Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are accused of abusing a teen girl they recruited from a Michigan arts school where the now-deceased millionaire pedophile donated money and had a private cabin available for his use, the Mirror reports.
A woman who alleges Epstein abused her over the course of four years is now suing Epstein’s estate for $22 million. The woman, who said she was a student at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan in 1994, also claims Maxwell, who is in prison on federal charges alleging she recruited victims and aided in their abuse, “regularly facilitated” abuse against the girl and was often present, according to the report.
Interlochen, which includes a children’s boarding school for the fine arts, allegedly allowed Epstein access to a cabin for up to two weeks per year in exchange for his donations and hosting fundraisers for the institution. The lawsuit, included below, alleges that Epstein and Maxwell spotted the girl on campus one day.
“Doe was sitting alone on a bench between classes when Epstein and Maxwell approached her,” the lawsuit reads. “Epstein bragged to her about being a patron of the arts and giving scholarships to talented young artists like Doe. Epstein probed her at length about her background, family situation and where she lived. As Doe got up to leave, Epstein requested her mother’s phone number back in Florida. She was alarmed by his request, but also feared that she could not refuse the older man’s request so she complied and provided him with the phone number.”
The woman alleges that Epstein abused her at his residences in Florida, New York and New Mexico and was his first victim.
“Jane Doe was their first known victim and was subsequently abused by Epstein and Maxwell for years as a young girl, suffering unimaginable physical and psychological trauma and distress,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit further alleges that Epstein took the girl to Mar-a-Lago in Florida and introduced her to its owner, Donald Trump, who was not yet in the White House at the time. The lawsuit reads: “Introducing 14-year-old Doe to Donald J. Trump, Epstein elbowed Trump playfully asking him, referring to Doe, ‘This is a good one, right?’ Trump smiled and nodded in agreement. They both chuckled and Doe felt uncomfortable, but, at the time, she was too young to understand why.”
The Michigan school had initially named the cabin The Jeffrey Epstein Scholarship Lodge, but it was renamed to The Green Lake Lodge in 2007 when the school sought to distance itself from Epstein after he was convicted of child sex crimes. The school told the Mirror that it “has no record of any other use by him beyond one week in August 2000.”
Former students told the Mirror that they remembered seeing Epstein on campus.
According to the Mirror, Interlochen had said in a previous statement to the news media that it has “no record of any complaint raised against Mr. Epstein at Interlochen” and that Epstein would not have been allowed to have “any unsupervised access to students.”
The Mirror reports that another Interlochen student, Melissa Solomon, said she was introduced to Epstein and Maxwell at the school when she was 14, but was not abused. She told the newspaper that she turned down requests to bring other girls to Epstein and would not meet with Prince Andrew, who was reportedly a friend of Epstein’s and has been accused of having sex with underage girls.
Epstein was found dead in August 2019 in a jail cell in New York while on trial for alleged underage sex trafficking.
Maxwell remains in jail as the case against her proceeds in court.
[Feature image: Ghislaine Maxwell in 1991/AP Photo,Dominique Mollard, File and Jeffrey Epstein/New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File]
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