UPDATED 9:49 AM PT — Wednesday, August 14, 2019
One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers is now suing the deceased sex offender’s long-time confidante Ghislaine Maxwell. On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz filed a legal action against Maxwell, Epstein’s estate, and three female house workers who were employed by Epstein.
The lawsuit says Maxwell and the other staffers “conspired with each other to make the rape and sexual abuse of Araoz possible.” Maxwell has come under more scrutiny after Epstein’s death. He’s being painted as the next person who should face justice in the late billionaire’s sex trafficking case.
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During an interview with the “Today Show” last month, Araoz said she regretted not coming forward sooner with her allegations.
“He raped me, forcefully raped me, knew exactly what he was doing and I don’t think cared,” she stated. “What hurts 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.”
Watch the full interview here.
Despite not meeting Maxwell in person, Araoz said in the court filing that she is directly connected to the alleged administrative support system of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation.