Ex-Epstein assistant Lesley Groff won’t face charges: lawyers

A former Jeffrey Epstein assistant who was accused of aiding his sex-trafficking scheme will not face criminal charges for her alleged role in his crimes, her lawyers claim. 

A civil suit against the former Epstein executive assistant, Lesley Groff, was also voluntarily dismissed in recent days, her lawyers added. 

“We are not surprised that the case was voluntarily dropped. Our hearts truly break for any person victimized by Epstein but the truth is – Lesley had no knowledge of and no participation in any of the illegal conduct alleged in the lawsuit,” the attorneys, Michael Bachner and Jon Whitcomb, said in a statement. 

Kelsey Kintner, a spokesperson for the firm, added that Groff’s attorneys have been notified that she won’t be criminally charged.

“Lesley’s counsel have also been informed that no criminal charges will be brought against Lesley Groff,” Kintner said in a statement. 

In October, an anonymous Epstein accuser from Russia said in a suit that Epstein raped her and sexually assaulted her numerous times beginning in 2017, when she was in her early 20s, on the promise that he’d help her get her career off the ground. 

Attorneys, Michael Bachner and Jon Whitcomb claim Lesley Groff was not aware of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.
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Lesley Groff, a former Jeffrey Epstein executive assistant,
An accuser claims Lesley Groff allegedly booked flights for Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operation.
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That suit named Groff as a defendant, claiming she booked flights at Epstein’s behest for the accuser to fly from Moscow to Paris and from Europe to the US. 

When the suit was filed, Groff’s attorneys said they were confident it would be dismissed. 

“This lawsuit should never have been filed. It does not contain a single factual allegation that Lesley in any way knowingly engaged in any wrongdoing or was aware of any misconduct committed by Jeffrey Epstein,” they wrote.

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted on five of six counts in her sex trafficking trial.
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Lesley Groff is seen walking with her dog on Nov. 29, 2021.
Lesley Groff is seen walking with her dog on Nov. 29, 2021.
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“We are truly confident that the lawsuit will be dismissed by the court,” they added.

Epstein’s longtime confidant and ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted in Manhattan federal court Wednesday of grooming and trafficking girls for the financier to sexually abuse.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the Southern District of New York, where Maxwell was tried, declined to say if the investigation into Epstein’s associates remained ongoing.