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A 15 Year-Old Girl Was Allegedly Held Hostage on Epstein’s Island

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Newly unsealed court documents contain a slew of horrifying allegations against the billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and those in his inner circle, including claims that a 15-year-old Swedish girl was essentially held hostage on his private island, and that friends of Epstein’s had taken her passport and phone, and demanded sex from her.

These claims come from nearly a huge tranche of documents recently unsealed by the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals related to the defamation lawsuit filed by Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre against his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. As part of the case, Giuffre’s legal team cited testimony from Rinaldo Rizzo, a former house manager for one of Epstein and Mexwell’s friends, Eva Andersson-Dubin.

Per the document, Rizzo testified “through tears” in a deposition that he had once seen Maxwell “bring a 15-year-old Swedish girl to Dubin’s house” while he was working there. (A spokesperson for the Dubins denies the allegations in the unsealed filing, calling them “demonstrably false.”) Andersson-Dubin is the wife of hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, and is Swedish herself, a former model and now a well-known doctor, who supposedly dated Epstein before marrying her husband. Andersson-Dubin’s name can be found on Epstein’s private jet flight logs, and the couple remained friendly with Epstein enough after his 2008 conviction of soliciting prostitution from an underage girl (to which he pled guilty) to invite him to Thanksgiving dinner in 2009.

Rizzo’s description of encountering the 15-year-old in Dubin’s kitchen is disturbing. She had no passport or phone, he said, she was crying, and had no idea how she had gotten to New York from “the island,” referring to Epstein’s compound in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “She sat down and sat in the stool … with no expression and with [her] head down,” Rizzo told investigators. She was “literally quivering.”

Rizzo said that the underage girl blurted out quickly to him and his wife, who was present, “I was on an island, I was on the island and there was Ghislaine, there was Sarah [Kellen, Epstein’s former assistant who allegedly kept a Rolodex of young girls for him] … They asked me for sex, I said no … I was on the island, I don’t know how I got from the island to here. Last afternoon or in the afternoon I was on the island, and now I’m here.”

As the traumatized girl spoke, Rizzo says he asked her, “Do you have a passport, do you have a phone?” She allegedly said, per Rizzo, “Sarah took her passport and her phone and gave it to Ghislaine Maxwell,” and that she was “threatened by Ghislaine not to discuss this.” Rizzo continued to ask how the girl got to New York, and she said she didn’t know, nor had she tried to contact her parents. Rizzo said that she repeated that before she arrived at Dubin’s home, “she was threatened again by Jeffrey and Ghislaine not to talk about what I had mentioned earlier, about — again, the word she used was sex.”

Another alleged Epstein victim, Sarah Ransome, has said that Maxwell and Epstein kept her passport when she was trafficked to his private island. She once allegedly tried to swim away before she was brought back. Reports have claimed that girls as young as 12 were brought to the island for sex with Epstein.

In response to Epstein’s arrest last month, the Dubins released a statement through a representative saying they were “horrified by the new allegations against Jeffrey Epstein. Had they been aware of the vile and unspeakable conduct described in these new allegations, they would have cut off all ties and certainly never have allowed their children to be in his presence.” Additionally, their spokesperson told the Cut, regarding today’s document release, “Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory. The Dubins have flight records and other evidence that definitively disprove that any such events occurred.”

Maxwell has repeatedly denied the allegations against her and has not been arrested. In the filing, Giuffre’s lawyers say that the evidence they’ve presented is “a fraction of the testimony that will be elicited at trial about [Maxwell’s] involvement in the sexual abuse and trafficking of Ms. Giuffre.”

This article has been updated to reflect comments from a spokesperson representing Glenn and Eva Dubin.

A 15-Year-Old Was Allegedly Held Hostage on Epstein’s Island