Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, donated money to a hospital that treated one of his alleged victims, reports said.
Maxwell, 57, reportedly gave $1,000 to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2007 where Virginia Roberts, who was 17 at the time, said she was taken by Epstein and Maxwell following an alleged sexual assault by the now-deceased financier.
Reports state that Maxwell, who denies she ever acted as a madam for Epstein, also donated $350 to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, an organization known as “the nation’s leading organisation serving trafficking victims and survivors.”
On Wednesday, Breitbart News reported that Jennifer Araoz, one of Epstein’s alleged victims, was suing his estate and Maxwell.
“I am here because today is my first step toward reclaiming my power,” Araoz told reporters. “While I am angry about Epstein’s death, my resolve is only strengthened. None of that is diminished simply because he chose to take his own life.”
Araoz said she was only 15 when Epstein allegedly raped her at his Manhattan townhouse. Araoz also described Maxwell as Epstein’s “recruiter.”
The complaint alleges that Maxwell and Epstein’s other staffers “conspired with each other to make possible and otherwise facilitate the sexual abuse and rape of Plaintiff.”
On Friday, the medical examiner’s office ruled Epstein’s death a suicide by hanging. However, reports said an autopsy also revealed several broken bones in the 66-year-old’s neck, injuries that are most common in cases of homicide by strangulation.
Epstein’s former bodyguard, Igor Zinoviev, said on August 12 that he believes someone helped Epstein commit suicide.
“Somebody helped him to do that,” he told the Intelligencer. Zinoviev did not elaborate further, but said he did not have anything against his former boss.
“I’m not sad. I mean, I didn’t have anything against him, like a bad thing, you know? I don’t care about his life completely. I don’t give a, let’s say, like, crap about how he die, how he live, or how he’s managed,” Zinoviev concluded.