Jennifer Araoz told tthe “Today” Show that she was raped by wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 15 years old, and sexually abused at age 14.
Araoz said a woman who worked for Epstein approached her when she was 14 years old and told her that Epstein could help her acting career. Araoz was given $300 at Epstein’s townhouse for each visit.
Araoz recalled how she was taken into Epstein’s “massage room,” where she rubbed his back while wearing only her underwear:
That’s how he liked it,. I would just give massages back, then he would potentially, later on, turn over and play with himself. He would also like when I would play with his nipples, he used to get turned on by that.
Then he would finish himself off, then that would be the end of it. He would still give me the $300, you know. Normally, I would either get it from the secretary, who would leave it in a drawer, or in the massage room.
He knew very well my age. He knew exactly, you know, who he was hanging out with. I don’t think he cared.
Araoz said when she turned 15 years old Epstein ordered her to remove her underwear and climb on top of him where he forced her to have sex:
I said “I didn’t want to.” He very forcefully kind of brought me to the table. I just did what he told me to do. I was really scared. I didn’t necessarily think he was going to rape me.
Oh, yeah, definitely — there was no way. I don’t want to say I was screaming or anything of that nature. But I was terrified, and I was telling him to stop. “Please stop,” you know.
No, he did not stop. He had no intentions of stopping. That’s what he wanted, and that’s what he got.
He raped me, forcefully raped me. He knew exactly what he was doing. I don’t think cared. What hurts even more so is that if I wasn’t afraid to come forward sooner, then maybe he wouldn’t have done it to other girls. I feel really guilty. To this day, I feel really guilty.
(Source: TODAY show/Twitter)