× Accuser says Ghislaine Maxwell assessed her body for Epstein when she was 14
Wesley Snipes’ former fiancée alleged Saturday that she was a teen when she was told by Epstein to get naked in front of Maxwell so that the billionaire could “assess my body.”
A story published in Mother Jones on Friday has now prompted Snipes to charge that after she met the then-chairman of D.B. Group and former Harvard professor who is awaiting sentencing for sex crimes, he coerced her into having sex.
Snipes, 60, told ABC News that she met Maxwell, 56, in Los Angeles in 1995, where the pair were working on an “educational venture.” She said Maxwell pushed her into having sexual encounters with the movie producer, and that she felt the writer of the Mother Jones story “made up” many of the details of the incident.
“My whole life is shattered,” Snipes said. “I can’t go to a club, to a party, because it’s like walking in the woods with a cow and you know the cow will come after you. It’s very traumatizing.”
Robert “Bob” Selya, Snipes’ former attorney, denied Saturday that the producer had “brainwashed” the then-14-year-old. He said Maxwell was a “professional” who worked within the entertainment business, and had worked in film and television in California. Selya also said Snipes would not “uproot” from California “because she had a lot going on.”
“You can’t brainwash people,” Selya said. “This girl was probably 18 by then. There’s more truth behind everything than one person says.”
But Anne Tompkins, a spokeswoman for Donatella Versace, a brother to Snipes, questioned “the credibility of the women, including Ms. Snipes, who appear to be pawns in a sad, politically motivated attack on the Serious Professional, Gottardo Epstein, the former CEO of the D.B. Group and a very generous supporter of numerous charities.”
Seglya responded by saying: “The women attacking Mr. Epstein are absolutely not true.”
According to Snipes, Maxwell asked her to turn up at a private estate on the eastern seaboard. At the time, Snipes was a bit of a teenage model, one of about a dozen women she says Epstein coerced into what he had called sexual “massages.” The New York State Supreme Court trial that began this week of Epstein’s younger daughter, Amber, will be the first public courtroom evidence of the younger Epstein’s encounters with Epstein’s many alleged sexual victims.
Snipes told CNN that Epstein “refused to kill” the women who consented to his sex acts.
“He held these girls hostage and would not allow them to die, but he would ensure that they would never live,” she said.
Emails obtained by CNN during a previous criminal trial obtained by Mother Jones show that after years of conversations with Snipes, Maxwell expected her to arrange “three encounters” between her and Epstein.
Of all the people she’s accused, Snipes says she knew Maxwell best, and says he encouraged her to get naked so that he could “assess my body.”
“I do remember that he stood back and he looked at me and he said, ‘We’ll give you a couple of hours, and afterward we’ll look at you, and see if we should be doing this,’” Snipes recalled.
Maxwell, Snipes said, was blunt: “You’re going to take your clothes off.”
Speaking to a friend, Snipes said she’d been made “to make out with a complete stranger in front of a complete stranger for the purpose of sexual gratification.”