Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz sues the billionaires estate
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araoz is among the first to file 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 15.
Araoz officially filed the lawsuit on Wednesday when New York’s new Child Victims Act came into effect, which opens a one-year window for people to file lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse regardless of how long ago it occurred.
The 32-year-old’s lawsuit is among the first of an expected wave of suits against Epstein 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.
Araoz alleges in the complaint that Maxwell, who is accused of overseeing the recruitment of young girls for Epstein, and the three staffers conspired with each other to facilitate her rape.
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
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.
The lawsuit accuses Maxwell of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of several girls by overseeing their recruitment and ‘ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure’.
Maxwell has previously denied allegations she helped recruit or arrange visits for Epstein’s alleged victims.
Araoz said she eventually met with Epstein who, in turn, showered her with gifts and cash for a month.
She claims 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.
Prior to his apparent suicide, Epstein had been hit with drafts and related documents associated with Araoz’s lawsuit.
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. In it, he 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.
In a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday, Araoz said she was angry Epstein wouldn’t have to face her in court.
‘I want my story to hold Epstein to account and also his recruiters, the workers on his payroll who knew what he was doing and the prominent people around him who helped conceal and perpetuate his sex-trafficking scheme,’ she wrote.
‘Their hideous actions victimized me and so many young girls like me.’
Araoz said she was recruited outside her New York City school 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
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 her lawsuit, Araoz claims the recruiter appeared outside her high school, which was about eight blocks from Epstein’s mansion, for about two weeks.
She 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.
‘The Recruiter then told Ms. Araoz that Epstein felt horrible about the loss of her father and said that he wanted to help her. The Recruiter said that Epstein is a ‘caring guy,’ that he said she ‘should not be struggling,’ and that he wanted ‘to be there for her’,’ the lawsuit stated.
Epstein was described as a ‘nice guy’ with a great deal of wealth by the recruiter, who also told Araoz ‘you have to see his house’.
The recruiter was ultimately able to convince Araoz to come meet Epstein at his mansion, which according to the complaint was filled with surveillance cameras.
At the end of the first visit, Epstein gave Araoz $300 in cash and said: ‘Here’s a little something to help you out. I take care of the people I care about.’
He also informed her that he was ‘a big AIDS activist’ according to the complaint.
Araoz’s visits became more frequent and she would spent between one to two hours at Epstein’s home in the company of him and the recruiter. After each visit, Araoz says she was given $300.
A month into this arrangement, the recruiter was removed from the occasion and Epstein’s secretary would call Araoz to directly set up her visits.
The first instance of sexual abuse allegedly occurred when Epstein showed Araoz his massage table.
The complaint described Epstein’s massage room as having a ceiling painted as a blue sky with clouds and angels, ‘to give the appearance that you were in heaven.’
Jeffrey Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges when he was found dead on Saturday having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan
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
He later told the Araoz ‘you really should be a model,’ ‘you’re beautiful,’ ‘I’ll bet your body is incredible,’ and that ‘in order to help you with your modeling career, I will need to see your body’.
‘He then asked her if she was good at giving massages and, considering all of the financial help he had been giving her family over the past month, insinuated that he would like one,’ according to the suit.
The complaint also detailed a variety of alleged misconduct by Epstein toward Araoz, including what she called an insinuation that she owed him because of the money he paid her.
‘I take care of you, you take care of me,’ the complaint quoted Epstein as saying.
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.
Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom and New York lawyer Roberta Kaplan said this past weekend that they intend to file lawsuits in New York against Epstein’s estate this week.
Araoz’s allegations were not included in the sex-trafficking indictment filed against Epstein in July. She came forward and revealed her allegations in an interview with NBC’s Today following Epstein’s arrest on July 6.
Epstein, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends, pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005.
Epstein was already a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday ordered the transfer of the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and the suspension of two guards after condemning ‘serious irregularities’ at the facility
In the days since Epstein’s death, a portrait has begun to emerge of Manhattan’s federal detention center as a chronically understaffed facility that possibly made a series of missteps in handling its most high-profile inmate.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday ordered the transfer of the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and the suspension of two guards after condemning ‘serious irregularities’ at the facility.
Barr also said the criminal investigation into Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking and the role of possible co-conspirators would continue.
Trump has also called for an investigation into Epstein’s death.
Sources have said that one of Epstein’s two guards the night he died wasn’t a regular correctional officer and had been brought in due to staffing shortages.
Epstein was also left alone without a cellmate despite only just coming off suicide watch following an early attempt last month.
At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes but that procedure was not followed the night Epstein killed himself, according to sources.
The sex offender had previously been on suicide watch but that was lifted some time prior to his death.
It is not known if Epstein had a will.
A document filed by Epstein’s lawyers last month listed his total assets at about $559 million, including two private islands and four homes. One residence, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is worth an estimated $77 million.