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N.Y. billionaire hit with new sex abuse lawsuit

/ Source: The Associated Press

A woman filed suit Wednesday accusing a New York billionaire of sexually assaulting her when she was underage.

The unidentified woman said she was 16 when she was brought to Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion and paid $200 to give the money manager a massage. Instead, she claims, he abused her.

The suit seeks more than $50 million in damages from Epstein.

Epstein's lawyer Guy Lewis said the lawsuit is defamatory and the allegations are false.

Another teenage girl made similar claims against Epstein in a lawsuit filed last month. She is also at the center of a criminal case against Epstein in West Palm Beach, where he is charged with one felony count of solicitation of prostitution. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. A hearing in that case is set for March.

He also faces a similar sex abuse lawsuit in New York.

Epstein was named one of New York's most eligible bachelors in 2003 by the New York Post. He has lavish homes in Manhattan, New Mexico, Florida and the Virgin Islands.