Chauntae Davies was 21 and a trainee massage therapist when her ‘mentor’, Gypsy Gita, took her to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to give Maxwell a massage. She claims ‘within days’ she was being raped and abused by convicted paedophile Epstein.
While there is no suggestion the eccentric Mr Gita, whose clients include actress Minnie Driver and who has been pictured with Donald Trump, knew Ms Davies would be trafficked to the millionaire, prosecutors may want to speak to him about Maxwell.
She will stand trial next year on six charges, including child sex trafficking.
Chauntae Davies, pictured, was 21 and a trainee massage therapist when her ‘mentor’, Gypsy Gita, took her to the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to give Maxwell a massage
Ms Davies, who became an air hostess on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’, recounted her chilling story for the new TV documentary Surviving Jeffrey Epstein, which is due to air in Britain later this month. She was at a Hollywood party in 2001 when Mr Gita approached her.
‘He tells me he’s a massage guru to the stars and he was drawn to my energy but that I was holding back, I had emotional blocks,’ she recalled. ‘He felt like someone who was going to heal me. Then it became a conversation: ‘Why don’t you learn the trade?’
Ms Davies, now 40, massaged Maxwell, who allegedly then offered to fly her to Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion in Florida and give her a staff position as a masseuse. ‘Gypsy was adamant I should go. He ended up convincing me it would be OK,’ she said.
At Ms Davies’ first meeting with Epstein, above, he forced her to perform a sex act on him and on their third or fourth meeting he raped her
But at her first meeting with Epstein, he forced her to perform a sex act on him and on their third or fourth meeting he raped her. She was repeatedly abused by him for four years and she learned he had also attacked her younger sister.
Mr Gita’s name appears several times in Epstein’s ‘little black book’ of contacts. Under the heading ‘Massage-California’, there are several phone numbers and entries that read ‘Jan (one of gypsy’s) and Kalja (gypsy’s girl). Another entry under ‘Massage-Paris’ says: ‘Stephan (better than Gypsy!)’
A former heroin addict and drug dealer, Mr Gita – real name Joseph Alvarez – charges £270 for a 90-minute session, or £3,000 a day for 30-day ‘vision quests’. His business card reads: ‘Beyond the boundaries of Physical Illusions lies the Realm of the Spirit… the Ageless World of Truth. Your journey begins here.’
Maxwell, 58, is accused of being Epstein’s chief recruiter and of procuring girls as young as 14 for his sex trafficking operation. She has vehemently denied all charges.
Last night Mr Gita said he had been ‘horrified’ when he learned about Epstein’s child trafficking ring and would help the FBI if asked. ‘I massaged him and Ghislaine but I swear I never saw children,’ he said. ‘I introduced Chauntae to them and she never mentioned the abuse to me. If she had I would have acted immediately.’
Paedophile’s secret British girlfriend wed Turkey tycoon
By Jake Ryan in London and Daniel Bates in New York for the Mail on Sunday
The secret British girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein married a wealthy Turkish property developer before suddenly ‘disappearing’ from the New York party scene.
Shelley Anne Lewis – who was revealed by The Mail on Sunday last week to have dated the shamed US financier between 1999 and 2002 – tied the knot with Mahir Furtun five years ago, but they divorced in 2017.
Her marriage to Mr Furtun came a few months after Ghislaine Maxwell asked serial paedophile Epstein to encourage Ms Lewis to make public her relationship with him.
Wed: Shelley Anne Lewis, who was revealed by The Mail on Sunday last week to have dated the shamed US financier between 1999 and 2002, and Mahir Furtun divorced after two years
‘I would appreciate it if shelley would come out and say she was your g’friend – I think she was from end 99 to 2002,’ the British socialite wrote in an email that was released last month in a tranche of court documents.
Ms Lewis, 43, is believed to have met Mr Furtun, 61, on holiday in Turkey. He is president of a property firm thought to have been involved in developments across New York since the mid-1980s.
A month before they married, the couple and Ms Maxwell were among the guests at a party in the city to mark the release of a book by Salman Rushdie in 2015. After that, Ms Lewis stepped back from the New York party scene, apparently having found spiritualism.
One socialite said: ‘I would see her every couple of weeks at parties and then she just disappeared. I have not seen her for around five years.’
Following her divorce, Ms Lewis was photographed wearing a pink tutu and bikini top at the 2017 Burning Man arts and cultural festival in Nevada.
In an interview a few months earlier, she referred to a ‘mentor’ in New York who was ‘so original in all his thought processes that he couldn’t even see the box’. This may have been a reference to Epstein on whose private jets she flew on as many as 55 occasions between 1999 and 2002.
In property records she was registered at an apartment block used by the multi-millionaire in New York’s Upper East Side between 2000 and 2003.
Ms Lewis did not respond to requests to comment, but there is no suggestion that she was involved with, or aware of, any criminality. The daughter of Brian Lewis, the founder of the Cash Generator retail empire, Ms Lewis grew up in Cheshire. After splitting from Epstein, she appears to have studied history of art at the University of Glasgow and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
She later ran a publishing firm before becoming a self-styled ‘spiritual entrepreneur’.
Ghislaine’s hunt for pretty ‘gallerinas’
By Caroline Graham for the Mail on Sunday
Ghislaine Maxwell would trawl high-end art galleries and auction houses looking to find so-called ‘Gallerinas’ to meet Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend has claimed.
Ms Maxwell regularly attended events at Christie’s and Sotheby’s on both sides of the Atlantic, the friend said.
Ghislaine Maxwell, above, regularly attended events at Christie’s and Sotheby’s on both sides of the Atlantic, the friend said
‘She would go to every art gallery opening and was a familiar presence at auctions and parties at Christie’s and Sotheby’s,’ the friend said.
‘The art world is full of pretty young girls and many of them are young and broke.
‘You’d see her everywhere, often with beautiful blonde girls in tow.’
During a party at Christie’s in London, she was spotted talking to Clementine Hambro, one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids, who this week admitted to twice flying on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ private jet.
‘I was young, naive and lucky to escape,’ Hambro said.
Maria Farmer, one of serial paedophile Epstein’s victims, says she was ‘picked up’ by Epstein and Maxwell at a 1995 show to celebrate her graduation from the New York Academy of Art. Epstein is also believed to have met Shelley Lewis – dubbed his ‘secret girlfriend’ – when she was working in the Contemporary Art Department at Christie’s in New York in the late 1990s.
Maxwell is currently in custody awaiting trial in the US for allegedly enticing and trafficking minors and sex trafficking and commiting perjury.
She denies all the claims.