In an interview with The Sun over the weekend, a New York-born former fashion student, under the pseudonym “Samantha” alleges that she was raped by both Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein when she was 21.
At the time, Samantha was attending the Parsons School of Design in New York, when a colleague of hers invited her to a “rich guy’s house” that was fascinated with her “design work”.
“I was 21 at the time and a friend from the school – she approached me about going to some rich millionaire’s house uptown,” Samantha said.
“He apparently was interested in having some design work done on his house and he also wanted good looking girls to give him a massage.”
“She said I would earn some money I think it was $3/400 so I just thought ‘Why not? When I went, I remember almost passing the house because I was looking for one house and it seems like it takes up the whole block.”
“The house was huge, it was amazing. I remember there was a stairwell in the middle. The girl answered and took me upstairs to the massage room.”
“That’s when I met Epstein and he disrobed and I started giving him a massage and he was pleasant. He was talking to me about my school and design stuff. And then asked if I was interested in doing some work in his house.”
“Then he flipped over and he wasn’t approaching me in a sexual way but towards the end he started touching himself, pleasuring himself.
Shortly after, Samantha was introduced to Maxwell, who allegedly took Samantha out to find other, younger girls.
“She had this accent and she said something about me being too old and how he preferred blonde hair. I had darker hair. Then she took me out with her. We went to some local high school somewhere around there, but I didn’t feel comfortable with that.”
“She was approaching girls on the streets, which was embarrassing, and then she took me to a place called the The Coffee Shop in Manhattan and was showing me what type of girls he liked.”
“She would just go right up to them and ask them whether they were interested in modelling, And then she’d say something like ‘I have a very wealthy man that I worked for that has great influence in that fashion world and can help your career’ and she’d get numbers that way. I was so uncomfortable with that.”
Eventually, Samantha did find a 19-year-old to bring to Epstein, though Samantha told the girl to say we was just 16. It was once Ghislaine found out about the lie, Samantha stated in her interview, that Ghislaine raped Samantha.
“She was 19 but I told her to say she was 16. She went to meet them but I didn’t speak to her after so I didn’t know how it went,” Samantha said.
“Soon after I got a call to go to Epstein’s and Maxwell answered that time and took me to the massage room, which is where she started yelling at me and screaming, ‘You dirty, filthy whore, lying whore’.
“She was mad at me because of telling the other girl to lie about her age, And the next thing I knew she had a ball gag in my mouth, my hands around my back and she was raping me with a sex toy.”
“She had taken my clothes off. It all happened so fast, I was stunned. She was using the sex toy on me and on herself then she called in Epstein and he joined in. It was traumatizing. After they were finished I grabbed my clothes.”
“I remember her giving me $300 and saying, ‘Don’t think about going to the authorities because you won’t be alive to see your day in court’ or something like that.”
Samantha has since said that her life was “ruined” by the events that unfolded between Ghislaine, Epstein and herself.
“I was going to school for design. I had a future. And then I got to LA and I went into the sex trade.”
“I’ve never been married, this affected everything. It’s extremely traumatic when something like that happens and you’re not the same person after it happens. Then there’s just the embarrassment of it. I hid it from everyone.”
“I feel like they took away my ambition, my drive and my future.”
Ghislaine Maxwell is now being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, New York awaiting trial.