When Marijke Chartouni found the woman who had recruited her for Jeffrey Epstein 20 years ago, she felt a sense of closure and relief. Here is someone who could confirm that the perverted financier sexually assaulted Chartouni, not only because she was a witness, but because she participated in the disturbing encounter.
But confronting the ex-friend – a New Jersey artist named Rina Oh – raised a mess of complicated feelings for Chartouni and the other survivors of Epstein’s trafficking ring. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was kept as Epstein’s teenage “sex slave” from 1999 to 2002, claims Oh abused her in New York City.
Although Chartouni did not speak directly to Oh, she allowed reporter Tara Palmeri to contact her as part of the Broken: Seeking Justice Podcast.
As The Daily Beast previously reported, Chartouni was a 20-year-old model in 2000 when a friend named “Rina” brought her to Epstein’s Manhattan home. During the visit, she says, Rina and the financier assaulted her. Chartouni didn’t tell anyone about the meeting until after Epstein’s arrest in July 2019. When she spoke to the FBI, she couldn’t remember Rina’s last name.
After some online research, Chartouni found Rina and worked with Palmieri to approach her. “I put a name on a face after 20 years,” Chartouni told us. “It was enough for me.” Chartouni added: “I have no ill will towards her, even though she recruited me. Forgiveness is very liberating.
Oh denies abusing Giuffre and, in an interview with The Daily Beast, claims she recently realized that she was also the victim of Epstein’s manipulation and abuse. “I want to clear my name and introduce myself as a victim,” Oh said. “I think it’s wrong to call someone like me a recruiter. I think there has to be a differentiation. “
“The recruiters brought in dozens of people; I didn’t do that, ”Oh added, saying she only brought three women to Epstein’s house on the Upper East Side.
“You don’t ask questions. You are not aware of asking; It’s vulgar. You are dealing with a billionaire.“
– Rina Oh, admitting she took an Epstein victim to buy a “sexy” schoolgirl outfit
This week, Giuffre took to Twitter to call Oh a “deranged woman who was NOT a victim” and called on authorities to investigate her as a “co-conspirator.” She also denounced Oh’s participation in the victims compensation fund. “Rina – if you are reading this I hope you live in shame for the rest of your life,” Giuffre wrote. “You no longer intimidate me and the physical and mental fears you left me should be enough to put you in prison …”
As more victims and witnesses come forward, their stories highlight the difficulties prosecutors face in deciding to indict Epstein’s alleged accomplices, who also identify as Epstein’s victims. Sarah Kellen and Nadia Marcinkova, two co-conspirators in Epstein’s Florida case, broke their silence after his arrest to say (through spokespersons) that he sexually abused them for years.
These stories also reveal the gray areas of Epstein’s sickening world and how survivors are sometimes divided over whether or not some adult recruiters accept as other victims. Victims attorney Brad Edwards, who represents Chartouni and several other victims, also took on Oh as a client. He did not return any messages requesting comment.
“My line in the sand is… did you have the ability to come out?” Giuffre told the Daily Beast. “If you did, why not you? Mostly people like Rina. She wanted to be there. She complained [Epstein] would not take its place. It doesn’t seem like a victim to me.
In the last episode of the Broken: Seeking Justice podcast, Oh admits delivering three young women to Epstein’s New York mansion. “I was in the room when Marijke and I were both victims of Epstein,” Oh told the podcast. She also confirmed that she took a 17-year-old Giuffre to buy a schoolgirl outfit on Epstein’s orders.
Entitled “The Recruiters,” the episode marked the first time Oh had spoken publicly about Epstein, or even mentioned about the wealthy sex offender. Oh claims she didn’t know Epstein was having sex with underage girls.
She said her husband Vincent Amen – an unindicted co-conspirator in the failed 2005 lawsuit against Michael Jackson, who was accused of assaulting a teenage cancer patient in California – encouraged her to defend its own reputation. Amen lived on Jackson’s Neverland ranch and, according to court documents, was one of five associates accused in a plot to hold the boy’s family hostage to create a video praising the popstar.
Palmeri, BrokenThe host of, visited Oh at his New Jersey studio inside an old factory on a brownfield site. Oh showed paintings inspired by Epstein, including a portrayal of Prince Andrew as Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, and Ghislaine Maxwell holding the forbidden fruit.
Oh’s studio also contained an oversized print of the infamous photo of Prince Andrew hugging Giuffre’s bare waist, as Maxwell smiled in the background. Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew, who categorically denies mistreating her or any other young woman in Epstein’s trafficking ring.
When asked why she printed the photo, Oh replied, “I blew it up to show he might not be wrong when he said the image had been tampered with. For me as a painter and photographer the lighting doesn’t look right.
Oh said she was studying at the School of the Visual Arts when a friend introduced her to Epstein, whom she hoped to become her boss. Epstein reportedly offered to pay off a few of his school credits, as well as gallery space in Soho.
The artist claims she believed she and Epstein were in a relationship; she considered him to be her rich, older boyfriend. When asked if Epstein was also in a relationship with Giuffre, Oh replied, “I’m not going to answer that. I just know she was with him a lot.
Oh again denied having had sexual contact with Giuffre. “I was nothing but nice to this girl,” she said, after calling Giuffre’s accusation a “fabricated lie”.
For her part, Giuffre told the podcast that Epstein introduced her to Oh in New York and alleged that Oh was involved in mistreating her during an S&M activity. “Rina was ready to do whatever Epstein wanted,” Giuffre said, adding that Oh was upset. Epstein hadn’t invited her to travel to the Caribbean with other young women he was abusing. Epstein cut Oh from his circle sometime after Giuffre informed him that Oh wanted to join their entourage, Giuffre said. “I never saw Rina again after this conversation,” Giuffre told the podcast.
Oh admitted that she took Giuffre shopping in St. Mark’s Place for a “sexy” schoolgirl outfit after Epstein called her and said, “You would know where to go.” Take her there.
Palmeri asked Oh if she was wondering why Epstein wanted 17-year-old Giuffre in schoolgirl outfits then. Oh replied, “I wasn’t asking any questions; I just did as I was told. You don’t ask questions. You are not aware of asking; It’s vulgar. You are dealing with a billionaire.
When Palmeri countered that Giuffre was a child, Oh pushed back, “Seventeen to me is not a child. Seventeen is a minor… And 17 is an adult in New York State. “
Giuffre told The Daily Beast that hearing Oh’s voice Broken: Seeking Justice She traumatized her again and brought back memories she had long buried. “I have a scar from her that’s six inches long,” Giuffre said, alleging that Epstein used Oh for S&M dating, with Oh serving as domineering while Giuffre played a submissive role.
“It was hard to bring those memories back together,” Giuffre said. “It’s something that I ruled out. When I heard it, the floodgates of hell opened.
“I remember so much what she made me do. How essential it was to shape myself as a young woman, to not be able to trust other women, ”added Giuffre.
“What Rina has done cannot be abandoned. The control she had over me was not just a cut. She put me down.
In response to Giuffre’s claims, Oh told us, “I haven’t been involved in any type of S&M activity with Virginia or anyone in Epstein’s orbit.”
“If Virginia was abused in this way, it was absolutely not with me,” Oh said.
Meanwhile, as with Chartouni, Oh offered the following apologies in the podcast: “I’m sorry I didn’t know what was going to happen. If you’ve had a bad experience, you know, you’ve had a bad experience, but I haven’t been abusive. I am not an abusive person.
In an interview Thursday, Oh told the Daily Beast that she plans to contact the FBI about her experiences with Epstein. A mother of two young sons, Oh said she didn’t realize she was a victim until after her interview with Palmeri. She also criticized Giuffre for “making up lies about me”.
“I saw a man named Jeffrey. To this day, I still believe I was in a relationship with him, ”Oh said. “That’s how much he victimized me. He made me believe we were a couple. It wasn’t until I spent a week with Jeffrey and Ghislaine in Florida that I began to see the extent of his manipulation.
The artist claims he spent a week with Epstein and Maxwell in Palm Beach, Florida in March 2001 – with another young woman in her twenties – and the couple took her to Mar-A-Lago Many times. Looking back, Oh suspects the creepy duo were selling her to their wealthy friends.
Oh said she was kicked out of Epstein’s orbit after refusing to go to dinner with Maxwell, who allegedly wanted to introduce her to “three very rich guys.” That day, she says, Epstein “brutalized” her “in a very sadistic way.”
“I was asked to go out to dinner with Ghislaine and I refused to go,” Oh said. “They interrupted me when I said no.”
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