A victim who claims she was abused by Jeffrey Epstein has spoken about her experiences at the predator's "holding facility" for young girls.
Teresa Helm, now 42, spent one night in 2002 at Epstein's New York 301 East 66th Street property, where a previous lawsuit revealed that girls as young as 13 used to stay.
She described how she was made to feel "special" after being greeted by a basket of cookies and fruit inside her room.
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Recalling her arrival at the complex that Epstein listed as "apartments for models" in his notorious "little black book", Ms Helm told the Daily Mirror: "When the driver pulled up I was a little bit surprised as I didn't realise I'd be staying at an apartment building. I thought it would be a hotel.
"I remember the apartment clearly. It was relatively small and there was Dannon yoghurt in the fridge and a basket of fruit and cookies on the counter.
"I remember feeling quite special. It was part of the manipulation – 'here we are caring for you, we are providing for you'.
"That's all part of the grooming process. Epstein was using it as a holding facility for his supply of girls."
Ms Helm recalls meeting another "young girl" who she suspects was abused by Epstein.
She said: "I went down to the car (to leave for the airport) and the driver said to me we were waiting for someone else. She got in the car a few minutes later.
"I told her I had seen Maxwell and Epstein and that I went for an interview. I think she said she had only met Epstein.
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"She asked me if I thought anything was weird. I didn't answer and then she said she wanted to go home.
"We went to the airport in total silence after that. I can only assume she went through a similar experience to me.
"I wish I knew who she was. My message to her would be that I hope she's well and that if she hasn't come forward, there's support for her."
Ms Helm flew from LA for an "interview" with Maxwell for a travelling private massage therapist job.
The then 22-year-old was greeted by a driver at the airport and taken straight to 301 East 66th Street.
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Shortly afterwards, she travelled to Maxwell's house for her interview and gave the British socialite a massage.
Maxwell then told her she had to meet Epstein for the second part of her "interview".
She added that Maxwell said: "Make sure you give Jeffrey what he wants because Jeffrey always gets what he wants."
When Ms Helm arrived at Epstein's house, the paedophile lured her into his "office" and is said to have sexually assaulted her, before she returned to 301 East 66th Street and flew home the next day.
In 2020, Ms Helm accepted an offer from Epstein's victims' compensation fund and withdrew her lawsuit against the financier's estate.
She now helps other sexual abuse victims through her work at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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