WASHINGTON: The NY DOJ has put out an open call to women who may be Epstein Victims. Who may have been sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein? Thirteen to fifteen years ago when they were children, or more recently after he was found guilty in Florida.
Moreover, it is working.
Long before #MeToo became the catalyst for a women’s movement about sexual assault — and a decade before the fall of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and U.S. Olympic gymnastic doctor Larry Nassar — there was Jeffrey Edward Epstein. #PerversionofJustice pic.twitter.com/z3rIvzQWE9
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 28, 2018
Jennifer Araoz is coming forward saying Epstein raped her when she was 15 years old. She also says her recruitment took over a year. Starting in 2001 when she was just 14 was recruited outside her highschool. The pretty young blonde women spoke to the NBC/Today Show.
She explains the very gruesome details – the massage leading to Epstein rolling over and masturbating to climax – which she describes as “finish himself off.”
“I was 14 years old, what the hell do you know when you’re that young?” Araoz asks the interviewer.
The recruiter told Araoz that Epstein “was just a great guy.” That Epstein could help her with her career. Araoz says her visits were once or twice a week, That she was served wine, despite her age.
After each visit, she was given $300.
It was after a period of a year that Epstein began to demand Araoz engage in sexual activity with him. When she refused, Arazo alleges the Epstein raped her.
From the interview:
Epstein asked Araoz to take off her underwear and get on top of him:
“I said I didn’t want to … he kind of very forcefully brought me to the table, and I did what he wanted,” she said.
“I was terrified, and I was telling him to stop, please stop,” but he didn’t, she said. She didn’t recognize what happened as rape at the time, Araoz said.
“I thought it was my fault; I thought I was obligated. I didn’t know better.”
It is easy to see why Araoz kept this secret. It is part of the shame victims, particularly young victims, feel — the fears of a young girl telling parents that she had been recruited and groomed by Epstein.
Jerome Elam, a writer for CDN and President and CEO Trafficking in America Task Force explains the luring and grooming of children for sexual trafficking:
“Jennifer Araoz was14 years old when Jeffery Epstein’s procurer, a woman, began grooming her to be his next victim. Grooming is the process by which someone builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking.
The woman lured her in deeper by telling her about a rich friend who was kind and lived nearby. The first time Araoz visited Epstein’s multi-million-dollar townhouse she must have been “star-struck “and when Epstein asked her personal questions, she must have been flattered that a rich older man was interested in her life.
But he was merely gathering the bait he needed to lure her into an inescapable prison based on her own worst fears”
More Victims are coming out
Maria Farmer alleges that Epstein assaulted her and her younger sister in 1996. (Woman accuses Jeffrey Epstein of sexually assaulting her in Les Wexner’s home)
In a lawsuit filed in a New York federal court, Maria Farmer alleges Epstein and another woman sexually assaulted her inside of Wexner’s New Albany mansion in the summer of 1996. Farmer claims in the affidavit,
“They asked me to come into a bedroom with them and then proceeded to sexually assault me against my will.”
To be clear, Les Wexner is not being accused of any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing. Furthermore, Wexner claims it has been a decade or more since he has seen Epstein.
Additionally, Virginia Roberts Giuffre has long claimed that Epstein’s lawyer Allan Dershowitz sexually assaulted her. Dershowitz denies any assault and defends the plea agreement of his client (Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Epstein’s former lawyer, claims plea deal was fair and would do it again)
Published on Jan 22, 2015:
Maria Farmer says that Epstein employed her at the age of 26 and she would see girls in uniforms “going upstairs” in Epstein’s Florida mansion. She was told they were auditioning for modeling work.
Epstein indictment for sex trafficking
On Monday, July 8th, Epstein was arrested following his return from France. The New York City resident was nabbed at Teterboro Airport as his private jet returned from Paris. (Accused Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Pleads Not Guilty After Teterboro Tarmac Arrest)
The 66-year-old hedge fund manager was indicted for allegedly running a trafficking enterprise between 2002 and 2005. Charges include Epstein giving hundreds of dollars in cash to girls as young as 14 for sexual encounters in his Upper East Side home and his estate in Palm Beach.
Police forcibly entering his New York mansion executing a search warrant leading to a “vast trove” of graphic photographs of young-looking women or girls according to court filings.
Epstein was charged in 2008, pleading guilty in Florida, to two-state prostitution charges. The guilty plea was to escape Federal charges after investigations were able to identify 36 underage victims of the billionaire.
Epstein served 13 months in prison. He also registered as a sex offender in Florida and paid restitution to the victims identified by the FBI. In what is now being termed a sweetheart deal, Epstein was given privileges allowing him to leave the jail 12-13 hours a day for “work purposes”.
Additionally, he is not required, in all states, to register as a sex offender.
A recent Miami Herald investigation examining how then-US Attorney Alexander Acosta, who now serves as labor secretary in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, handled Epstein’s case precluded the most recent charges, which Epstein’s lawyers call a “do-over.”
“To us, this indictment is essentially a do-over,” an attorney for Epstein, Reid Weingarten, said. “This is the very stuff that was investigated by the feds in Florida.”
Acosta, according to the Miami Herald, gave Epstein the “deal of a lifetime. The agreement “essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe” and further granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators” in the case.
In a press conference today, Acosta explains the actions of his office and that as a state matter, the charges against Epstein was to identify him as a predator via a guilty plea. Despite his luring girls to his Palm Beach estate from 1997 to 2006, Epstein sexually abused them. Furthermore, Epstein would pay the girls to recruit other girls, mostly 13 to 16 years old.
As a US attorney in Florida when Epstein was first charged, Acosta negotiated a non-prosecution deal with the multimillionaire. That deal, under scrutiny now, is being called a “deal of a lifetime” by an investigative report in the Miami Herald last year.
Epstein was never federally prosecuted as he was given immunity in exchange for pleading guilty to lesser charges in state court in 2008. Acosta is now defending the plea agreement, often responding that this was a state matter, limiting his ability to be harsher on the pedophile, whom Acosta describes as a “very bad man.”
That Acosta’s office was able to achieve a guilty plea, thus exposing Epstein as a sexual predator and pedophile, was important, to Acosta. Acosta expressed concern over the prosecution victim-shaming these young girls.
Moreover, those victims were given the opportunity to receive restitution from Epstein.
The decision to allow Epstein to leave the jail for most of his ‘incarceration” was the decision of the Palm Beach prosecutors. Acosta saying he was not pleased with the actions of those prosecutors.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine, a Democratic National Committee official warning that it is “quite likely that some of our faves are implicated” in the Epstein case. (Christine Pelosi warns it’s ‘quite likely that some of our faves are implicated’ in ‘horrific’ Epstein case)
This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice. It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may – whether on Republicans or Democrats. #WeSaidEnough #MeToo https://t.co/2mvskwQwW1
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) July 7, 2019
Some of those under target include former President Bill Clinton. Clinton’s name appears on the flight logs of Epstein’s private jet. The jet, colloquially known as the Lolita Express and its destination was often Epstein’s St. Lucia Island known as St. Little Jeffs.
Liberal media is attempting to link President Trump to Epstein based on decades-old comments made by the President (2002) during a New York Magazine interview:
“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
However, the President did ask the billionaire to leave Mar-A-Lago due to an incident on the property during which Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club, according to court documents filed by Bradley Edwards, the lawyer who has represented several Epstein victims.
Trump or Mar-a-Lago have not confirmed that claim.
Epstein being banned from the property. Trump, referencing Bill Clinton and Epstein, told Fox New’s Sean Hannity in 2015:
“Nice guy — uh, got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island, with Jeffrey Epstein. A lot of problems.”
It will be interesting to see if the President will be a material witness in the case against Epstein.
The newest indictments again Jeffrey Epstein
At a news conference Monday, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman and FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. cited the Miami Herald’s reporting last November in helping to make the case.
“I will say that we were assisted by some excellent investigative journalism,” Berman said.
“When the facts presented themselves — as Mr. Berman hinted at — through investigative journalist work, we moved on it,” Sweeney said.
New York federal prosecutors were able to bring their case despite the non-prosecution agreement, Berman says because that agreement applies only to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.
Prosecutors later argued in court that “it is well-settled in the Second Circuit [appellate court] that a plea agreement in one US Attorney’s office does not bind another unless otherwise stated.”