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Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to wealthy US financier and convicted rapist

A protester holds a photo of US President Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sexually abusing young girls, and reading "child rapist" during a "Make America Great Again" rally at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 17, 2019. (AFP photo)

A woman who has accused US financier Jeffrey Epstein of keeping her as a sex slave claims one of Epstein’s female associates had instructed her to have sex with at least a half-dozen prominent men, according to a court filing.

According to the court filing unsealed on Friday, Virginia Giuffre claimed in a May 3, 2016, deposition that Ghislaine Maxwell directed her to have sex with people including former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former US Senator George Mitchell, financier Glenn Dubin and modeling agent Jean Luc Brunel.

The claim by Giuffre came was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her civil lawsuit against Maxwell, one of Epstein’s associates whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein obtain teenage girls for sex.

The deposition transcript does not indicate whether Giuffre actually engaged in sex with the four men or how old she was at the time of the alleged order.

None of the four men has been criminally charged in connection with Epstein and all said the various allegations against them were false.

Mitchell said in a statement: “The allegation contained in the released documents is false. I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.”

A spokeswoman for Richardson said the former governor had never met Giuffre. “These allegations and inferences are completely false,” she said. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls.”

In a deposition dating November 14, 2016, Giuffre says that Epstein told her that he was friends with US President Donald Trump.

Epstein -- a convicted pedophile -- was found unconscious last month in his New York jail cell after a possible suicide attempt.

The 66-year-old, who has befriended countless celebrities and politicians over the years, was taken from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan to hospital to treat his injuries.

The wealthy hedge fund manager was denied bail in July after appearing at a New York court charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

He denies the charges and faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

The girls were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to massage him, perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls, prosecutors allege. They say that Epstein had an army of recruiters often not much older than their targets who would approach vulnerable teens.

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