Jeffrey Epstein meets first known underage victim at prestigious Michigan arts camp: book
Jeffrey Epstein, a deceased convicted sex offender, met his first known underage victim at a Michigan summer arts camp to which he made a large donation, according to an excerpt from a new book by the Miami investigative reporter Herald, Julie K. Brown.
The book, titled “Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story,” details Brown’s years-long investigation into Epstein’s child sex trafficking operation and its impact on his victims. Brown recounts how Epstein used his fortune to “prey on young girls,” including participants at the Interlochen arts camp, where Epstein had built a pavilion on campus.
Epstein frequently visited the camp with his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell. In 1994, the couple allegedly “befriended” a thirteen-year-old girl at the camp.
“The girl had just lost her father, a classical music conductor, so she was still grieving and vulnerable,” Brown writes in the excerpt. “The camp maintains it never received a complaint about Epstein, and the woman, who now lives in California, has not spoken publicly.”
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“In an affidavit, Epstein’s former butler Alessi mentioned that the girl often visited Epstein’s mansion in Florida and that her name later appeared on his plane’s logbooks,” she added.
Brown noted that a woman, who has not been identified, filed a complaint in January 2020 alleging a similar reunion with Epstein at camp when she was 13.
“The woman said she was sitting alone on a bench between classes when Epstein and Maxwell approached her, telling her that they were patrons who wanted to give scholarships to talented young artists like her,” the woman said. ‘extract.
In the lawsuit, the woman alleges that Epstein and Maxwell began asking her about her background, with Epstein eventually asking for her phone number. Epstein then contacted the girl’s mother, saying he “helped young talent” and invited them both to his Palm Beach mansion.
“Over the next several months, Epstein and Maxwell tried to groom the thirteen-year-old girl. He told her to call him his ‘godfather’, and Maxwell befriended her as an older sister, according to the costume, ”Brown writes. “They took her to the movies, went shopping, and invited her to spend more and more time at the estate. Soon the sexual comments started.”
Epstein allegedly paid for the girl’s music lessons and gave her mother money.
The book says that Epstein assaulted the girl for several years, Maxwell would have berated her if she resisted his advances. Epstein allegedly moved the girl and her mother to an apartment in New York City and paid her to attend private school.
“In 1999, when she was eighteen, she finally left him and moved to start a new life. For a while, Epstein called her repeatedly and berated her for not appreciate it. But soon the calls ceased. By that point, Epstein had moved on to new, younger prey, “the snippet says.
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Epstein committed suicide while in federal prison in 2019 awaiting trial for sex trafficking. Maxwell has been jailed since last July and faces charges of seducing minors, child sex trafficking and perjury.
Brown’s book on his investigations into Epstein is due out on Tuesday.