Araoz told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview that she had started going to Epstein’s Manhattan home and gave him massages dressed only in her underwear.
“I was 14 years old, what the hell do you know when you’re that young?” Araoz asked.
The encounters began after a woman Araoz called a “recruiter” talked to her outside her school in meetings that spanned over a year.
She said “that he (Epstein) was just a great guy,” and that he could probably help Araoz with her career.
When visiting Epstein’s home, Araoz said he was very nice and told her he’d heard a lot about her. She was served wine, she said, even though he knew her age. “I don’t think he cared,” she said.
She went to his home once or twice a week, Araoz said. After each visit, she said, she was given $300, and the visits eventually began to include massages.
There were several sexually suggestive items in Epstein’s home, Araoz said, including “prosthetic breasts he could play with while he was taking a bath, it was very odd.”
She says she wasn’t completely comfortable with the massage sessions, but she was “afraid he would get angry” with her if she didn’t do as asked.
After she finished massaging him, she stated, he would turn over, “finish himself off and that would be the end of it.”
After about a year, Epstein asked Araoz to take off her underwear and get on top of him, she said.”I said I didn’t want to … he kind of very forcefully brought me to the table and I did what he wanted,” she said.
“I was terrified and I was telling him to stop, please stop,” but he didn’t, she said. She didn’t recognize what happened as rape at the time, Araoz said.
“I thought it was my fault, I thought I was obligated. I didn’t know better.”
Araoz said she never went back after that, even though Epstein’s staff continued to reach out to her.