Sarah Kellen today flits between a New York penthouse and a Miami luxury apartment, a far cry from her past as a Jahovah’s Witness cast-out and Epstein sex trafficking boss.
- The 41-year-old started working for Jeffrey Epstein when she was aged in her early-20s
- She was allegedly the lieutenant of the now-convicted child sex trafficker, Ghislaine Maxwell
- In 2013, she married the three-time NASCAR champion, Brian Vickers.
To date, she not helped law enforcement (as far as we know) and has rarely spoken about her time with Epstein.
Update January 9, 2022: Kate Briquelet from The Daily Beast interviewed Epstein victims’ attorney Brad Edwards. He said this about Kellen:
“I think that’s probably phrased more accurately as why she wasn’t charged yet. The way that I see it is: Sarah has been given dozens if not hundreds of chances to potentially reposition herself in this narrative…you’re to either on the side of the victims or the other side, which is the side of the bad guys.”
Which side is she on?
How did Sarah Kellen go from a teen bride from North Carolina to working around the world for the pervert Epstein?
The now-NASCAR wife is pictured below at her 2010 Florida deposition stemming from the charges relating to Epstein’s crimes in Palm Beach, Florida.
Who is Sarah Kellen
In this post:
• Learn the real story of Sarah Kellen, Jeffrey Epstein and his connections
• Keep up to date with the latest twists and turns in this ongoing investigation
• Be aware of the forces that enable sexual exploitation and trafficking
There have been other serious allegations against Sarah Kellen, some as recent as from 2008.
During a testimony in a defamation court case, a butler, Renaldo Rizzo, who worked for billionaires Eva Dubin and Glenn Dubin, alleges:
“She (a 15-year-old girl) just lets it rip, and what she told me was unbelievable,” Rizzo testified.
“She proceeded to tell my wife and I… ‘I was on the island and there was Ghislaine, and there was Sarah (Kellen),’ and she said, ‘They asked me for sex. I said no.’”
The butler later clarified, “She didn’t specify who asked for sex. She said they asked for sex.”
Rizzo testified that when she refused to have sex, Sarah Kellen took her phone and passport and gave them to Maxwell. “And at that point, she said she was threatened,” Rizzo said.
In her latest personal reinvention, it looks like Sarah Kellen is claiming she’s a cult victim.
We found some new information recently concerning the alleged Jeffrey Epstein coconspirator via her husband Brian Vickers’ website.
It may show her defence has recently taken on this mind control element, as she has previously told the media she was a victim of Epstein.
What do we know about Sarah Kellen?
Her husband is the three-time NASCAR champ Brian Vickers. He supports charities in the justice area. One is even a cult information group, the Foundation Against Cult Threats.
According to husband Brian Vickers: “Justice and prison reform are very important to my wife and I.
We have both been wrongfully accused of things in our personal and professional life before, so this always resonated for us.”
He adds: “Even outside of the justice system, in general, I would say that society’s shift towards a mentality of “guilty until proven innocent” is wrong and very dangerous. You see this sometimes inside the justice system but the justice system also has other systemic problems.”
Who is Sarah Kellen, Sarah Vickers, aka Sarah Kensington & Sarah Bonk
Before the Epstein story broke in 2019 , Sarah Kellen was publicising her skills as an interior designer.
Her company, SLK Designs, had projects in New York, the Caribbean, Palm Beach, and the Caribbean.
In other words, her main client was probably Epstein. In our opinion.
She also had two other names over the years – Sarah Bonk and Sara Kensington.
She has sported different hair colours and lived in multiple cities to attempt to reinvent herself.
What we would like to ask Sarah Kellen
We contacted Sarah’s public relations representative in 2021 to ask the following questions. Unfortunately, this person said they no longer worked for Kellen.
These are our questions we would like her to answer:
We are journalists from Bolton St Productions in Australia and we have been podcasting on the Jeffrey Epstein case for almost two years.
As reporters, we are seeking to understand Sarah’s situation with Jeffrey Epstein. We want to go beyond the one-dimensional portrayal of Sarah, as we did this week on our show with alleged coconspirator Lesley Groff.
To this end, we have put together some questions for Sarah in the hope she may answer them. Moreover, we understand that revisiting these issues can be hard but she may wish to challenge some of the public misconceptions.
We are aware she cannot talk about Ghislaine Maxwell due to the federal trial l
- Firstly, on a personal note, how Sarah found Ghislaine in their interactions
- How would she describe the past few years since JE died?
- We know she is in flight logs with Prince Andrew, does she recall anything about him? Is there anyone else she’d like to mention from the flight logs?
- How did she meet Epstein & come to be employed by him?
- How long did she work for him?
- What were your duties and was she ever sent to recruit girls?
- When did you finish working for JE?
- We know that you continued to work for Epstein after your marriage. Did you feel threatened or compelled to do so?
- When was the last time she spoke to Epstein? How did she feel when he died?
- Has she reunited with her family?
- Was there anyone who was kind to her during her Epstein years?
Here is the 2006 Palm Beach probable cause document:
There have been other serious allegations against the long-time Epstein staffer.
Sarah said in 2019 she had also been abused by Jeffrey Epstein.
The allegations against Sarah Kellen are grave, shocking and extremely serious.
She lives now on the down low in New York’s Soho, after staying for more than a decade in Miami.
Who is Sarah Kellen
- A summary of Sarah Kellen’s life to date
- Why did Kellen Vickers get a foreign worker visa?
Sarah Kellen was born in North Carolina and was brought up as a Jahovah’s Witness.
She married at 17, lived in Hawaii, divorced her husband and pursued erotic modelling.
Sarah now lives a life of privilege with husband number two and calls herself Sarah Vickers.
Is there a cult defence in US Criminal Law? Author: Eve Epsy. Sarah Kellen
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a fundamentalist religious sect with more than eight million of followers worldwide.
Its headquarters are in New York where they publish their religious literature.
They have active worship centers in 240 countries. In the United States, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have tax exempt status as a charity organization.
The church is conservative in nature, promoting modesty, strict views on sexuality and on the roles of women in the household and church and tend to require members to commit to significant time in service to the organization.
Sarah Kellen AKA Sarah Kellan
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are not unlike other conservative religious sects such as the Amish, Mormons, Orthodox Jews, Muslims or even cultural conservatism like those in Muslim counties such as Pakistan.
The word “cult” has no legal definition, nor is participating in a “cult” illegal. “Cult” carries a negative connotation, however, it is open to interpretation and tends to be defined by anti-cult organizations.
The First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution protects individual rights to worship as they choose and provides for freedom of association, therefore forming a “cult” is not illegal.
If one is a “victim” of a cult for being raised in a fundamentalist household, then would people raised in any of the above mentioned religious or cultural sects also be “victims” of a cult?
Are the Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult?
In the US, there is not a fixed definition of a cult nor is it illegal. The legal system website HG.org states that the U.S. First Amendment rights protect religious exercise, no matter how odd or non-mainstream they may be. The illegality of cult begins with another criminal violation such as financial crimes, sexual or child abuse.
The term “cult” is considered a pejorative term for offshoot or unique religious practices and would not likely stand up in court.
The public perception of what a cult is does not match up with something that would be illegal. This is why family members have a difficult time getting adults out of one, because adults have the freedom to worship, live in a compound and give away all of their money. It is not illegal. When a religious organization conducts fraudulent transactions, or abuses people, is when law enforcement gets involved.
The website cultwatch.com lists many different ways an offshoot religion can be labeled a cult. These include: a single charismatic leader, the demand for significant amounts of money, overly happy people, vague information until you get to a meeting, declarations of being the “only true religion”, hiding the teachings from the public, restrictions on who you can associate with, door-to-door solicitation, no questioning or debate about teachings or practices and demanding submission to the group.
Obviously, the Jehovah’s Witnesses tick a few of these boxes, but not all of them. They do not have a single leader, in fact, individual congregations have a group of elders, not a single leader.
They do not require a title or other mandatory financial contributions.
Who is Sarah Kellen
They do believe they are the only way into heaven, as do most Christian sects. They do go to door-to-door, they do, they do demand you adhere to a strict code of values and they frown upon associations outside of their organization. Again, they are not the only religion or Christian sect to do so.
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There is no shortage of information about what they believe by both believers and former members. I’ve listened to multiple podcast from former members clearly discussing their experiences and the belief system.
As a group is the JW sexist? From what I’ve seen it seems as if women do not play a leadership role in the group or in their own households. This again is a choice as part of that religion.
Does abuse take place in the JW church? People have accused it of such, but with no formal structure, such as the Roman Catholic Church, this was handled at the local level. Did some people cover it up? Yes. Is it wrong? Yes? Do other fundamentalist Christian groups have similar organizations and issues? Yes they do. Does this make the Jehovah’s Witnesses a cult? No, it does not.
This is not to diminish the claims of sexual abuse in the religion. It seems that parents and others put their acceptance in the local groups over the safety of their children. Also children raised in these groups are taught to be obedient and are less likely to report abuse. I would argue that other denominations have similar issues, but they’ve yet to be reported or they are so localized, they would not be in the national spotlight.
Who is Sarah Kellen, not Sarah Kellan
The religious order of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is listed as a charitable organization with the Internal Revenue System (taxing authority) of the United States and has tax-exempt status.
According to the International Cultic Studies Association, the three main characteristics of a cult are undue influence, fraud and misrepresentation. While there appears to be pressure to conform and be accepted by church leaders and elders, one could argue that is not undue influence. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are very clear about their views and expectations on their website and they do not demand financial contributions, therefore, fraud and misrepresentation would also not apply to the group.
Is that a viable excuse for someone’s criminal actions?
If one was to claim that they suffered brainwashing and mind control from a conservative religious group, then the actions they were programmed for would be fundamentalist versions of morality, sexuality and gender roles. Jehovah’s Witnesses main goal is to please Jehovah (God) through submission and service. Scheduling teenage victims, laying out sex toys and preparing a massage room does not seem like something one would be brainwashed to do having grown up in the Jehovah’s Witness faith.
A review of psychological journals reveals that people leaving a fundamentalist faith, not just the Jehovah’s Witnesses, report a sense of isolation and depression because leaving the faith often costs them all of their friendships, familial relationships and associations (Friedson, 2014). Shunning is not limited to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and would not be unique.
How would one claim they were a victim of a cult? Sarah Kellan
If a lawyer would be able to establish the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a cult, what harm would the lawyer establish towards Sarah Kellen? That she was brainwashed to be conservative? That her family shunned her when she began nude modelling? How does any of this have to do with an alleged cult? How does being raised in a strictly conservative / fundamentalist household equate to hunting new victims for sex trafficking? It is literally one extreme to the other extreme.
Would this stand up in court?
If was the prosecutor, I would challenge the establishment of the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a cult. Then I would challenge Ms. Kellen/ Bonk/ Kensington/ Vickers as to how being raised in a religion the valued sexual purity and modesty would lead to booking trafficked minors.
I would also ask her why she changed her name to Kensington? What was she hiding from? I would also challenge the $200,000+ payment she received close to the time of Epstein’s death? I would also go through her taxes with fine toothed comb to make sure those payments were reported and how were they reported? It’s well over the legal limit for a gift. Was it her salary? Or paid as salary and if so, were the proper taxes and FICA (Medicare and Social Security) taxes paid? Was she a 1099 (independent contractor, responsible for paying her own taxes) or a W-2 (employee, where employer contributes to FICA and employee contributes to FICA)?
Ms. Kellen/ Bonk/ Kensington/ Vickers may have been raised in a fundamentalist religious organization which valued modesty, sexual purity and strict gender roles.
Firstly, Sarah married at the age of 17 with her parent’s consent and moved with her husband to Hawaii.
Moreover she chose to live against the values of her faith and took up modeling.
Sarah Kellen aka Sarah Kellan
Sarah left the church and was estranged from her family because of it. Then became associated with Jeffery Epstein, presumably on a quest to become a model, and became a facilitator for the trafficking and abuse of minor children.
In the end, she should be charged with child sex trafficking and probably many financial crimes.