Dozens of women will stand up in a hearing in New York City on Tuesday to talk about how pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has abused, raped and abused them.
The women, most of whom were not mentioned, were invited to go to court by the judge dealing with Epstein's criminal human trafficking case, who, in the light of his suicide earlier this month, will now end.
They asked for the investigation of his crimes to continue so that anyone who facilitates those who are still alive will be brought to justice.
Many of the victims are still planning to sue the late pedophile's legacy for $ 577 million. Tuesday's hearing was the first time many had told their stories.
Some were represented by lawyer Gloria Allred who said they intended to bring legal proceedings against the Epstein estate to claim damages.
Virginia Roberts, who sued Epstein in 2015 and claims that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, was also on trial.
Gloria Allred arrives in court on Tuesday with four unidentified women. She said earlier that she represented four previously unnamed victims of Epstein
The women were one of the first to arrive for Tuesday's long-awaited hearing. They have never told their stories before
Gloria Allred puts an arm around one of the four women she represents and who say they have been abused by Epstein
Others were represented by Allred & # 39; s daughter, Lisa Bloom. She released a statement from one of the four women she represents on Monday evening prior to the trial.
It said: & # 39; Jeffrey Epstein has stolen my innocence. He gave me a life sentence for guilt and shame. I don't consider myself a victim – I see myself as a survivor.
& # 39; The abuse I have made cannot continue. Let's stop this before it happens to other young women. & # 39;
Epstein committed suicide in his prison cell earlier this month, thus escaping persecution and poverty
Another explanation was: & # 39; In the last few weeks I had to think about my interaction with Jeffrey Epstein and realize that although I tried to leave everything behind, I am still a victim.
& # 39; I say this because I have to process it in an attempt to really get past the abuse I suffered from Epstein. By imposing criminal penalties on him and being given the opportunity to deal with the serious crimes he committed against me and other young women, my recovery process would have helped.
& # 39; This all came to a sudden halt when he robbed himself of life. The closing point is lost.
& # 39; I can't say I'm glad he committed suicide, but I have peace knowing he can't hurt anyone else. However, a sad truth remains: I, along with other women, will never have an answer to why; I will never apologize for doing wrong and the most important thing is that Epstein is not rightly convicted of his crimes.
& # 39; Now I'm sitting in my home questioning the well-being of those girls like myself. In choosing death, Epstein denied justice to everyone. Every attempt to protect the name and legacy of Epstein sends a message to the victims that he is winning and that he is inviolable.
& # 39; I understand that his case can be rejected or closed, but this gives me the feeling that I and someone else who fell prey to him just don't matter. I ask you to consider the final decision very seriously, as it will undoubtedly affect all other aspects of this case, including any future charges against the recruiters or other third parties in his crimes.
& # 39; I can't say I'm glad he committed suicide, but I have peace knowing he can't hurt anyone else.
& # 39; I don't want the story & # 39; who is poor girls & # 39; I want to send a message to anyone who would consider performing similar actions to think twice beforehand. I want some sort of closure for those of us who will relive those terrible moments where we were attacked, abused and abused by Epstein. You have the option to help us find that closure, & she said.
Five lawsuits have already been brought against him.
The first was by Jennifer Araoz, who says his team of female recruiters chased her outside her high school on the Upper East Side when she was a vulnerable teenager and lured her to his country house where she was forced to perform erotic massages on him.
She is the only one of the plaintiffs who has publicly named herself and she has also appeared on national television to tell her story.
Two others, who described themselves as Jane Does 1 and 2, filed a lawsuit earlier this month.
They were followed by three others, Katlyn Doe, Priscilla Doe and Lisa Doe.
Because many of women's identities are protected, it is impossible to know if they were among those who spoke in court on Tuesday.
While the criminal case against Epstein was coming to an end and civil lawsuits were running against his legacy, a third investigation is ongoing – how he could take his own life in prison –
The latest development in that investigation is that camera images taken outside of his cell on the night he committed suicide are unusable in court because it
THE EPSTEIN VICTIMS
Araoz was only 14 when she said the recruiters from Epstein lured her to his manor in Manhattan.
She wanted to be an actress and says he cared for her by promising that she would help her career.
She was a vulnerable child from a problematic house and her father had just died of AIDS.
She was the first to file a lawsuit.
Michelle Licata was only 16 when she claimed that a young woman brought her to the Palm Beach estate in Epstein and she was paid to give him a massage.
"He said, god, you're just so beautiful and sexy and gorgeous, and I felt really uncomfortable," Licata said in an interview with ABC News.
Wild was still in high school when Epstein reportedly forced her to perform sexual acts.
& # 39; I was 14, I had braces & # 39 ;, Wild recalled in a recent interview.
Maria Boer & Annie Farmer
The sisters say that they were both abused by Epstein in the 1990s. Their claims are among the earliest.
They say they have brought their allegations to the FBI and the local media, but have been ignored.
Sisters Maria (left) and Annie Farmer (right)
Jane Doe 1 & Jane Doe 2
Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 said they were aspiring models who worked in a restaurant outside of Union Square in Manhattan when they were approached in June 2004 by an unnamed female & recruiter & identified as Sue Roe, who worked for Epstein.
The restaurant was The Coffee Shop and was known for the use of models.
They say they were then 18 and 20 years old.
Katlyn said she was forced to marry another victim, who was foreign, so she could stay in the country.
She also said that Epstein forced her & # 39; & # 39; losing her virginity to him when she was 18.
Priscilla Doe, who lost her virginity when Epstein allegedly raped her, said in a court case that Epstein dictated what she was wearing and what she looked like during the six years she was under his reign – and to a surprising degree.
& # 39; Jeffrey Epstein forced (Priscilla) to wear certain color panties, remove certain piercings and undergo surgery by Jeffrey Epstein's doctors to remove body moles, & # 39; declares a complaint filed with the US district court in the southern district of New York.
& # 39; (Priscilla) met these requirements with the understanding that Epstein told her she had no other choice. & # 39;
Virgina Guiffre, aka Virginia Roberts, with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001
She also claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell gave her a & # 39; step-by-step & # 39; tutorial gave about & # 39; the right way & # 39; to sexually delight Epstein on his island, Little St. James.
In her lawsuit, Lisa Doe described how Epstein & # 39; used a sex toy on her, with violence & # 39; after hiring the then 17-year-old & # 39; to give a dance-based exercise lesson & # 39; in his mansion.
He would have demanded that she go to her dance studio and find other dancers & # 39; after one of his employees hired Lisa.
Guiffre filed a lawsuit against Epstein in 2015 and claimed that he kept her as his sex slave and had her make sex with Prince Andrew – something that Buckingham Paalce has vigorously denied for years.
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