A former masseuse who accused Jeffrey Epstein of rape but is not part of the ongoing trial against Ghislaine Maxwell has called her a ‘master manipulator’ over claims she lured her to his New York townhouse so he could assault her.
Teresa Helm said she was approached by the ‘polite’ socialite about a job as a massage therapist in 2002, when she was 22 and attending college in California.
Now 41 years old and living in Ohio, Helm recalled that she ‘immediately felt comfortable’ around Maxwell and was excited to fly to New York for the ‘dream’ job interview.
She gave Maxwell a massage and was then told to meet Epstein at his Upper East Side lair, where he sexually assaulted her during a foot massage, Helm told the BBC on Wednesday.
Helm claims that before going to meet Epstein, Maxwell told her: ‘”You know, make sure that you give Jeffrey what he wants, because Jeffrey always gets what he wants”.’
‘If it were not for her I would never have got myself to the home of a predator,’ Helm added.
‘Now I know for certain this is part of the tactic of a master manipulator.’
Helm is not a part of Maxwell’s ongoing trial in New York, where she faces six counts including sex trafficking and conspiracy. She denies the charges. Pictured: Maxwell’s defense attorney gives her opening statement
Helm claims she was introduced to Maxwell’s ‘partner’ Epstein at his New York townhouse (pictured) in 2002. During a foot massage, she claims he sexually assaulted her
Helm’s story is not part of the case that federal prosecutors in New York are bringing against Maxwell, who faces six counts including sex trafficking and conspiracy. She denies the charges and the trial resumes for its fourth day on Thursday.
However, Helm described to the BBC the role that Epstein’s ‘partner’ allegedly played in luring unsuspecting woman to meet the convicted pedophile who killed himself in prison.
‘I really felt that I was in a home of a woman who was educated and successful,’ Helm told the BBC of meeting Maxwell at her New York townhouse.
Helm said that in an initial meeting she performed a massage on Maxwell, who she thought was the intended client.
Maxwell supposedly ‘fell asleep’ halfway through, leading Helm to think ‘it’s going really well’.
Jeffrey Epstein accuser Teresa Helm (pictured) has called Ghislaine Maxwell a ‘master manipulator’ over claims she lured her into his New York townhouse so he could assault her
Ghislaine Maxwell faces six counts in her federal trial relating to accusations she was involved in sex trafficking of girls for her partner Jeffrey Epstein (pictured together in 2005)
However, Helm says she was later told about a ‘second part’ of the interview where she would meet Epstein at his townhouse on the Upper East Side.
Helm was one of five women who sued Epstein’s estate in Federal District Court in Manhattan in 2019, months after his death.
The filing accused the billionaire pedophile of rape, battery and false imprisonment and is seeking unspecified damages.
The lawsuit stated: ‘As Teresa was studying massage at the California Healing Arts College, this seemed like a dream opportunity, but her hopes were dashed when it quickly turned into sexual assault.’
Yesterday, Maxwell’s first accuser known as ‘Jane’ testified that Jeffrey Epstein drove her to Mar-A-Lago to meet Donald Trump when she was 14 years old. Pictured: Defense lawyer Laura Menninger questions witness ‘Jane’
Jane testified that Jeffrey Epstein drove her to Mar-A-Lago to meet Donald Trump when she was 14 years old
In court on Wednesday, Maxwell’s first accuser known as ‘Jane’ testified in the Federal District Court in Lower Manhattan that Epstein drove her to Mar-A-Lago to meet Donald Trump when she was 14 years old.
The meeting would have been in 1994, long before Trump was president.
Jane also said that she was flown around on Epstein’s private plane with a ‘number of individuals,’ including Prince Andrew.
However, Jane claimed that she was never directed to have sex with any of Epstein’s associates nor was she asked to recruit other girls.
Jane was also quizzed about the at least five women who took part in ‘orgies’ and ‘sexualized massages’ she claims she was forced into while under age.
One of Maxwell’s accusers known as ‘Jane’ broke down in court as she was quizzed about the ‘orgies’ and ‘sexualized massages’ she claims she was forced into while under age by Maxwell
One of the girls, who were described collectively as ‘tall’ and ‘thin’ was named Sophie, and Jane agreed with the defense that the woman ‘knew the routine’ and that she would ‘make out with other girls during the intercourse.’
In emotional testimony that at one point left Jane loudly sobbing, she told the court her first meeting with Maxwell was so ‘significant’ because ‘it was when that sort of fun, casual relationship with her just changed.’
During cross examination, defense lawyer Laura Menninger however suggested that Jane’s background as an actress may impact her testimony in court.
Menninger asked if it was fair to say that soap operas involve plots with ‘tangled interpersonal relationships’, and Jane agreed.
The six charges against Maxwell:
Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (5 years max sentence)
Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts (20 years)
Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (20 years)
Transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity (10 years minimum, life maximum)
Sex Trafficking Conspiracy
Sex Trafficking of a Minor
Ghislaine Maxwell also faces two charges of perjury but those counts are due to be tried after her sex crimes trial.
The charges relate to testimony she gave in 2016 in a defamation case filed against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.
Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein.
They are not named in the indictment, but she allegedly targeted them in London, Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Maxwell, it is alleged, would befriend the girls by asking them about their life and their schooling. She would put them at ease by taking them to the movies and taking them shopping, winning their trust to later deliver them to Epstein, it’s alleged.
To ‘normalize’ the abuse that would come later, prosecutors say she undressed in front of the girls herself and asked them sexual questions.
She then not only facilitated Epstein abusing them, prosecutors say, but took part in some of it herself.
The alleged sex abuse includes ‘sexualized group massages’.
The indictment also says Maxwell made the girl feel ‘indebted’ to Epstein by encouraging them to take money from him and let him pay for their education and travel.
The PA, the planes and the properties: Ghislaine Maxwell’s ‘life of luxury as Jeffrey Epstein’s second in command’ is laid bare in series of images shown to sex trafficking case jury
Jurors in the 59-year-old British socialite’s trial were shown never-before-seen photographs of paedophile Epstein’s £60 million fleet of jets, which he allegedly used to shuttle teenage girls between his lavish homes.
The travel was arranged by an array of personal assistants, including Sarah Kellen, with several pictures of her shown to the jury.
Jurors in the 59-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial were shown never-before-seen photographs of paedophile Epstein’s (pictured with his Gulfstream G2B) £60 million fleet of jets
Epstein allegedly used the jets to shuttle teenage girls between his homes. The travel was arranged by an array of personal assistants, including Sarah Kellen (pictured with Maxwell)
One showed a young Miss Kellen standing in front of a twin-engine Cessna 421 with Epstein embracing her from behind and kissing her head
One showed a young Miss Kellen standing in front of a twin-engine Cessna 421 with Epstein embracing her from behind and kissing her head. More recent pictures showed her smiling for the camera in the Caribbean.
Epstein’s chief pilot Larry Visoski told the court in New York: ‘[Epstein] had an array of personal assistants, almost like professional shoppers, because there was a lot of items that needed to be purchased for all of the properties that were being acquired.’
He named Miss Kellen, now 42, as the person he spoke to most about scheduling flights. The court heard the pair spoke so often, the pilot had her number on speed dial.
Miss Kellen has previously been described as Maxwell’s ‘lieutenant’ in Epstein’s circle of abuse and has been accused of playing a pivotal role in the scandal, helping to procure young girls.
She has been named as the chief fixer who travelled the world with Epstein and was accused by lawyers in legal filings of ‘bringing girls to Epstein’s mansion to be abused’.
Miss Kellen was said to have had a ‘Rolodex’ of women she would call for massages at Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach, Florida.
Prosecutors allege the planes flew between his private Caribbean island (pictured), New Mexico ranch, New York City house and a Parisian apartment near the Arc de Triomphe
Epstein’s chief pilot Larry Visoski named Miss Kellen, now 42, as the person he spoke to most about scheduling flights. Pictured: Epstein’s Boeing 727, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’
Epstein had a Hawker Siddeley 125, a Gulfstream G2B and a Boeing 727 dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ (interior pictured) amid claims he used it to fly underage girls around the world
Epstein started his £60 million fleet of jets with this Hawker Siddeley 125
The images entered into evidence reveals the life of luxury Maxwell led as Epstein’s closest confidante. Pictured: Epstein’s helicopter, which he used for shorter flights
A 2008 deal by Epstein with the US authorities, after he pleaded guilty to procuring a child for sex, saw him strike an agreement protecting his unindicted alleged co-conspirators.
Among the four given future immunity was Miss Kellen, who went on to run her own business after leaving Epstein’s employment, but from one of his properties in New York.
She later reinvented herself as ‘Sarah Kensington’, and became an interior designer who boasts of renovating corporate apartments in New York, the Caribbean and Paris.
On her interior design website in 2015, she described being ‘fortunate to say that I’ve been able to travel to many locations around the world, which in turn has broadened my designing skills’.
But in an interview last year, Miss Kellen, who is married to American racing car driver Brian Vickers, insisted: ‘I’m no monster.’
When approached outside her £3.4 million New York home, she claimed she was a victim, saying: ‘I’ve been made out to be such a monster – but it’s not true. I’m a victim of Jeffrey Epstein. I was raped and abused weekly.’
The jury were also shown pictures of Epstein’s £164m property empire, including a £21m ranch in New Mexico. Pictured: The main house on Epstein’s £21million Zorro ranch in New Mexico
Entrance driveway to Epstein’s main property on the 8,000-acre Zorro Ranch in New Mexico, one of the locations he was alleged to have flown teenage girls to
Epstein’s properties also included a £57 million seven-storey townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side (pictured)
Views of the Arc de Triomphe: Epstein also owned £10 million Paris apartment, which the jury was shown pictures of
The photographs of Miss Kellen were part of a batch entered into evidence which reveals the life of luxury Maxwell led as Epstein’s closest confidante.
Epstein had a Hawker Siddeley 125, a Gulfstream G2B, a helicopter and a Boeing 727 dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’ amid claims he used it to fly underage girls around the world.
That plane, which is more than 130ft long, was fitted with an office dubbed ‘the red room’ because of its furniture, a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a lounge area with a large round sofa, and a ‘full decked-out’ kitchen.
The jury were also shown pictures of Epstein’s £164 million property empire, including Little St James, his private island in the US Virgin Islands, worth around £50 million.
Epstein also owned the neighbouring island, Great St James, which is valued at £14 million, while he had a £12 million mansion in Florida.
Other properties included an 8,000-acre, £21 million ranch in New Mexico, a £10 million Paris apartment, and a £57 million seven-storey townhouse on New York’s Upper East Side.