NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein’s madam is laying low and avoiding a lawsuit filed by one of his sex trafficking victims, attorneys said Tuesday.
Ghislaine Maxwell, who allegedly played a critical role luring underage girls into the multimillionaire’s scheme, has not yet been served with a lawsuit filed by Jennifer Araoz, her attorney Dan Kaiser said.
Private investigators have been unable to find the British socialite long linked to Epstein. Maxwell’s attorneys have refused to accept service of the suit on her behalf, Kaiser said.
“We don’t know where she is though we keep trying to look for her,” he said.
Araoz’s other attorney, Kimberly Lerner, said it was possible Maxwell was no longer in the U.S. She was confident the FBI knows Maxwell’s whereabouts.
Araoz, of Queens, says Epstein raped her in his Upper East Side townhouse when she was 15. She filed an updated version of her suit in Manhattan Supreme Court, adding the names of “enablers” and corporations that allegedly helped facilitate Epstein’s elaborate sex trafficking scheme that extended to Paris, New Mexico, Manhattan, Palm Beach and the Virgin Islands.
Epstein assistants Cimberly Espinoza and Lesley Groff played key roles arranging the hedge funder’s abusive encounters with underage girls, according to the updated suit.
The women were “deeply involved in the scheduling of appointments, managing the flow of girls to him,” Kaiser said.
“As an executive assistant to Epstein, Lesley worked as part of a professional staff that included in-house attorneys, accountants, an office manager and other office staff,” Groff’s attorney Michael Bachner said.
“Lesley’s job included making appointments for Mr. Epstein as directed by him, taking his messages, and setting up high-level meetings with CEOs, business executives, scientists, politicians and celebrities. At no time during Lesley’s employment with Epstein did she ever engage in any misconduct.”
Espinoza could not be reached.
The suit also names a number of corporations that Epstein allegedly withdrew assets from shortly before killing himself in Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial for sex trafficking. Kaiser said the transfer to an estate controlled by Epstein was an unlawful attempt to shield his fortune from claims brought by his victims.
“We’re talking about possibly hundreds of millions of dollars he made an effort to shield from liability,” Kaiser said.
“Every penny of his estate should be available to satisfy the claims of victims.”
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