Jeffrey Epstein accuser sues dead sex criminal’s estate executors, says he abused her ‘countless times’ – CNBC
A woman who claims that she was sexually abused “countless times” by the late wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein — beginning when she was just 14 years old or younger — sued the executors of Epstein’s estate in federal court Wednesday.
The woman, now in her early 30s, says in her lawsuit seeking unspecified monetary damages that she is one of several women whose claims about Epstein led to his indictment on federal charges of child sex trafficking in July by prosecutors in Manhattan. The civil complaint is at least the sixth suit to be filed against Epstein’s estate since his death in August.
Epstein, 66, died while being held without bail in a federal jail in Manhattan. Authorities said the former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as with Britain’s Prince Andrew, hanged himself in his cell.
He had pleaded not guilty in the case at the time of his death, which came weeks after he was placed on suicide watch for several days after being found semi-conscious with marks on his neck in his cell.
Epstein left behind an estate that could be worth more than $500 million.
The woman identified in the new civil complaint against his estate only as pseudonym “Jane Doe” says she was introduced to Epstein through a teenage girl in 2002.
At the time, “Doe” was having a “difficult childhood,” which included being raised primarily by a single mother, financial strain and a sister with serious medical conditions.
“The girl told Doe about an opportunity to earn money and offered to introduce her to a wealthy man,” the suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan says. “Doe would subsequently learn that this man was Epstein.”
At the time, Doe was living with “a rotating case of friends,” the suit says.
When the other girl took her to Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion, Doe thought it “looked like a castle in the fairytale ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ one of her favorite Disney movies at the time,” the suit says.
The complaint goes on to describe Epstein’s abuse of the girl under the pretense of getting a “massage” which over successive visits escalated, becoming “more invasive, violent, and painful.”
“All told, Doe was sexually assaulted by Epstein countless times over the course of three years,” claims the lawsuit, whose named defendants are Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, who have been appointed executors of Epstein’s estate.
“While Epstein physically and emotionally hurt and exploited Doe, a vulnerable young girl, she also became financially dependent on him,” the suit said.
“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.”
The complaint says her abuse at Epstein’s hands was “directly and indirectly facilitated by his co-conspirators,” who, “upon information and belief,” were his female assistants, Sarah Kellen and Lesley Groff.
The suit says that “Kellen and Groff often asked Doe to being other girls with her to Epstein’s home,” including girls “who Epstein had assaulted before.”