At least 14 new women in Florida and New York come forward to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of abuse – including at least five who were minors – while New Mexico opens probe into sex crimes against ‘multiple victims’ at his ranch
Lauren Fruen – Daily Mail July 12, 2019
-> Four women went to lawyer David Boies with claims following Epstein’s arrest
-> Ten more are said to have gone to other lawyers in the light of the new charges
-> It is thought at least five of those were underage at the time of the allegations
-> ‘They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation’, Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola said
-> And in New Mexico, where ranch owner Epstein did not have to register as a sex offender, the attorney general’s office has now launched a probe
-> Epstein , 66, was arrested Saturday night in New Jersey as he arrived from Paris
-> He now faces sex trafficking charges alleging he abused dozens of underage girls in Florida and New York in the early 2000s
At least 14 new women have come forward to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse – including at least five who were minors at the time of the allegations.
Ten more are said to have gone to other lawyers who have represented those who accused the 66-year-old billionaire previously.
It is thought at least five of those who have come forward in the light of new charges were underage at the time they say registered sex offender Epstein abused them.
And in New Mexico, where Epstein did not have to register as a sex offender, a probe into alleged sex crimes against multiple survivors at his ranch has been launched.
Palm Beach attorney Jack Scarola said: ‘The people we are speaking to are underage victims in Florida and in New York. They are not individuals whose claims have previously been part of any law enforcement investigation.’
In 2007, Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution with a minor in a controversial sweetheart deal in Florida which involved him spending just a year in a low-restriction detention center.
It meant that he did not have to register as a sex offender in New Mexico, where he owns the sprawling Zorro Ranch, a 26,700-square-foot mansion on 10,000 acres that was purchased by Epstein back in 1993.
Accuser Maria Farmer said in an affidavit that her 15-year-old sister was taken to the ranch where she was touched ‘inappropriately’ on a massage table by Epstein.
Former detective Deborah Anaya called the ranch ‘very large, very secluded and very high-security’.
Now the attorney general’s office there has confirmed it has begun its own inquiry into potential crimes in the state, The New York Times reports.
Senior counsel Matt Baca said: ‘We have been in contact and interviewed multiple survivors of alleged abuse here in New Mexico.
‘At this point it’s our intention to turn over evidence we’ve gathered from those interviews to the feds.’
Prosecutors have accused Epstein of abusing girls as young as 14 in a ‘vast network of underage victims’. He has pleaded not guilty to new charges.
On Wednesday Jennifer Araoz said the wealthy financier raped her in his New York mansion when she was 15.
The 32-year-old makeup artist told the ‘Today’ show she never went to police because she feared retribution from the well-connected Epstein.
Epstein has not been charged with assaulting Araoz but U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday that many of Epstein’s alleged victims ‘were particularly vulnerable to exploitation,’ for reasons he declined to detail.
He and other law enforcement officials repeatedly urged other potential victims and people with information about Epstein to come forward.
Epstein’s attorneys have not responded to Araoz’s accusation, and prosecutors declined to comment on it.
Michelle Licata was just 16 when she claims a young woman brought her to Epstein’s Palm Beach estate and she was paid to give him a massage.
‘He said, god, you’re just so beautiful and sexy and gorgeous and it was making me feel really uncomfortable,’ said Licata in an interview with ABC News.
Courtney Wild was even younger, saying that she was still in middle school when Epstein allegedly forced her into performing sex acts.
‘I was 14, I had braces on,’ recalled Wild.
Epstein was arrested Saturday night in New Jersey as he arrived from Paris and now faces sex trafficking charges.
His lawyers recommended house arrest in Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan mansion and electronic monitoring as they countered what they described as a ‘drastic demand’ by prosecutors that he be detained until trial.
They said their client was willing to offer the Manhattan property as collateral while he lives there, along with his private jet, which would be grounded, as he fights the charges.
In 2015, victim Virginia Roberts filed a lawsuit against the billionaire, claiming that he recruited her as a ‘sex slave’ at the age of 15, sexually abusing her for years on his private jet as well as his various homes in New York, New Mexico, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.
Epstein remains at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Manhattan, the same facility that is currently housing the Mexican drug lord El Chapo.
Judge Berman will make his ruling on his bail on Monday.