#sextrafficking | Jeffrey Epstein accuser names four women in his web of enablers

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers filed new court papers Tuesday identifying multiple women she says enabled the wealthy financier’s sexual assaults.

Jennifer Araoz, who first told her story to NBC News in July, accused four people by name of helping facilitate Epstein’s abuse of her starting when she was 14 years old.

The four include Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion; Rosalyn Fontanilla, a former housekeeper who died in 2016; Lesley Groff, who worked as his secretary, and Cimberly Espinosa, a former executive assistant to Epstein, according to the court papers obtained by NBC News.

NBC News has reached out to Espinosa, lawyers for Maxwell and representatives of Groff.

Maxwell and Groff have been identified in previous court documents alleging that they enabled Epstein’s abuse of young girls. But the amended complaint filed by Araoz marks the first public allegation against Fontanilla and Espinosa.

The defendants “participated with and assisted Epstein in maintaining and protecting his sex trafficking ring, ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure,” the lawsuit says.

“The co-conspirators provided organizational support to Epstein’s sex trafficking ring, identifying and hiring the recruiters of underage girls for Epstein’s sexual pleasure, scheduling appointments with these underage girls for Epstein’s sexual pleasure, intimidating potential witnesses to Epstein’s sex trafficking operation, and generally providing administrative oversight of his sex trafficking operation and ensuring it remained secret.”

The lawsuit also names several companies owned by Epstein.

Araoz alleges that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Epstein at his New York City townhouse when she was 14 and 15 years old, including a forcible rape in 2002. Araoz says she was recruited outside of her New York City high school by a brunette woman believed to be in her early 20s.

Jennifer Araoz, 14, in her middle school graduation portrait.Courtesy of Jennifer Araoz

The woman, whose identity is unknown, is described in court papers as Jane Doe 1.

Araoz first disclosed her alleged abuse publicly in an exclusive “Today” show interview on July 10. The lawsuit she filed a month later alleges that Maxwell and three unnamed female household staff members conspired to facilitate the “sexual abuse and rape” of Araoz.

She has since been interviewed by federal investigators probing the Epstein associates accused of helping him prey on young girls.

Epstein, 66, committed suicide inside his federal jail cell in New York City while he was awaiting trial on charges of running a sex trafficking ring in the mid-2000s.


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