Stories concerning finance mogul and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have continued to emerge in the years following his bizarre death in 2019.
According to the Washington Examiner, the latest chilling example came last week, with a woman alleging in a lawsuit that Epstein preyed on her even as he was being investigated by authorities.
The outlet reported that a Russian woman identified only as “Jane Doe” filed suit in the Southern District of New York against Lesley Groff, who formerly served as Epstein’s assistant.
“Severe, ongoing harm”
Also named as defendants in the legal action are Darren Indyke, and Richard Kahn, both of whom serve as executors of the deceased financier’s estate.
Jane Doe is pursuing punitive damages again Groff, who she claims “facilitated Epstein’s trafficking and sexual abuse of Jane, including by purchasing plane tickets, sending money, making appointments, and sending various communications from New York.”
The plaintiff further asserts that the rape and abuse she endured at the hands of Epstein occurred “in the middle of his being investigated by federal law enforcement officials and up until his widely-reported arrest in July 2019.”
“Jane has suffered severe, ongoing harm as a result of Epstein’s abuse, including post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression,” the complaint states.
It added: “Jane still experiences nightmares and unwanted flashbacks to Epstein’s conduct. Even though Epstein is dead, Jane remains fearful every day as a result of his abuse.”
The plaintiff’s ordeal with Epstein is said to have begun in 2017 while she was attending college in Moscow, and was lured with a false promise of employment in France — a situation Groff allegedly arranged.
“Groff knew or recklessly disregarded the facts and information that made clear that Epstein was trafficking Jane to Paris for commercial sex purposes, and that Epstein was doing so by means of force, threats of force, fraud, coercion, and/or a combination of such means,” the court filing stated.
The plaintiff went on to recall — in graphic detail — how she had been sexually assaulted by Epstein following her arrival in Paris.
The woman’s lawsuit comes just over a month before Epstein’s long-time companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, is set to stand trial for her alleged role in his crimes, as the Associated Press reported.