A California woman identified only as Jane Doe has claimed that she was paraded in front of Donald Trump by Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 14 years old before being abused by the convicted sex offender. As The Daily Beast originally reported, the victim said that she was taken to Mar-A-Lago by Epstein and introduced to the future president.
“Doe also claims Epstein introduced her to Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago when she was only 14 years old,” the lawsuit claimed, as the Independent reports.“‘This is a good one, right?’ Epstein asked the future president, who allegedly smiled and nodded before sharing a chuckle with the depraved hedge funder.”
The news adds fuel to the fire for critics who question how much Trump knew about Epstein’s alleged activities. In 2002, Trump raved about Epstein in a statement that made it clear that Trump knew Epstein had an interest in younger women, though it has never been proven that he had any idea about the financier’s illegal activities.
“Terrific guy,” he said. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
The two reportedly had a falling out in the years following. Epstein was allegedly barred from Trump’s Florida residence and club, Mar-a-Lago, after reportedly making a pass at the teen daughter of a club member. An individual claimed that Trump was left with no choice but to ban Epstein after a blatantly inappropriate act, as the Miami Herald reported.
Trump has since claimed that Epstein was never a member of the club, though this claim has been proven false by the resort’s member records. Prior to that, the two men existed in similar social circles and are thought to have interacted.
The lawsuit is the latest addition to the claims against Epstein and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and it stated that they groomed the victim and sexually abused her for years, starting when she was 13 years old.
Doe claimed she met Maxwell and Epstein while at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, a school where Epstein reportedly stayed at and donated to. Later, she was introduced to Trump at an event.
Trump is not accused of participating in any illegal activity in the lawsuit. Maxwell is currently behind bars on charges relating to sex trafficking with Epstein, who died in prison last year. Trump has said that he wishes Maxwell “well” with her arrest and upcoming trial.