Jennifer Araoz says that Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was 15 years old

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Jennifer Araoz says that's what she told Jeffrey Epstein when he raped her when she was 15 years old.

Araoz told NBC's "Today" show in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he had started going to Epstein's house in Manhattan a year earlier, and gave him massages dressed only in his underwear.

"I was 14, what the hell do you know when you're so young?" Araoz asked.

The meetings began after a woman Araoz called a "recruiter" spoke to her outside her school in meetings that lasted more than a year.

He said "that he (Epstein) was just a good boy" and that he could probably help Araoz in his career.

When she started visiting Epstein's house, Araoz said she was very kind and told her that she had heard a lot about her. She was served wine, he said, even though she knew her age. "I don't think he cared," he said.

Araoz said, he went to his home once or twice a week. After each visit, she said, she was given $ 300 and visits eventually started to include massages.

There were several sexually suggestive objects in Epstein's house, said Araoz, including "the prosthetic breasts with which he could play while bathing, was very strange".

Next to the massage table was a painting of a naked woman that Epstein looked like Araoz.

He says he wasn't completely comfortable with the massage sessions, but he had "fear that he would get angry" with her if he didn't do as requested.

After he finished massaging it, he told NBC, he would have turned, "stop it and it would be the end of it all."

After about a year, Epstein asked Araoz to take off his underwear and stand on top of him, he said.

"I said I didn't want … he brought me very strongly on the table and I did what he wanted," he said.

"I was terrified and was telling him to stop, please stop," but he didn't, she said. He didn't recognize what happened as a rape at the time, said Araoz.

"I thought it was my fault, I thought I was obliged, I didn't know."

Araoz said she never came back later, although Epstein's staff continued to contact her. He even stopped attending his school, which was in the same neighborhood as Epstein's house.

"I didn't want it to happen again."

Cause to look for the identity of & # 39; recruiter & # 39;

Araoz filed a petition and announced his intention to file a lawsuit against Epstein. The first he can submit is August 14, when a new law comes into effect giving adult child survivors of child sexual abuse a year to sue their attacker or a negligent institution for crimes in New York, regardless of how long does the abuse took place.

The "pre-start petition" seeks the identity of the recruiter who conspired with Epstein "to identify Araoz as a potential victim of sexual abuse to be treated" as part of Ms. Araoz's preparation to be sexually assaulted by Epstein ", court documents show.

Araoz's lawyers ask for a deposition of Epstein, who they believe will know the identity of the recruiter, all the records identifying who employed between January 2000 and December 2003, as well as all the records of who entered or left his home of New York during that time period in an attempt to identify the recruiter so that he can be added as a defendant to a civil action that Araoz's lawyers intend to present.

Araoz said he felt guilty for not alerting the authorities before what happened.

"Maybe he wouldn't have done it to other girls," he said. "I was too scared, I didn't want to make it public."

Araoz's story is similar to the stories of other women who came forward with accusations against Epstein.

NBC reported that Araoz told his mother, her boyfriend and two close friends several years ago about the meetings.

Kimberly Lerner, one of Araoz's lawyers, told CNN on Wednesday that her client didn't know that there were other Epstein victims until her ex-boyfriend sent her an article about it in 2008. That same year Epstein obtained a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Miami and pleaded guilty to two charges of state prostitution, serving only 13 months in prison. He also registered as a sex offender and paid the restitution to victims identified by the FBI.

CNN contacted Epstein's lawyers for a comment on the latest allegations, but has not yet received a response.

Epstein indicted for sex trafficking

Epstein was indicted on Monday for allegedly running a traffickers' business between 2002 and 2005 in which he paid hundreds of dollars in cash to 14-year-old girls for sex with him at his home in the Upper East Side and on his estate in Palm Beach. Court documents said Epstein worked with employees and associates to attract girls into his residences and paid some of his victims to recruit other girls for him to abuse.
Epstein, 66, was arrested Saturday night at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey aboard his private jet on his return from Paris.

Later that evening, federal agents who carried out a search warrant for Epstein's mansion in New York, seized a "vast collection" of obscene photographs of women or girls from a young appearance, prosecutors said in a judicial trial .

The American lawyer for the southern district of New York, Geoffrey Berman, announced the charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019.

He is accused of a count of child sex trafficking and a conspiracy count to engage in child sex trafficking. Face up to 45 years in prison if convicted of both leaders.

Epstein pleaded not guilty to charges in the Manhattan federal court on Monday afternoon during one of the two proceedings.

US District Court Judge Richard Berman ordered the postponement of Epstein's bail until July 15 to allow his defense lawyers to file a written bail application. Epstein is held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal detention center in lower Manhattan.

His 2008 agreement with federal prosecutors was the subject of a careful scrutiny last November in a Miami Herald investigation that examined how it was handled by US attorney Alexander Acosta at the time. who now works as staff secretary in the cabinet of President Donald Trump.

Araoz's story is part of the "MeToo" movement

Lerner told CNN that Araoz's decision to step forward is now a "continuation of the movement & # 39; MeToo & # 39;"

"The victims are no longer ashamed … We are coming to a point where people are no longer saying," You asked "and … blaming the victims. We are coming to indicate where we are starting to blame the society for letting predators prey on ", said the lawyer.

He also noted that wealth seems to change things in cases like this, and said that Epstein had friends of great power, like Bill Clinton.

"These people knew that there was something wrong with him. Think about it – if this guy (Epstein) didn't have money, they'd think, & # 39; This guy is a pervert & # 39; we see him with power and riches all the weather. "

Elizabeth Joseph, Erica Orden, Eric Levenson and Emanuella Grinberg of CNN contributed to this report.

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