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September 07, 2020
The secluded cabin at Interlochen (Image: N / C)

THIS is the secret log cabin that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell are accused of using to meet an underage victim in the grounds of a boarding school.

Since Epstein's death in August last year and Maxwell's arrest in July for allegedly grooming and abusing young girls, the FBI have investigated the homes the pair are said to have used. The list includes mansions owned by tycoon Epstein in New York, Florida and the Caribbean.

But sources have told the Daily Express that FBI agents have quizzed a woman who claims she first met Epstein and Maxwell at a log cabin at Interlochen Centre for the Arts in Michigan when she was aged 13.

The alleged victim is now suing the paedophile's estate for more than £19million in compensation.

In court papers the unnamed woman, known only as Jane Doe, alleges she was recruited by the pair in the summer of 1994 at the Interlochen fine arts academy when she was a music student there.

In her lawsuit, she states that after meeting Epstein there he "started to slowly display his paedophilic ways when shopping with Doe and Maxwell". She claims the Wall Street financier sexually abused her on multiple occasions over the next four years.

She also alleges that Maxwell "regularly facilitated Epstein's abuse" and was "frequently present when it occurred".

The woman claims she was then flown across the US to be abused by the pair at his mansions in Palm Beach and New York and his New Mexico ranch.

In legal papers, it is argued the amount of compensation she is demanding "is based upon the damages caused by Jeffrey Epstein to plaintiff as a result of repeated and malicious acts of sexual abuse, including rape, committed against plaintiff".

The wealthy owners of the boarding school have refused to knock the cabin down, it was said. Instead, the former Jeffrey Epstein Scholarship Lodge is said to have been available for rent under the name "the Green Lake Lodge" with all proceeds going towards scholarship funds.

The decision not to tear down the log cabin has been met with anger by the local community, it was said.

Epstein's connection to the school dates as far back as 1967 when he attended a music camp there as a young teen.

When he later found his fortune, he became a donor from 1990 until 2003, funding the construction of the cabin on the campus.

Prince Andrew has been the subject of controversy over his friendship with Epstein, with the Prince eventually stepping back from all royal duties last year.

One of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, had claimed she was forced to have sex with the Prince.

The Duke of York strongly denies any wrongdoing.

Epstein, 66, committed suicide in August last year as he awaited trial for underage sex trafficking.

Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 and charged with recruiting, grooming and abusing three alleged victims.

Prosecutors allege the offences occurred between 1994 and 1997.

If convicted Maxwell, the daughter of the late media tycoon Robert Maxwell, faces up to 35 years in prison.

In a previous statement by the Interlochen Centre for the Arts, a spokesman said: "We have no record of any complaint raised against Mr Epstein at Interlochen."


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