Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly raped a Florida real estate agent with the help of Ghislaine Maxwell, in front of her eight-year-old son, and then threatened to feed her to alligators when she said she would report the crime, according to a new lawsuit.
The Turkish-born woman was 26 at the time that the attacks began, in January 2008.
They continued for at least five months, culminating in Epstein forcing the woman to undergo vaginal surgery to make her appear as a virgin. The surgery, she said, was carried out ‘in a wealthy person’s home by a man with a Russian accent’ and left her mutilated and permanently damaged.
The court documents, obtained by The Miami Herald, were filed on March 22. A hearing is scheduled in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday.
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, seen in 2005, are accused of raping a woman in 2008
Epstein was arrested in July 2019, aged 66, and killed himself a month later, while awaiting trial
Maxwell, pictured in 2009, was arrested in July and is currently awaiting trial in a Brooklyn jail
Epstein died by suicide in August 2019, aged 66, while awaiting trial in jail. His estate is facing numerous civil suits.
Maxwell, 59, his former girlfriend and alleged accomplice, was arrested in July in New Hampshire and is currently in jail in Brooklyn, awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
On Monday additional charges were filed against Maxwell, alleging that she trafficked a 14-year-old girl for sex.
The Turkish woman was older than some of the other accusers, but in court documents said that she looked much younger, and was told to tell the men she was trafficked to that she was 17.
She said that she met Epstein and Maxwell sometime in late 2006 or early 2007 at a barbeque hosted by her employer, who knew Epstein well.
She was told by her boss that Epstein wanted to rent a property in the area, and she found Epstein a place for $10,000 a month. He paid in cash, she claimed, and she was directed not to identify the tenant.
Epstein bought the Palm Beach mansion (pictured) in 1990, where he abused dozens of girls
Epstein is accused of sexually abusing dozens of women and girls, some as young as 14
Epstein told her he wanted to hire her to work for him, and began showering her with gifts and the promise of finding her and her then-husband ‘highly-placed’ employment, the Miami Herald reported.
In the middle of 2007, Maxwell took her passport for ‘safekeeping’.
The woman said she later learnt Epstein kept it in a locked box inside his Palm Beach estate.
In January 2008, after repeated requests from Maxwell, the woman – also a trained hairdresser – agreed to go to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion and give him a haircut.
She arrived at the house to find Epstein naked. With Maxwell’s assistance, the paper says, Epstein raped her – threatening her with the guns he kept at home to end her resistance.
He gave her $200 after the attack.
When she said she would call the police, Maxwell claimed that she had already called the police and two men arrived, claiming to be officers.
They threatened to arrest her for prostitution, to take away her son and deport her, according to the suit.
Epstein and Maxwell got into the accuser’s car, and ordered her to drive, picking up her eight-year-old son along the way. They pulled over by a waterway filled with alligators.
‘Epstein then ushered the plaintiff to the body of water and told her in explicit detail that – as had happened to other women in the past, according to the pair – she would end up in this body of water and be devoured should she ever reveal what Epstein had done to her,’ the suit says.
Maxwell, a wealthy British-French heiress, met Epstein around 1991 when she moved to NYC
The woman said that she was taken to a hotel in Naples, Florida, where over several days she was repeatedly raped by Epstein and Maxwell in the presence of her son.
She claims that, over the next five months until May 2008, they threatened and intimidated her by emphasizing Epstein’s influence over the FBI, immigration authorities, and Florida state and local law enforcement.
She was repeatedly photographed and videotaped naked and performing lewd activities during this time, she said.
Epstein promised to help find her husband a job with the FBI, and used that incentive and others as leverage to force her to have sex with other men, including an older, heavyset man named ‘Walter,’ and another older man who said he was a local judge.
In April 2008 she was directed to keep a locked box for Epstein, which she was instructed she could never open or she would be killed.
She was also given burner phones and other electronic devices that Epstein was seeking to hide from law enforcement authorities.
Maxwell retrieved the materials after a month.
Epstein and Maxwell, his right-hand woman, are seen together in June 1995 in New York City
In May 2008 she was taken to the house for the vaginal surgery, against her wishes, at the request of a ‘high profile client’, according to the suit.
She did not specify when the abuse ended.
Epstein’s attorneys at the time were negotiating a plea deal with prosecutors over sexual offenses.
He was sentenced on June 30, 2008, and immediately sent to the Palm Beach County jail, where he would serve 13 months, much of it on work release at a nonprofit company he set up in West Palm Beach.
Epstein completed his sentence in 2009, and was free until he was indicted again in July 2019 on sex trafficking charges in the Southern District of New York.
Maxwell’s attorney has not commented on the latest case.
Prince Andrew’s sex accuser Virginia Giuffre could testify about him at Maxwell trial
Prince Andrew’s sex accuser could testify about him at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, court documents have revealed.
The original photograph showing the Duke of York with his arm around Virginia Giuffre’s waist at Maxwell’s home in 2001 has been requested.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley revealed in court documents that Maxwell’s team want access to original copies of various photographs, reported The Sun.
It is thought Ms Giuffre, 37, who currently lives in Australia with her husband and three children, could give evidence alongside victims Maria and Annie Farmer.
The original photograph showing the Duke of York with his arm around Virginia Giuffre’s waist at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in 2001 has been requested, court documents revealed
Ms McCawley said: ‘There’s simply no reason why if the Farmers and Ms Giuffre ultimately testify and these items prove to be relevant and admissable these items cannot be provided for inspection at trial.’
It comes after new criminal charges against Maxwell renewed pressure on Prince Andrew because they fall within the time frame that he was meeting paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Until now, British socialite Maxwell has been charged with grooming underage girls for, and then abusing them with, Epstein between 1994 and 1997 – before the Duke of York knew the former Wall Street financier.
But a new indictment filed in New York this week, where Maxwell is locked up on remand awaiting trial, adds allegations relating to a victim who says she was abused between 2001 and 2004, when Andrew was in contact with Epstein.
The new accuser, referred to a Minor Victim-4, allegedly met Maxwell at Epstein’s Palm Beach home when she was around 14
The accusations do not relate to Andrew, who is not a party in the criminal proceedings or the subject of any criminal investigation, but US authorities want to speak to him as a potential witness. The duke said he first met Epstein in 1999 and saw him ‘once or twice a year’ before ending the friendship in 2010.
Lawyers for Epstein’s victims want the duke to end an 18-month deadlock and open up to the FBI about his friendship with the paedophile.
Lisa Bloom, who represents eight victims, said: ‘As this now covers the time period when [Andrew] was so friendly with Maxwell and Epstein, it is all the more imperative that he live up to his promises and speak to investigators immediately about everything he knows.’
The duke has been accused of sleeping with one of Epstein’s teenage ‘sex slaves’, Virginia Roberts, in 2001, allegations he has emphatically and continuously denied.
Andrew previously said: ‘At no stage during the limited time I spent with him [Epstein] did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.’
The indictment also reveals that prosecutors intend to seize Maxwell’s assets if she is convicted – during a bail application she revealed that she and her husband Scott Borgerson are worth $22.5million. The couple are pictured in 2013
In an interview with the BBC in November 2019, he said he would cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into Epstein, who killed himself that August in jail. But the two sides have hit an impasse.
The duke’s lawyers, however, said reports of his refusal to cooperate were ‘inaccurate’ and he had offered to assist the US Department of Justice ‘on at least three occasions’ last year. Maxwell, 59, now faces seven charges relating to four women, rather than three, including two of sex trafficking.
The new indictment claims that from 2001 to 2004, Maxwell trafficked a girl who she first met when she was 14 and groomed her for abuse. She allegedly interacted with the girl on ‘multiple’ occasions even though she knew she was underage.
Maxwell has denied the previous allegations but has yet to respond to the additional charges. Her brother Ian Maxwell said the new indictment ‘does not strengthen the government’s case’.