To keep an eye on all of his visitors, Epstein had an invasive panopticon room

by | Feb 21, 2024

(The Sydney Morning Herald)

According to a new lawsuit brought by two accusers in Manhattan federal court, sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein provided his victims with car services and cellphones so he could track their movements. He also hired men to keep an eye on what was happening in his mansion in New York, from a CCTV control room.

Epstein and his allies threatened anyone who might cooperate with the police, in order to keep the women quiet, gathering information to use against them. After the perverse financier mistreated the victims, or enlisted other young women and girls in the scheme, they paid them hundreds of dollars in “hush money. “

Without Epstein's right-hand men, his longtime personal attorney Darren Indyke and accountant Richard Kahn, who have long denied any wrongdoing in relation to their former boss, none of this would be possible, according to the lawsuit.

Indyke and Kahn are being sued by Danielle Bensky and Jane Doe 3, who allege that they have supported the late sex offender's “cult-like” trafficking network for more than ten years. According to the complaint, Kahn arrived around 2005 while Indyke joined Epstein's inner circle in 1995.

Without the cooperation and support of others, the Epstein Enterprise would not have continued to exist for as long as it did, at its scope, and in its entirety, according to the legal filing. These Defendants were as crucial and essential to Epstein's operation as anyone else, possibly with the exception of Ghislaine Maxwell.

Following two multimillion dollar settlements from JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank that victims filed in late 2022 for providing the funding for Epstein's sex-trafficking ring, the lawsuit seeks class action status.

Kahn and Indyke, who co-executed Epstein's estate, have avoided press interviews, maintained a low profile, and avoided social media, according to The Daily Beast. In 2020, according to one source, Indyke “was plucked out of obscurity by Epstein” and had a very private life if he had one outside of Epstein.

Meanwhile, Richard allegedly worked away from the office, according to another insider connected to Kahn.

However, according to the new lawsuit, Indyke and Kahn are accused of “aiding, abetting, and facilitating” Epstein's battery and obstructing government enforcement of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, they were “well aware” of his predations.

The complaint claims that Indyke and Kahn chose money and power over following the law because they knew they would make millions of dollars in exchange for facilitating Epstein's sex abuse and trafficking.

The men “intentionally concealed the extent of their personal involvement in the sex-trafficking venture,” it continues, by making themselves out to be merely Epstein's outside advisors.

Two additional victims and the inner workings of the trafficking operation are revealed by the lawsuit. If the girls ever disobeyed him, Epstein and his attorneys would gather information about them to use against them, according to the complaint. His New York mansion had a room where men Epstein hired kept an eye on what was happening inside, and his homes were also constantly being watched.

Victims like Maria Farmer and Jennifer Araoz have come forward in the past to criticize Epstein's surveillance system. The latter allegedly described in a lawsuit that “Inside the front door, there were many security cameras pointing in all directions.” Ms. Araoz could actually see herself entering the room on small TVs when the camera was turned on.

When a woman hired Bensky in 2004 to massage Epstein for $300, his enablers persuaded her to go back to his New York apartment. According to the complaint, Bensky was terrified of what would happen to her if she refused because she was in awe of Epstein's mansion and his wealth and power.

Epstein boasted of his connections to influential people, once telling her he was speaking with Kevin Spacey, an actor. According to the lawsuit, Epstein also claimed to have friends in positions of authority, but he also “knew how they liked to party, so they would never betray him.” For a humanitarian mission to Africa in 2002, Spacey boarded Epstein's aircraft with former president Bill Clinton, actor Chris Tucker, and other members of the orbit.

European Union citizen Jane Doe 3 claimed Epstein flew her to New York and kept her at one of his apartments at 301 East 66th Street. According to the complaint, Epstein “lured Jane Doe 3 to accompany him to several places where he or Ghislaine Maxwell had homes “in 2014.

Defendants Indyke and Kahn received millions of dollars from Epstein and his entities, according to the defendants’ attorney David Boies, who was named in the complaint.

In return, they gave Epstein the money he needed to carry out his sex trafficking, concealed what was happening behind a web of corporate facades, framed his financial dealings to hide their true intentions, and set up fictitious same sex marriages so that they could fraudulently provide a basis for keeping European victims in this country.

Indyke and Kahn claim that the Boies Schiller firm's filing from last week “extraordinarily surprised and disappointed them. “

The allegations of wrongdoing in the complaint have been categorically rejected by Mrs. Indyke and Mr. Kahn, according to their attorney, Daniel Weiner, who stated in a statement that neither of them has ever been found to have engaged in any misconduct.

Weiner continued to state that Indyke and Kahn were responsible for “establishing the first-ever victim compensation program by an estate—a widely acclaimed procedure through which the Estate paid out more than $121 million to 135 women—and resolved claims on behalf of the estate brought by 50 other women who either did not participate in that compensation program or sought more than they were awarded.”

The lawsuit alleges that Indyke and Kahn were involved in the creation of Epstein's “complex financial infrastructure,” which was made up of numerous bank accounts connected to “corporate entities with no legitimate business purpose.” Additionally, they contributed to the establishment and administration of some of Epstein's “sham entities,” including his alleged charitable organizations, the C. O. U. Q. Foundation and Gratitude America Ltd.

According to the legal filing, the men made sure Epstein had access to money by personally withdrawing or setting up the withdrawal of thousands of dollars several times per month, preventing banks from conducting due diligence reports and being discovered by law enforcement.

According to the lawsuit, they had power of attorney or signatory authority over virtually all of Epstein's accounts and were able to personally authorize and sign off on payments totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars, including, but not limited to, recruiting compensation, legal fees, apartment rent, and tuition.

Indyke was a signatory to one account that paid more than $2.5 million to dozens of women with Eastern European surnames and an immigration attorney who allegedly assisted Epstein in setting up “forced marriages,” which were used to keep immigrant victims in the nation.

In one arranged marriage, Kahn is charged with supplying a letter of reference for the immigration case, and Indyke allegedly collaborated with an immigration attorney to prepare the victim for contact with U.S. immigration officials. According to the lawsuit, Indyke attempted to talk the victim out of getting divorced and leaving Epstein by threatening to take away her protection.

According to the complaint, Epstein paid for Kahn to attend law school and obtain a license, richly compensating them both for their loyalty.

All women who received compensation from Epstein's estate, including one of the plaintiffs in the most recent lawsuit, released the estate and others from any and all future claims, according to Weiner, the co-executors’ attorney.

Years after Epstein's 2019 passing, others have been pursuing justice, aside from Bensky and Jane Doe. Twelve accusers filed a federal lawsuit against the FBI last week in Manhattan for failing to thoroughly look into Epstein as early as the 1990s.

Source: The Daily Beast

 

 

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