Jeffrey Epstein had Panopticon room where hired security watched house guests’ every movements, lawsuit claims

Jeffrey Epstein had a panopticon room where his security guards watched guests’ every move, a lawsuit claims.

The disgraced financier operated the surveillance system at his New York City mansion in order to gather dirt on his victims, according to a lawsuit filed by two accusers.

Danielle Benksy and an unidentified woman named as ‘Jane Doe 3′ claim Epstein went to extraordinary lengths to ensure his victims’ silence, including threats, coercion and ‘hush money.’

The allegations appear in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court last week against Epstein’s right-hand men and the executors of his estate, lawyer Darren Indyke and accountant Richard Kahn. The suit claims they were ‘central and essential’ to the sex trafficking ring.

‘Epstein and his co-conspirators often directly threatened the safety and livelihoods of their victims and any witnesses to their crimes,’ the lawsuit states.

Jeffrey Epstein had a panopticon room where his security guards watched guests' every move, a lawsuit claims

Jeffrey Epstein had a panopticon room where his security guards watched guests’ every move, a lawsuit claims

Accuser Danielle Bensky (pictured) made the claims in a lawsuit filed with another unidentified woman

Accuser Danielle Bensky (pictured) made the claims in a lawsuit filed with another unidentified woman 

The alleged victims claim the surveillance system was set up at Epstein's New York City mansion

The alleged victims claim the surveillance system was set up at Epstein’s New York City mansion

‘Epstein’s co-conspirators threatened any victim who attempted to cooperate with law enforcement. Epstein and his lawyers would gather information about the girls to use against them if they ever disobeyed him. 

‘His homes were also under constant surveillance, and his New York mansion had a room in which men that Epstein hired monitored what was happening in the home.’

An FBI raid previously revealed hundreds of security cameras were positioned throughout Epstein’s property on Little St. James nicknamed ‘pedo island’ and inside his Manhattan mansion. 

The plaintiffs allege  Indyke and Kahn, who were executors of Epstein’s estate, helped the predator structure his finances to give him and his associates ‘access to large amounts of cash in furtherance of sex trafficking.’ 

They also claim they were provided with car services and cell phones so Epstein could track their movements. 

Epstein died by suicide on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for trial on sex trafficking charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.

He had already been convicted of soliciting a minor for prostitution and sentenced to 18 months in jail before details of his now-infamous sex trafficking operation emerged.

Bensky says she was recruited by Epstein while an aspiring dancer in 2004 after she was asked to give him a ‘legitimate’ massage in return for $300.

She began to receive calls from Epstein’s associates and returned to the mansion several times after being intimidated by the financier’s wealth and power, according to the suit.

The women claim they were subjected to threats and intimidation by Epstein (pictured with madam Ghislaine Maxwell) if they ever went to police about the alleged abuse they suffered

The women claim they were subjected to threats and intimidation by Epstein (pictured with madam Ghislaine Maxwell) if they ever went to police about the alleged abuse they suffered

Epstein died by suicide on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for trial on sex trafficking charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York

Epstein died by suicide on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for trial on sex trafficking charges at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York

Bensky and the other accuser are suing Epstein's right hand men for allegedly helping faciilitate his sex trafficking ring. Picutred: Accountant Richard Kahn who is one of two defendants

Lawyer Darren Indyke was also named as a defendant in the lawsuit

Bensky and the other accuser are suing Epstein’s right hand men accountant Richard Kahn (left) and lawyer Darren Indyke (right) claiming they helped facilitate his sex trafficking ring by organizing his finances to cover up the abuse and provide a steady stream of cash

‘Having been in awe of Epstein’s mansion and Epstein’s wealth and power, Bensky was terrified of what would happen to her if she refused,’ the filings state. During that time, she alleges that Epstein sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions.

She also claims Epstein promised to help her mom following a brain cancer diagnosis if she agreed to procure more women for him. She declined, ‘he became more aggressive with her, recognizing that she was particularly vulnerable,’ according to the documents.

Like other victims, Bensky claims she was given the impression Epstein could help further her career as a dancer and that he often liked to demonstrate his connections.

‘On one occasion, Epstein told Bensky that he was on the phone with Kevin Spacey. Epstein also told Bensky that he had friends in high places, but he ‘knew how they liked to party’ so they would never betray him,’ the lawsuit states.

Bensky claims she wanted to escape but felt trapped due to Epstein’s power and influence.

‘Having been conditioned that the sexual abuse was “normal” and knowing that everyone surrounding Epstein, including accountants (such as Defendant Kahn), lawyers (such as Defendant Indyke), and other important people, were aware of the sex abuse, Bensky was coerced into a cult-like life controlled and manipulated by Epstein and others doing Epstein’s bidding,’ the lawsuit states. 

Jane Doe 3 claims she was flown from Europe to New York where she was housed at one of Epstein’s 301 East 66th Street apartments.

She says she was ‘lured’ to travel to several locations where either he or Ghislaine Maxwell had homes.

Jane Doe 3 claims she was flown from Europe to New York where she was installed at on of Epstein's 301 East 66th Street apartments

Jane Doe 3 claims she was flown from Europe to New York where she was installed at on of Epstein’s 301 East 66th Street apartments

Both women described Epstein's 'cult-like' hold over them, stating that he and his associates used his power and influence to intimidate them into silence

Both women described Epstein’s ‘cult-like’ hold over them, stating that he and his associates used his power and influence to intimidate them into silence

Jane Doe 3 described a series of sexual assaults, including rapes – some of which took place after Epstein allegedly crept into her bedroom while she was asleep.

She wanted to escape but was acutely aware, ‘Epstein could take away Jane Doe 3’s and other victims’ life necessities such as shelter or housing if she or they failed to perform those acts,’ the lawsuit states.

Both women accused Indyke and Kahn of perpetuating the abuse in their capacity as his employees, even claiming Epstein paid for Indyke to go to law school for the sole reason of helping him cover up his nefarious actions.

‘Defendants organized, controlled, and directed almost every aspect of the Epstein sex-trafficking enterprise. 

‘They were officers of virtually every corporate entity that Epstein created to fund and conceal his activities and had signatory authority as to those entities. They were deeply involved in the financial activities of the Epstein-owned entities, and were paid for their loyalty and assistance,’ the lawsuit states.

Indyke and Kahn told DailyBeast they were ‘extraordinarily surprised and disappointed by last week’s filing by the Boies Schiller firm’. 

‘Neither Mr. Indyke or Mr. Kahn has ever been found in any forum to have committed any misconduct, and they emphatically reject the allegations of wrongdoing contained in the complaint,’ their lawyer, Daniel Weiner, said in a statement.

Weiner added that it was Indyke and Kahn who ‘established 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.’

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