Contained in the Victoria’s Secret pipeline to Jeffrey Epstein


In 2004, Elisabetta Tai was a 21-year-old Italian mannequin with large desires.

A month after arriving in Manhattan, her booker gave her an Higher East Aspect handle and instructed her he had arrange a gathering with the person who would be capable to get her a gig modeling for the Victoria’s Secret catalog.

“He instructed me this is without doubt one of the most essential folks in modeling,” Tai instructed The Put up. “He stated that this man is in command of Victoria’s Secret and he’s going to vary your life.”

Jeffrey Epstein did find yourself altering Tai’s life — however not in the best way she anticipated, she stated.

Epstein, 66, a convicted pedophile, was arrested final week for sexually abusing “dozens” of minor ladies at his Higher East Aspect mansion and his residence in Palm Seaside, Fla. The arrest stems from incidents between 2002 and 2005.

“I rang the doorbell of this unimaginable mansion, and a butler answered the door,” stated Tai, who hails from Padova, a small city close to Venice. “It was astonishing. It was a really stunning home, and I noticed about 5 fashions strolling round as quickly as I walked in. I used to be so excited.”

Ghislaine Maxwell attends the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 in 2013.
Ghislaine Maxwell attends the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Heart 548 in 2013.Getty Photographs

Tai stated she was greeted by a girl with “quick black hair” who confirmed her into Epstein’s workplace. She doesn’t keep in mind the girl’s title, though when The Put up confirmed her {a photograph} of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s gal pal, she confirmed that she seemed like the identical girl who met her at Epstein’s mansion.

The British socialite, a daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, has not been charged with a criminal offense however has been accused by three girls in court docket papers of recruiting younger girls for Epstein. Two of them alleged that each Maxwell and Epstein sexually assaulted them.

Epstein, a financier, was shut mates with Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner, who owned Restricted Manufacturers — now L Manufacturers — the father or mother firm of Victoria’s Secret. Wexner was so near Epstein that each males shared possession of the sprawling East 71st Road mansion the place Tai went for the assembly. The deed was transferred in 2011 to Epstein’s Virgin Islands LLC.

The lady with the quick hair launched Tai to Epstein, who was dressed casually in a shirt and denims, she stated. As Epstein began to ask her questions on her background, she observed a therapeutic massage desk close to his desk.

She stated she didn’t assume something of it, and reached for her portfolio to point out Epstein her earlier modeling work in Italy. Tai had completed a number of modeling jobs in her native nation, “however nothing large, nothing like I imagined I might do in America,” she instructed The Put up.

As Tai talked about her expertise in halting English, she stated Epstein moved to the therapeutic massage desk and commenced to take away his garments.

“I believed he was getting ready to have a therapeutic massage, and that somebody was about to come back in to the room and provides him a therapeutic massage,” she stated.

However Tai stated she panicked when Epstein lay down bare on the desk and instructed her to method.
He then handed her a vibrator, she stated.

“I froze,” she stated. “I didn’t know what to do.

“I simply grabbed the vibrator and threw it at his head,” she stated.

“I imply, I don’t know the place it landed, I simply blacked out after which I ran as quick as I might out of the room.”

She was so frightened she didn’t know the place to show to seek out the entrance door within the large home. At one level she stated she encountered the girl with the quick black hair, who grabbed her and requested her what she was doing.

“She instructed me that I couldn’t simply go away,” stated Tai. “She stated that this man is essential, that he’s a pal of President Clinton.”

Tai by no means instructed her booker what had occurred at Epstein’s mansion.

“I used to be too scared to inform anybody,” she stated. “I used to be too shy and scared that somebody would come after me to blackmail me or possibly worse.”

Epstein, who was an investor in a Manhattan modeling enterprise, has been accused by prosecutors of utilizing his connections to the modeling firm to “audition” ladies to offer him massages that always ended up in sexual abuse.

“Through the years, it appears Epstein relied on …[the] modeling enterprise to supply underage ladies for intercourse,” writes Conchita Sarnoff, an investigative reporter, in her e-book “Trafficking.”

A former Manhattan-based mannequin agent, who spoke on the situation of anonymity, additionally alleged an Epstein-Victoria’s Secret pimp pipeline.

“He [Epstein] portrayed himself because the again door to get a lady into Victoria’s Secret. A few of these ladies acquired in,” he stated.

He promised the catalog and ad-campaign jobs, not the supermodel fashion-show gigs, he added.

“It was nonetheless important money for a younger mannequin doing the catalog,” stated the agent. “They weren’t making tons of of 1000’s however they might make about $5,000 every week modeling for the campaigns or the catalog. Not all the ladies despatched to him acquired jobs, however plenty of them did.”

One other Manhattan mannequin entrepreneur instructed The Put up that Maxwell was a relentless fixture at Victoria’s Secret occasions.

Jeffrey Epstein
Jeffrey EpsteinAP

“They had been all the time these actually trashy exhibits stuffed with wealthy males within the viewers,” he stated. “Ghislaine acted because the form of Nazi guard, telling everybody the place they had been sitting within the viewers and that she had new ‘pop tarts’ which is what she known as the younger fashions.”

Epstein’s lawyer, L Manufacturers and Maxwell’s lawyer didn’t return messages in search of remark.

Tai stated she was so frightened that she returned to Italy, though she did proceed to tackle a handful of modeling jobs. She stated she by no means went to the police as a result of she feared reprisals and nervous that submitting a report would spoil her fledgling profession.

Tai instructed The Put up she needed to inform her story now due to the latest reviews of Epstein’s abuse of ladies.

“I believe it’s horrible,” she stated. “I believe it’s terrible what he did to me, and what he did to these ladies. It’s simply not proper, particularly in a younger woman.”

Her personal run-in had extreme penalties.

“It modified me for all times,” she stated. “I believed I lived in a hateful world. It was stunning to appreciate that if I needed to be a mannequin in America, I used to be anticipated to work as a prostitute.”