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Trump's old, close relationship with fellow sexual predator Epstein receives new attention

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

As yet another survivor of Jeffrey Epstein comes forward, the spotlight on his friendship with fellow sexual predator Donald Trump is getting brighter. Jennifer Araoz told NBC News about how she was recruited at 14 by an Epstein associate, groomed, and ultimately raped by Epstein at 15.

Araoz’s story has been confirmed by several friends and her mother to whom she eventually confessed. Her mother attests to the drastic change in her daughter following the rape. She told NBC that she “noticed a change in her daughter’s behavior and appearance around 2002,” the time of the attack, when she withdrew, lost weight, and became angry. “I was really scared,” the mother said. “She was so anxious but I couldn’t figure out why. The anxiety got so bad that she couldn’t function and I urged her to go to a doctor.”

That’s the same year, 2002, Trump told New York Magazine “I’ve known Jeff [Epstein] for 15 years. Terrific guy. […] He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” Epstein’s proclivities were a joke to Trump, even Roger Stone writing in his Clinton attack book The Clinton’s War on Women. He recalled Trump joking with a Mar-a-Lago member about a visit to Epstein’s Palm Beach home, and how “The swimming pool was filled with beautiful young girls. […] ‘How nice,’ I thought, ‘he let the neighborhood kids use his pool.'”

That anecdote is related in a story from The New York Times, which includes another damning interaction between the two in 1992, related by George Houraney, a Florida-based businessman who ran American Dream Enterprise. Trump recruited him to provide the “entertainment” for an exclusive party at Mar-a-Lago, a “calendar girl” competition. “I arranged to have some contestants fly in,” Houraney told the Times in an interview on Monday. “At the very first party, I said, ‘Who’s coming tonight? I have 28 girls coming.’ It was him and Epstein. […] I said, ‘Donald, this is supposed to be a party with V.I.P.s. You’re telling me it’s you and Epstein?'”

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