Epstein’s house was naked photographs on the bedroom and bathroom walls, which were thought to be of underage girls, reports WPBF News.
A teenage girl told how Epstein would have ‘different girls in and out of there all the time’, which she said included models who lived there.
But when police searched his house computer hard drives were missing and his house had been stripped back – as police claim he knew he was being investigated.
Some of the girls told police they were enticed by the money and did return to see Epstein on more than one occasion.
One said: ‘Each time he would try a little more touching me, like I was more comfortable, I guess.’
Yet the young girls said they had been disturbed by the meetings and kept away from the El Brillo Way property.
One of the girls, who claimed she had been ‘molested when I was 12’, said she told her friend: ‘I’m not going if you’re not going to be in the room with me. And I was unaware I was going to be alone with him for that ten minutes and I thought I was going to die.’
Epstein’s attorney is yet to comment on the allegations.