NEW YORK: Three more women on Tuesday (Aug 20) sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were recruited to provide massages for the financier and then sexually abused.
The lawsuits, filed in Manhattan federal court, bring the total number of civil cases against Epstein's estate since his apparent suicide in jail on Aug 10 to at least five.
Two of the women say they met Epstein when they were 17, while a third said she met him when she was 20. All describe similar patterns of being brought to Epstein's home to provide massages and then subjected to repeated, unwanted sex acts.
Lawyers for Epstein could not immediately be reached for comment.
Epstein was arrested on Jul 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14. He died on Aug 10 in his jail cell at age 66, and an autopsy report released on Friday concluded he hanged himself.
Just two days before, Epstein had signed a will placing all of his property, worth more than US$577 million, in a trust called The 1953 Trust after the year of his birth, according to a copy of the document seen by Reuters.
His death at the jail triggered multiple investigations and had prompted US Attorney General William Barr to criticise "serious irregularities" at the facility, and to remove the acting chief of the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Epstein, a registered sex offender who once socialised with US President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex and was sentenced to 13 months in a county jail, a deal widely criticized as too lenient.