Yet another lawsuit has been filed against the late Jeffrey Epstein. This time, it names two co-conspirators who were connected to the convicted pedophile when he got away with an extremely light plea deal more than a decade ago.
A sixth woman has filed a lawsuit against the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, claiming that she endured years of abuse as one of his sex slaves when she was a young girl.
In the latest filing, Jane Doe claims she was just 14 years old when she was recruited by Epstein in 2002. At the time, she was homeless, and she used the money she made from her visits with Epstein to help her family pay rent. She said he manipulated her into becoming completely dependent on him, and she never finished high school as a result.
She claims she was coerced into becoming a sex slave for Epstein, and she has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from the abuse she endured for three years. The lawsuit also claims she was abused by Epstein’s employees, and she witnessed the abuse of other young girls.
Jane Doe is also known as “Minor Victim One” in the criminal indictment against Epstein that led to his arrest back in July. Her testimony is just one of several from women who claim that Epstein’s abuse did not stop after he was given an incredibly light plea deal in 2008.
She also highlights the importance of Epstein’s co-conspirators in his sex-trafficking scheme, noting that in addition to directly abusing the underage girls themselves, they also “indirectly aided Epstein’s abuse by giving him access to girls, providing him with substantial funds, and boosting his public profile” after he was forced to register as sex offender.
The lawsuit specifically names two of Epstein’s assistants, claiming they were responsible for enticing young girls to come to his estate, paying the girls after he was finished abusing them, and then later turning the girls into recruiters.
The names in the lawsuit are Sarah Kellen and Lesley Groff. The two were also reportedly named as co-conspirators in Epstein’s 2008 non-prosecution agreement, in which it states that as long as Epstein complied with the terms of the agreement, his suspected co-conspirators—including Kellen and Groff—would also not face charges.
Earlier this week, a federal judge in Florida ruled that several of Epstein’s accusers are not entitled to compensation from the Justice Department, even though they were never notified that the powerful man who abused them was signing off on a plea deal, when they had no knowledge he was in court, and they were never called to testify.
While Epstein was found dead in his jail cell last month, this is yet another lawsuit that attempts to hold his inner circle accountable—while the individuals mentioned are still walking free, and have yet to face charges.