New York investigators reportedly zero in on Epstein recruiter as net tightens around his 'enablers'
New York investigators examining Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking network are turning their attention to a woman who served as his teenage recruiter, it has been claimed.
Haley Robson was 16 when she was approached at a swimming pool near her home in Florida by a high school acquaintance who offered her the chance to make some money.
Miss Robson, now 33, was told she had to give massages to a billionaire in Palm Beach. She went to Epstein’s house and gave him a massage, she said in a 2009 deposition.
She then started recruiting other girls and young women to do the same, and was paid by Epstein to bring the girls to him.
On Friday two sources told The New York Times that Miss Robson was among the Epstein “enablers” being looked at by prosecutors, who have said that Epstein’s death does not mean the end of the case.
There has been much speculation that other Epstein associates – including British heiress Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein employees Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, Adriana Ross and Nadia Marcinkova – could also be drawn into the investigation.
But the paper’s report is the first time that sources within the investigation have confirmed that they are looking into the activities of any particular one of his associates.
The four employees were all granted immunity under a 2007 plea deal reached in Florida. All four have denied any wrongdoing through their lawyers.
Miss Robson told The New York Times that she has “nothing to say”. She added: “I would appreciate if I was not contacted.”
Court documents show that Miss Robson was placed under surveillance by Florida police in 2005, when they first began investigating the accusations against Epstein.
When questioned, aged 19, she told police: “I'm like Heidi Fleiss” – the infamous Hollywood madam who recruited prostitutes for film stars. She provided police with the names and ages of all the girls she had bought to Epstein, thus implicating herself in a number of crimes.
Miss Robson told police she had provided Epstein with at least six girls over a two-year period, with the youngest being 14 and the oldest a 23-year-old woman.
She said that she was reprimanded by Epstein for bringing a 23-year-old to him, as he told her the woman was too old. In the 2009 deposition, Miss Robson said she considered suing Epstein.
“I just thought it was the easy way out,” she said. “And then I decided that this is my life, and I have to take responsibility for it, because I did volunteer.”