Jeffrey Epstein may have abused girls far more recently than what has been revealed publicly, according to a woman who alleges she was assaulted by the late millionaire in 2015, the Daily Mail reports.
The 22-year-old woman, identified only by the pseudonym “Marie,” told the newspaper that Epstein sexually abused her in the summer of 2015 in his Manhattan townhouse.
“There are likely to be multiple young victims out there who are still in their teens, perhaps still living with their parents and too ashamed and confused to speak out,” Marie told the Daily Mail.
Federal authorities in New York arrested Epstein in July 2019 on sex trafficking charges. He later killed himself in a jail cell while awaiting trial in the case.
Years earlier, Epstein was prosecuted for sexually abusing girls, with some victims as young as 14 years old.
In both instances, authorities focused on alleged sex crimes in the early 2000s or before. But Marie, a former model, told the newspaper there are more victims Epstein abused much more recently.
“Most of the victims we hear about are in their 30s and 40s,” Marie told the newspaper. “It’s been incredibly hard on them but many of them are married, they have spouses, they have pulled their lives together.”
She added: “But for the second wave of victims, we are still young, it’s still very fresh and we are still figuring things out. I saw other girls around my age, potentially younger. I’m sure he did some variation of what he did to me, to them.”
Marie told the Daily Mail that one of Epstein’s accomplices by the name of Madison introduced her to him at a Manhattan bar in 2015 when she was just 16 years old.
Marie alleges that Epstein sexually assaulted her twice inside his townhouse, one time after she was intoxicated from a fashion industry party. She told the newspaper that she closed her eyes during the painful encounter.
“I scratched him, I asked him to please stop. He didn’t stop until he was finally done. Then he just got up and left,” she told the newspaper. “I felt broken. It was horrible, just horrible. I lost my virginity to him.”
She became depressed after the assaults but has made improvements since she started working with a therapist. Marie is among dozens of victims seeking compensation from Epstein’s estate, according to the newspaper.
“I believe he was abusing young girls right up until the day he was arrested,” Marie told the Daily Mail.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime confidant of Epstein’s who also procured underage girls for him, was arrested earlier this month on charges of sex trafficking between 1994 and 1997.
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[Feature Photo: Jeffrey Epstein/NY State Sex Offender Registry]