A federal lawsuit filed in Manhattan on Monday alleges that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked and sexually assaulted a then-15-year-old at his New Mexico ranch in 2004.
Plaintiff Jane Doe 15, now 31, describes the property as being “like a park” where teenage girls were encouraged to ride horses and ATVs, and to use the pool and hot tub.
She said she grew up poor in the Midwest and met Epstein through her sister in New York City in 2004 when she was 15 years old. In January, he invited the siblings to a magic show in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to his Zorro Ranch north of Stanley, New Mexico.
“This seemed like a thrilling opportunity, and Jane Doe 15 convinced her mother to let her go,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed against the executors of Epstein’s estate, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Gloria Allred.
An attorney representing the executors did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Epstein, a wealthy financier with many famous friends, was charged with sex trafficking in July. He was found hanging in his cell in a New York jail in August.
Several other lawsuits have been filed against Epstein and his estate alleging he sex trafficked and assaulted teenage girls.
However, this appears to be the first suit solely involving assaults at the Zorro Ranch in New Mexico. Jane Doe 15 alleges battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Epstein, and asks for compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the lawsuit, Jane Doe 15 and her 18-year-old sister were flown to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Epstein had arranged for them and several other young girls to go to a magic show and meet the performer.
Although Epstein was at the show, Jane Doe 15 didn’t have any interaction with him until she and the others were on a private plane on the way to New Mexico.
When they arrived in the state, Jane Doe 15 and her sister were taken to the ranch, where they stayed in a small house detached from the main house. A number of other teenage girls were also staying at the ranch.
“From the start, Jane Doe 15 was told that she and the other girls could do whatever they wanted at the ranch, whenever they wanted,” the lawsuit states. “It was like a park. She was encouraged to ride horses and ATVs, and to use the pool and hot tub.
A day or two after her arrival, Jane Doe 15 said she was called to the main house where “the redhaired woman” said she would give her a massage. Instead, she said, the woman sexually assaulted her. After a “substantial amount of time,” the woman stopped because she said she could tell Jane Doe 15 was not enjoying it.
The next day, Jane Doe 15 was called to the main house again, this time to meet Epstein. She said he was in an upstairs bedroom, lying in bed, wearing his bathrobe. She said he seemed to expect her to do “something sexual to him,” but she didn’t know what and he got frustrated.
Then, she said, he grabbed her and laid her down on the floor and assaulted her with a vibrator.
“After Epstein’s vicious, prolonged assault, Jane Doe 15 felt completely powerless and lost,” the lawsuit states. “She wanted to tell her sister what he had done to her, but felt too scared and disempowered to do so. Jane Doe 15 remembers taking an ATV out that night and driving it into a tree, and realizing that she could die out there and no one would care. She felt both abandoned and also completely reliant on Epstein.”
Jane Doe 15 said the next day Epstein summoned her to the house yet again and presented her with a new pair of underwear. She said he took photos of her in the underwear and then asked her about her goals.
She said she wanted to study biochemistry in college and he gave her a check for $5,000, as well as several hundred dollars in cash.
In all, the woman said she spent three or four days at the ranch and, although she was later invited to Epstein’s private island, she declined and never saw him again.
Over several years, Jane Doe 15 felt ashamed, humiliated, scared, frightened and “above all, worthless.” “She began to hurt herself with alcohol and drugs,” the lawsuit states.
She first disclosed the abuse to a licensed medical or mental health provider in 2019.