Model and actress Alicia Arden claims Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her at a meeting in 1997 – and asked authorities to investigate why the police never followed her after she testified a report to the police.
Arden, 51, made the claims at a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday – the first anniversary of Epstein’s arrest.
Arden said the alleged sexual assault occurred at the Shutters on the Beach hotel in Santa Monica, California in 1997.
Alicia Arden is pictured at a press conference she held in Los Angeles on Monday, revealing that authorities have not followed up on her claim that Jeffrey Epstein had sexually assaulted her in 1997.
Arden (left) is pictured with lawyer Gloria Allred (right), who points to the police report that Arden filed in 1997 after a meeting she allegedly had with Epstein in Santa Monica
At the time, Arden was 26 and a aspiring model, who had a handful of screen credits to his name, including an appearance in the Baywatch television series and the television movie, Red Shoe Diaries.
During the press conference, Arden said she went to the Santa Monica hotel to meet Epstein, believing that she was “going to have a legitimate audition for Victoria’s Secret”.
She said the alleged hearing was organized, in part, by an anonymous friend, People reported.
Arden said she was carrying her mannequin wallet when she entered Epstein’s room.
She said that Epstein said, “Let me take you for a second. He would then have groped her and rolled up her shirt over her head and her skirt down.
Arden said that during this time, Epstein had touched his hips and buttocks.
“I started to be afraid and I started to cry,” recalls Arden.
Arden was 26 years old when the alleged assault occurred in 1997. She said she went to see Epstein thinking she was going to a “legitimate” hearing of Victoria’s Secret. Arden is photographed in 2002
Arden (pictured in 2018) said Epstein fiddled with her and pulled down her skirt and shirt. When he was distracted by a phone call, she was able to scare her away
She said that Epstein was distracted by a phone call, giving him the opportunity to repair himself. As she headed for the door, she said, Epstein offered her $ 100.
She said, “I told her,” Jeffrey, I’m not a prostitute. I want to be in Victoria’s catalog of secrets “”.
According to Arden, Epstein replied, “Let me see what I can do. “
She said she “left the money in the hotel room and left,” according to USA Today.
“I felt raped and abused,” she said, adding that Epstein “took advantage of me”.
Arden said that a few days after the alleged incident, she had filed a police report with the Santa Monica police department, but never received a call from detectives or a prosecutor about the report.
Arden’s lawyer Gloria Allred, who organized the press conference, said that “Alicia deserves answers.”
Allred said letters have been written to Los Angeles district attorney Jackie Lacey and Santa Monica police chief Cynthia Renaud to find out if local authorities have investigated Arden’s allegations against Epstein.
“We would like to know what happened first. Was there an investigation? There has been no investigation, “said Allred on Monday. “I don’t think Alicia should live with the unanswered question. … Why was it apparently ignored? Did they interview Mr. Epstein? Did he refuse to be interviewed? Did they take his words against hers? Or did they do nothing?
Arden had already come forward over allegations of abuse by Epstein in the summer of 2019, after Epstein’s arrest on federal charges involving allegations that he paid teenage girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages, then allegedly sexually assaulted them.
In August 2019, the Santa Monica Police Department told the Associated Press that Epstein had been questioned following Arden’s complaint, but that his statement contradicted Arden’s claims.
According to the anonymous detective who allegedly investigated Arden’s report, Arden said she did not want to press charges against Epstein, asking instead that he be warned of his behavior.
A police spokesperson then told the PA in a statement that “if the victim tells the detective that she does not wish to prosecute, then the detective will close the case.” The spokesman also said, “In this case, the victim informed the detective that she did not wish to prosecute, so there was no point in presenting him to the city attorney for review.
Arden denied telling the police that they didn’t want to file a complaint against Epstein.
In a December 2019 interview with DailyMail.com, Arden provided additional details about his alleged encounter with Epstein.
She said that before meeting with Epstein, she was asked to test and send the photos to Epstein’s New York office.
She said she was so excited about being able to model for Victoria’s Secret, that she bought the brand’s lingerie to use during filming.
Epstein then allegedly invited Arden to the Santa Monica hotel for a meeting in person.
“He was very nice at the start and looked at my portfolio. When you audition for something like this, they want to see your body, ”Arden told DailyMail.com.
“I wore very few clothes – like a swimsuit bra with a top and underwear and a short skirt so he could see my legs. He said he liked the photos and said he would like to have a photo in the Victoria’s Secret catalog.
“He said,” You know, you look really good, your body looks really good. I think I just need to see it better. “”
Doing what was asked of her, she stepped closer – only so that Epstein would start “bullying” her.
“He started to take off my top, then he went down to my skirt and was trying to take it off, and it touched my hips and buttocks,” she said.
“I pushed his hands away from me, I pushed them away and I pushed them away, but he was taller than me.
She said she went to the police to file her report ‘because I thought he was doing it to other girls and touching other girls, and I could have been raped myself.
“He told me he worked for Victoria’s Secret, and that he was distorting the brand – I wanted to file that. “
Monday’s Arden press conference follows the arrest of Epstein partner Ghislaine Maxwell on July 2.
She was charged with helping to procure victims for the Epstein child sex trafficking operation that started more than 25 years ago.
Epstein died in prison in New York in August 2019, after pleading not guilty to the charges against him. The coroner judged his death to be suicide, confirming that he had hanged himself in his cell.