A teenage girl from West Palm Country has filed a $50 million lawsuit against New York billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, accusing the former Bear Stearns trader turned money manager for the super-rich of sexually molesting her when she was 14 (or as the New York Post eloquently puts it, "Tycoon Perved Me At 14""). According to the suit, the now 17-year-old teen -- known only as Jane Doe -- was assaulted in 2005 after Epstein offered to pay her $300 for a personal massage at his Palm Beach mansion. The suit also alleges the girl "experienced confusion, shame, humiliation, embarrassment, and the assault sent her life into a downward spiral," and that "Epstein has a sexual preference and obsession for underage minor girls. He engaged in a plan and scheme in which he gained access to primarily economically disadvantaged minor girls in his home, sexually assaulted these girls, and then gave them money."
The Post further notes:
Doe is at the center of a sensational criminal case against Epstein that is pending in West Palm Beach, where police charge that the billionaire regularly paid young women to give him massages while he masturbated and sometimes groped them.
Epstein is expected to be sentenced to 18 months in prison when he pleads guilty in March to a single charge of soliciting an underage prostitute.
Watch a video report of the case here.
Read Philip Weiss' December 2007 profile of Epstein in New York magazine here.
Download the full complaint made available by Radar magazine here.