A woman who is suing the estate of Jeffrey Epstein for alleged child rape has spoken out about her time with the accused sex trafficker.
“I’m filing a civil action against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate and accomplices today, under New York’s Child Victims Act,” Jennifer Araoz wrote in a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday.
NBC News reports that Aroaz is suing Epstein’s estate, his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell — who is widely reported to have “recruited” girls on Epstein’s behalf — and three female house staffers, who are not named.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, Aroaz has accused Epstein of raping her at this Upper East Side townhouse in 2oo2 when she was 15. She had reportedly been visiting him regularly at his home for about a year, eventually giving him massages, until the day that he asked her to remove her underwear. When she declined, Epstein allegedly raped her.
Aroaz said in an interview with the “Today” show last month that a woman approached her at the Manhattan performing arts high school she attended at the time, eventually befriending her and telling the teenager that Epstein was in a position to help her. He reportedly paid her for her visits to the townhouse, which were not initially sexual in nature.
“Today is my first step towards reclaiming my power,” Aroaz said in a call with reporters on Wednesday, according to NBC News.
“Jeffrey Epstein and his network of enablers stole from me. They robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence, my self-worth. For too long, they escaped accountability. I am here today because I intend to change that.”
In the New York Times op-ed, Aroaz said that Epstein’s home had security cameras outside, and that he broadcast the footage from televisions on the other side of the door.
“I can still remember watching myself on those screens as I walked into the house of the person I came to know as a predator, a pedophile, my rapist,” she wrote.
On Saturday morning, Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell at the Manhattan Correctional Center, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
“I’m angry he won’t have to personally answer to me in the court of law,” Aroaz wrote in the New York Times. “But my quest for justice is just getting started.”