(Article by Sean Adl-Tabatabai republished from NewsPunch.com)
Sarah Ransome’s newly released deposition has revealed that Epstein made several tapes of some of his most powerful and wealthy friends – and she made copies and stored them in secure locations all over the globe.
Ransome claimed in the deposition taken as part of a lawsuit that Virginia Giuffre filed against Epstein’s child pimp Ghislaine Maxwell that she has seen footage of several of Epstein’s friends having sex with child sex victims.
Dailymail.co.uk reports: Ransome goes on to claim that footage she saw will ‘haunt me for the rest of my life’ and that the faces of the two men were clearly visible. She does not identify those men.
Ransome even claims to have copies which she has stored at several secure locations around Europe and says she fears retaliation by Epstein even though he is dead.
The bombshell claim gives new insight into the long-held theory that Epstein blackmailed his wealthy male friends with secretly recorded videos of them having sex with underage girls he provided.
Ransome, who was born in South Africa and moved to Scotland aged 14, was lured into Epstein’s web by one of his recruiters after coming to New York to become a model.
Epstein claimed he had connections at FIT, the New York fashion college, and Ransome says he ‘used my education as a way for me to trade my soul to the devil and become a sex slave to pay for my studies’.
While the college placement never materialized, failure to agree to have sex with Epstein would lead to him refusing to support her anymore, leaving Ransome penniless and with no prospect of making it as a model, she claims.
Among the newly unsealed documents are emails sent by Ransome explaining the existence of the tapes.
Ransome writes: ‘When my friend had sexual intercourse with (redacted) and (redacted), sex tapes were in fact filmed on each occasion by Jeffrey.
‘Thank God she managed to get ahold of some footage of the filmed sex tapes which clearly identify the faces of (redacted) and (redacted) having sexual intercourse with her’.
Epstein does not appear in the video, something that Ransome says showed how ‘clever’ he was.
The friend sent Ransome some of the footage ‘implicating’ both men and she writes that she has seen ‘with my own two eyes the evidence of these sexual acts’.
Ransome writes: ‘I will be more than willing to swear under oath and testify in court over these sex tapes….it will break your heart into a million tiny pieces when you watch this footage.’
Ransome claims that she has backed up the footage on several USB sticks that she has stored at various locations in Europe.
Only one other person knows where the footage is ‘in case anything happens to me before the footage is released’, Ransome writes.
The theory about the tapes has been fueled by two of Epstein’s victims, Maria Farmer and Giuffre, who claim that they saw a room full of CCTV monitors at Epstein’s $65million mansion in New York – including some showing cameras in the toilets.
When police raided Epstein’s mansion in 2019 they found dozens of tapes of girls in a twisted library the disgraced financier kept.
Maxwell appeared to have admitted the tapes existed after being tricked by a journalist for the TV show 60 Minutes, telling him: ‘I don’t know where they are’.
According to the deposition, among the men that Ransome claims she was forced to have sex with was Epstein’s former lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
She described him as ‘quite an elderly man, wore glasses, quite pasty, pasty-skinned’.
Ransome said: ‘Not well, I assumed, not at all well. Pasty skin, wrinkly. I didn’t – I tried to pay as little attention to him as possible.’
Ransome was asked whether or not she saw blood coming out of Dershowitz’s penis – she said no.
Ransome said that she ‘wasn’t ravishing his body’ and ‘didn’t go woo’ when she saw him naked. She added: ‘I was trying to close my eyes and just get it done so I could go home and watch TV, really.’
In response Dershowitz said: ‘I want the FBI to investigate me, everybody who’s accused me, and the lawyers. And I’m hoping that still will happen. Maybe the revelation of these documents will cause the FBI to start a perjury investigation and [a] prosecution involving both accusers and lawyers, and a lot of people who’ve gotten rich off these files’.
Ransome said she was recruited by one of Epstein’s associates who she met at a rock club.
Recounting her first meeting with the financier, she said that they went to a movie theater with 10 other girls and that soon after he invited her to his island.
On the plane there she saw him having sex with one of his other girls and soon Ransome was asked to give Epstein sexualized massages, becoming one of the girls put on ‘rotation’ for him.
As soon as she would leave, his madam Ghislaine Maxwell would bring in another girl for Epstein to have sex with, Ransome said in the deposition.
Ransome called Maxwell a ‘monster’, a ‘bully’ who was ‘very dictatorial’.
According to Ransome, it was obvious she ‘called the shots’ in Epstein’s operation.
During a trip home to South Africa in 2007, Epstein and Maxwell gave Ransome an ‘ultimatum’: she would get her weight down to 114lbs or they would never see her again.
Maxwell ‘bullied me massively about my weight’, Ransome says.
Ransome, desperate to get to FIT – the Fashion Institute of Technology – went on the Atkins diet at Epstein’s suggestion even though it wreaked havoc on her body.
Among the documents made public is a photo of Ransome taken on Epstein’s private Caribbean island, Little St James.
She says in the deposition: ‘That was me when I was naked, actually, and I had a towel around me. So I think I had just had a massage by Jeffrey because I was naked underneath the towel’.
Ransome was asked about other similar photos where she is wearing a towel and smiling and said: ‘You can tell I look really, really happy to be out of there…’
Other photos released with the documents show Maxwell smiling as she checks her phone while on Epstein’s island.
Epstein is also seen sitting on top of a quad bike while leering at the camera.
Ransome was not one of the victims whose evidence helped convict Maxwell during her trial last year.
But she did speak at the sentencing and said the British socialite left her feeling like a ‘sex toy’ for Epstein’s pleasure.
Maxwell, 60, is currently serving a 20 year prison term at a federal jail in Tallahassee, Florida.
Epstein hanged himself in prison in New York in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. He was 66.
The documents were part of dozens that were unsealed on a rolling basis that come from a defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew’s accuser, against Maxwell.
Giuffre, now 39, initially claimed that she had been forced to have sex with Harvard law professor Dershowitz, but she sensationally backtracked last month, saying she ‘may have made a mistake’ about his identity.
‘I have long believed that I was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein to Alan Dershowitz. However I was very young at the time, it was a very stressful and traumatic environment,’ she said in a statement.
‘I now recognize I may have made a mistake in identifying Mr. Dershowitz.’
Giuffre, who now lives in Australia agreed to drop a defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz that had claimed he had libeled her by saying she was lying.At the same time Dershowitz, 84, withdrew a countersuit against Giuffre.
Maxwell settled the lawsuit but after applications from the media, previously sealed material is being made public.
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