Sex-trafficking charges against Epstein could rock Trump's cabinet

  
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Sex-trafficking charges against Epstein could rock Trump's cabinet

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Former hedge-fund manager Jeffrey Epstein was arrested Saturday on a complaint by the Public Corruption Unit of the Southern District of New York, with an assist from the FBI’s sex trafficking division. The 66-year-old will be arraigned before a federal magistrate Monday on charges he sexually abused and exploited dozens of minor girls between 2002 and 2005, as part of an investigation with consequences that could reach the White House.

Epstein was charged by federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007 for, as the Miami Herald put it in their award-winning reporting on the case, “assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day.” He received what observers consider unusually lenient treatment by the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time, Alex Acosta. Acosta is now secretary of labor and calls have been mounting for his resignation after the Herald’s series appeared last year.

In February, a federal judge ruled that Acosta’s office broke the law by failing to notify Epstein’s victims of the plea deal. Epstein pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges in state court and in exchange received federal immunity both for himself and "any potential co-conspirators.” The potential co-conspirators were not identified in the agreement. The billionaire served only 13 months in the private wing of a Palm Beach County jail and was allowed to come and go from the facility for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, on work release. After his release, while on probation, he took numerous trips on his private jet.


“Perhaps now Epstein’s victims will see real justice,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who has pushed for the reopening of the case. “But true accountability is still glaringly absent for Alex Acosta, who approved this serial pedophile’s permissive plea deal. If the DOJ will not adequately review and account for the miscarriage of justice that Acosta authorized, Congress must step in and provide that vigorous oversight.”

“[Trump’s] Labor Secretary [Acosta] gave child molester Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal when Acosta was an US Attorney,” wrote Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Twitter. “Now it turns out Epstein may have molested more individuals. Why is Acosta still Labor Secretary?”

Epstein’s waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, where the alleged sex acts occurred, is less than a mile from Mar-a-Lago. Records show that Trump flew on Epstein’s private jet on occasion, and they have been photographed together at social events.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” said Trump in a 2002 New York Magazine profile of Epstein. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

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Portrait of American financier Jeffrey Epstein (left) and real estate developer Donald Trump as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, 1997. (Photo: Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

A lawyer for Trump denied any connection between the president and Epstein. A lawyer representing three of the alleged victims said that Trump was helpful in building a civil lawsuit against Epstein.

“The only thing that I can say about President Trump is that he is the only person who, in 2009 when I served a lot of subpoenas on a lot of people, or at least gave notice to some pretty connected people, that I want to talk to them, is the only person who picked up the phone and said, let’s just talk,” said the lawyer in an interview with New York Magazine. “I’ll give you as much time as you want. I’ll tell you what you need to know, and was very helpful, in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward whatsoever, but had good information. That checked out and that helped us and we didn’t have to take a deposition of him in 2009.”

Timothy O’Brien, a Trump biographer, wrote Monday that the arrest is a “worry” for the president.

“The financier was a member of Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, and the men dined at one another’s homes,” wrote O’Brien. “Trump flew on Epstein’s plane at least once. According to [Miami Herald reporter Julie Brown, Epstein is quoted in court papers as saying he wanted to set up his modeling agency – which prosecutors believe he used to get access to underage girls – ‘the same way Trump set up his modeling agency.’”

One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, said in court documents that she was recruited to give him private massages while she was working at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida club. She did not accuse Trump or the Mar-a-Lago staff of being involved in her recruitment.

The current White House occupant is not the only president with ties to Epstein. Former president Bill Clinton flew on Mr. Epstein’s private plane dozens of times and visited his island. Prince Andrew of Britain also has ties to the hedge fund magnate, but has denied any involvement in sex trafficking.

The Miami Herald reported Sunday that at least two people could be charged or named as cooperating witnesses: “Ghislaine Maxwell, a 57-year-old British socialite and publishing heir who has been accused of working as Epstein’s madam; and Jean-Luc Brunel, who, according to court records, was partners with Epstein in an international modeling company.”

Attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has denied accusations he dug up dirt on victims in the Florida case and tried to portray the teenagers as unreliable witnesses. Dershowitz and former special counsel Ken Starr — who investigated Clinton for lying about his sexual encounters with White House intern Monica Lewinsky — were among the attorneys who defended Epstein leading up to the 2008 sweetheart deal.

According to the latest indictment, Epstein “enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, minor girls to visit him” at his Manhattan mansion and Palm Beach estate “to engage in sex acts with him, after which he would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.

“Moreover, and in order to maintain and increase his supply of victims, Epstein also paid certain of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused by Epstein. In this way, Epstein created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit.”

Prosecutors allege that some victims were as young as 14. Former Southern District of New York prosecutor Mimi Rocah wrote Sunday that Epstein is unlikely to receive an Acosta-style deal in this case.

“Charges of federal sex-trafficking carry mandatory minimums of 10-15 years on each count” wrote Rocah. “Mandatory means mandatory. In other words, short of a cooperation agreement with the government—which in the SDNY famously means full cooperation against all possible other subjects and targets—Epstein will serve at least 10-15 years in prison (possibly more depending on the number of counts) if convicted.”

At a press conference Monday, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman urged anyone who felt they might have been a victim of Epstein to reach out to the FBI. Berman also said they would seek to have Epstein detained until the trial due to his access to private planes and the amount of time he spends living abroad and that a search of Epstein’s Manhattan town house resulted in agents finding nude photos of what appeared to be underage girls.

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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

Epstein was charged by federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007 for, as the Miami Herald put it in their award-winning reporting on the case, “assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day.” He received what observers consider unusually lenient treatment by the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time, Alex Acosta. Acosta is now secretary of labor and calls have been mounting for his resignation after the Herald’s series appeared last year.

In February, a federal judge ruled that Acosta’s office broke the law by failing to notify Epstein’s victims of the plea deal. Epstein pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges in state court and in exchange received federal immunity both for himself and "any potential co-conspirators.” The potential co-conspirators were not identified in the agreement. The billionaire served only 13 months in the private wing of a Palm Beach County jail and was allowed to come and go from the facility for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, on work release. After his release, while on probation, he took numerous trips on his private jet.

“Perhaps now Epstein’s victims will see real justice,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who has pushed for the reopening of the case. “But true accountability is still glaringly absent for Alex Acosta, who approved this serial pedophile’s permissive plea deal. If the DOJ will not adequately review and account for the miscarriage of justice that Acosta authorized, Congress must step in and provide that vigorous oversight.”

“[Trump’s] Labor Secretary [Acosta] gave child molester Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal when Acosta was an US Attorney,” wrote Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Twitter. “Now it turns out Epstein may have molested more individuals. Why is Acosta still Labor Secretary?”

Epstein’s waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, where the alleged sex acts occurred, is less than a mile from Mar-a-Lago. Records show that Trump flew on Epstein’s private jet on occasion, and they have been photographed together at social events.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” said Trump in a 2002 New York Magazine profile of Epstein. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

 
 
 
cjcold
1.1  cjcold  replied to  Tessylo @1    one week ago

It's raining here today... Could that be Trump sweat? He has to know that the end is near. Bluff, bluster, power, money and lies only work for so long. His true evil, ignorant, childish, disgusting nature should be obvious to all by now. 

 
 
 
cjcold
1.1.1  cjcold  replied to  cjcold @1.1    one week ago

I guess this is the end of the far, far right wing experiment.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    one week ago

Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump with Raping a 13-Year-Old Girl

A civil suit against Donald Trump alleging he raped a 13-year-old girl was dismissed in California in May 2016, refiled in New York in June 2016, and dropped again in November 2016.

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In late April 2016, rumors began to circulate online holding that Republican presidential Donald Trump had either been sued over, or arrested for, raping a teenaged girl. One of the earliest versions of the rumor was published on 2 May 2016 by the Winning Democrats web site, which reported that woman using the name Katie Johnson had named Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a $100 million lawsuit, accusing them of having solicited sex acts from her at sex parties held at the Manhattan homes of Epstein and Trump back in 1994 (when Johnson was just 13 years old):

The first major scandal to hit the Trump campaign besides the typical “what a racist, such a sexist, yada yada yada,” came from a lawsuit stemming from the infamous sex parties held by billionaire and known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The woman named in the suit is Katie Johnson, who says Trump took her virginity in 1994 when she was only 13 and being held by Epstein as a slave. Johnson says in the complaint that Trump and Epstein threatened her and her family with bodily harm if she didn’t comply with all of their disgusting demands. The Trump campaign has been on this immediately, calling it absolute nonsense and not even remotely true or possible.

Many aggregated reports cited a 28 April 2016 article that described the circumstances under which the lawsuit had been filed:

Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is fighting what could be the biggest election season bombshell yet — explosive court claims that he raped a woman when she was a teen.

The woman — identified as Katie Johnson — filed documents in a California court on April 26, accusing Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein of “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprive civil rights,” RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

She filed the lawsuit herself — without legal representation — and is suing for $100 million.

A copy of the California lawsuit (filed on 26 April 2016) shared via the Scribd web site outlined the allegations, which included the accusation that Trump and Epstein had (over 20 years earlier) “sexually and physically” abused the then 13-year-old plaintiff and forced her “to engage in various perverted and depraved sex acts” — including being “forced to manually stimulate Defendant Trump with the use of her hand upon Defendant Trump’s erect penis until he reached sexual orgasm,” and being “forced to engage in an unnatural lesbian sex act with her fellow minor and sex slave, Maria Doe, age 12, for the sexual enjoyment of Defendant Trump” — after luring her to a “series of underage sex parties” by promising her “money and a modeling career”:

According to RadarOnline’s initial reporting, the lawsuit filed in California on 26 April 2016 was dismissed over technical filing errors (the address listed in court documents was a foreclosed home that has been vacant since its owner died), with the plaintiff failing in her attempt to avoid incurring the cost of the litigation:

A judge recommended on April 29 that “Katie Johnson” should have to pay her own attorneys’ fees and court costs related to the $100 million lawsuit she brought against Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein over alleged sexual assault charges. Then on May 2, a U.S. District judge ordered the entire lawsuit thrown out.

“Johnson” had previously filed forms asking to be let off the hook for the costs of the lawsuit, claiming she had only $300 to her name … such an allowance — known as in forma paupers — is only given in civil rights cases in California, and the judge ruled that she “failed to state a claim for relief” on a civil rights basis, even though she “utilized the form provided by the Central District of California for civil actions.”

“Even construing the … pleading liberally, Plaintiff has not alleged any race-based or class-based animus against her, and consequently, her … allegations fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the judge wrote … the address listed on the paperwork leads to an abandoned property, and the phone number goes straight to voicemail.

For his part, Trump asserted that the charges were “not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” adding that “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.”

On 20 June 2016, New York City-based blog Gothamist reported that the plaintiff had refiled a similar complaint in a New York State federal court:

A federal lawsuit filed in New York accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.

The suit, first reported by the Real Deal, accuses Trump and Epstein of luring the anonymous plaintiff and other young women to four parties at Epstein’s so-called Wexner Mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Epstein allegedly lured the plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, with promises of a modeling career and cash.

Another anonymous woman, identified in additional testimony as Tiffany Doe, corroborates Jane’s allegations, testifying that she met Epstein at Port Authority, where he hired her to recruit other young girls for his parties. Trump had known Epstein for seven years in 1994 when he attended the parties at Wexner, according to the suit. He also allegedly knew that the plaintiff was 13 years old.

Jane Doe filed a similar suit in California in April, under the name Katie Johnson, also accusing Trump and Epstein of rape. That suit was dismissed on the grounds of improper paperwork — the address affiliated with her name was found to be abandoned. Today’s suit confirms that the plaintiffs are one and the same.

The online outlet that first reported the second filing in New York explained that the lawsuit might be allowed to proceed even though the statute of limitations for bringing suit has expired, because (according to plaintiff’s lawyer) the plaintiff lacked the “freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time” due to her having been threatened by Trump:

It should be noted that anyone can file a civil complaint in federal court. The statute of limitations in New York for civil rape cases is five years, but [the] complaint argues that the time limit should be waived, noting that the plaintiff was too frightened to report the abuse because Trump had threatened that if she did “her family would be physically harmed if not killed.” “Both defendants let plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats,” the complaint claims.

A copy of the New York-based suit was also uploaded to Scribd, and in the second filing (which asked for no specific amount of monetary damages) the plaintiff was represented by Thomas Francis Meagher, a New Jersey patent lawyer who learned of her allegations via an article published on the GossipExtra web site advertising that she was “shopping for an attorney.” In a statement attached to her filing, the plaintiff (aka “Jane Doe”) asserted:

I traveled by bus to New York City in June 1994 in the hope of starting a modeling career. I went to several modeling agencies but was told that I needed to put together a modeling portfolio before I would be considered. I then went to the Port Authority in New York City to start to make my way back home. There I met a woman who introduced herself to me as Tiffany. She told me about the parties and said that, if I would join her at the parties, I would be introduced to people who could get me into the modeling profession. Tiffany also told me I would be paid for attending.

The parties were held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. Each of the parties had other minor females and a number of guests of Mr. Epstein, including Defendant Donald Trump at four of the parties I attended. I understood that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew I was 13 years old.

Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and fnial sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted,

Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.
The filing also included a statement from “Tiffany Doe” (i.e., the woman referenced in plaintiff’s statement above who brought her to the parties) attesting that:
I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.

I personally witnessed the one occasion where Mr. Trump forced the Plaintiff and a 12-year-old female named Maria [to] perform oral sex on Mr. Trump and witnessed his physical abuse of both minors when they finished the act.

It was my job to personally witness and supervise encounters between the underage girls that Mr. Epstein hired and his guests.

A video reportedly featuring “Katie Johnson” (her identity hidden through the use of facial pixillation, a long blonde wig, and an electronic voice distorter) appeared online, in which she graphically described giving Donald Trump a hand job and being raped by him:

There is little doubt that Donald Trump knows Jeffrey Epstein, as Trump acknowledged in a 2002 New York magazine profile of Epstein:
Epstein likes to tell people that he’s a loner, a man who’s never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump booms from a speakerphone. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

Epstein has been named in multiple similar lawsuits over the last several years, served 13 months in jail, and is registered as a sex offender for life:

Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has paid another accuser.

The 56-year-old money manager has quietly settled with Jane Doe 102, an unnamed woman who alleged in federal court in Florida that Epstein had induced her to “serve his every sexual whim” from the time she was 15 until she was 19. The woman also claimed Epstein had flown her around the world, paying her “to be sexually exploited by [his friends] … including royalty, politicians, academicians [and] businessmen.”

Epstein flatly denied those charges. But a source close to the financier confirms “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.” The woman’s lawyer, Robert Josefsberg, wouldn’t say how much she’s getting. Epstein had in the past offered accusers a minimum of $150,000.

Epstein has settled at least two other civil suits but still faces more than a dozen from women who claim he sexually abused them as minors at his Palm Beach mansion.

As of now, all of the information about this lawsuit comes solely from the complaint filed by “Katie Johnson,” and no one has as yet located, identified, or interviewed her. She was scheduled to appear at a press conference on 2 November 2016 but didn’t show up, claiming that threats to her life kept her away. She reportedly dropped the lawsuit again on 4 November 2016 for the same reason.

A status conference for the lawsuit was scheduled to be held on 16 December 2016.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @2    one week ago

Trump accused is one thing and meaningless. Formally charged, arrested, and convicted are entirely different matters. Get back to us when the the last three happen okay?

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1    one week ago

'We'll see what happens'

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    one week ago

That we will.

 
 
 
Split Personality
3  Split Personality    one week ago

Alan Dershowitz would not comment on whether this would be considered double jeopardy or not, saying that he has to wait until he sees the evidence.

Dershowitz himself has been accused of being involved but successfully challenged the lawyers making that assertion and settled out of court with them.

Dershowitz insists he is innocent and that sealed court documents will prove it.

I guess he won't be representing anyone in this tar pit of a case.

 
 
 
Dulay
3.1  Dulay  replied to  Split Personality @3    one week ago
Alan Dershowitz would not comment on whether this would be considered double jeopardy or not, saying that he has to wait until he sees the evidence.

I wonder if Dershowitz demand a 'private' review of the photos of young girls that they just got out of Epstein's mansion?

 
 
 
bbl-1
3.2  bbl-1  replied to  Split Personality @3    one week ago

Aw C'mon.  Give Dershowitz a break here.  The only thing he's complicit in is too many rides on that lysergic acid diethylamide train. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4  MrFrost    one week ago

Doe v. Trump (1:16-cv-07673)

District Court, S.D. New York

https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4524664/doe-v-trump/

PDF files just don't cut-n-paste well, use the link, it has all the information regarding the case including the associated court filings. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
4.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  MrFrost @4    one week ago

Case dismissed.

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.1  Dulay  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1    one week ago

Will they find her among the pictures from Epstein's mansion? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1    one week ago
Case dismissed.

Ok, and which cases between Clinton and Epstein were dismissed? Oh, that's right, none, because there never was one. 

The fact that there was a case in the first place is very damning to start with. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
4.1.3  bbl-1  replied to  Dulay @4.1.1    one week ago

The answer is no.  Michael Cohen was a good lawyer for the Trump.  Anything pertaining to those accusations have been 'acid washed' out of existence.  Is the alleged 'Jane Doe' even still alive?  And if she is, why does she not speak?  Or, is she hindered by a multi million dollar confidentiality agreement?

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.4  Dulay  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.3    one week ago

The above linked filing is from 2016. I have no reason to believe that she has died since then. Do you? 

 
 
 
MrFrost
4.1.5  MrFrost  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.3    one week ago
And if she is, why does she not speak?

The reason she backed out the last time was because she and her family were threatened with death threats. It's listed in the court filing. 

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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JANE DOE, proceeding under a pseudonym,
Plaintiff,
v.
DONALD J. TRUMP and
JEFFREY E. EPSTEIN,
Defendants.
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Case No.:
JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
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COMPLAINT FOR RAPE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTS,
SEXUAL ABUSE, FORCIBLE TOUCHING, ASSAULT, BATTERY, INTENTIONAL
AND RECKLESS INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, DURESS, FALSE
IMPRISONMENT, AND DEFAMATION
______________________________________________________________________________
Plaintiff Jane Doe, proceeding under a pseudonym, brings this action against Donald J.
Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein, and alleges that:
PARTIES
1. Plaintiff is an individual residing in and a citizen of the State of California.
2. Upon information and belief, Defendants Donald J. Trump and Jeffrey E. Epstein
each reside in this District and are citizens of the State of New York.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3. Plaintiff is a citizen of the State of California for purposes of diversity jurisdiction
under 28 U.S.C. § 1332.
4. Defendants are citizens of the State of New York for purposes of diversity
jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1332.
Case 1:16-cv-07673-RA Document 1 Filed 09/30/16 Page 1 of 10
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5. This Court has original subject matter jurisdiction with respect to this action
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332 as there exists complete diversity of citizenship between Plaintiff
and Defendants and the amount in controversy exceeds Seventy Five Thousand Dollars
($75,000.00), exclusive of interest and costs.
6. Defendants are each subject to the jurisdiction of this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C.
§ 1332 with proper venue pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391 as both defendants are residents of
and/or are domiciled in this district and the events giving rise to the claims occurred in this
district.
RAPE, SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, CRIMINAL SEXUAL ACTS, SEXUAL ABUSE,
FORCIBLE TOUCHING, ASSAULT, BATTERY, INTENTIONAL AND RECKLESS
INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, DURESS, AND FALSE
IMPRISONMENT
7. Plaintiff was subject to acts of rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual acts,
sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional
distress, duress, false imprisonment, and threats of death and/or serious bodily injury by the
Defendants that took place at several parties during the summer months of 1994. The parties
were held by Defendant Epstein at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant
Epstein at 9 E. 71st St. in Manhattan. During this period, Plaintiff was a minor of age 13 and
was legally incapable under New York law of consenting to sexual intercourse and the other
sexual contacts detailed herein. NY Penal L § 130.05(3)(a). The rapes in the first, second, and
third degrees; sexual misconduct; criminal sexual acts in the first, second, and third degrees;
sexual abuse in the first, second, and third degrees; and forcible touching (and, on information
Case 1:16-cv-07673-RA Document 1 Filed 09/30/16 Page 2 of 10
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and belief, predatory sexual assault) detailed herein are unlawful under New York law, e.g., NY
Penal L § 130.20-130.52, and 130.55-130.65 (and, on information and belief, 130.95) and
constitute the torts of, inter alia, assault, battery, false imprisonment, and intentional or reckless
infliction of emotional distress, including threats of force and serious bodily harm, under New
York law. In addition, 18 U.S. Code § 2255 provides Plaintiff with a civil remedy for personal
injuries because Plaintiff, while a minor, was a victim of violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1591, 2421,
2422(b), and 2423(a) and she suffered personal injury as a result of such violations. Declaration
of Plaintiff Jane Doe, Exhibit A hereto; Declaration of Tiffany Doe, Exhibit B hereto;
Declaration of Joan Doe, Exhibit C hereto; Jane Doe, Tiffany Doe, and Joan Doe are each
pseudonyms as each woman wishes anonymity. Tiffany Doe, a witness, was an employee of
Defendant Epstein. Exh. B. Joan Doe, a witness, was a childhood classmate of Plaintiff who, in
the 1994-95 school year, was told by Plaintiff that Plaintiff was subject to sexual contact by the
Defendants at parties in New York City during the summer of 1994. Exh. C.
8. Courts have discretion to allow proceeding anonymously where the need for
privacy outweighs the public’s interest in knowing their identity and any prejudice to the
defendants. Sealed Plaintiff v. Sealed Defendant, 537 F.3d 185, 189 (2d Cir. 2008). This
litigation involves matters that are highly sensitive and of a personal nature, and identification of
Plaintiff would pose a risk of retaliatory physical harm to her and to others. Exh. A. All of the
ten factors that the Second Circuit articulated as relevant to this analysis favor anonymity,
especially factors 1-4, 7, and 10 (e.g., factors one and two: “whether the litigation involves
matters that are ‘highly sensitive and [of a] personal nature,’” and “’whether identification poses
a risk of retaliatory physical or mental harm to the ... party [seeking to proceed anonymously] or
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even more critically, to innocent non-parties’”.), or are neutral with respect to anonymity.
Protecting Plaintiff’s anonymity is also appropriate as she is a rape victim.
9. Plaintiff was enticed by promises of money and a modeling career to attend a
series of parties, with other similarly situated minor females, held at a New York City residence
that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. At least four of the parties were attended by
Defendant Trump. Exhs. A and B. On information and belief, by this time in 1994, Defendant
Trump had known Defendant Epstein for seven years (New York, 10/28/02, “’I've known Jeff for
fifteen years. Terrific guy,’' Trump booms from a speakerphone. ‘He's a lot of fun to be with. It
is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger
side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life.’”), and knew that Plaintiff was then just
13 years old. Exhs. A and B.
10. Defendant Trump initiated sexual contact with Plaintiff at four different parties.
On the fourth and final sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied Plaintiff
to a bed, exposed himself to Plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape Plaintiff. During the
course of this savage sexual attack, Plaintiff loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but
with no effect. Defendant Trump responded to Plaintiff’s pleas by violently striking Plaintiff in
the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted. Exhs. A and
B.
11. Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened Plaintiff that, were
she ever to reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse of her by Defendant Trump,
Plaintiff and her family would be physically harmed if not killed. Exhs. A and B.
12. Defendant Epstein had sexual contact with Plaintiff at two of the parties. The
second sexual encounter with Defendant Epstein took place after Plaintiff had been raped by
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Defendant Trump. Defendant Epstein forced himself upon Plaintiff and proceeded to rape her
anally and vaginally despite her loud pleas to stop. Defendant Epstein then attempted to strike
Plaintiff about the head with his closed fists while he angrily screamed at Plaintiff that he,
Defendant Epstein, rather than Defendant Trump, should have been the one who took Plaintiff’s
virginity, before Plaintiff finally managed to break away from Defendant Epstein. Exhs. A and
B.
13. The threats of violence against Plaintiff and her family continued, this time from
Defendant Epstein, who again reiterated that Plaintiff was not to reveal any of the details of his
sexual and physical abuse of her or else, specifically, Plaintiff and her family would be seriously
physically harmed, if not killed. Exhs. A and B.
14. While still under threats of physical harm by coming forward and having no
reason to believe that the threats have ever been lifted or would ever be lifted, Plaintiff, who has
suffered from stress, emotional distress, mental pain and suffering, among other problems, ever
since the assaults, was subjected to daily painful reminders of the horrific acts of one of the
perpetrators, Defendant Trump, via mass media coverage of him starting on or about June 16,
2015 that, over a short period of time, became continuous and unavoidable. Exh. A.
15. As a direct and proximate result of the sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by
Defendants upon her, Plaintiff has suffered stress, emotional distress, and mental pain and
suffering, as well as adverse physical consequences.
16. As a direct and proximate result of the sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by
Defendants upon her, Plaintiff has suffered physical pain and suffering.
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17. As a direct and proximate result of the sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by
Defendants upon her, Plaintiff has been subjected to public scorn, hatred, and ridicule and has
suffered threats against her life and physical safety.
18. As a direct and proximate result of the sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by
Defendants upon her, Plaintiff has incurred special damages, including medical and legal
expenses.
19. The sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by Defendants upon Plaintiff were
intentional acts.
20. The conduct of Defendants demonstrates willful, reckless and intentional conduct
that raises a conscious indifference to consequences.
21. At the appropriate time in this litigation, Plaintiff shall amend her complaint to
assert a claim for punitive damages against Defendants in order to punish Defendants for their
actions and to deter Defendants from repeating their conduct.
TOLLING OF STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
22. Any statute of limitations applicable to rape, sexual misconduct, criminal sexual
acts, sexual abuse, forcible touching, assault, battery, intentional and reckless infliction of
emotional distress, false imprisonment of a minor, if any, is tolled owing to the continuous and
active duress imposed upon Plaintiff by Defendants that effectively robbed Plaintiff of her free
will to commence legal action until the present time. Cullen v. Margiotta, 811 F.2d 698, 722
(2nd Cir.1987); Ross v. United States, 574 F. Supp. 536, 542 (S.D.N.Y. 1983). More
particularly, Plaintiff was unrelentingly threatened by each Defendant that, were she ever to
reveal any of the details of the sexual and physical abuse caused to her by Defendants, Plaintiff
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and her family would be physically harmed if not killed. The duress has not terminated and the
fear has not subsided. The duress is an element of or inherent in the underlying causes of action
complained of herein. The duress and coercion exerted by Defendants has been such as to have
actually deprived Plaintiff of her freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time, and it rose to
such a level that a person of reasonable firmness in Plaintiff's situation would have been unable
to resist. Exhs. A and B.
23. Both Defendants let Plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man
and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats. Indeed,
Defendant Trump stated that Plaintiff shouldn’t ever say anything if she didn’t want to disappear
like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with
Defendant Trump and that Plaintiff had not seen since that third incident, and that he was
capable of having her whole family killed. Exhs. A and B.
24. The duress had prevented Plaintiff from starting litigation before this year.
However, as soon as she surfaced, she received threats. More specifically, shortly after her first
complaint was filed in California on April 26, 2016, she started receiving threatening phone calls
on her cell phone. Exh. A.
25. Defendants are equitably estopped from arguing that any statute of limitations has
not been tolled as Defendants wrongfully forced Plaintiff to refrain from timely commencing this
action by threats, duress, and other misconduct. Exhs. A and B. Zimmerman v. Poly Prep
Country Day School, ___ F.Supp.2d ___ (2012), 2012 WL 3683393; General Stencils, Inc. v.
Chippa, 18 N.Y.2d 125, 127 (1966)(“a wrongdoer should not be able to take refuge behind the
shield of his own wrongdoing.”).
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26. Moreover, this action has been brought before the facts giving rise to the estoppel
have ceased to be operational (i.e., while still under threats of physical harm by coming forward
and having no reason to believe that the threats have ever been lifted or would ever be lifted) and
since Plaintiff has decided to seek redress at this time, Plaintiff seeks an order of protection in
favor of Plaintiff and all associated with her so as to protect them from harm and harassment
from Defendants and their agents and associates. Exh. A.
DEFAMATION
27. On information and belief, on or about April 28, 2016, Defendant Trump
provided the following statement to American Media, Inc. and/or Radar Online LLC for
publication on at least their website RadarOnline.com regarding Plaintiff’s complaint ED CV 16-
797-DMG (KSx) filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California:
“The allegations are not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly
framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated. There is
absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period.” The statement provided for publication by
Defendant Trump was published by said website and has been republished elsewhere in whole or
in part numerous times (and similar statements of an attorney for Defendant Trump were also
published, including on September 22, 2016 by Courthouse News Service). The statements
provided for publication by Defendant Trump and his agent and that were published by said
websites are false as they pertain to Plaintiff.
28. The published statements are libelous on their face, and clearly expose Plaintiff to
hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy.
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29. As a proximate result of the above-described publications, Plaintiff has suffered
loss of her reputation, shame, mortification, and injury to her feelings, all to her damage in an
amount to be established by proof at trial.
30. The above-described publications were not privileged because they were
published by Defendant Trump and his agent with malice, hatred and ill will toward Plaintiff and
the desire to injure her.
31. As a direct and proximate result of Defendant Trump’s defamation of Plaintiff,
Plaintiff has been subjected to public scorn, hatred, and ridicule and has suffered other injury.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays for judgment against Defendants and for the
following relief:
A. That judgment be entered against Defendants for special damages, compensatory
damages, and punitive damages in an amount which shall be shown to be reasonable and just by
the evidence and in excess of Seventy Five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00), exclusive of interests
and costs;
B. That all costs of this action be assessed against Defendants, including all
reasonable attorney’s fees, costs and expenses of this action;
C. That an order of protection in favor of Plaintiff and all associated with her be
issued so as to protect them from harm and harassment from Defendants and their agents and
associates; and
D. Such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.
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JURY DEMAND
Plaintiff demands a trial by jury of all issues properly triable by jury in this action.
Dated: September 30, 2016 Respectfully submitted,
/s/ Thomas Francis Meagher
Of Counsel:
J. Cheney Mason
Law Office of J. Cheney Mason, P.A.
250 Park Avenue South, Suite 200
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Thomas Francis Meagher
SDNY Bar Code TM6707
One Palmer Square
Princeton, New Jersey 08542
Telephone: (609) 558-1500
tmeagher@thomasfmeagheresq.com
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bbl-1
4.1.6  bbl-1  replied to  Dulay @4.1.4    one week ago

No.  I do not know.  If 'Jane Doe' is real then why not speak?  Unless----she is now a MAGA bot. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
4.1.7  bbl-1  replied to  MrFrost @4.1.5    one week ago

Tell you what.  In light of 'Birtherism, Crooked Hillary, Weiner's photos, emails and all of the rest of the crap infesting the media these past few years I find it absolutely astounding that this SDNY case was not even covered during the presidential campaign.  After all, coming forth would absolutely assure that those using threats would be placed under a spotlight of severe intensity.  The plaintiff from that point forward would be literally invincible.

There is something about this that is too intensive/sensitive or maybe even---------false.  I do not know.

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.8  Dulay  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.7    one week ago
I find it absolutely astounding that this SDNY case was not even covered during the presidential campaign. 

There was no SDNY case during the campaign. Hope that helps. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
4.1.9  bbl-1  replied to  Dulay @4.1.8    one week ago

2016 was an election year.  The investigation was underway. 

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.10  Dulay  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.9    one week ago
The investigation was underway. 

Do you have any evidence to support that claim? 

 
 
 
cjcold
4.1.11  cjcold  replied to  Dulay @4.1.4    one week ago
I have no reason to believe that she has died since then. Do you?

Not unless Trump or Epstein killed her to keep her quiet. They threatened her with that.

Normally they just pay their teenage victims to keep them quiet.

She obviously wouldn't keep quiet about being raped by them.

Billionaires can buy, kill or "disappear" anybody they want. It's a time honored practice.

Neither Trump nor Epstain have ever displayed anything resembling morals.

They should both be in prison for a long time.

 
 
 
bbl-1
4.1.12  bbl-1  replied to  Dulay @4.1.10    one week ago

What?  The case was filed in Sept. 2016.  No way to file a case without an investigation to prove for the court that a merit exists.

This is not that complicated.  I heard about emails and Weiner's pecker during the campaign-----BUT I never heard about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean---shit--------all of this must be fake and yet another attempt to smear the impeccable character and integrity of the Trump------------RIGHT?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
4.1.13  Sean Treacy  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.12    one week ago

Anyone who pays the filing fee can file a civil case.  There’s no investigation.

you can file a suit tomorrow morning alleging Donald trump raped you if you want.

of course, there’s not an election in two months that you are trying to effect by generating a headline so you probably want to  hold off until September 2020, and then you would of course dismiss the case after the election and before you have to try and support your allegations.

 
 
 
Dulay
4.1.14  Dulay  replied to  bbl-1 @4.1.12    one week ago
What?  The case was filed in Sept. 2016.  No way to file a case without an investigation to prove for the court that a merit exists.

This is not that complicated.  I heard about emails and Weiner's pecker during the campaign-----BUT I never heard about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean---shit--------all of this must be fake and yet another attempt to smear the impeccable character and integrity of the Trump------------RIGHT?

WTF are you babbling about? The SDNY indictment was JUST FILED. Based on it's content, the vast majority of the investigation was done in 2005-2006. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.15  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Sean Treacy @4.1    one week ago

'Case dismissed.'

Nope.  Not by a long shot.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.16  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Dulay @4.1.1    one week ago

They found all kinds of goodies over the last day or so.  

I wonder if any pictures of Ivanka are there?

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1.17  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.16    one week ago

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Tessylo
4.1.18  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @4.1.17    one week ago

Nope, that never happened, leaving his SS team behind.  

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1.19  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.18    one week ago

It sure did I'm positive when the truth comes out you will have no comment.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.21  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @4.1.19    one week ago

Nope, that didn't happen no matter how many times it's repeated by you and Fux 'news'

 
 
 
MUVA
4.1.22  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.21    one week ago

You know there are things called flight logs right?

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.23  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  MUVA @4.1.22    one week ago

Again, that didn't happen no matter how many times you and Fux 'news' repeat it.  

 
 
 
freepress
5  freepress    one week ago

I hope anyone and everyone in this case gets taken down. Disgusting. I don't see right wing Trump supporters going after white men who do this like Epstein or going after white illegal immigrants from many European countries who do what Epstein did in trafficking young girls. 

 
 
 
MUVA
5.1  MUVA  replied to  freepress @5    one week ago

What do Trump supporters have to do with a democrat bundler and fundraiser?

 
 
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