Jennifer Araoz, a 32-year-old New York woman, has come forward and opened up about her own disturbing experiences with multi-millionaire and serial sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein during an interview on NBC’s Today Show.
Araoz says that she was recruited by females working for Epstein outside of Talent Unlimited High School when she was just 14 years old. Araoz eventually met Epstein at his mansion where she was served win and given $300 for her visits before being taken to a “massage room” where she would massage Epstein.
According to Araoz, there were a number of sexually suggestive items scattered throughout Epstein’s New York City home.
There were several sexually suggestive items in Epstein’s home, Araoz said, including “prosthetic breasts he could play with while he was taking a bath, it was very odd.” Next to the massage table was a painting of a nude woman who Epstein said resembled Araoz. She says she wasn’t completely comfortable with the massage sessions, but she was “afraid he would get angry” with her if she didn’t do as asked.
Once she turned 15, she alleges that Epstein raped her.
“He raped me – forcefully raped me. Knew exactly what he was doing, and I don’t think cared…if I wasn’t afraid to come forward sooner, then maybe he wouldn’t have done it to other girls,” Araoz told Samantha Guthrie. “I feel really guilty.”
“Did Jeffrey Epstein rape you?” -Guthrie
“Yeah, he raped me – forcefully raped me. Knew exactly what he was doing, and I don’t think cared…if I wasn’t afraid to come forward sooner, then maybe he wouldn’t have done it to other girls. I feel really guilty.” -Jennifer Araoz pic.twitter.com/MhC1ugimLb
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 10, 2019
After the incident, Araoz said she never returned to Epstein’s home. She eventually withdrew from high school so that she could avoid walking near his home and running into Epstein’s recruiters.
Epstin, who is being held behind bars without bail, is charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. He has plead not guilty and is set for a detention hearing on July 15. If convicted of the charges, Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison.
You can watch Araoz’s full interview from the Today Show below.