Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexually assaulting and raping her when she was a teenager, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Epstein’s estate, his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and three unnamed defendants.
The suit, filed in New York’s Supreme Court, is seeking damages for “extreme emotional injuries” and accuses Epstein of raping and sexually assaulting Araoz when she was 14 and 15 years old. Araoz’s suit also says that Maxwell “participated with and assisted Epstein in maintaining and protecting his sex-trafficking ring, ensuring that approximately three girls per day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure.”
Maxwell’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Epstein, a convicted sex offender, died in custody last week of an apparent suicide, but a federal investigation into charges of child sex trafficking is still ongoing. At least 80 women have said they were abused by Epstein, according to an extensive report by the Miami Herald.
The three other defendants, named as Jane Does, are referred to separately as the “recruiter,” the “secretary” and the “maid.” All are accused of assisting Epstein in his abuse.
Araoz says that when she was a 14-year-old high-school student, she was approached on the sidewalk outside of her school by the “recruiter,” who she described as a brunette woman in her early 20s. The suit says the recruiter spent nearly two weeks getting to know Araoz, then invited her to meet Epstein so that he could “possibly help her and introduce her to the right people,” because Araoz had expressed interest in becoming an actress and model.