Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz files lawsuit against billionaire pedophile’s estate, his ‘madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell and three household staff after she claims they helped him rape her at his New York mansion when she was 14
- Jennifer Araoz filed her lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein on Wednesday
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz has filed a lawsuit against the billionaire pedophile’s estate after claiming she was raped by him at his New York $77 million mansion when she was 14.
Araoz filed the lawsuit on Wednesday when a new New York law came into effect making it easier for people to file civil suits over sexual abuse.
She is among the first of Epstein’s alleged victims to file a lawsuit following his apparent suicide at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan on Saturday.
In addition to Epstein’s estate, Araoz is also suing Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three female members of his household staff.
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz filed the lawsuit on Wednesday when a New York law went into effect making it easier for people to file civil suits over sexual abuse
Araoz alleges in the complaint that Maxwell, who is accused of recruiting young girls for Epstein, and the three staffers conspired with each other to facilitate her rape.
She has claimed she was recruited outside her Talent Unlimited High School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to spend time with Epstein when she was 14. Araoz said she was ‘approached by a brunette woman’ in her early 20s.
Araoz said she eventually met with Epstein who, in turn, showered her with gifts and cash for a month.
She claims she was eventually asked to give Epstein naked massages and was then sexually assaulted over a year. Araoz alleges that she was raped by Epstein in 2002.
Prior to his apparent suicide, Epstein and his legal team responded on Friday to a petition for a pre-action discovery that was submitted by Araoz in her lawsuit against him.
Epstein refused to name the three female staffers identified as Jane Does 1, 2 and 3 in Araoz’s suit.
His team called the petition ‘an utter waste of judicial resources’ and stated that it ‘would defy common sense’ for the court to approve the request, which would require him to hand over his employment records from that time in addition to identifying the woman.
Araoz’s lawsuit was filed the same day New York’s new Child Victims Act was put into effect.
The law enables child abuse victims to file civil complaints against their alleged abusers for the next 12 months regardless of when it took place. After the year-long time frame, the victims will have until the age of 55 to file civil lawsuits.
To obtain damages, alleged victims will need to prove their claims only by a preponderance of the evidence, not beyond a reasonable doubt as in a criminal case.
Araoz said she was recruited outside her New York City school to spend time with Epstein when she was 14. She claims she eventually give him massages, was sexually assaulted and raped in 2002
Araoz has filed a lawsuit against the billionaire pedophile’s estate after claiming she was raped by him at his New York $77 million mansion when she was 14