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Sex slave suit: NM was a location used

SANTA FE – Lawsuit claims about young female sex slaves allegedly kept by billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein and offered to a worldwide list of the rich and famous have reached New Mexico.

Jeffrey Epstein/AP Photo

Jeffrey Epstein/AP Photo

In a new court filing in Florida, plaintiffs’ lawyers maintain that a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 3, said to have been coerced into Epstein’s camp when she was 15 years old, was frequently sexually abused by Epstein “not only in West Palm Beach (Fla.), but also in New York, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, in international airspace on … Epstein’s private planes, and elsewhere.”

The same filing also alleges that Jane Doe No. 3 was forced by Epstein to have sex with famous attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz numerous times, again at locations around the world, including in New Mexico.

Epstein owns or has owned a 26,700-square-foot mansion near Stanley south of Santa Fe on 10,000 acres known as the Zorro Ranch. The court filings don’t say where specifically in New Mexico the alleged sexual assaults took place.

But Dershowitz went on NBC’s “Today” show Monday to denounce the allegations and said that Jane Doe No. 3 accuses him of having sex with her at Epstein’s “ranch in New Mexico.” The allegations are “totally false and made up,” he said. Dershowitz, who has represented Epstein, said he’d only been at the ranch once for about an hour with friends and his wife and daughter. Epstein wasn’t present “and there were no girls around,” Dershowitz said.

The filing also alleges Jane Doe No. 3 was forced into sex with Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, with no connection to New Mexico. The case has attracted international news coverage and Buckingham Palace calls the allegations “categorically untrue.”

Dershowitz also filed a motion to intervene in the Florida case, calling the allegations “nothing more than a vehicle to impugn the reputation of Prof. Dershowitz, filed with the certain result of stirring up media interest.”

The new filings came in long-running litigation accusing federal prosecutors of striking a sweetheart deal on charges against Epstein for having sex with underage girls. Epstein served 13 months for procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution in 2008 and is a registered sex offender.

Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Santa Fe County is on land he purchased from the family of former Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Gary King.

Epstein made news previously in New Mexico. He twice attempted to contribute to King’s campaigns, but King returned the money. King received $15,000 from Epstein in 2006 when King first ran for attorney general and $35,000 from companies connected to Epstein for his gubernatorial campaign this year. Also in 2006, Epstein gave $50,000 to the re-election campaign of then-Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson said then he’d give the money he received from an Epstein-affiliated company, Zorro Trust, to local charities.

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