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Jeffrey Epstein ‘targeted pupil in woodland lair in boarding school grounds’

Sited in woods at a children’s fine arts boarding school, this is claimed to be a secret lair Jeffrey Epstein used to meet an underage victim.

The paedophile financier funded the cabin at the prestigious Interlochen Centre for the Arts in Michigan.

And he and alleged “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly targeted a pupil there.

Since Epstein’s suicide in August last year and Maxwell’s arrest in July, the FBI has probed sites including his mansions in New York, Florida and the Caribbean.

But sources claim agents quizzed a woman who says she first met Epstein and Maxwell at Interlochen.

The Jeffrey Epstein Scholarship Lodge was revamped after the school cut ties with him and has been available to rent as The Green Lake Lodge.

One alleged victim is suing the paedophile’s estate for £19million – and papers also name Maxwell as a defendant. The woman, known as Jane Doe, alleges she was recruited at Interlochen in 1994 while a music student, aged 13.

Court papers claim the financier abused her for four years – and Maxwell, 58, “regularly facilitated” it and was “frequently present”.

Doe claims she was also abused by the pair at his mansions in Palm Beach, New York and New Mexico.

Epstein kept details of the cabin, which he funded in 1994, in his infamous little black book under the words “Michigan Home” and “Epstein Lodge”. It also held the names of two students who attended the camp, where he was a donor from 1990 to 2003. As well as funding a cabin build, he hosted events for alumni at his New York home.

Ex-pupils claim they saw Epstein and Maxwell on campus – and he stayed at the lodge for a week in August 2000.

As well as renaming the cabin, the school removed all donor recognition in 2007 when it learned of the billionaire’s child sex conviction.

Interlochen said before it cut contact with him, Epstein “was permitted to use the lodge for up to two weeks per year” under a funding agreement. It added it “has no record of any other use by him beyond that one week in August 2000”.

A previous statement said: “We have no record of any complaint raised against Mr Epstein at Interlochen.” The school added that ­”policies would not have permitted Mr Epstein any unsupervised access to students”.

But Jane Doe’s claims are echoed by ex-Interlochen pupil Melissa Solomon.

The cellist alleges she met Epstein and Maxwell there aged 14 and spent six years in their world but was not abused.

She claims they fell out when she refused to recruit girls for Epstein from Juilliard School in New York and snubbed a meeting with their pal Prince Andrew.

Epstein was found hanged aged 66 while being held in Manhattan for trial for underage sex trafficking.

Maxwell is being held in Brooklyn and denies recruiting, grooming and abusing three alleged victims, including a girl as young as 14, between 1994 and 1997.

If convicted, she faces up to 35 years. Interlochen was contacted for comment.

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