EXCL – Ghislaine Maxwell 'groomed' young assistant for Epstein
EXCLUSIVE: Ghislaine Maxwell ‘groomed a young executive assistant who Jeffrey Epstein violently raped and told her “our door is always open” after she quit in despair’ – claims new lawsuit
- A new lawsuit was filed against Epstein’s estate on June 17 by Jane Doe 5
- It alleges that Maxwell hired the young woman as an executive assistant for Epstein in 2003
- She told the woman he was a ‘very powerful man’ when she gave her the job
- Epstein proceeded to sexually harass the woman then rape her on multiple occasions, the lawsuit claims
- After the woman quit, Maxwell ran into her and offered her another job, it’s claimed
- She told her: ‘You can work for us any time. Our door is always open’
- Maxwell is in custody in New Hampshire; she was arrested on Thursday on child sex trafficking charges and is now facing 35 years if convicted
Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of grooming a young executive assistant she hired so her boss Jeffery Epstein could launch a campaign of ‘systematic, near constant abuse’ on the woman, culminating in a shocking rape, DailyMail.com can reveal.
New court documents obtained by DailyMail.com allege ‘Epstein Associate 1’, who sources have revealed to be Maxwell, interviewed the woman in September 2003 for a position of executive and/or personal assistant.
Once the young woman was hired and came into contact with Epstein the billionaire financier created a ‘hyper-sexualized work environment’, in which he ‘physically touched, groped, or assaulted her’, fondling her breasts in his office, grabbing her vagina in front of another employee, eventually leading to a rape and two other non-consensual sexual encounters at his $77million New York townhouse.
The shocking claims have emerged as Maxwell – Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam who is accused of procuring young girls for him – was arrested on charges of sex trafficking and perjury.
Ghislaine Maxwell in 2003, when she allegedly hired the executive assistant to work for her and for Epstein
Maxwell, 58, was taken into custody by the FBI in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire, on Thursday morning.
According to the civil lawsuit filed with the US District Court, Southern District of New York on June 17, Epstein’s ‘close friend’ referred to as ‘Epstein Associate 1’ interviewed Jane Doe 5 at the financier’s office in his luxury New York home.
During her interview with ‘Epstein Associate 1’, the papers state, it was made clear that Epstein would control a ‘substantial portion’ of the woman’s employment and that maintaining her physical appearance would be a priority.
Maxwell told the interviewee that Epstein ‘was a very powerful man’.
After she was hired by Maxwell the woman, called Jane Doe 5 in the suit, first met Epstein in his office and he commented that she had a ‘good body’ and that he liked her ‘small breasts’.
Epstein is pictured in a 2013 mugshot
‘To emphasize this point, Epstein then groped Jane Doe 5’s breasts in the middle of the office. Shocked and appalled, Jane Doe 5 did not know how to respond,’ the suit stated.
The paperwork says Epstein’s inappropriate conduct became the norm.
Maxwell’s new executive assistant was given various tasks to complete.
She managed and organized a renovation project for Epstein in his New York residence and was once ordered to send a package of cookies to the hedge fund tycoon at his Virgin Islands residence.
The woman spoke to Epstein daily and gave him weekly status reports on the tasks she’d been given.
According to the suit Epstein regularly made inappropriate comments to her over the phone.
The billionaire once told the woman to take off her shirt, so he could compare her breasts with Maxwell’s.
‘Epstein groped Jane Doe 5’s breasts and commented that he enjoyed her “small breasts” or words to that effect,’ the suit states.
‘Epstein also repeatedly attempted to insert his fingers in Jane Doe 5’s mouth, requiring her to forcibly push his hand away.
‘On one occasion, Epstein approached Jane Doe 5 while she was speaking to another employee and forcibly grabbed Jane Doe 5’s vagina. Jane Doe 5 immediately jumped away… the abuse was constant.’
The suit states the executive assistant tried to tell Epstein to stop and when he made inappropriate comments she would use words like ‘Inappropriate Jeffrey’ or ‘Not the time or the place, Jeffrey.’
‘When Epstein physically touched, groped, or assaulted her, Jane Doe 5 either forcibly removed his hands or immediately stepped back,’ the suit states.
Epstein never once apologized for his conduct and even ‘asserted control’ over the woman’s physical appearance.
He would cancel food orders for her, force her to exercise at his private gym and insisted she maintain a certain appearance to keep her job.
Jeffrey Epstein’s residence at 9 East 71st Street in the Manhattan borough of New York
The billionaire even took the assistant shopping and bought her ‘tight-fitting and low cut’ clothes, took her to the hair salon, where he would instruct the stylist on what style he wanted her to have.
As part of her job, Maxwell directed her exec assistant to travel with Epstein on his various trips, including to his private island in the Virgin Islands.
According to the suit, on her second trip to the island – a 70-acre paradise called Little Saint James – the woman was directed to go to Epstein’s bedroom.
When she walked in he was there wearing a bathrobe and directed her to lay next to him on the bed.
Epstein began asking the woman pointed questions about her body, her measurements and her sex life, the suit states.
‘Jane Doe 5 felt uncomfortable, yet trapped. Jane Doe 5 knew Epstein controlled the only means of travel to and from the island and all communications, so she stayed in bed with him and answered his questions until he let her go,’ the paperwork states.
After this the woman had three non-consensual sexual encounters with Epstein, all at his New York house.
On the first occasion it’s alleged Maxwell summoned the woman to the billionaire’s home.
‘Jane Doe 5 was led up the stairs to a small, dark room with a massage table,’ the suit alleges.
‘Epstein entered the room and immediately directed Jane Doe 5 to get on the massage table and massage her.
‘Epstein then aggressively and forcefully massaged Jane Doe 5’s breasts, Jane Doe 5 was terrified and frozen.’
Shortly after the massage began another woman entered the room who was completely naked, according to the filing.
‘Epstein directed the woman to perform oral sex on Jane Doe 5, while he watched and continued to forcefully massage Jane Doe 5’s breasts. Soon after Epstein ejaculated, he left the room.
‘While dressing, Jane Doe 5 saw that Epstein had left cash by the small sink in the room.’
The suit described an almost identical second occasion during which Maxwell again summoned her exec assistant to Epstein’s home and she was led up to the massage room.
This time another woman came into the room.
Ghislaine was last seen in August last year at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles. She is now in custody
‘Epstein directed the woman to perform oral sex on Jane Doe 5 while forcibly holding Jane Doe 5 down on the table as Jane Doe 5 began to squirm.
‘When Epstein had finished the assault, Epstein immediately left the room and, again, left the money on the small sink for Jane Doe 5.’
On the third and last occasion, Epstein summoned the woman himself, the suit states.
Again she was taken to a small room in the home with a massage table.
Epstein entered the room wearing a bathrobe and directed her to massage him.
‘He opened his bathrobe and was naked,’ the suit states. ‘He masturbated in front of her on the table while he continued to instruct Jane Doe 5 to massage his legs and chest. Epstein then began to grope Jane Doe 5’s breasts while she massaged him.’
The situation took an even more sinister turn, however.
Epstein placed his hand behind the woman and tried to bring her closer to him, but she resisted and was able to push back, the suit states.
Epstein, who took his own life aged 66 on August 10 last year while in prison, then became more forceful, pulling the assistant on to the table, so that she was straddling his thighs.
‘Epstein forcibly pulled Jane Doe’s body onto his pelvis. Jane Doe 5 tried pushing herself away, but Epstein placed his hands on her shoulders and neck area, pushing down onto his pelvis,’ the paperwork states.
‘Epstein held Jane Doe’s wrists while he raped her.
‘Jane Doe 5 was left naked, abused and alone in the small, dark room on the second floor.’
During all the shocking sexual encounters with Epstein the woman claims Epstein regularly threatened her and her close friends and family.
The suit states: ‘In a clear effort to silence and normalize his behavior, Epstein regularly commented with the words to the effect: “We’re all family here. What happens in the family stays in the family.”
The threats became more aggressive.
The suit adds: ‘Epstein once told Jane Doe 5 (with words to the effect): “You will never work in New York again and you’ll have to crawl back to (Jane Doe’s home state).”
‘Other times…Epstein stated: “You are nothing without this job. I’ll see to it that you will never work in New York again.”‘
He also referenced his powerful friends, the suit states, indicating he had friends in law enforcement and said his attorney would ‘burn you’.
But in the most shocking and direct threat Epstein told the assistant: ‘I will burn you. I will (expletive) burn you. I will hunt you down.’
The suit, which also cites four other Jane Doe victims in an action against Epstein’s estate, added: ‘Fearing for her life and the lives of her friends and family, Jane Doe 5 left her job soon after this latest threat.’
The assistant says the campaign of continued harassment and intimidation continued well after her employment ended.
At a wedding in 2011 the woman attended, an associate of Epstein’s who was also a wedding guest approached her and offered an opportunity to work for Maxwell and Epstein again.
And in 2013, two years after Epstein was hit with a slew of allegations, Maxwell made a similar offer of employment.
The woman relied on Maxwell for a recommendation for other jobs and when she asked for one Maxwell said: ‘Our door is always open. You are welcome to come work for us at any time.’
The assistant feared for the safety of her family, her friends and herself so felt she couldn’t come forward until after Epstein’s death.
Leading civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, whose law company The Bloom Firm represents Jane Doe 5, told DailyMail.com shortly after Maxwell’s arrest Thursday: ‘It’s a bittersweet day for her.
‘She remains terrified and triggered by any news about Maxwell, but prays the charges will stick and that Maxwell will not be able to escape justice as Epstein did.’
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