Jeffrey Epstein in Cambridge, MA in 1984.
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A woman who claims that she was sexually abused “countless times” by the late wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein — beginning when she was just 14 years old or younger — sued the executors of Epstein’s estate in federal court Wednesday.
The woman, now in her early 30s, says in her lawsuit seeking monetary damages that she is one of several women whose claims about Epstein led to his indictment on federal charges of child sex trafficking in July by prosecutors in Manhattan.
Identified in the complaint only as pseudonym “Jane Doe,” the woman says she was introduced to Epstein through another young girl in 2002.
The suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan says his abuse of her under the pretense of getting a “massage” at his massive Upper East Side townhouse, escalated, becoming “more invasive, violent, and painful.”
“All told, Doe was sexually assaulted by Epstein countless times over the course of three years,” claims the lawsuit, whose named defendants are Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, who have been appointed executors of Epstein’s estate.
The woman says she has post-traumatic stress syndrome and other serious emotional issues as a result of Epstein’s abuse.
The suit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan does not specify a dollar amount for the monetary damages the woman is seeking for her claims of sexual assault and sexual battery.
Epstein, 66, died in August while being held in a federal jail in Manhattan.
Authorities said the former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as with Britain’s Prince Andrew, hanged himself in his cell, weeks after he was placed on suicide watch for several days after being found semi-conscious with marks on his neck in his cell. He had pleaded not guilty in the case.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are continuing to investigate the case, noting that Epstein had alleged conspirators who provided him with a stream of dozens of underage girls to sexually abuse from 2002 through 2005 in New York and at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein fell under investigation by state and federal authorities in Florida in the mid-2000s for his habitual contact with young girls at his Palm Beach property and elswhere.
He eventually reached a deal with federal prosecutors in Miami, who agreed not to bring serious federal felony charges against him in exchange for his agreement to plead guilty to less-serious state charges, including procuring a prostitute under the age of 18.
Epstein, who served 13 months in jail for that state case, also was required to register as a sex offender for life.