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Part 3: A Timeline of Epstein, Trump, Sex Trafficking, and the Intelligence Community

[NY Daily News – February 28, 1993](https://www.newspapers.com/image/471482406/?terms=%22ghislaine%2Bmaxwell%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): The first newspaper article to note Ghislaine’s acquaintance with Jeffrey Epstein, at the opening of MercBar.

I’m going to borrow heavily from [Cadet-Bone-Spurs](https://www.reddit.com/user/Cadet-Bone-Spurs/)’ [post made earlier today](https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/ccb18q/megathread_labor_secretary_alex_acosta_announces/etllzdc/):

>“Jane Doe” alleges Donald Trump sexually assaulted her on four separate occasions, culminating in a rape when she was just 13 at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.
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>Her evidence? [Three sworn declarations](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068606178723270656?s=19) – from her, a friend she confided in at the time, AND one of Epstein’s recruiters.
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>This case was filed in New York federal court in 2016. You can read her pleading [here](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068606330049572864?s=19) The case was NOT dismissed. Jane withdrew her complaint on November 4, 2016, saying she was “afraid to show her face” due to “numerous threats” against her.
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>Jane came to New York in June 1994 “in the hope of starting a modeling career.” She soon met “Tiffany,” who offered to bring her to parties where she could meet folks in the business – hosted by Epstein.
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>This is eerily similar to tales of recruiters in [MiamiHerald’s](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068607585459339265?s=19) reporting.
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>Jane claims Trump had “sexual contact” with her at four parties she attended that summer. She understood both Trump and Epstein “knew that [she] was 13 years old.”
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>The fourth time, she says [“Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me.”](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068608005887930369?s=19)
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>Jane claims a 12-year-old named Maria was forced to be involved in the third encounter. She never saw Maria again after that.
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>Following the rape, Jane says Trump threatened to hurt her and her family if she ever told anyone. He suggested he could make her [“disappear like Maria.”](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068608384994328576?s=19)
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>Jane is not the only witness offered in this filing. A woman using the pseudonym “Joan Doe” attests that she is willing to testify that Jane told her about the sexual encounters with Trump and Epstein “in the 1994-95 school year.”
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>Here is her [sworn declaration](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068608707263692800?s=19)
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>Jane also filed a sworn declaration from Tiffany, who says Epstein employed her starting in 1991 [“to get attractive adolescent women to attend these parties.”](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068609063343349760?s=19) Tiffany corroborates Jane’s story and claims to have “personally witnessed” the four encounters between Jane and Trump.
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>Tiffany also claims she personally witnessed the “one occasion where Mr. Trump forced [Jane] and a 12-year-old female named Maria [to] perform oral sex” on him. She also claims to have witnessed Trump’s later threats against Jane.
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>[Tiffany says she worked for Epstein until 2000.](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068609450301423616?s=19)
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>…Here is more on Epstein that matches details in the MiamiHerald reports: being forced to give him massages, Epstein forcing digital penetration, his irritation at her protests, etc.
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>[Listen to her voice. Listen to her story.](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068919900725538816?s=19)
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>[Here](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068923604933533697?s=19) she recounts her first encounter with Trump when she was 13. Her description matches his known idiosyncrasies and germophobia:
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>**He required her to touch him with a glove.**
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>”He seemed to take a liking to me because I was so young…he kind of liked things to be his first.”
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>**”Donald Trump specifically asked about me because I remind him of his daughter, and she said, ‘Well, she’s 13 as well.'”**
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>I *know* we avoid seriously discussing this because it is disturbing beyond comprehension. [But we all know what Trump has said about Ivanka.](https://twitter.com/iansmadrig/status/1068925776291119104?s=19)
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>**This.** **Adds.** **Up.**

(1995) [The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1](https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/10/6/1578544/-The-Untold-Story-of-Trump-Model-Management-A-Daily-Kos-Exclusive-Part-1)):

>7 years had  passed since John Casablancas had appeared on the cover of New York magazine, declaring his love for underage girls, and Donald and Ivana had made a decision-their daughter, Ivanka, would become a model. Despite a widespread belief that she was too young, too naive, and wasn’t quite aesthetically suited for the industry-Ivanka Trump was nonetheless able to get signed to a major agency, At the tender age of 13, she signed on with the new look department of Elite Model Management- under the tutelage of none other than [John Casablancas](http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/17/style/her-cheekbones-high-or-her-name-trump.html):
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>”It seems that Monica Pillard, the president of Elite, had been eyeing Ivanka since she spotted her on her father’s lap four years ago, when Mr. Trump was a judge of a new-talent contest for the agency.
Mr. Trump and Elite have a longstanding, informal relationship. Ms. Pillard served as a judge in the Miss Universe pageant, which is jointly owned by Mr. Trump and CBS, as is the Miss Teen USA pageant. John Casablancas, Elite’s founder, is a friend of Mr. Trump’s, and Elite has held events at Trump Tower in Manhattan.”
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>Yes, Donald Trump decided to entrust his daughter to this man. Yes, Casablancas still had his job. He would weather charges of tax evasion, and class action lawsuit-but eventually his past caught up with him. In 2002 he was sued by a former model who alleged that Casablancas had raped her when she was 15, and then forced her to get an abortion. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount, and in 2003 Elite model management officially declared bankruptcy.
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>Despite the fact that Ivanka largely flopped as a model, Donald Trump would continue to [brag](http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/05/14/donald-trump-called-teenage-ivanka-hot-daughter-miss-universe/) about her physical beauty, physique, and ostensibly prolific modeling career. 

Personally, I think this is one of the most damning pieces of evidence. Trump knew the allegations against Casablancas, but he let Ivanka work for him anyway.

(1996) [The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein’s New York Townhouse](https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/a28340797/jeffrey-epstein-townhouse-upper-east-side/)

>For reasons that have never been explained, Wexner appears to have made a gift of the house to Epstein, transferring title for the cost of $0 around 1996. The *New York* *Times* [reports](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-nyc-mansion.html) the property was formally transferred in 2011 from a trust controlled by Wexner and Epstein to a Virgin Islands-based entity controlled by Epstein; Wexner, meanwhile, [told the *Times* through a spokeswoman](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/08/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-nyc-mansion.html) that he “severed ties” with Epstein a decade ago.

After Robert Maxwell’s death, Trump apparently kept in touch with Ghislaine, and was spotted chatting with her at Ford Model’s 50th Anniversary Party, which the article insinuates Trump crashed:

[NY Daily News – October 31, 1997](https://www.newspapers.com/image/477175057/?terms=%22Ghislaine%2BMaxwell%22%2B%22donald%2Btrump%22):

>Pictured together are Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell, as she “tries to get Donald Trump to focus on the conversation as models saunter by.” “Trump was able to feast his eyes on the likes of Ione Skye, Amanda de Cadet, Christie Brinkley, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, VH1 model-of-the-year Karen Elson, and Dutch treat Daniela Van Graas. But rest easy, model mothers: The developer walked out with only a Travel & Leisure goodie bag.”

(1998) [Jeffrey Epstein boasted that he played matchmaker for Donald and Melania Trump, report says](https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/10/jeffrey-epstein-boasted-that-he-played-matchmaker-for-donald-and-melania-trump-report-says/)

>Donald and Melania Trump often have told the story about how they met at a Manhattan nightclub during New York Fashion Week in 1998.
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>Jeffrey Epstein has never figured into this origin story — but the financier and former Trump friend has tried to take credit for this historical encounter between the future president and first lady.
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>The New York Times, [reporting](https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/us/politics/trump-epstein.html) on Trump’s long and difficult friendship with the newly jailed accused sex trafficker, said that Epstein was very eager to play up his connections to Trump after the 2016 election. One way Epstein did this was by “claiming that he was the one who introduced Trump to his third wife,” the Times reported.
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>…In Donald and Melania Trump’s version of how they met, they give credit to another person for their introduction: modeling agent Paolo Zampolli. The agent threw the party at the Kit Cat Club, where the then-celebrity real estate mogul spotted a beautiful 28-year-old model from Slovenia named Melania Knauss. At the time, Trump was still married, though separated from his second wife, Marla Maples. He also was on a date with another woman.
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>…Melania called, they went on a date, Donald soon got his divorce from Maples, and the two eventually married in 2005.
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>If Epstein made claims that he somehow brought Donald and Melania Trump together, he could argue that the timing made sense.
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>From the 1980s through the early 2000s, Trump and Epstein were Palm Beach neighbors and Manhattan high-flyers who shared an an appreciation for wealth and for being seen together at fabulous parties, especially if beautiful women were present, according to the New York Times and other publications.
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>“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump famously told New York magazine in 2002. [Note: If true, this means they’d been friends since at least 1987.] “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.”

Trump would divorce Marla Maples in 1999:

(1999) [The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1](https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/10/6/1578544/-The-Untold-Story-of-Trump-Model-Management-A-Daily-Kos-Exclusive-Part-1)):

>[Trump] would also go on to unceremoniously dump Marla Maples, his long suffering mistress having become his reluctant second bride, and shut her down with legal arrangements that both forbade her from saying a negative word about him in public for all time, and ensured she got next to nothing in spousal/child support. Maples agreed to this despite the fact that she had already raised their daughter Tiffany almost entirely on her own. In fact until his presidential run Trump had not shown a modicum of fatherly interest in her life aside from the bizarre speculation-when she was merely a baby-about her future breast size and compliments of her 1 year old legs on Lifestyles of the RIch and Famous. Over a decade later, in one of his few public acknowledgements of her existence, he would smirk as he admitted to Howard Stern that he had urged Marla to abort her.

[Palm Beach Daily News – June 13, 1999](https://www.newspapers.com/image/299079208/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22) : Reports that Avenue Magazine lists both Jeffrey Epstein (“rich guy”) and “Mar-A-Lago’s own” Donald Trump as among the 157 most eligible bachelors.

According to Mother Jones:

(1999) [Former Models for Donald Trump’s Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally. “It’s like modern-day slavery.](https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/donald-trump-model-management-illegal-immigration/)”

>Founded in 1999, Trump Model Management “has risen to the top of the fashion market,” [boasts](http://www.trump.com/entertainment/trump-model-management/) the Trump Organization’s website, and has a name “that symbolizes success.” According to a [financial disclosure](http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/donald-trump-personal-financial-disclosure) filed by his campaign in May, Donald Trump earned nearly $2 million from the company, in which he holds an 85 percent stake. Meanwhile, some former Trump models say they barely made any money working for the agency because of the high fees for rent and other expenses that were charged by the company.  
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>…Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world’s most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived in constant fear of getting caught. “I was pretty on edge most of the time I was there,” Anna said of the three months in 2009 she spent in New York working for Trump’s agency.
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>“I was there illegally,” she said. “A sitting duck.”
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>According to three immigration lawyers consulted by *Mother Jones*, even unpaid employment is against the law for foreign nationals who do not have a work visa. “If the US company is benefiting from that person, that’s work,” explained [Anastasia Tonello](http://www.lauradevine.com/profile/anastasia-tonello), global head of the US immigration team at Laura Devine Attorneys in New York. These rules for immigrants are in place to “protect them from being exploited,” she said. “That US company shouldn’t be making money off you.”
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>Two of the former Trump models said Trump’s agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on customs forms about where they intended to live. Anna said she received a specific instruction from a Trump agency representative: “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.”
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>…Kate, who worked for Trump Model Management in 2004, marveled at how her former boss has recently branded himself as an anti-illegal-immigration crusader on the campaign trail. “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore,” she said. “Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”
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>…We’re herded into these small spaces,” Kate said. “The apartment was like a sweatshop.”
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>Trump Model Management recruited models [as young as 14](http://www.trumpmodels.com/contact/). “I was by far the oldest in the house at the ripe old age of 18,” Anna said. “The bathroom always smelled like burned hair. I will never forget the place!” She added, “I taught myself how to write, ‘Please clean up after yourself’ in Russian.”

[According to this website](https://www.newyorkmegaphone.com/impeachtrump):

>In the late ’90s, the media documented that Trump attended dinner parties at Epstein’s 71st Street mansion. In April 1999, UK tabloid The Mail reported that Donald Trump was among the guests at a dinner Epstein threw in honor of Prince Andrew:

[Palm Beach Post – February 20, 2000](https://www.newspapers.com/image/130017350/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): Donald Trump, now dating Melania Knauss, hosts a pro-am tennis tournament at Mar-A-Lago, which Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend. “One celebrity, however, was not so obvious. Even when Trump announced England’s Prince Andrew, many in the crowd doubted his presence. For one, he stayed in the background, introducing himself as Andrew York, and for two, he’s recently shed 20 pounds, making him a possible double for actor Rupert Everett.” Trump is pictured with Melania and Prince Andrew, while Epstein and Maxwell are photographed with Michael Bolton.

[Palm Beach Post – November 16, 2004](https://www.newspapers.com/image/134389412/): Trump bids $41.35M to best two other bidders, one of whom was Jeffrey Epstein, for Abe Grosman’s estate.

[Note: [Palm Beach Daily News – May 2, 2018](https://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/business/real-estate/trump-former-estate-the-story-behind-the-million-mansion-tear-down/5qgtlikl46SX7KXGdtDPUI/): “Trump’s former estate: The story behind the $95-million mansion tear-down” — “The buyer in July 2008 was Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who reportedly has never lived there and last year saw the end of a contentious, and stratospherically expensive, divorce from his ex-wife Elena, the terms of which were undisclosed. Property records give no clue as to whether there was an internal ownership change as a result of the divorce or any other factor.”]

In 2005, Trump married Melania Knauss:

(2005) [Melania Trump’s Life Before Marrying Donald Was Mysterious](https://www.elitedaily.com/p/melania-trumps-life-before-marrying-donald-was-mysterious-8602986)

>She was born Melanija Knavs, (later westernized as “Melania Knauss,” and ultimately, she took the last name of her husband after they wed in 2005), on April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia — then part of Communist Yugoslavia. Her father, Viktor Knavs, now 73, was a car dealer, and her mother, Amalija, now 71, was a children’s clothing designer, to according [Biography.com](https://Biography.com). She grew up at home with her younger sister, and later learned that her father had a son from a previous relationship — her half-brother.
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>…After [she signed with a modeling agency at 18](https://www.biography.com/people/melania-trump-812016), she dropped out of the university, according to [*Biography.com*](https://Biography.com).
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>…Trump worked as a model in Milan and Paris before moving to New York in 1996. She worked with well-known photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton, according to [Biography.com](https://Biography.com), and graced the covers of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar in Bulgaria and Vanity Fair in Italy. She also posed nude in GQ magazine in 2000.
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>Not much is known about her modeling career between 1992 and 1996, when she moved to New York, per reporter Lauren Collins for The New Yorker. She went on to have reasonable success, and worked mostly in print.
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>…Melania Trump reportedly speaks Slovene, English, French, Serbian, and German. She is the first first lady to be born in a Communist nation and only the second to be born abroad…
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>…In a 2005 interview with The New York Post, Paolo Zampolli, the president of ID Models recalled: “It was unusual for her to go out; she never went to clubs or bars … She never dated anyone in New York before Donald. She only went to movies by herself and to the gym.”

(2002 – 2005) [According to the Indictment[1] unsealed in Manhattan federal court](https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/jeffrey-epstein-charged-manhattan-federal-court-sex-trafficking-minors):

>From at least 2002 through at least 2005, JEFFREY EPSTEIN enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, dozens of minor girls to visit his mansion in New York, New York (the “New York Residence”), and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida (the “Palm Beach Residence”), to engage in sex acts with him, after which he would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash.  In order to maintain and increase his supply of victims, EPSTEIN also paid certain victims to recruit additional underage girls whom he could similarly abuse.  In this way, EPSTEIN created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis, in locations including New York and Palm Beach.
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>EPSTEIN’s victims were as young as 14 at the time he abused them, and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation.  Moreover, EPSTEIN knew that many of his victims were under 18, including because, in some instances, victims expressly told him they were underage.
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>In creating and maintaining this network of minor victims in multiple states to abuse and exploit sexually, EPSTEIN worked with others, including employees and associates who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with EPSTEIN at the New York Residence and at the Palm Beach Residence.
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>In both New York and Florida, EPSTEIN perpetuated this abuse in similar ways.  Victims were initially recruited to provide “massages” to EPSTEIN, which became increasingly sexual in nature and would typically include one or more sex acts.  EPSTEIN paid his victims hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter.
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>In particular, during encounters at the New York Residence, victims would be taken to a room where they would perform a massage on EPSTEIN, during which EPSTEIN would frequently escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victims to include, among other things, sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victims’ genitals.  In connection with the encounters, EPSTEIN, or one of his employees or associates, typically paid each victim hundreds of dollars in cash.  Once minor victims were recruited, EPSTEIN or his employees or associates would contact victims to schedule appointments for “massages.”  As a result, many victims were abused by EPSTEIN on multiple subsequent occasions.
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>To further enable him to abuse underage girls, EPSTEIN asked and enticed certain of his victims to recruit additional minor girls to perform “massages” and similarly engage in sex acts with EPSTEIN.  When a victim would recruit another underage girl for EPSTEIN, he paid both the victim-recruiter and the new victim hundreds of dollars in cash.  Through these victim-recruiters, EPSTEIN maintained a steady supply of new victims to exploit, and gained access to dozens of additional underage girls to abuse.

[Jeffrey Epstein’s Accusers Speak Out: “I Was Young, I Was Scared”](https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/237421/virginia-roberts-giuffre-sarah-ransome-jeffrey-epstein-victims)

>”I was young, I was scared, I knew these people were powerful,” Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was 16 when Epstein’s ex-girlfriend [Ghislaine Maxwell](https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/237317/jeffrey-epstein-victim-recruiters-lured-underage-girls-sex) allegedly recruited and groomed her for sexual slavery, told the [*Miami Herald*](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLAzubOpOtg) in 2018 as part of the newspaper’s massive investigation of Epstein’s misconduct. “I didn’t know what would happen if I said ‘no.’ I didn’t know what would happen if I reported them. That 16-year-old girl just let it happen.”
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>Giuffre had been working at Mar-a-Lago when Maxwell recruited her to be a masseuse for Epstein, and claims she was forced to have sex with his prominent associates, including [attorney Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew, Duke of York](https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/07/237389/jeffrey-epstein-friends-involved-sex-trafficking). (Dershowitz and [Prince Andrew](https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/02/prince-andrew-named-us-lawsuit-underage-sex-allegations)have both [denied](https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/jeffrey-epstein-decade-scandal-prince-andrew) [Giuffre’s allegations](https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-alan-dershowitz-and-pals-accused-of-sex-trafficking-ring?ref=home).) She said she was sent to Little Saint James, Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she alleges she participated in orgies with older men while underage.
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>…Courtney Wild, another survivor, said she met Epstein in 2002 when she was 14 and reportedly still had braces on her teeth. Like he did with many of the accusers, he first asked her to give him a massage in exchange for cash. Wild, who later helped recruit other girls for Epstein, said he liked girls who looked like her — white, very young, slender, and easy to manipulate.
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>”He told me he wanted them as young as I could find them,” Wild told the [*Miami Herald*](https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html) in 2018. “If I had a girl to bring him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then that’s how many times I would go a day. He wanted as many girls as I could get him. It was never enough.”
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>…Sarah Ransome claims Epstein sex-trafficked her [in 2006 and 2007](https://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article223315075.html) and that, like Giuffre, she was also forced to have sex with Epstein’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz (which he has denied). “The news of my abuser’s arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restore my faith that power and money can’t triumph over justice,” Ransome told [CBS News](https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-jailed-victims-speak-out-after-billionaire-financier-charged-with-sex-trafficking/).
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>Wild and Michelle Licata, another accuser of Epstein, were in the courtroom on Monday during Epstein’s arraignment hearing. Licata told *Good Morning America* that she cried when she saw the financier appear in court.
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>”I don’t think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did,” Licata told the *Miami Herald* in 2018. “He ruined my life and a lot of girls’ lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn’t prosecuted, so it never happens again.”

[Palm Beach Post – July 24, 2006](https://www.newspapers.com/image/228281272/?terms=%22donald%2Btrump%22%2B%22jeffrey%2Bepstein%22): Jeffrey Epstein arrested on solicitation charges and charged with a third degree misdemeanor.

[Palm Beach Post – August 14, 2006](https://www.newspapers.com/image/227810491/?terms=%22Ghislaine%2BMaxwell%22%2B%22donald%2Btrump%22): “Powerful Legal Team Stymies Detectives” — One of the first articles to go into charges against Epstein. Names his political contributions to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, among others. Also includes Trump’s 2002 quote: “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.” Alan Dershowitz uses the MySpace profiles of the alleged victims to discredit them.

(2007) [It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy—But Whose?](https://observer.com/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work/)

>In a report for the Daily Beast, Ward shed light on the Justice Department’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, that sweetest of sweet deals, since it got Epstein a laughably lenient sentence—for crimes which any normal person would have gone away for decades after admitting to.
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>Alexander Acosta, the current U.S. Labor Secretary, is in the hot seat, since a dozen years ago he was the U.S. Attorney for South Florida who cut that deal with Epstein. Ward explained the background of that deal, which is now a noose for Acosta. Specifically, she elaborated that the Epstein issue came up when Acosta was appointed to the cabinet by President Donald Trump. Ward writes:
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>*He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)*
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>Wait, what?
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>So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.
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>This claim was met with an appropriate degree of skepticism, and Acosta had a chance to explain what he meant in a press conference this afternoon. On camera, Acosta maintained that he did the best he could with that case, while admitting that it hardly looks like a fair punishment now.
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>The intelligence issue came up, and Acosta’s response was bizarre. He punted on setting the record straight, instead proffering this strange word salad when asked about Ward’s reporting:
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>So there has been reporting to that effect and let me say, there’s been reporting to a lot of effects in this case, not just now but over the years and, again, I would hesitant to take this reporting as fact. This was a case that was brought by our office, it was brought based on the facts and I look at the reporting and others, I can’t address it directly because of our guidelines, but I can tell you that a lot of reporting is going down rabbit holes.
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>To anyone acquainted with our nation’s capital, that’s a non-denial denial of an epic kind. Given the chance to refute Ward’s report, specifically that the Epstein case involved intelligence matters, Acosta did nothing of the sort. Indeed, he functionally admitted that it’s true.
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>What then can we conclude at this point? It appears that Jeffrey Epstein was involved in intelligence work, of some kind, for someone—and it probably wasn’t American intelligence either. The U.S. Intelligence Community is lenient about the private habits of high-value agents or informants, but they won’t countenance running sex trafficking rings for minors on American soil, for years. While it’s plausible that Epstein was sharing some information with the FBI—many criminals do so to buy themselves some insurance—it’s implausible that he was mainly working for the Americans.

(2019) [The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein’s New York Townhouse](https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/a28340797/jeffrey-epstein-townhouse-upper-east-side/)

>In addition to “hundreds—and perhaps thousands—of sexually suggestive photographs of fully- or partially-nude females,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller revealed in a filing this week that the house also contained a massage table with sex toys and lubricant.

(07/08/19) [Jeffrey Epstein had ‘vast trove of lewd’ photos of girls: Prosecutors](https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/08/jeffrey-epstein-called-sexual-predator-as-prosecutors-seek-no-bail.html)

>Federal agents who searched Epstein’s $77 million Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan also found “in a locked safe … compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: ‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nudes,’ ” according to a new court filing in Epstein’s case.
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>Prosecutors said Epstein, a 66-year-old former friend of both President Donald Trump and ex-President Bill Clinton, represented both an “extreme flight risk,” and an “acute danger” to the public if he is freed on bail.
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>“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant; rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges,” prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York wrote in their filing.
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>Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution, according to his plea agreement on charges brought in Florida.
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>He is accused in a new indictment unsealed Monday of trafficking “dozens” of minor girls, some of them as young as 14 years old, from 2002 to 2005. The indictment accuses him of having the girls brought to him to sexually abuse in his New York and Florida mansions, and then paying each of the girls hundreds of dollars.

I hope this insanely long post gives more detail into what might possibly be going on. While a few of the more conspiracy minded links might ring untrue to most of you, I wanted to include them in part because of how strange this story might be. Trump and Epstein have known each other for a very long time. The sources of their money still aren’t clear, and they both have numerous links to more than a few shady characters. To wrap up with the quote from the original article:

>Who are the suspects then? It seems awfully coincidental that Epstein’s best pal and business partner for decades has been Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, the media mogul who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991. Something of a Bond villain turned real life, Maxwell loved the limelight, despite being a swindler and a spy. British counterintelligence assessed that Maxwell was working for the KGB, while pervasive allegations that he was working for Mossad too are equally plausible.
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>Since the lines between Russian intelligence, Israeli intelligence and organized crime can get remarkably blurry in practice, as I’ve explained previously, assessing whom Epstein’s been working for may prove difficult to answer with any precision. But we have a suspect list to start asking questions.
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>What’s not in doubt is that a sex trafficking ring centered on minors, which involved numerous global VIPs in compromising situations, would be of high interest to quite a few intelligence services. The Epstein saga seems certain to get even more unpleasant and interesting.

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