A woman who says she is ‘Victim-1’ in the New York indictment against deceased pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein has filed a lawsuit against the executors of his estate on Wednesday, saying he abused her for three years, starting when she was 14.
The woman, identified as ‘Jane Doe’ in the New York indictment, says the wealthy financier took advantage of her family’s poor financial position and struggle to pay rent to abuse her ‘countless times’ from the age of 14 to 17.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by the woman’s lawyer Roberta A. Kaplan seeks unspecified damages and offers new insight into the details of Epstein’s alleged predatory crimes.
The woman says she is listed as ‘Minor Victim-1’ in the federal sex trafficking charges that led to Epstein’s July 6 arrest.
Those sex trafficking charges were dismissed after Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail in August while awaiting trial.
A woman who claims she was sexually abused by disgraced pedophile millionaire Jeffrey Epstein for three years starting when she was 14 has filed a lawsuit against the executors of his estate Wednesday. Epstein pictured in March 2017
The woman claims she was about 14 years old when she was lured to Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion (above) and was paid hundreds to give Epstein massages that escalated into sex acts
According to the lawsuit, the woman suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression as a result of sexual abuse she endured from 2002 to 2005 at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
The lawsuit maintained that the teenager was about 14 years old, perhaps younger, when she was lured to his Upper East Side mansion by another older teenage girl who told her she could earn money.
At the time, the lawsuit said, the teenager’s family was ‘in serious financial straits’ with her mother and sister sharing a bedroom, and other bedrooms rented to strangers to help pay rent.
The plaintiff was forced to move out and stayed with various friends and took odd jobs after school to help her family financially, the lawsuit said.
When she entered Epstein’s mansion, she thought it ‘looked like the castle in the fairytale Beauty and the Beast, one of her favorite Disney movies at the time,’ the lawsuit said.
The sexual abuse began on that first visit and continued for three years, the lawsuit said.
Epstein would allegedly pay her hundreds of dollars for massages that gradually escalated into sex acts with Epstein and with others, according to the suit.
‘As her visits became more frequent, Epstein’s sexual abuse of Doe became more severe,’ it said.
‘While Epstein physically and emotionally hurt and exploited Doe, a vulnerable young girl, she also became financially dependent on him. She stopped attending school and spent almost all her time “working” at his home, gratifying him sexually, or bringing other girls to do the same.’
She was sexually abused ‘countless times over the course of three years,’ the lawsuit said.
It said the abuse was facilitated by two of Epstein’s employees who were named in a 2008 deal with federal prosecutors in Florida as protected along with Epstein from further federal prosecution. At that time, Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution-related charges in Florida and served 13 months in jail.
Epstein would allegedly pay her hundreds of dollars for massages that gradually escalated into sex acts with Epstein and with others, according to the suit
Epstein took his life after pleading not guilty to the New York charges. He was found dead by suicide at the age of 66 in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August
Victim-1 says she still suffers ‘severe mental anguish because of Epstein’s abuse’
The lawsuit notes she never finished high school and says her ‘physical and emotional injuries impact her daily functioning, making it difficult to go to work and take care of her young daughter and her ailing mother.’
The lawsuit was filed against Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, Epstein’s longtime lawyers, who were named in his will as executors of his estate – which is valued at more than $577million.
In recent weeks, several women have sued Epstein’s estate, alleging that he continued to carry out sexual assaults when he was permitted to leave jail to go to work and continued assaults after his release. Prosecutors in New York said they were not bound by the non-prosecution agreement he had signed in Florida.
Epstein took his life after pleading not guilty to the New York charges. A judge had ordered him detained without bail as a danger to the community and a risk to flee.