A JEFFREY Epstein survivor who once sued his "madam" Ghislaine Maxwell has described the socialite as “evil” and wants US authorities to investigate Prince Andrew.

Jennifer Araoz, 34, told The Sun how she fell into Epstein’s “sadistic web” and was raped by the multi-millionaire when she was just 15-years-old.


Maxwell, 60, is now facing spending the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of five out of six counts of sex trafficking for her ex-lover's paedophile ring.

The shamed socialite helped entice vulnerable teens to Epstein's various properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Jennifer, a make-up artist from New York, attended the trial in the Big Apple to support the accusers who testified against her about their abuse.

She said: “The fact that Ghislaine is a woman hurts a little bit more. She was older – she should have been more nurturing and caring towards the girls.

“In a way, she was just like Epstein – if not even worse.

“The fact that she was directly wanting to find young girls who were lost in life, who didn’t really have much going on financially, who were easily able to fall into this web of evil.

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“It’s sadistic. Ghislaine is evil – as are all of the other people involved. Ghislaine should spend the rest of her life in jail.”

Speaking of Prince Andrew – and others accused of wrongdoing – Jennifer added: “The authorities should have been investigating other people a long time ago.

“Prince Andrew needs to be investigated for any women who were involved with him.

"The TV interview he had to ‘prove his innocence’ didn’t come across very well in my opinion.

“If the authorities haven’t investigated other people by now, it’s hard to see if they will. But I have a lot of faith in the justice system – if they feel like they need to go further then they will.”

A representative for Andrew declined to comment.

This comes as Maxwell's conviction could reportedly be "bad news" for Andrew amid fears the socialite could start "naming names" in a bid to cut her jail sentence.

Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing Andrew, 61, claiming he sexually assaulted her three times when she was 17. Andrew has vehemently denied her allegations.

Maxwell's conviction comes as:

  • A legal source close to her case warned the guilty verdict could spell trouble for Prince Andrew.
  • Andrew's sex assault accuser Virginia Roberts warned that "others must be held accountable".
  • The socialite's family are said to have already launched an appeal.
  • She will return to her hell-hole New York jail to await transfer to a federal prison.
  • It's believed she may be sent to the low-security FCI Danbury in Connecticut.
  • An expert described her potential future prison as "like Disneyland" compared to her current conditions.

Jennifer, who lives in Queens, was just 14-years-old when she was recruited to go and meet Epstein just yards from her school in New York.

For years she has wondered whether the woman who persuaded her to meet the sex offender had been put up to it by Maxwell.

She told The Sun: “I had a recruiter who was groomed by somebody – which could have easily been Ghislaine.

“When I met Epstein, he was very kind and an absolute fatherly figure to me in the first couple of months.

“My own father had passed away so he was trying to tell me that he wanted to be like a father figure and mentor – which I needed at the time.

“I went to a school for musical theatre and he had promised he would direct me and introduce me to the lead producers and agents.

“He told me how beautiful I was, and how talented, saying he would get me to some modeling agents. I was 14 – it was everything a young girl would want to hear.”


Eventually, Epstein began asking for massages – a request that Jennifer found “obligated” to fulfill because of his seeming generosity.

But the massages – as the Maxwell trial heard earlier this month – were a ruse for the US financier to sexually abuse Jennifer and other young women carrying them out.

He also forcibly raped Jennifer in 2002.

She said: “I was hard for me to say 'no' to the massages. I got raped once by him, when I was 15, and I never went back after that.”

Jennifer dropped out of school and never pursued her dream of musical theatre.

The survivor added: “I was really talented at the time. It’s sad to think of what could have been.

“Of course, it’s going to have an effect on your life. I was kind of lost and I felt really cheated.

“I felt no-one cared about me, even though I had a loving mother. I still felt so stupid. I blamed myself for so long.

“I kept it hidden because I thought: ‘Who the hell would believe me? He was so powerful and he told me not to say anything.”

“I blamed myself for so long.

But later in life, Jennifer set up the ‘Survivors Initiative’, to help other victims of abuse.

She also went public with her allegations against Epstein in 2019, just before he killed himself in jail while facing sex trafficking charges.

Jennifer said: “Just by coming forward, I got countless letters in the mail and emails. Just by speaking my truth – I couldn’t believe it.

“At the time, when I was 15, I badly needed an outlet, to speak to somebody. A safe space so I didn’t feel like I would be judged.

“That’s why I wanted to do a non-profit, to help other victims of sexual abuse.”

Jennifer sued Ghislaine Maxwell and three other alleged Epstein enablers in 2019 for conspiring to “facilitate” her abuse.

The Charges

GHISLAINE Maxwell was found guilty of five out of six charges over her alleged involvement with Jeffrey Epstein. Those charges are:

  • Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
  • Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
  • Transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
  • Sex trafficking conspiracy
  • Sex trafficking of a minor

Maxwell was acquitted of the charge of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex

She had never met the English heiress, but had been caught up in the “web” that Epstein’s lieutenant and ex-lover had helped to create.

Jennifer was also strong enough to turn up to the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, in Manhattan, on the first day of Maxwell’s trial to support the four accusers.

She said: “I felt more relief for the other victims, that they get their day in court.

“I felt cheated in that regard that I never got to see Jeffrey Epstein because he obviously had committed suicide.

“I wanted to be there in support of the girls because I was just so proud of them. It’s a tough thing to do, to be in court and be public.

“I’m really proud of them for speaking up.”

It wasn’t just Jeffrey – it was a huge enterprise…

She now wants to see others brought to justice.

Jennifer added: “It was a great feeling to see someone finally face justice.

“It wasn’t just Jeffrey – it was a huge enterprise. There were a lot of people involved. I feel like maybe we’ll find out who else was involved.

“Ghislaine obviously was very close with Epstein and she was obviously involved in grooming women. Everyone who was involved should see some kind of repercussion.

“Finally, we are being heard, we’re being seen and we’re being believed.”

To find out more about Jennifer’s non-profit, visit www.survivorsinitiative.org.


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