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Epstein accuser sues financier's estate as prison officials investigate suicide

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By Karen Freifeld, Nathan Layne, Sarah N Lynch and Jonathan Stempel

A New York woman who said she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein at the age of 14 sued the disgraced financier's estate and a former associate on Wednesday, as officials began a review of how Epstein died in an apparent suicide in his jail cell.

In the first of an expected wave of civil lawsuits, Jennifer Araoz, 32, said she had just entered high school in 2001 when an Epstein associate brought her to the financier's mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side, beginning a grooming process that led to months of sexual abuse including a "brutal rape."

The lawsuit in New York County Supreme Court is among the first of a series by women made possible by the state's Child Victims Act, which opened a one-year window to sue over alleged sexual abuse regardless of when it occurred.

Epstein, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends, was found unresponsive in his cell on Saturday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

A source said Epstein was found hanging by the neck. He was 66.

Psychologists began on Tuesday studying how the apparent suicide took place, according to a person familiar with the matter, reflecting the prisons bureau's policy calling for a"psychological reconstruction" following a suicide.

Another team at the jail on Wednesday began an "after action" review, which is normally triggered by significant events such as a prominent inmate's death, the person familiar with the matter said. That review will be headed by a prison bureau director from another region.

The reviews are separate from investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Department of Justice's inspector general.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday ordered the temporary transfer of Epstein's jail warden, after condemning"serious irregularities" at the facility. Two guards were placed on leave.

Reuters has reported that guards on duty had failed to do a required headcount of all inmates every 30 minutes.

Epstein pleaded not guilty in July to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005. Prosecutors said he recruited girls to give him massages, which became sexual in nature.

Barr said the criminal investigation into any possible co-conspirators would continue.

Trump, meanwhile, has also called for an investigation into Epstein's death.

ACCUSER'S ANGER

In her lawsuit, Araoz accused former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell of facilitating Epstein's abuses by "ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure."

A lawyer who has represented Epstein did not respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for Maxwell did not respond to similar requests.

The other defendants in Araoz's lawsuit are all women who were not identified. The lawsuit said they worked for Epstein in New York, including a maid, a secretary, and a "recruiter" who helped procure underage girls for him.

Araoz told reporters on a conference call she was angry that Epstein's death meant he would never face her in court but wanted to exercise her legal rights in civil court.

"Today is my first step toward reclaiming my power Jeffrey Epstein and his enablers stole from me," she said. "They robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence and my self-worth."

The complaint described Epstein's massage room as having a ceiling painted as a blue sky with clouds and angels, "to give the appearance that you were in heaven."

It also detailed other allegations of misconduct by Epstein, including what she called an insinuation that she owed him because of the money he paid her.

"I take care of you, you take care of me," the complaint quoted Epstein as saying.

Araoz also accused Epstein of having failed to use a condom during the alleged rape, which she said led her to suffer a"panic disorder" that was exacerbated by her father's recent death from AIDS.

Dan Kaiser, a lawyer for Araoz, said on the conference call that holding Epstein's "adult enablers" responsible was "a very large part of this story."

He called Maxwell a key figure in maintaining and concealing Epstein's conduct, although Araoz never met her.

"She is absolutely culpable for the injuries that these girls sustained," Kaiser said of Maxwell.

The civil lawsuits against Epstein's estate are expected to seek money damages.

It is not known if Epstein had a will. His lawyers last month said Epstein had about $559 million of assets, including two private islands and four homes, and that the Manhattan mansion was worth about $77 million.

Epstein had previously pleaded guilty in Florida to state prostitution charges, as part of a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors now widely seen as too lenient.

The U.S. Attorney in Miami at the time, Alexander Acosta, resigned as U.S. labor secretary in July as that agreement came under fresh scrutiny following Epstein's latest arrest.

On Monday, two of Epstein's accusers asked a federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida to scrap portions of the 2008 non-prosecution agreement, including provisions that they said immunized Epstein's co-conspirators from criminal charges.

But lawyers who had represented Epstein said in a court filing on Wednesday that his death mooted the case, and that ending immunity for any purported co-conspirators required first giving them a chance to oppose it in court.

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I was just over on 6chan (replaced the other one that got censored because of the liberal MSM). There's a video up of two Deep State actors in their Deep State uniforms murdering Epstein in his cell!

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"I take care of you, you take care of me," the complaint quoted Epstein as saying.

A line used by rich, powerful abusers throughout history. This woman worked as an employee. Workers of all sorts best protections, though often limited, were unions (pretty much a thing of the past in the US) and have been the legal system. No wonder Trump, Moscow Mitch and others in the far right establishment want to overthrow laws protecting workers and stack the courts so they can have even greater powers over employees and those without the wealth needed to defend themselves.

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Well Epstein wont be talking about any of his rich pals now will he...

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and those without the wealth needed to defend themselves.

Yes, you have a solid case. I'll need $10,000 to get started.

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People, remember these allegations are all connected to "a terrific guy who likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”  Rule #1, trump is never wrong.

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People, remember these allegations are all connected to "a terrific guy who likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Yeah, that guy wasn't any of the people who flew on Lolita Express multiple times. Some interesting names on that list.

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Strange how Trump's name is even on the documents in any negative way yet every statement still starts with "Epstein, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends". Always with Trumps name first over the 27 times Lolita Express passenger.

I thought this would die down. but now that there is money to be had, maybe all the liberal Dems actually in the documents will be caught up and convicted after all.

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@blacklalmaybe all the liberal Dems actually in the documents will be caught up and convicted after all.

If the liberal Dems are charged and found guilty, then I hope proper justice is served. Same with others 'in the documents' including conservative Republicans (are there any true conservatives remaining?), same with those whose politics are somewhere between the two groups, same with those with more extreme political views, same with those who are apolitical - regardless nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender.

Hopefully if crimes were committed and laws were broken, we won't once again see that the laws are just for peasants hee hee and the putative elite, regardless their political/social/economic connections, are exempt from them, can walk away after paying legal fees and just continue their actions.

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Always with Trumps name first over the 27 times Lolita Express passenger.

I'm certain this is solid evidence of a MSM conspiracy to disparage Donny and not some journalistic convention that calls for a sitting president to be named first.

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Strange how Trump's name is even on the documents in any negative way yet every statement still starts with "Epstein, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends". Always with Trumps name first over the 27 times Lolita Express passenger.

You forget Donnie and Jeffie were neighbors for over 15 years - how many times did Jeffie walk over to visit Donne at Mar-A-Lago? Multiply 27 times 15.... We know he did one since there are pics of Donnie and Jeffie having a party with 28 girls.... Wonder how many Donnie "grabbed"...

I thought this would die down. but now that there is money to be had, maybe all the liberal Dems actually in the documents will be caught up and convicted after all.

And his best bud and neighbor who he partied with will be No. 1 on the indictment list...

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yeah, surely that is what it is. a journalistic convention.

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BBC didnt get the memo.

Before his downfall, Epstein had previously counted many prominent rich and powerful people, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, as friends. Maybe because they dont have that US liberal media attack angle to push?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49323327

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I cannot tell you how sorry I feel for these teen girls who were so badly abused they had to keep going back. Trauma is like a flame and females are like moths, and they just cannot help themselves. I hate my own masculinity knowing its part of this horrific process. I am going to sell all my belongings now and donate all my cash to a women's shelter or something, be a bum, and try not to look any female in the eye as she might think I was thinking to abuse her and keep coming to me for money.

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Zero. Epstein was banned in 2002.

Are you responsible for the actions of your neighbor? You guys are getting desperate.

TWENTY SEVEN FLIGHTS.....and visits to the island. Just want to ignore that because it is inconvenient.

how many times did Jeffie walk over to visit Donne at Mar-A-Lago?

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Zero. Epstein was banned in 2002.

So? That just means Donnie went over to Epstein's....

Are you responsible for the actions of your neighbor? You guys are getting desperate.

Yea - when you and your neighbor have a two-man, 28 girl party....at MAR-A-LAGO....

TWENTY SEVEN FLIGHTS.....and visits to the island. Just want to ignore that because it is inconvenient.

Ignore? As I've said many times - Bill Clinton is a pervert and a coward - just like Donnie - except Donnie has openly admitted it (grab 'em)... Still being a neighbor means you don't need a plane ride to visit - just walk next door...

I'm sure Donnie, Jeffie and Billie had lots of good times together with some "young" girls....

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Hoping Alex Acosta is finally held criminally and civilly accountable for his role in enabling Epstein's sexual assaults.

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This:

including Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump,

and this:

"Epstein, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends".

Are worded exactly the same, so there couldn't be journalistic conventions at work. It must be the Sorros funded Deep State working with the biased, liberal MSM.

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She took his money and let him abused her. They took the money from him and let that dirty pedophile Jeffrey Epstein abused them, whatever reason at that time.

They all knew that man was not a saint and he has a taste for young underage girls.

They all knew the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein will not give away his money for free and they have to return with something they have. The trouble poor girls got hooked on his dirty money and let him abuse at that time.

Me too movement has opened the gate for now so called victim. The pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was gone, but left his filthy fortune behind. He can't take it with him.

Now so called victim and also as well as a fraudulence fake victim will come forward to claim the prize. Good for them.

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