Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Madame’ Assistant Ghislaine Maxwell Sues Miami Herald’s Julie Brown and HarperCollins

Star Miami Herald Journalist Julie K. Brown is facing a second libel lawsuit related to her 2021 book about the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case – this time, from a former assistant to multimillionaire accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

In February, Epstein victims Courtney Wild and Haley Robson sued Brown in Florida state court, claiming his book, Perversion of justice: the story of Jeffrey Epstein, included “false and defamatory statements” and “revictimizing” them.

Now, Emmy Tayler, a former member of Maxwell and Epstein’s inner circle, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week against Brown and publisher HarperCollins. The lawsuit, first reported by Courthouse News, alleges that the author and publisher “defamed” Taylor “by falsely identifying him as a co-conspirator, accomplice, facilitator and/or aide in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse pyramid scheme”.

Tayler, Wild and Robson are represented by the same law firm: AXS Law Group in Miami.

Brown declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney, who did not respond before press time. HarperCollins also did not return messages seeking comment.

According to Tayler’s complaint, Brown “never attempted to approach her” for comment, and along with HarperCollins “chose to defame her” “without regard to the dire consequences she would suffer.”

The lawsuit cites a particular passage that describes how Epstein sexually abused a 14-year-old girl who came to his Palm Beach home in 2005 to give him a “massage.” Brown’s book says Tayler was the assistant who arranged Epstein’s massage schedule and led the girl, called Jane Doe 1, up the stairs to Epstein’s bedroom.

Tayler’s complaint, however, argues that she was not living in Palm Beach in 2005 and working as Epstein’s assistant. Instead, Tayler claims she was Maxwell’s assistant from 1997 to 2001 in London and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. Tayler says she returned to the UK in 2007 and that she is now the sole caregiver for a relative.

“She said someone named “Emmy Taylor” brought her to Epstein’s bathroom, where the two young women massaged the financier. ”

“To be clear, plaintiff was not employed by Maxwell at the time of said 2005 incident with Jane Doe 1 in Palm Beach, Florida, described in the book, and, in fact, lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. at the time. of the incident,” the lawsuit says.

Tayler argues that the 2006 Palm Beach police report apparently references Brown’s longtime assistant named Sarah Kellen — not Tayler — as the employee who delivered Jane Doe 1 to the fund manager’s lair. The police report “contains no such allegation against” Tayler, according to the lawsuit, adding that “HarperCollins even admitted that the book had falsely identified the plaintiff in the passage quoted above.”

HarperCollns added a “disclaimer” to the book regarding Tayler but “has declined to recall the book and has not taken sufficient steps to ensure it is no longer available for purchase or otherwise publicly available,” the complaint continues.

“As a result of these defamatory statements, the plaintiff’s reputation was severely damaged and she suffered enormous and continuing distress, injury, humiliation and embarrassment,” the lawsuit alleges. Tayler “feared to leave her home, her mental health was and continues to be severely affected as a result of the defendants’ defamation, and she suffered severe panic attacks,” the filing adds.

Still, Tayler’s ties to Epstein and Maxwell have been reported for years, and she was mentioned several times during Maxwell’s criminal trial last winter.

Juan Alessi, Epstein’s former butler from 1990 to 2002, said Tayler was an aide to Maxwell who “constantly traveled with them” and visited the financier’s Palm Beach mansion frequently while on the job. Epstein pilots Larry Visoski and David Rodgers also identified Tayler as a regular passenger on his private jet.

Meanwhile, Jane Doe, one of four victims who testified at Maxwell’s trial, told jurors that a British woman named ‘Emmy’ engaged in group sexual encounters with her when she was not was only 14 and 15 years old. (Jane didn’t specify a last name for “Emmy.”)

In 2019, Tayler’s name surfaced in a batch of unsealed court filings related to survivor Virginia Giuffe’s now-settled lawsuit against Maxwell.

Those documents included excerpts from the deposition of a victim named Johanna Sjoberg, who claimed she was in college when Maxwell recruited her into Epstein’s sex ring in 2001. Sjoberg said a person named “Emmy Taylor” had taken her to Epstein’s bathroom, where the two of the young women were massaging the financier. “She was showing me how to massage,” Sjoberg said.

When asked who “Emmy” worked for, Sjoberg replied “Ghislaine.”

“Did Maxwell ever refer to Emmy by any particular term?” a lawyer asked Sjoberg, who replied, “She called her her slave.”

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