Two more anonymous women have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual assault in a $100 million lawsuit filed against Epstein’s estate and 10 of his employees on Thursday.
The lawsuit comes just a day after Jennifer Araoz, another woman who accused Epstein of assaulting and raping her when she was a teenager, sued the estate. Thursday’s suit, filed under federal sex trafficking laws, says that the two women — listed as Jane Does — were both hostesses at a coffee shop in New York and aspiring models when they were approached by an unnamed woman about giving massages to Epstein in exchange for money.
The suit says the two women were initially hesitant, but the unnamed woman, referred to as “Sue Roe,” took them to a club and reassured them that the massages would be brief, there would be no “unwanted touching,” and that they’d receive “hundreds of dollars,” according to the suit. The suit says the two women were “excited and hopeful about the opportunity to make money now and in the future,” and accepted the offer, going to Epstein’s house separately to perform the massages.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents the two women, said in a statement that her clients were 18 and 20 years old when they say they were assaulted by Epstein.
The first woman, Jane Doe 1, says that Epstein “became increasingly more aggressive, made sexual advances, and
masturbated” during the massage. Then, the suit says, “Epstein, forcefully and without warning, grabbed Jane Doe 1’s breasts
and vagina and then masturbated to completion.” After she was given money for the sexual massage, the suit says, Roe offered the woman a job to “scout other women for money” — an offer that Jane Doe 1 refused.
According to the suit, about two days after Jane Doe 1’s visit, Jane Doe 2 went to Epstein’s house after Sue Roe reassured her that she wouldn’t have to undress for the massage and that Epstein would not touch her. But once Epstein was alone with Jane Doe 2, the suit says, he “utilized increasingly aggressive tactics” and told her to undress. Out of fear, Jane Doe 2 did as she was told and says Epstein “sexually molested her by forcefully touching Jane Doe 2’s breasts and masturbating in front of her. Epstein then forcefully penetrated Jane Doe 2 with his hand and an object,” the lawsuit states.
The two women are seeking $100 million for debilitating psychological damages and trauma, according to the lawsuit.
“Jeffrey Epstein hurt so many girls and women in his life. We call upon his beneficiaries to do right by them after his death,” Bloom said in her statement. “We are in contact with many other Epstein victims and are reviewing their cases. We will likely add other victims to the case.”