Two unidentified women who claim they were sexually molested by Jeffrey Epstein are suing his estate for $100million. Pictured: Epstein in March 2017, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry
Two women who claim they were sexually molested by Jeffrey Epstein at his Manhattan mansion have filed a $100million lawsuit against the late financier’s estate.
The lawsuit, filed on Thursday night in US District Court in Manhattan, is at least the second against the estate over Epstein’s alleged misconduct, following his suicide on Saturday.
The plaintiffs, identified as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, said they were recruited 15 years ago to provide massages for Epstein.
Despite assurances that nothing sexual would occur, Epstein allegedly groped both women’s breasts and masturbated in front of them.
An attorney for the women says she expects several more women to join the lawsuit.
Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 said they were aspiring models working at a restaurant off of Manhattan’s Union Square when they were approached in June 2004 by an unnamed female ‘recruiter,’ identified as Sue Roe, who worked for Epstein.
Lisa Bloom, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said in a statement that her clients were 18 and 20 years old at the time, without saying which was which.
According to the complaint, Roe offered the plaintiffs hundreds of dollars each to massage Epstein at his Manhattan mansion.
The complaint said Roe told Jane Doe 1 that her ‘boss’ thought Jane Doe 1 was beautiful and liked to give young girls ‘opportunities,’ and that Roe ‘intimated’ to Jane Doe 2 that there might be opportunities to make more money.
The women say they were recruited to give Jeffrey Epstein massages at his mansion in New York City (pictured) for hundreds of dollars but he groped their breasts
The $100million suit is at least the second lawsuit after Jennifer Araoz, 32 (pictured), filed hers on Wednesday
Both plaintiffs said that despite Roe’s assurances that Epstein would not subject them to unwanted touching, his conduct became aggressive during the massages, including forcefully touching their breasts and masturbating.
The plaintiffs said they were unaware they were victims of Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking scheme until last month when he was arrested.
Bloom says she expects more plaintiffs to join the case in the upcoming months.
Prior to his death, Epstein had pleaded not guilty in July to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls from 2002 and 2005.
Prosecutors said he recruited and paid girls to give him massages, which became sexual in nature.
It is not known if Epstein had a will. Last month, his attorneys estimated his assets at about $559million, including two private islands and four homes, and said his mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side was alone worth $77million.
Epstein’s death deprived his alleged victims of a chance to face him at a criminal trial, leaving civil lawsuits against his estate among their legal options.
On Wednesday, 32-year-old Jennifer Araoz became the first known woman to sue Epstein’s estate, claiming the financier sexually abused her when she was 14 years old.
Araoz said she was ‘recruited’ outside Talent Unlimited High School by a woman who offered to buy Araoz meals and got her to slowly open up about her family and the death of her father just two years prior from an AIDs-related illness, according to court documents.
She was eventually convinced to visit Epstein at his home. At the end of each visit, she was given $300 in cash.
Araoz claims during one visit, she was asked to strip down to her underwear and give Epstein massages while he masturbated.
The massages and sexual abuse became more depraved and continued for a year until Epstein allegedly raped her in 2002 at age 15.
Araoz claimed she was recruited to visit Epstein’s home and give him massages. Eventually, she says he raped her at age 15 in 2002. Pictured: Epstein in Cambridge, Massachusetts in September 2004, left, and Araoz in her high school graduation photo, right
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
In addition to Epstein’s estate, Araoz is also suing Epstein’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three female members of his household staff.
That lawsuit was made possible under the Child Victims Act, a New York state law that opens a one-year window to sue over alleged sexual abuse, regardless of when it occurred.
The other lawsuit, in contrast, accused Epstein, Sue Roe and other unnamed alleged accomplices of violating the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
It comes as a medical examiner’s report on Friday ruled Epstein’s death as a suicide.
US Attorney General William Barr said the government will continue its investigation into any possible co-conspirators.