NEW YORK (AP) -- A billionaire investor, already facing jail in Florida on charges of soliciting underage prostitutes, is being sued by a young woman who says he had sex with her when she was 16 and had sought his help becoming a model.
The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, says financier Jeffrey Epstein had the teen give him oral sex when she brought photographs of herself for him to review in his Upper East Side mansion sometime in 2000.
Court papers say Epstein, 54, removed all of his clothes, pushed the girl's head toward his crotch, and told her, "You know what to do. If you want me to help you then you have to help me."
Epstein, a money manager, told the teen he managed finances for Victoria's Secret and "could put you into the catalogue" if she were "nice" to him, court papers say.
When the girl told Epstein, "I am 16 years old and just want to model," he replied, "Don't worry I won't tell anybody," court papers say.
Epstein, said by London's Mail on Sunday to be a close friend of England's Prince Andrew, has been indicted in Palm Beach on charges of soliciting underage prostitutes. That case is pending.
The young woman, now 23, kept returning to Epstein because she has "mental issues," said her lawyer William J. Unroch. He refused to elaborate, but court papers say she was "disabled as a result of severe mental disease and defect."
Epstein's lawyer in New York, Gerald Lefcourt, said, "The girl has admitted she is insane, but she can read a newspaper and recognize the word 'rich."'
Lefcourt also said the statute of limitations has expired for the young woman's case both criminally and civilly and will almost certainly be dismissed.
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