Jeffrey Epstein raped Russian woman months before his arrest: suit

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Jeffrey Epstein raped a Russian woman in the months leading up to his 2019 arrest — telling her he preferred women from her country because they were “more motivated” than Americans, according to a new lawsuit. 

The alleged victim, identified as Jane Doe, claims in the suit filed in Manhattan federal court Thursday that Epstein raped her and sexually assaulted her numerous times beginning in 2017, when she was in her early 20s, on the promise that he’d help her get her career off the ground.

“Epstein … said that American girls lacked passion for career opportunities because they had grown up with those prospects, but girls from former Soviet countries did not grow up with those types of opportunities, so they were more motivated,” the suit states. 

Epstein paid for flights for the woman to travel from Moscow to Paris and from Europe to the US, the suit claims. The flights were allegedly booked by Epstein’s assistant Lesley Groff, who, along with the executors of Epstein’s estate, is named as a co-defendant in Doe’s complaint. 

Epstein’s alleged abuse of the woman began in 2017, when she applied to an ad for a personal assistant job while she was working as an interpreter and studying in Moscow. 

A few days later, she was invited to Paris, where she was introduced to the multimillionaire pedophile and several other women who were staying with him at his Upper East Side townhouse, according to the suit. 

At the apartment, Epstein lured her into a massage room and coaxed her to take off her clothes, except her underwear, and lie down on a massage table, the suit states. 

He then abused her with a sex toy and masturbated, according to the suit. 

"Jane Doe" said that the reason she kept seeing Jeffrey Epstein was because he said that he would help her launch her career.
“Jane Doe” said the reason she kept seeing Jeffrey Epstein was because he said he would help launch her career.
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Until 2019, Epstein continued to hang the prospect of a job and lucrative career over her head — while flying the woman to New York, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Paris to sexually abuse her, according to the suit. 

During one of the trips to his sprawling Palm Beach mansion in 2017, Epstein allegedly raped the woman in the massage room at the house, which made her feel “like the rock bottom of her life,” the suit states. 

Despite the attack, Jane continued to see Epstein in the ensuing years in the hopes he’d help with her career. 

In the spring of 2019 — months before his arrest by federal authorities in New York — the woman says she was repeatedly abused by Epstein at his private Caribbean island, including once when he assaulted her and another woman at the same time, the suit states. 

Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial for sex trafficking in a Lower Manhattan jail cell shortly after his arrest in 2019. His alleged long-term madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, is awaiting trial for her role in allegedly procuring underage girls for him to abuse.

She’s pleaded not guilty.

The woman is seeking unspecified damages from Epstein’s estate to be determined at trial. Groff did not immediately respond to the request for comment.



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