Lawsuit: Epstein accused of abusing girls on Virgin Islands

By Eric Levenson and Melanie Schuman | CNN

Jeffrey Epstein allegedly transported underage girls to his
secluded homes in the US Virgin Islands and forced them into s*x
work from 2001 through 2018, according to a lawsuit filed by the
Attorney General of the US Virgin Islands.

“Epstein created a network of companies and individuals who
participated in and conspired with him in a pattern of criminal
activity related to the s*x trafficking, forced labor, s****l
assault, child abuse, and s****l servitude of these young women and
children,” according to the lawsuit filed by Attorney General
Denise N. George.

The suit, filed Wednesday, alleges that Epstein used a system of
private planes, helicopters, boats and vehicles to bring young
women and girls to his island residence on Little St. James. There,
the victims were “deceptively subjected to s****l servitude,
forced to engage in s****l acts and coerced into commercial s****l
activity and forced labor,” the lawsuit says.

The scheme led to the molestation and exploitation of
“numerous” girls between 12 and 17 years old, the suit
alleges.

The lawsuit says that flight logs and other sources established
that the enterprise stretched from 2001 to 2019. As recently as
2018, the lawsuit says, air traffic controllers and other airport
personnel reported seeing Epstein leave his plane with young girls
who appeared to be between 11 and 18 years old.

The scheme described in the suit is remarkably similar to the
accusations in Epstein’s federal criminal case unveiled last
July.

In that case, prosecutors said the secretive multi-millionaire
ran a s*x trafficking enterprise between 2002 and 2005 at his homes
in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida. The indictment also said
Epstein worked with employees and associates to lure the girls to
his residences and paid some of his victims to recruit other girls
for him to abuse.

But the new lawsuit alleges that Epstein’s illegal actions
continued long after 2005. That contradicts assertions from
Epstein’s lawyers, who said in court last summer that he had
maintained a “spotless” record since he pleaded guilty to state
prostitution-related charges in Florida.

Two victims tried to escape

Epstein maintained a home on Little St. James, which he acquired
in 1998, and purchased nearby Great St. James in 2016, the lawsuit
alleges. The two residences and properties are collectively valued
at $86 million, according to a petition filed by Epstein’s
estate.

The civil lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges that two of
Epstein’s alleged victims had attempted to leave his estate on
Little St. James.

In one case, a 15-year-old victim tried to escape by swimming
off Little St. James island. Epstein and others located her and
then took her passport in an attempt to keep her captive, the
lawsuit alleges.

Another victim who allegedly had been forced to perform s*x acts
at Little St. James tried to escape the private island, but Epstein
and a search party found her, returned her to his house, and
suggested physical restraint or harm if she failed to cooperate,
the lawsuit says.

In addition, the Epstein Enterprise kept a computerized list of
underage girls who were in or near the Virgin Islands and able to
be transported to his private island, the lawsuit states.

The isolated nature of Little St. James, two miles off the coast
of St. Thomas, made it difficult for the government to check in on
his activities there.

Epstein registered as a s*x offender in the Virgin Islands in
2010, and so the Virgin Islands government attempted to visit him
to conduct additional address verifications. But at his last
verification in July 2018, Epstein refused to permit investigators,
assisted by US Marshals, to enter Little St. James beyond its dock,
saying that the dock was his “front door,” the lawsuit says. He
instead met them at his office on St. Thomas.

Epstein allegedly took advantage of his secluded residence in
the Virgin Islands so “Epstein and his associates could avoid
detection of their illegal activity from Virgin Islands and federal
law enforcement and prevent these young women and underage girls
from leaving freely and escaping the abuse.”

In all, the Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges 22 counts,
including aggravated rape, child abuse and neglect, human
trafficking, forced labor and prostitution.

The lawsuit targets Epstein’s estate, several LLCs and
corporations controlled by Epstein, and unnamed John and Jane Does
whose identities or involvement with Epstein is currently unknown.
The Attorney General is asking to dissolve the Epstein enterprise
and for punitive damages as well as a jury trial.

The co-executors of Jeffrey Epstein’s estate responded to the
lawsuit in a statement.

“The Estate is being administered in accordance with the laws
of the US Virgin Islands and under the supervision of the Superior
Court of the US Virgin Islands,” the statement said. “The
Co-Executors will not otherwise comment on this or any other
pending litigation.”

Epstein died August 10 while being held in federal prison
awaiting trial. The New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s Office
has ruled that Epstein died of a suicide by hanging, though a
doctor hired by Epstein’s family to conduct an independent
autopsy has disputed that conclusion.

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Lawsuit: Epstein accused of abusing girls on Virgin Islands