Jeffrey Epstein survivor Elizabeth Stein calls for people named in ‘retraumitizing’


An alleged survivor of Jeffrey Epstein‘s sex-trafficking ring has detailed her reaction to this month’s ‘retraumatizing’ document dump – which has her lawyer already airing plans to sue the FBI.

Joined by attorney Jennifer Freeman, Elizabeth Stein said she is also suing Ghislaine Maxwell and the late sex pest’s estate, after reading an impact statement at the socialite’s sentencing that claimed she was a student when Maxwell approached her.

Speaking to Law&Crime, she provided a similar account of how she was allegedly thrust into Epstein’s sordid syndicate – before detailing how the document’s release has impacted her and others who have come forward.

She called the release and subsequent lack of action ‘triggering’, but necessary if those involved – apart from Maxwell – are ever to be held accountable.

Freeman, meanwhile, unveiled her plans to sue the US’s foremost federal law enforcement agency, claiming they ignored reports from another Epstein accuser – and that the government knew what the financier was doing and ‘allowed it.’

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Elizabeth Stein, an alleged survivor of Jeffrey Epstein's sex-trafficking ring, has revealeed her reaction to this month's document dump - calling it 'retraumatizing'

Elizabeth Stein, an alleged survivor of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring, has revealeed her reaction to this month’s document dump – calling it ‘retraumatizing’

Representing Stein in a suit against Ghislaine Maxwell and the sex pest's estate is Jennifer Freeman, who was present for the interview and aired tentative plans to sue the FBI on behalf of another accuser. She alleged the government knew what Epstein was doing and 'allowed it'

Representing Stein in a suit against Ghislaine Maxwell and the sex pest’s estate is Jennifer Freeman, who was present for the interview and aired tentative plans to sue the FBI on behalf of another accuser. She alleged the government knew what Epstein was doing and ‘allowed it’

The conversation began with host Jesse Weber asking Stein how she feels now that more than 100 previously redacted names on a long-settled suit against Maxwell from fellow accuser Virginia Giuffre have been made public.   

To that, the woman who claims she was assaulted, raped, and trafficked ‘countless times’ over the course of a three year period replied: ‘I think that you know one of the pieces that we really haven’t heard a lot about in the media, is what the impact of this all is on survivors.’ 

‘I think that, you know, all of us who have come forward and told our stories, it’s taken a lot- you know… it takes a lot for someone to talk about the worst things that ever happened to them,’ she continued.

She went on to explain why tying the nitty gritty of details in Giuffre’s suit – which was settled out of court in 2017 – to certain names is important, claiming that without them, the public will never know the true extent of Epstein’s and others’ crimes. 

‘To some extent, I think that you are able to – I don’t want to say control the public narrative, because that’s not what I mean – but I think that when you tell your story, you’re telling your general story, without all of the details,’ Stein said.   

‘And I think that one of the things that we need to consider is that this document release is a release of all of the intimate details of these survivors’ experiences – so while people might know that these women are survivors, they might not know, you know, the minutia of what their experience was.

‘And I think that it’s important to remember that this is re-traumatizing to survivors,’ she continued.

She alleges that she was lured into Epstein's sordid sex trafficking ring after Epstein approached her while she worked at a department store, before being trafficked over a three-year period in both Florida and New York

She alleges that she was lured into Epstein’s sordid sex trafficking ring after Epstein approached her while she worked at a department store, before being trafficked over a three-year period in both Florida and New York

The remarks came after Stein - seen here leaving Maxwell's June 2022 sentencing with fellow accusers Sarah Ransome - was asked how she feels now that more than 100 previously redacted names on a settled suit against the socialite have been made public.

The remarks came after Stein – seen here leaving Maxwell’s June 2022 sentencing with fellow accusers Sarah Ransome – was asked how she feels now that more than 100 previously redacted names on a settled suit against the socialite have been made public.

Stein, who contends she was trafficked 'countless times' over the course of a three year period in New York and Florida, said: 'I think that you know one of the pieces that we really haven't heard a lot about in the media, is what the impact of this all is on survivors'

Stein, who contends she was trafficked ‘countless times’ over the course of a three year period in New York and Florida, said: ‘I think that you know one of the pieces that we really haven’t heard a lot about in the media, is what the impact of this all is on survivors’

‘You know, it’s one thing to have the public know, generally, that you’re a survivor of human trafficking,’ she added. ‘It’s another thing to have them know the very gory details – and the most the most intimate secrets – of your life.’

She went on to concede that while having such details available to the greater public ‘is really difficult,’ it provides a solution for what she said has ‘been missing from [the Epstein] conversation until now – ‘survivor voice.’

‘It’s, what is the impact on us, and for a lot of us, you know,’ Stein said.

‘This is a sex trafficking ring that went on for decades, and all of the survivors are at various places in their recovery.’

She added: ‘And to be bombarded by this constantly in the news – and to feel the invalidation that nothing’s really being done about it – is consistently triggering to the victims.’

The conversation, at that point, hovered around the potential ethical and legal implications of the recent document release, which Freeman explained likely would have gone unnoticed if it was still an ongoing litigation between two people.

‘If it were [a private deposition]’ she said, ‘[other accusers] might not have known that these details were going to be released.’

She went on to concede that while having such details available to the greater public 'is really difficult,' it provides a solution for what she said has 'been missing from [the Epstein] conversation until now - 'survivor voice.' 'It's, what is the impact on us, and for a lot of us, you know,' Stein said

She went on to concede that while having such details available to the greater public ‘is really difficult,’ it provides a solution for what she said has ‘been missing from [the Epstein] conversation until now – ‘survivor voice.’ ‘It’s, what is the impact on us, and for a lot of us, you know,’ Stein said 

The attorney went on to offer a theory as to why Epstein's crimes went unnoticed for so many years - one that involved another one of her clients in Maria Farmer (pictured), the first to file a formal complaint against Epstein, and the Federal Bureau of investigation

The attorney went on to offer a theory as to why Epstein’s crimes went unnoticed for so many years – one that involved another one of her clients in Maria Farmer (pictured), the first to file a formal complaint against Epstein, and the Federal Bureau of investigation

She went on to offer a theory as to why Epstein’s crimes went unnoticed for so many years – one that involved another one of her clients in Maria Farmer, the first to file a formal complaint against Epstein, and the Federal Bureau of investigation.

The Bureau was the agency that Farmer – a visual artist based in New York who was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor in 2019 – contacted in 1996 and again in 2006 to report how she was her then 15-year-old sister had been allegedly sexually assaulted by Epstein and Maxwell in separate locations in 1996.

The FBI never made an arrest – a decision Freeman called dubious, at best.

‘I’ve filed what’s called a notice of claim – which is a statutory prerequisite to bringing a claim against a federal agency like the FBI,’ she explained.

‘We will be filing a lawsuit in the near future against the FBI to find out why, when Maria Farmer… reported Epstein and Maxwell and others in 1996 the FBI did nothing,  and then why in 2006, when she reported again, they did nothing.’

Referencing Giuffre – whose alleged plight at the hands of Epstein lasted from 1999 to 2002 – Freeman went on: ‘And why was another of our clients trafficked at the very time that uh he was supposedly Epstein was supposedly being investigated in Florida.

‘Yet she was trafficked in New York and in at the his little island,’ she concluded, after US District Judge Loretta Preska’s 51-page order last month revealed how Giuffre previously alleged she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times at the behest of both Epstein and Maxwell – in London, New York and on his private Caribbean island.

‘How could this happen under the FBI’s nose?’ the attorney at this point asked, citing Stein’s similar plight that she claims took place in New York and Florida between 1994 and 1997.’

‘We have lots of theories,’ she went on, ‘but we [would] really love to be able to get the information to understand what really happened here 

Did they just not care about these young girls, or was there some kind of – this is just an allegation – confidential relationship with Epstein so the government knew what that he was doing and allowed it, because he was serving some function for the government 

‘We just don’t know,’ she admitted.

Citing the recent document dump as a sort of first step to securing this sort of knowledge, Freeman saind: ‘It’s really hard to know without a litigation without having the facts getting to the bottom of what really happened 

‘And for anybody who needed a crash course in. you know. litigation,’ she added, ‘clearly seeing this litigation between Maxwell and Giuffre, you see how much information can actually come up.

In the settled filing, Giuffre accuses Maxwell of helping Epstein traffic her as a minor, before naming various influential figures allegedly involved.

Preska’s 51-page order issued on December 18 unmasked 184 of those figures previously listed as either John and Jane Does – leading to a litany of discoveries.

Its release has been highly anticipated, as many had alleged they were being withheld from the public eye after the lawsuit was settled out of court in 2017.

Republicans in Congress have since fought for its release – including the names of powerful friends and acquaintances of the financier who flew on his private jet.

Maxwell, meanwhile, been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking as part of a separate criminal case at age 62

Preska's 51-page order issued on December 18 unmasked 184 of those figures previously listed as either John and Jane Does - leading to a litany of discoveries. One of them was Prince Andrew, who was named in a separate suit filed by her that was also settled, but appeared again in the unredacted lawsuit

Preska’s 51-page order issued on December 18 unmasked 184 of those figures previously listed as either John and Jane Does – leading to a litany of discoveries. One of them was Prince Andrew, who was named in a separate suit filed by her that was also settled, but appeared again in the unredacted lawsuit

Other names included former President Bill Clinton (seen here with Epstein and convicted accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell at the White House in 1993) though he was not accused of any wrongdoing

Other names included former President Bill Clinton (seen here with Epstein and convicted accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell at the White House in 1993) though he was not accused of any wrongdoing

One of them was Prince Andrew, who was named in a separate suit filed by her that was also settled, but appeared again in the unredacted lawsuit. 

A total of 15 others were accused of ‘serious wrongdoing,’ while 90 are described as having been ‘affiliated’ with Epstein in some way.

Stein, meanwhile, read an impact statement at the socialite’s sentencing, saying she was a student when Maxwell approached her and brought her into the syndicate.

‘I was assaulted, raped, and trafficked countless times in New York and Florida during a three-year period,’ Stein said in court, adding that she at one point became pregnant and had an abortion.

She seeks damages in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, which names two executors for Epstein’s estate along with Maxwell.

In 1992, when Stein was a teenager attending Fashion Institute of Technology, she began interning at the now-defunct Henri Bendel department store.

Stein previously said that she had to have an abortion after getting pregnant at the hands of one of the many men she was trafficked to

Stein previously said that she had to have an abortion after getting pregnant at the hands of one of the many men she was trafficked to 

She alleged that she was lured into Epstein's sordid sex trafficking ring after Epstein approached her while she worked at a department store Maxwell allegedly asked Stein to deliver her purchases to a hotel room, where she was later forced to have a threesome

She alleged that she was lured into Epstein’s sordid sex trafficking ring after Epstein approached her while she worked at a department store Maxwell allegedly asked Stein to deliver her purchases to a hotel room, where she was later forced to have a threesome 

About two years into the job, when she was 21, Maxwell approached her, according to the criminal complaint.

As Maxwell shopped, she allegedly claimed that her colleague was close friends with Les Wexner, former CEO of Victoria’s Secret, whose retailing and marketing conglomerate once owned Henri Bendel.

The complaint states that Maxwell later asked Stein to deliver her purchases to the St. Regis on Fifth Avenue. There, the concierge directed her to the bar, where Maxwell and Epstein were drinking.

Stein joined Maxwell and Epstein in a hotel room to deliver the packages. The pair allegedly changed into monogrammed bathrobes before asking about Stein’s ‘personal and sex life.’

They allegedly began kissing and touching each other before asking if Stein had ever participated in a threesome.

‘Maxwell then encouraged [Stein] to join them and assured her ‘it would be fun,’ the complaint reads.

As Stein was ‘hesitant and afraid of Epstein or Maxwell hurting her physically and professionally,’ she complied. At one point, Stein allegedly asked to stop and was ignored.

The duo relented after she said her then-boyfriend was on his way home – but as she headed out, Epstein ‘handed her cash and stated it was a ‘tip,” the complaint reads.

Stein felt ‘confused, betrayed, humiliated, and completely violated’ by the gesture. What followed was ‘a three-year nightmare,’ according to the complaint.

Despite her efforts to get away from the duo, Maxwell tracked Stein down when she began working at a different store and invited her to a party in fall 1995, the criminal complaint says

Despite her efforts to get away from the duo, Maxwell tracked Stein down when she began working at a different store and invited her to a party in fall 1995, the criminal complaint says

To 'make up for the assault,' Maxwell invited Stein on a vacation to Epstein's Palm Beach home, where she was raped while other guests looked on, the complaint states

To ‘make up for the assault,’ Maxwell invited Stein on a vacation to Epstein’s Palm Beach home, where she was raped while other guests looked on, the complaint states

In 1994, Stein was asked to be an assistant manager at Henri Bendel, but she declined the role to focus on her schooling.

Months later, Maxwell called Stein, furious that she turned down the job offer that ‘Maxwell and Epstein were involved in securing,’ the complaint says.

Stein took a job at Bloomingdale’s after graduation. But Maxwell allegedly came in a few months later and ‘befriended’ her again.

In the fall of 1995, Maxwell invited Stein over to Epstein’s home for a dinner party, where Stein was brought to a room with a massage table. According to the complaint, she was made to ‘engage in sexual acts with others in the room.’

Months later, Maxwell allegedly invited Stein to a New Year’s Eve party at the Waldorf Astoria and bought her a dress to wear.

Stein later learned that her ‘date’ was Maxwell and Epstein, who allegedly told her to have sex with them.

When she resisted, the duo ‘became physically aggressive,’ made fun of her for taking the subway to the party, and said they were ‘going to show her what a train is tonight.’

Epstein then raped her vaginally, anally and orally while Maxwell held her down, the complaint says.

Afterward, Stein was allegedly raped by an unknown man as she was restrained by Maxwell and Epstein before they all went downstairs. The complaint states that Stein left after she started vomiting.

‘To make up for the New Year’s sexual assault,’ Maxwell invited Stein on a Florida vacation, the complaint alleges.

In Florida, Stein was taken to Epstein’s Palm Beach home, where she was ‘sexually assaulted by the pool while other guests watched.’

According to the complaint, Stein began to resist the abuse, which resulted in her being punished. She was allegedly barred from leaving Florida for several days, which led to her being fired from her job.

Maxwell was convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last year

Maxwell was convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment last year

She earned the nickname 'prison Karen' after filing more than 400 complaints over the unfavorable conditions at FCI Tallahassee

She earned the nickname ‘prison Karen’ after filing more than 400 complaints over the unfavorable conditions at FCI Tallahassee

After returning home, she learned she had gotten pregnant and was allegedly forced by Maxwell to get an abortion.

The duo ‘continued stalking her with repeated phone calls and cabled messages to her,’ the complaint reads.

Stein first attended Maxwell’s trial in 2021, watching the proceedings as a member of the public.

She returned to Manhattan for the heiress’s sentencing in June 2022 and read a victim impact statement, describing the events as ‘so traumatizing that to this day I’m unable to speak about them.’

She said Epstein and Maxwell ‘terrified’ her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what they did.

 Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in 2019 as he awaited trial. His death was ruled a suicide.

Maxwell was convicted two years later and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

She earned the moniker ‘prison Karen’ at FCI Tallahassee in Florida after filing over 400 complaints about prison conditions.

In May, accuser Carolyn Adriano – whose testimony helped put Maxwell behind bars –was found dead in a hotel room of a suspected overdose.

Following Maxwell’s sentencing, Adriano spoke with Dailymail.com, saying she was glad that her voice had been heard.

‘It’s so important because I have my own daughters now,’ she said during an exclusive interview in 2022.

During the trial, Carolyn didn’t use her last name, but revealed it to help empower other abuse victims.

‘I’m not ashamed at being a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell,’ Adriano said.

‘For other girls that have been victimized, I want them to know that it is OK to come out and tell somebody – even if you don’t want to be identified – and the sooner the better.’



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