Jennifer Araoz, 34, who was raped by Jeffrey Epstein in 2002 and sued Ghislaine Maxwell, has now called on the US to investigate Prince Andrew
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A woman who survived being raped by Jeffrey Epstein and once sued Ghislaine Maxwell has called on the US authorities to investigate Prince Andrew next.
Jennifer Araoz, 34, told The Sun how she was raped by the multi-millionaire when she was only 15-years-old.
She sued Ghislaine Maxwell who is now facing the rest of her life in prison after being convicted on five out of six counts of sex trafficking for her ex-lover.
Jennifer attended the trial in New York to support accusers who testified against her.
She said the fact that Ghislaine is a woman hurts a bit more, and that she should have been more caring towards the girls.
And she added she was just like Epstein, if not worse and that next Prince Andrew needed to be investigated.
She said: “Prince Andrew needs to be investigated for any women who were involved with him.
“The TV interview he had to ‘prove his innocence’ didn’t come across very well in my opinion.
“If the authorities haven’t investigated other people by now, it’s hard to see if they will. But I have a lot of faith in the justice system – if they feel like they need to go further then they will.”
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Jennifer called Ghislaine “sadistic” and “evil” and that she should spend the rest of her life in jail.
Speaking of Prince Andrew – and others accused of wrongdoing – Jennifer added: “The authorities should have been investigating other people a long time ago.
A representative for Andrew declined to comment.
This comes as Prince Andrew’s legal team has made an “unprecedented” call for witness testimony to be kept secret in his sex abuse case amid claims he should be “quaking in his boots”.
The Duke has been accused of sexually abusing trafficked teenager Virginia Giuffre and called for depositions, including his own, to all be kept secret.
Ms Giuffre’s representatives say there is “no logic or authority for such a provision”.
Maxwell could face more than 60 years behind bars, and the court’s decision sparked speculation she could name names in a bid to reduce her sentence.
Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims she was trafficked to London where she claims she was forced to sleep with the Duke while she was a ‘teen sex slave’ of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was then a close friend of Andrew.
The royal vehemently denies the allegations.
Attorney Linda Bloom, who represents several of Epstein’s victims, said the Maxwell verdict should cause alarm for the Duke’s camp.
Jennifer now lives in Queens and was just 14-years-old when she was recruited to meet Epstein.
She told The Sun how she was groomed and described Epstein as a “fatherly figure” when she first met him.
She said: “I went to a school for musical theatre and he had promised he would direct me and introduce me to the lead producers and agents.
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“He told me how beautiful I was, and how talented, saying he would get me to some modeling agents. I was 14 – it was everything a young girl would want to hear.”
Then, when Epstein began asking for massages she said she felt “obligated” to but the massages were a ruse for the sexual abuse that Jennifer and other young women sufered.
To find out more about Jennifer’s non-profit, visit www.survivorsinitiative.org.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.