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Jul 10 - New Epstein accuser says he r*ped her when she was 15 in Upper East Side mansion
 

 
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Jennifer Araoz says she was 14 years old when a young woman approached her outside her New York City high school in the fall of 2001.

The woman was friendly and curious, asking Araoz personal questions about her family, her upbringing, their finances. Soon she began talking to Araoz about a man she knew who was kind and wealthy and lived nearby.


His name, the woman said, was Jeffrey Epstein.

The first few times Araoz went to Epstein's Manhattan townhouse, all they did was talk, Araoz said, and the friendly woman came along. Araoz told him about her dream of becoming a Broadway actress and about her late father, who had died of AIDS when she was 12.


Image: Jennifer Araoz, 14, in her middle school graduation portrait.
Jennifer Araoz, 14, in her middle school graduation portrait.Courtesy of Jennifer Araoz

But on Araoz's first visit without the other woman, Epstein gave her a tour of his mansion that culminated in a visit to what he described as his "favorite room in the house," Araoz said. A massage table sat on the floor. A painting of a nud* young woman hung from the wall.

Araoz would return to that room regularly over the next year, she said, manipulated into stripping down to her panties and giving Epstein massages that ended with him pleasuring himself to completion and her leaving with $300.

In the fall of 2002, Epstein pressured her to do more, Araoz said. He told her to remove her panties. Then he grabbed her 15-year-old body.

"He r*ped me, forcefully r*ped me," Araoz told NBC News in an exclusive interview. "He knew exactly what he was doing."

"I was terrified, and I was telling him to stop. 'Please stop,'" added Araoz, now 32.

Epstein, Araoz said, ignored her pleas. She never returned to his home after that day and her life spiraled downward over the next several years as a result of the trauma, she said.


Epstein, 66, was charged Monday with operating a s*x trafficking ring in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005. Federal prosecutors in New York say the wealthy financier, who has socialized with the likes of Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew, s*xually abused dozens of minors and paid his victims to recruit others, allowing him to build a vast network of girls to exploit. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Araoz's account adds a new dimension to the allegations against Epstein: a young girl being recruited outside a New York City school to perform s*xual favors for him.

The federal indictment unsealed this week refers to three unidentified victims but none of them is Araoz. She never contacted the authorities to tell her story, but she says she did tell at least four people — her mother, her old boyfriend and two close friends — about the Epstein encounters several years after they occurred.

Reached by NBC News, all four confirmed that she told them years ago that she had been s*xually a*saulted by Epstein.


"She said that she was r*ped by Epstein and before the r*pe she had been giving him massages for a year," said a friend of 16 years. "There's no doubt in my mind knowing her character, the type of person she is, that what she says happened is exactly what happened."

Epstein's lawyers did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

This isn’t the first time that Epstein has been accused of preying on young girls.

He signed a controversial non-prosecution deal in 2007 that allowed him to dodge a federal indictment alleging he abused several underage girls.



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Epstein, who ultimately pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting minors for prostitution, has maintained that his encounters with the alleged victims were consensual and that he believed they were 18 when they took place.

Recruited at school

From the start, Araoz loved her high school. The Talent Unlimited High School was a small, specialized school for the performing arts located on E. 68th St. on Manhattan's Upper East Side.


It seemed a perfect fit for Araoz, who longed for a career in theater. She grew up in Queens in a household that had little money. The death of her father, when she was in middle school, took an especially heavy toll.

"I was a little bitter," Araoz said. "I felt a little cheated in life."


Image: Jennifer Araoz, left, and a friend during her freshman year of high school in 2001.
Jennifer Araoz, left, and a friend during her freshman year of high school in 2001.Courtesy of Jennifer Araoz

It was early in her freshman year when Araoz says a brunette woman in her 20s approached her outside school. She was easy to talk to, and Araoz spoke freely about her struggles and her dreams.


"I was kind of a lost kid and she sensed it," Araoz said.

They had chatted a few times before the young woman ever brought up the name Jeffrey Epstein. She said he believed in helping people and was already supporting her and her family, Araoz said.

"She was saying he's very powerful, he's very wealthy, he's a great guy," Araoz recalled. "He's almost like a fatherly figure to her, which had meaning for me at that time because I was maybe longing for that."

Araoz said the woman showed up outside her school multiple times and even offered to buy her a soda or lunch nearby. "She was definitely trying to get to know me," Araoz said.

Araoz eventually agreed to accompany the woman on a visit to Epstein's home. His townhouse, located less than 10 blocks from her school, was as impressive as the woman had described.

Vast ceilings, marble stairs, artwork covering the walls. "It looked like a museum," Araoz said.

There was a bank of cameras near the front entrance, with mini TV screens showing who was coming and going, she said. A secretary's office was off to the left. Up the hall to the right, there was a cavernous room filled with exotic animal trophies. Araoz recalled seeing a stuffed lion, tiger, even a giraffe – as well as the skins of other animals draped across the floor.


Image: Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008.
Jeffrey Epstein appears in court in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2008.Uma Sanghvi / Palm Beach Post via Reuters file

The 14-year-old Araoz and the woman who'd brought her to the townhouse were offered wine and cheese by a member of the staff as they waited for Epstein. When he did show up to greet the pair, he was warm and welcoming, Araoz said.


She recalls him telling her that he had heard a lot about her and felt terrible about her father's death. Epstein insinuated that Araoz was "very lucky to have met somebody like him" and "that he could really help me," she said.

Before they left, Epstein gifted the woman who'd brought Araoz to the townhouse a brand new digital camera. His secretary handed Araoz $300 in cash, she said.

She returned a handful of times with the other woman, and left each visit with $300, Araoz said. Epstein talked about donating money to AIDS charities, which struck a chord for her given her father's death, and wanting to help with her career.

He talked up his contacts in the acting business and mentioned that he owned a modeling agency. Araoz recalls him telling her that "I should be a model and all these things that young girls like to hear."

"There was nothing not to trust at that time," Araoz said. "He was giving me $300, which was a big help for me."

The joint visits continued for about a month, said Araoz. By then, she felt comfortable enough with him to go on her own.

"I thought it was maybe a little odd because I didn't know what he necessarily was getting out of it," said Araoz, who could not recall the other woman's name. "But I said, 'This is a genuinely really nice guy, (a) good man who wants to help me.'"

But the dynamic changed that first time she showed up alone, Araoz said. Instead of talking downstairs, Epstein escorted his 14-year-old visitor onto his elevator and brought her deeper into his seven-story home.


"All the rooms were very grand and had a lot of artwork, a lot of murals on the walls," Araoz said.

He showed her an oval-shaped room with blue walls and likened it to "his favorite room in the White House" — an apparent reference to the Oval Office.

She also saw a bathroom with a tub and a set of prosthetic brea*ts within arm's length. "It was very odd," Araoz said.

She said they ended up in a small room with a massage table and a bathroom off to the side. A large Sistine Chapel-like mural depicting angels against a blue sky hung on one wall. A painting of a nud* young woman with brown hair clung to another, she said.


"When he first brought me up there, he was like, 'You know, you remind me so much of this woman in the painting,'" Araoz said.

Epstein asked her if she was good at massages, she said. She wasn't sure how to answer but she eventually agreed to strip down to her underwear and rub his bare back.

Araoz said she thought it was strange but she also didn't feel comfortable saying no to him.

"I felt almost obligated because of the money he was giving me," she said.


"I didn't know if he would get angry or if I didn't listen what the repercussions would have been," Araoz added. "So I kind of just followed. I was so young, so I didn't know better."


Like the others that followed, the massage began innocently. But it didn't stay that
way, she said.

Epstein would turn over, Araoz said, and "play with himself."

"He would also like when I would play with his n*pples. He used to get turned on by that. And then he would finish himself off and then that would be the end of it."


Over the next several months, Araoz's visits followed a familiar routine. Epstein's secretary would contact her by email, beeper or her family's landline to set up a meeting, Araoz said. When she arrived, she'd be escorted to the elevator and head straight to the massage room.

"It was just such a big help, the money," Araoz said. "And I said, 'I'm not really doing anything that wrong.'"

During the visits, Epstein showered her with compliments about her appearance, Araoz said, emphasizing how much he loved women with smaller brea*ts. He also reiterated his promises to jump-start her acting or modeling career, she said.

Araoz said that she had told the other woman that she was 14 and mentioned it in Epstein's presence.

"He knew exactly who he was hanging out with," Araoz said. "I don't think he cared."

Araoz said she performed the massages once or twice a week for the duration of her freshman year.

But one day at the beginning of her sophomore year, Epstein got violent with her, Araoz said.

While she was giving him a massage, Epstein first asked a question that Araoz took to be more of a demand.

"Why don't we try something a little bit different?" she recalls him saying. "Why don't you do the massage on top of me?"

Araoz said she told him that she wanted to "stick to the normal routine," but she ultimately removed her underwear. He fondled her privates, she said. Then he "brought me up there and it was very aggressive, it was forceful," she said.

Araoz said she was terrified and told him to stop. "He was like, 'It's okay. You're fine. You're not doing anything wrong,'" added Araoz, who said he did not use a condom.

After it was over, Araoz said, she rushed out of the house angry and shaken. Her life unraveled over the next few months. She developed crippling anxiety. She suffered panic attacks. She dropped out of school to avoid having to return to his neighborhood – and eventually gave up on her dream of becoming an actress.
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But Araoz didn't tell anyone about the source of her torment – at least not initially.

"I kind of hated myself for it," Araoz said. "I was like, 'I'm stupid, I should have known better. I'm a bad kid.'"

"I basically just tried to forget about it and live my life," she said.

Araoz said Epstein and his a*sociates tried to contact her but she never responded to the messages or spoke to him ever again.

She said it wasn't until several years later that she confided in her boyfriend at the time, and subsequently told her mother and at least two close friends.

The boyfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC News she revealed to him in 2008 that Epstein had abused her. Araoz's mother also told NBC News that her daughter told her about the abuse around the same time. The mother, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she noticed a change in her daughter's behavior and appearance around 2002. Araoz lost weight, became withdrawn and was frequently angry, her mother said.

"I was really scared," the mother said. "She was so anxious but I couldn't figure out why. The anxiety got so bad that she couldn't function and I urged her to go to a doctor."

A close male friend told NBC News that Araoz confided in him about the abuse roughly five or six years ago. And a female friend of 16 years said Araoz was crying and blaming herself when she confided in the friend about a decade ago. "I think she had to get it off her chest," the friend said.

Araoz is now a make-up artist living not far from her childhood home in Queens. She said she's still grappling with the emotional damage of her teenage encounters with Epstein. "He took something from me that can never be repaired, never made whole," Araoz said.


The charges against Epstein were brought more than a decade after Florida prosecutors cut a controversial deal that allowed him to dodge the prospect of a lengthy federal prison sentence for allegedly preying on underage girls.

Epstein was under investigation and facing possible federal prosecution for allegedly s*xually abusing several minor girls, court records show, a case that could have put him behind bars for years.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution. He served 13 months at Palm Beach county jail and was allowed to leave the facility six days a week for work. He was also required to register as a s*x offender.

The new indictment has ignited fresh criticism of Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time and is now Trump’s labor secretary.


Acosta, who has long defended the deal, did so again on Monday.

"With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a s*x offender and put the world on notice that he was a s*xual predator," he tweeted. "The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence."

Epstein is facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted on the new charges of s*x trafficking and conspiracy. Mimi Rocah, an NBC News legal analyst who served as a former a*sistant U.S. attorney in New York, said any new allegations against Epstein could lead to additional federal counts. Child s*x victims must be under the age of 28 to pursue state charges in New York.

At a Monday press conference, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, urged any other Epstein victims to contact the FBI.


Araoz said she hopes Epstein spends the rest of his life in prison, and is willing to testify in court if called upon by federal prosecutors.

"He shouldn't be on the streets anymore, period," she said.

When asked why she didn't contact the authorities about the alleged a*sault, Araoz said she feared the repercussions.

"I was so young that I was worried that somehow I would get in trouble," Araoz said. "I was really frightened of Epstein. He knew a lot of powerful people and I didn't know what he could do to me, and I wasn't sure that anyone could protect me."



Araoz's legal team filed papers in New York state court Wednesday seeking more information from Epstein prior to filing her civil complaint. Her lawyers contacted Epstein's attorneys this past March seeking an out-of-court settlement but the talks broke down, Araoz's lawyer said.

"He injured her grievously," said one of Araoz's lawyers, Daniel Kaiser. "She suffered a horrific event that altered the course of her life forever."

Attorney Kimberly Lerner, who is also representing Araoz, added: "Jennifer is no longer the scared 14 year old child who was victimized by Jeffrey Epstein. Today, she is the brave young woman telling her story to let all the other victims know that they are not alone."

Araoz said she's finally summoned the strength to speak out now to help prevent other young girls from falling into the clutches of predatory men.


But she still harbors guilt over not doing so earlier.

"What hurts me even more so is that if I wasn't afraid to come forward sooner then maybe he wouldn't have done it to other girls," Araoz said.


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its cash out time
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 Skateboard T said
Lock up all pedophiles. Life without parole.
Gold face slapped that post....
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In before woke Bx applaud they snow angel unlike their very own black queens.
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Just like Garth Brooks Trump has friends in low places
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In before woke Bx applaud they snow angel unlike their very own black queens.
BX is full of trolls like you...actual black people are rare around here...annnnd ignore...
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I want to see Epstein get the same treatment as Bill Cosby as far as (1) extended media coverage, (2) propaganda, (3) jokes and memes from caucashďts, (4) a perp walk video, and (5) plenty of mugshots.

Trōglodytes tried making black men the face of s*xual impropriety and failed.
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 RIPrjacks23 said
BX is full of trolls like you...actual black people are rare around here...annnnd ignore...



Gon and cheer her.....it’s ur nature

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 BOLO1 said
I want to see Epstein get the same treatment as Bill Cosby as far as (1) extended media coverage, (2) propaganda, (3) jokes and memes from caucashďts, (4) a perp walk video, and (5) plenty of mugshots.

Trōglodytes tried making black men the face of s*xual impropriety and failed.
I hope his life is done and he has to name names.
Bryan Singer is still out around though and he's ruined many lives.
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That girl willingly massaged an old mans d*ck for a year

She's a fu*kin silly hoe
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BX is full of trolls like you...actual black people are rare around here...annnnd ignore...
Dude really thinks he’s slick.
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 BOLO1 said
I want to see Epstein get the same treatment as Bill Cosby as far as (1) extended media coverage, (2) propaganda, (3) jokes and memes from caucashďts, (4) a perp walk video, and (5) plenty of mugshots.

Trōglodytes tried making black men the face of s*xual impropriety and failed.


Blacks are. African countries have the highest rates of r*pe by far. More than all of the rest of world combined actually. And that figure is mostly 15yrs and under.

Do your research, it's all facts.
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i dont understand why some ppl think its natural good things happen to them with apparent reason. they just stand there and enjoy the gifts. like they are something special and actually deserve them or something lol
then when the man comes knocking on the door to collect, they act genuinely surprised again like they are so special and deserved alla dat without ever having to pay anything back...
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 BOLO1 said
I want to see Epstein get the same treatment as Bill Cosby as far as (1) extended media coverage, (2) propaganda, (3) jokes and memes from caucashďts, (4) a perp walk video, and (5) plenty of mugshots.

Trōglodytes tried making black men the face of s*xual impropriety and failed.
Oh sh*t its this guy again, troglodyte here what's up man, hows ya mama?
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 PAPLE said


Blacks are. African countries have the highest rates of r*pe by far. More than all of the rest of world combined actually. And that figure is mostly 15yrs and under.

Do your research, it's all facts.
BXers be 4.3 FLAT to deflect attention away from white guys

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BXers be 4.3 FLAT to deflect attention onto white guys

*fixed
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First off this bi*ch is stupid

Second lock this motherfu*ker up even tho I know it wont happen.
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She was a 14 year old girl who dad died from aids when she was 12. He took advantage of that. Y’all some weirdos for blaming a barely teenage girl for falling for a intricate manipulation scheme. He even had a women find the girl and reel her in. sh*t sad. This piece of sh*t needs to get locked up. She was a misguided confused little girl and they exploited the fu*k out of that.
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This is not a new story..... hmmm wonder why it’s front and center right now.... HMMM
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She is doing great now thank god.

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 AllWins said
This is not a new story..... hmmm wonder why it’s front and center right now.... HMMM
Cauae shes finally able to pursue the case since the bang up illegal deal Alex Acosta tried to pass dude got rebuffed

Yall really hate women huh? Man i hope none of you have mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, or even female coworkers who get a*saulted in this manner.

To think the relative they have living under the same roof as them(you) thinks just as much bad sh*t about them as their attacker.

Bunch of wannabe rapist and women beaters on boxden
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 OldBusiness said
Cauae shes finally able to pursue the case since the bang up illegal deal Alex Acosta tried to pass dude got rebuffed

Yall really hate women huh? Man i hope none of you have mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, or even female coworkers who get a*saulted in this manner.

To think the relative they have living under the same roof as them(you) thinks just as much bad sh*t about them as their attacker.

Bunch of wannabe rapist and women beaters on boxden
d*ck move to apply that nonsense to me because of what I said.
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 AllWins said
d*ck move to apply that nonsense to me because of what I said.
I know man, sucks when we remind you how you aint sh*t.
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