Dozens of women who recruited teenage girls for the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse claim they are victims.
Esptein, who died a New York jail 2019 while facing of charges of sex-trafficking, is accused of abusing hundreds of women and girls for decades with the help of schedulers, who coordinated when his victims visited, and socialites who help fund his extravagant lifestyle.
But in interviews with POLITICO, the women say that they themselves were targeted by Epstein when they were either struggling with money, had been ostracized from family, or were themselves underage.
Two women in his circle even served as the lead prosecutors on his case when he faced charges for the first time in 2006.
In fact, at least one of the women has even claimed compensation from a victim’s fund due to what she describes as abuse from the late billionaire.
The women who helped recruit underage girls and young women for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein say they were victims of his as well. Pictured: Epstein (left) with Ghislane Maxwell in New York City, March 2005
Rina Oh, 42 (left) , said Epstein lured her in by helping her with tuition and paying for an art studio. Oh, who recruited three women for Epstein, including Marijke Chartouni (right), says she has sought money from a victim’s compensation due to Epstein’s abuse of her
Oh is accused of cutting one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, with a knife during a sex act. Pictured: Roberts (center) with Prince Andrew (left) and Maxwell (right)
RINA OH: THE ‘RECRUITER’ WHO IS NOW SEEKING MONEY FROM THE VICTIM’S COMPENSATION FUND
One of the women, Rina Oh, 42, told POLITICO she was introduced to Epstein by a friend in 2000 when she was just 21 years old, at the time a struggling artist.
Epstein began paying for her art classes and even acquired a studio for her in SoHo, a lower Manhattan neighborhood so se could pain and sculpt, Oh thought he might even buy artwork from her.
However, it wasn’t long before Epstein’s intentions were clear.
‘The whole thing got really sketchy when he started…asking me, ‘Are there any cute girls in your class that you can bring over here?’ Oh told POLITICO.
Oh said she introduced at least three adult women – in their late teens and early 20s – to Epstein.
One of the women, Marijke Chartouni, whom Oh introduced to Epstein when she was 20, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Oh and Epstein during that first meeting.
Oh (Pictured) said Epstein paying for of tuition and the SoHo studio were tools of his ‘prolonged and repeated’ sexual abuse.
And Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has been public in her accusations of Epstein was recruited by Ghislane Maxwell – now charged with recruiting underage girls for Epstein – but said Oh was violent towards her.
Roberts Giuffre claims that Oh loved to cut up sex partner with knives and said she received one such cut on her thigh at just 17 years old.
Oh denies any allegations of assault and told POLITICO that Epstein ‘manipulated’ and abused her during that same meeting with Chartouni
A compensation fund set up by Epstein’s estate has received more than 175 claims and has paid out more than $67 million, according to POLITICO.
Some of the women are victims like Chartouni who were recruited and assaulted by Epstein.
But others are women who recruited others for Epstein and now see themselves as victims, like Oh, who has applied for money from the fund.
In an email to POLITICO, Oh said Epstein paying for of tuition and the SoHo studio were tools of his ‘prolonged and repeated’ sexual abuse.
‘You don’t know it’s happening to you,’ Oh said. ‘I was lied to, and I was used,’ she said. ‘And unlike many, many people, I walked away.
SARAH KELLEN: GHISLANE MAXWELL’S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN WHO SAID EPSTEIN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF HER
Another former Epstein associate who now considers herself a victim is Sarah Kellen, 41, one of the women who scheduled and managed the teenage girls who came and left Epstein’s home.
According to POLITICO, she would take down contact information, relay messages and make travel arrangements.
Kellen has been accused in lawsuits of being Maxwell’s ‘second in command’ and even escorting girls up to Epstein’s room.
But in a statement, Kellen claims Epstein took advantage of her when she began working from him at age 22 after divorcing her first husband and becoming estrange from her family of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
‘When Sarah was targeted by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, she, like many of their victims, was struggling financially and emotionally,’ her spokesperson told POLITICO.
‘Soon after Sarah was brought into Epstein’s world, he began to sexually and psychologically abuse her – abuse that endured for years.’
Sarah Kellen, who was described at Ghislane Maxwell’s right hand woman, who helped schedule girls for Epstein said she is a victim. Pictured: Kellen (left) with Maxwell (right), in New York City, June 2005
Kellen said Epstein took advantage of while she was going through a divorce and estranged from her Jehovah’s Witness family. Pictured: Kellen and her husband Brian Vickers pose for a photo together while skiing
NADIA MARCINOVA: THE ‘SEX SLAVE’ WHO VISITED EPSTEIN IN JAIL MORE THAN 50 TIMES
Nadia Marcinkova, 36, who engaged in sex acts with Epstein’s victims and visited him in jail more than 50 times when he jailed in Florida in 2008, said she is also a victim.
Nadia Marcinkova, 36 (pictured), who visited Epstein more than 50 times in jail in 2008 said she is a victim because Epstein began having sex with her when she was underage
In a Palm County Beach police report, Epstein bragged that he bought Marcinkova and brought her to the U.S. when she was 15 years old to be his sex slave.
There is no evidence that this occurred, but reinforced the idea that Epstein was comfortable with the idea of having sex with minors.
In the same police report, one of Epstein’s victims said he would direct her and Marcinkova to have sex with strap-on dildos and other sex toys.
The girl was also made to watch while Epstein and Marcinkova had sex.
‘Nadia wants to speak out about her victimization and help Epstein’s other survivors,’ her attorney said in a statement to POLITICO.
‘Unfortunately, she is not yet able to comment publicly.’
It’s unknown if either Kellen or Marcinkova have applied for restitution payments from the victim’s compensation fund.