GHISLAINE Maxwell groomed her assistant who Epstein raped and told her the “door is always open” when she quit, a lawsuit claims.
The young woman allegedly had three non-consensual sexual encounters with the billionaire after being interviewed in September 2003 for an executive and/or personal assistant position by ‘Epstein Associate 1’, identified by MailOnline sources as Maxwell.
Maxwell has denied all claims against her. The FBI arrested her yesterday morning in New Hampshire on six charges of sex trafficking and perjury.
The lawsuit said, once hired, the woman was immediately dragged into a “hyper-sexualized work environment,” in which billionaire financier Epstein “physically touched, groped, or assaulted her,” fondled her breasts in the office.
He also allegedly grabbed her vagina in front of another employee before eventually raping her and engaging in two other non-consensual sex acts in his $77m New York townhouse.
The woman is called Jane Doe 5 in the lawsuit, which was filed with the US District Court, Southern District of New York on June 17 and references four other victims.
The papers claim Jane Doe 5 was told in her interview that Epstein was a “very powerful man” and he would control a “substantial portion” of her employment.
She was also told to prioritise maintaining her physical appearance and when she first met Epstein in his office he commented on her “good body” and that he liked her “small breasts.”
“To emphasize this point, Epstein then groped Jane Doe 5’s breasts in the middle of the office. Shocked and appalled, Jane Doe 5 did not know how to respond,” the suit stated.
Epstein’s behaviour became the norm, it added.
Maxwell’s executive managed and organized a renovation project for Epstein in his New York residence and was once ordered to send a package of cookies to the hedge fund tycoon at his Virgin Islands residence.
She spoke to Epstein daily and submitted weekly status reports on her tasks.
Epstein took his life aged 66 last August while in prison.
The suit alleges he regularly made inappropriate comments to the woman over the phone and once told her to remove her shirt so he could compare her breasts with Maxwell’s.
“Epstein groped Jane Doe 5’s breasts and commented that he enjoyed her “small breasts” or words to that effect,” the suit states.
“Epstein also repeatedly attempted to insert his fingers in Jane Doe 5’s mouth, requiring her to forcibly push his hand away.
“On one occasion, Epstein approached Jane Doe 5 while she was speaking to another employee and forcibly grabbed Jane Doe 5’s vagina. Jane Doe 5 immediately jumped away… the abuse was constant.”
She allegedly tried telling Epstein to stop and when he made inappropriate comments she would respond with phrases including “inappropriate Jeffrey” or “not the time or the place, Jeffrey.”
“When Epstein physically touched, groped, or assaulted her, Jane Doe 5 either forcibly removed his hands or immediately stepped back,” the suit states.
He never apologised but “asserted control” over her appearance by cancelling food orders, forcing her to exercise at his private gym and threatening her to maintain her appearance or lose her job.
He bought her “tight-fitting and low-cut” clothes on a shopping trip and told a stylist what hairstyle to give her when he took her to a salon.
‘UNCOMFORTABLE, YET TRAPPED’
Maxwell directed her to travel with Epstein on various trips, including to his 7-acre private island called Little Saint James in the Virgin Islands, and on her second trip she was directed to the billionaire’s bedroom.
The suit said he was in a bathrobe when she entered and demanded she lay on the bed with him before asking questions about about her body, her measurements and her sex life.
“Jane Doe 5 felt uncomfortable, yet trapped. Jane Doe 5 knew Epstein controlled the only means of travel to and from the island and all communications, so she stayed in bed with him and answered his questions until he let her go,” the paperwork states.
On the first of three non-consensual sexual enounters, the suit alleges: “Jane Doe 5 was led up the stairs to a small, dark room with a massage table,” the suit alleges.
“Epstein entered the room and immediately directed Jane Doe 5 to get on the massage table and massage her.
“Epstein then aggressively and forcefully massaged Jane Doe 5’s breasts, Jane Doe 5 was terrified and frozen.”
Another woman soon entered the room completely naked, according to the filing.
“Epstein directed the woman to perform oral sex on Jane Doe 5, while he watched and continued to forcefully massage Jane Doe 5’s breasts. Soon after Epstein ejaculated, he left the room.
“While dressing, Jane Doe 5 saw that Epstein had left cash by the small sink in the room.”
The suit described an almost identical second occasion during which Maxwell again summoned her exec assistant to Epstein’s home and she was led up to the massage room.
This time another woman came into the room.
“Epstein directed the woman to perform oral sex on Jane Doe 5 while forcibly holding Jane Doe 5 down on the table as Jane Doe 5 began to squirm.
“When Epstein had finished the assault, Epstein immediately left the room and, again, left the money on the small sink for Jane Doe 5.”
But on the third occasion Epstein summoned the woman himself, according to the suit.
Again she was taken to a small room in the home with a massage table.
Epstein entered the room wearing a bathrobe and directed her to massage him.
‘He opened his bathrobe and was naked,’ the suit states. ‘He masturbated in front of her on the table while he continued to instruct Jane Doe 5 to massage his legs and chest. Epstein then began to grope Jane Doe 5’s breasts while she massaged him.’
‘LEFT NAKED AND ALONE’
The situation took an even more sinister turn as the serial sex offender places his hand behind hers and tried to bring her closer to him, but she resisted and pushed back, the suit said.
The convicted sex offender then became more forceful, pulling the assistant on to the table, so that she was straddling his thighs.
The paperwork said: “Epstein forcibly pulled Jane Doe’s body onto his pelvis. Jane Doe 5 tried pushing herself away, but Epstein placed his hands on her shoulders and neck area, pushing down onto his pelvis.
“Epstein held Jane Doe’s wrists while he raped her.
“Jane Doe 5 was left naked, abused and alone in the small, dark room on the second floor.”
She also alleges that Epstein regularly threatened her and her family.
The suit states: ‘In a clear effort to silence and normalize his behavior, Epstein regularly commented with the words to the effect: “We’re all family here. What happens in the family stays in the family.”
The threats became more aggressive.
The suit adds: “Epstein once told Jane Doe 5 (with words to the effect): ‘You will never work in New York again and you’ll have to crawl back to (Jane Doe’s home state).’
“Other times…Epstein stated: ‘You are nothing without this job. I’ll see to it that you will never work in New York again.'”
It added that, referencing his powerful friends, he indicated he was close with law enforcement and that his attorney would “burn you.”
But in the most shocking and direct threat Epstein told the assistant: “I will burn you. I will (expletive) burn you. I will hunt you down.”
The suit added: “Fearing for her life and the lives of her friends and family, Jane Doe 5 left her job soon after this latest threat.”
The harassment and intimidation continued allegedly well after her employment ended with an Epstein associate offering the opportunity to work for Maxwell and Epstein again at a 2011 wedding.
And in 2013, two years after Epstein was hit with a slew of allegations, Maxwell made a similar offer of employment.
The woman relied on Maxwell for a recommendation for other jobs and when she asked for one Maxwell said: “Our door is always open. You are welcome to come work for us at any time.”
She was terrified for the safety of her family, her friends and herself so felt she could not come forward until after Epstein’s death.
Leading civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, whose law company The Bloom Firm represents Jane Doe 5, told MailOnline shortly after Maxwell’s arrest Thursday: “It’s a bittersweet day for her.
“She remains terrified and triggered by any news about Maxwell, but prays the charges will stick and that Maxwell will not be able to escape justice as Epstein did.”