Woman claims sexual abuse by billionaire

Oct. 18, 2007 at 3:56 PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A woman has sued a New York man who pleaded guilty to soliciting underage prostitutes, alleging he repeatedly sexually abused her as a teenager.

Maximilia Cordero, now 23, alleges billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein coerced her into sexual acts when she was 16 by claiming he could help her start a modeling career, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Cordero's lawyer, William Unroch, filed the suit in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The suit claims Cordero was introduced to Epstein in 2000 by an older acquaintance who said she had a "super wealthy" friend who could help her "develop a modeling career."

Cordero's suit claims Epstein pushed her head toward his exposed groin during their first meeting and told her: "You know what to do. If you want me to help you then you have to help me."

The suit said Epstein had claimed to be the money manager for Victoria's Secret.

Epstein allegedly called Cordero several times after that and coerced her into consenting to "bizarre and unnatural sex acts."

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