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- Jeffrey Epstein took business calls in the middle of sexual massages from a trafficked woman, a new lawsuit alleges.
- An alleged victim claimed that Epstein would halt a massage when "on the verge" of climax, then make high-powered business calls.
- The lawsuit said the calls seemed to be with important people, and was part of a broader attempt to pressure her into cooperating.
- She said she first met Epstein in 2006, and eventually "feared for her safety and felt forced into engaging in these sexual acts against her will."
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Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein took business calls at the same time as receiving sexual massages from trafficked women, a new lawsuit claims.
The complaint, filed on Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court by an alleged victim referred to as "Priscilla Doe," said that Epstein would take multiple phone calls with important people during the massages.
The complaint alleged that the Epstein would stop and make a phone call when he was "on the verge of ejaculating."
"Jeffrey Epstein would then take or initiate up to four business calls during any particular sexual massage."
It said "Epstein would always answer the phone if someone called" during a sexual massage." She did not name the people he spoke with, "out of fear of retaliation."
In these calls, he "would seem to be advising the individuals he called in a very stern, authoritative voice," Doe claimed.
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The lawsuit alleged that Doe sometimes "heard Jeffrey Epstein using a very angry and threatening tone and voice, making it known to the other party, and to Plaintiff, that he had the ability to cause serious harm to powerful people and anyone who did not cooperate with him."
"The reasonable impression that Plaintiff had from overhearing his phone calls and listening to what he told her was that Jeffrey Epstein controlled very powerful and influential people and that disobeying him would cause serious repercussions for the disobedient party."
The lawsuit is one of a growing number filed against Epstein, who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail on August 10.
He was being held on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. He had pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Business Insider has contacted an attorney for Epstein about the allegations outlined in the lawsuit, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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She claimed that Maxwell made sure there were young women "constantly on call to sexually service" Epstein
According to the complaint, Doe was 20 when she met Epstein in 2006. She described meeting a "recruiter" who said that she could have a job "giving massages to a very wealthy man."
She claimed Epstein told her that he could advance her dance career "if she would do what he wanted her to do."
Epstein allegedly made the massages "more sexual" over time and "forced himself on Plaintiff and took her virginity against her will and wishes."
She said that Epstein and his associates took her passport when they were on his island so that she could not leave voluntarily.
The lawsuit says she "feared for her safety and felt forced into engaging in these sexual acts against her will."
She said that Epstein began to control her life, including her clothing and what food she could eat, while regularly having sex with her. "At no time did he give her a choice not to cooperate," the complaint alleges.
Doe also alleged that Maxwell told her about servicing Epstein "in a serious manner that instilled genuine fear in Plaintiff that her failure to comply would cause her serious harm."
Maxwell previously denied recruiting women for Epstein and has not been charged with any crimes, but she has come under a new spotlight since Epstein’s death.
Another lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleged that Epstein gave "Massage for Dummies" books to the young women he had massage him.
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