Accuser Sues Ghislaine Maxwell, Says She Helped Epstein Rape Her at 15
The lawsuit is one of the first to be filed under the Child Victims Act
Jeffrey Epstein's accuser who claimed the pedophile "forcefully raped" her when she was 15 years old, has filed a lawsuit against Manhattan socialite and 'madam' Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as three other unidentified individuals.
Jennifer Araoz, now 32, claims that Maxwell conspired to make her assault possible.
Araoz says that Maxwell and three other associates of Epstein, who was found dead in his cell on Saturday from an apparent suicide, conspired to facilitate the rape, according to tot he lawsuit.
Araoz lists Epstein's estate, Maxwell, and two others - named as Jane Does 1, 2, and 3; a "recruiter," a "secretary" and a "maid."
The woman says she told Epstein repeatedly to stop, adding he "knew exactly what he was doing."
Araoz claims she met Epstein as a teenager after a woman approached her outside of her high school.
She claims the woman, who is yet to be identified, accompanied her when she visited Epstein's house.
She claims Epstein raped her in 2002.
Maxwell, the British socialite, is now under massive scrutiny following r Epstein's death.
Maxwell is the daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell, who owned tabloid Daily Mirror.
He died under mysterious circumstances in 1991.
Maxwell played a pivotal role.
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Maxwell played a pivotal role in seeking out Epstein's alleged victims, several accusers have claimed - and according to court documents unsealed Friday.
According to Fox News: Those who say they're victims of Epstein and other eyewitnesses to the events surrounding his alleged crimes, have testified Maxwell's role was in arranging massages and sexual favors for Epstein and a circle of his high-profile associates.
But Maxwell allegedly played an even more direct role in the sex abuse on several occasions.
Maxwell and Epstein were accused of molesting two victims in 1996 but the claims — allegedly reported to the FBI — fell on deaf ears, according to an affidavit viewed by the Miami Herald.
Maxwell has not released any public statements since Epstein’s arrest in early July. No criminal charges have been brought against her, and she has consistently and vehemently denied all allegations of misconduct.
Defense attorney Doug Richards told Fox News that, "From both a civil and criminal standpoint, Epstein’s death does her no favors.
"Victims are rightly unsatisfied with the way that this case was handled, and his death rekindles the demand for someone to be held accountable and for justice to be done, and she’s next in line.”
On Tuesday, a reporter from the New York Times claimed Epstein admitted he had dirt on "famous and powerful people."According to a report published in the NYT Monday, author James B. Stewart claims he visited Epstein at his "cavernous Manhattan mansion" for a 90-minute interview.
"The overriding impression I took away from our roughly 90-minute conversation was that Mr. Epstein knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people, and had photos to prove it," Stewart recalls.