NIGEL CAWTHORNE finds how Virginia Roberts was once presented to Prince Andrew

Later this month, Ghislaine Maxwell is because of be sentenced for sex-trafficking. In the primary extract of our serialisation from a brand new e-book, the Daily Mail instructed the day past how she had procured her most renowned sufferer, Virginia Roberts, on the age of 15. Here, investigative writer NIGEL CAWTHORNE explains how the afflicted teen was once presented to Prince Andrew.

Sometimes, Virginia Roberts controlled to child herself that she was once extremely lucky. Who else, on the age of simply 16, may just boast of flying via non-public jet to Los Angeles? Or of talking to Matt Groening, the author of The Simpsons who was once probably the most few different passengers? During the flight, she’d introduced him an blameless foot therapeutic massage and he’d kindly given her authentic drawings of Homer and Bart. But her feeling of elation did not final lengthy.

The subsequent day, Virginia was once again as intercourse slave to the paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

She’d been with him for greater than a 12 months, offering sexual services and products for him and his fixer, Ghislaine Maxwell. So she wouldn’t have been stunned at what took place subsequent.

Infamous {photograph} of Prince Andrew (left) with Virginia Roberts (centre) in entrance of Ghislaine Maxwell (proper), early 2001

It had began straightforwardly sufficient: breakfast in an LA eating place with Epstein’s private assistant Sarah Kellen and a Swedish type Virginia hadn’t met earlier than.

Afterwards, they went to a one-bedroom cabin rented via Epstein on Malibu Beach. There had been 5 ladies looking forward to him in the lounge they usually straight away began vying with each and every different for his consideration.

He was once obviously frustrated via this – or would possibly merely have concept they had been too outdated for him. Ignoring them, he requested his assistant to turn Virginia and the Swede into the bed room and supply them with intercourse toys. Then he ordered a non-public ‘lesbian display’, all through which he had intercourse with each and every of the ladies in flip. Virginia readily complied.

Epstein was once in all senses her grasp: he paid her neatly and allowed her to dip into his sumptuous way of life. Significantly, she was once neatly mindful that he had the police in his pocket, continuously boasting about how he paid them to stay their distance.

If Virginia puzzled what had motivated the Swedish type to demean herself, she quickly discovered. That night, the 3 of them went to a manufacturing studio to fulfill the manufacturer of a cleaning soap opera.

Business was once temporarily concluded: the type were given the section she sought after, which might in the end result in a substantial profession in TV and picture.

Later, as Virginia headed to the airport with Epstein to fly again to New York, he defined that he had met the Swede after Ghislaine Maxwell, his procuress in leader, had lured her again to his house when she was once simply 13.

Just as Ghislaine had accomplished with Virginia herself, she’d enticed her with the promise of a big cost in go back for giving a therapeutic massage to a wealthy and kindly guy. As standard, Ghislaine had decided on her sufferer neatly: now not handiest was once she only a kid however she was once feeling susceptible as a result of her father had not too long ago died.

Now, Virginia Roberts is working to tell her truth - after Prince Andrew paid the Jeffrey Epstein victim an undisclosed sum

Now, Virginia Roberts is operating to inform her fact – after Prince Andrew paid the Jeffrey Epstein sufferer an undisclosed sum

Afterwards, Epstein went directly to pay for the Swede’s training – whilst comprehensively ruining what remained of her early life.

Listening to him communicate on how you can the airport, Virginia felt nauseous. Epstein had criminally exploited an insignificant kid – and he or she knew he’d achieve this once more. Yet right here she was once, nonetheless on the center of his corrupt and perverted undertaking, and not using a hope of escaping his take hold of.

Not lengthy afterwards, at Epstein’s mansion in New York, Virginia aroused from sleep sooner or later lined in blood. The housemaid known as an ambulance. When Maxwell and Epstein insisted on accompanying Virginia to medical institution, she was once pleasantly stunned. Perhaps they in point of fact cared about her!

She was once temporarily dissatisfied.

On finding out that she had simply suffered a miscarriage, she realised they would come together with her handiest so they might forestall her announcing the rest incriminating. Afterwards, she fell right into a debilitating despair.

As some distance as Epstein was once involved, regardless that, her emotions rarely mattered: she was once a slave and he anticipated her to do no matter he sought after. And what he sought after now was once for Virginia to fly to Little St James, his non-public island within the Virgin Islands, to turn an Ivy League college professor round and ‘stay him glad’.

The professor – a long time older than her – was once a small guy with white hair who gave the impression of a mad scientist. After traveling the island together with her on a quad motorbike, he requested if she’d give him probably the most massages Epstein had instructed him such a lot about.

Ghislaine Maxwell poses for a holiday snap with Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell poses for a vacation snap with Epstein

Virginia agreed, whilst dreading the imminent ordeal such a lot that she first excused herself to take some tranquillisers.

By the time they’d intercourse, the drugs had kicked in, bringing welcoming numbness.

Having been sexually abused as a kid, she’d way back discovered that numbing her thoughts gave her the most productive probability of putting up with successive horrors. And there have been a variety of the ones. In a felony declaration made in 2015, Virginia admitted: ‘There had been occasions when I used to be bodily abused to the purpose I keep in mind fearfully pondering that I did not know whether or not I used to be going to live on.’

Indeed, paperwork from New York Presbyterian Hospital display she was once as soon as admitted after 3 weeks of vaginal bleeding.

Not that her complete lifestyles was once a residing nightmare.

One day, instantly, Epstein gave her $1,000 to spend on dressmaker garments. She, Epstein and Maxwell had been to fly to St Tropez in France for the celebration of twiglet Naomi Campbell. For some time, Virginia may just fake she was once probably the most wealthy elite. In a posh new dressmaker outfit, she joined pre-party beverages on a yacht. Then, with Maxwell and Epstein, she moved directly to the principle tournament, which was once full of celebrities and wealthy males appearing off their younger type girlfriends.

Epstein proudly presented his younger ‘masseuse’ to acquaintances – most certainly males with equivalent tastes for terribly younger ladies.

But the remainder of the social gathering was once undeniably amusing: at one level Virginia danced with a prince, and at any other she was once photographed with Naomi. (There isn’t any recommendation the twiglet knew the rest about Epstein and Maxwell’s sex-trafficking operation.)

On the as far back as the lodge, Epstein introduced a boost to a wealthy guy from a well known circle of relatives of lodge homeowners. When they arrived, Virginia was once instructed to head off with the fast, balding guy and provides him a ‘therapeutic massage’.

Her spirits plummeted. In the person’s bed room, she valiantly attempted to provide him the impact she was once only a skilled masseuse fairly than a bonbon to be passed out on the finish of a night.

It did not paintings. Nor was once he cast off when she began asking him about his spouse and youngsters. Instead, he unzipped her dressmaker get dressed.

Ghislaine Maxwell as drawn by a court artist after a video link appearance at Manhattan Federal Court in July 2020

Ghislaine Maxwell as drawn via a court docket artist after a video hyperlink look at Manhattan Federal Court in July 2020

For Virginia’s seventeenth birthday, Epstein purchased her a couple of diamond earrings. From Maxwell, she were given not anything however a cursory ‘glad birthday’ – questioning if she was once beginning to resent Virginia’s position within the financier’s lifestyles.

In due direction, ratings of different younger ladies got here and went, clutching $100 notes after Epstein sexually assaulted them. But Virginia remained his No 1 woman, probably the most only a few he loaned out to ‘vital’ contacts.

Constantly at the transfer with Epstein, she dined with billionaires, political figures and well-known scientists. Among those that authorised her frame as a ‘present’ – in line with court docket papers filed a number of years later – had been ‘a lot of distinguished American politicians, tough trade executives, international presidents, a well known top minister and different international leaders’.

For Virginia, it was once simple to get conversant in the way of living, regardless that tougher to just accept the associated fee she needed to pay. She knew she was once exchanging any probability of a typical lifestyles for sexual servitude, dulled via ever extra tranquillisers.

One day, she was once flown to London and brought to Maxwell’s townhouse in Belgravia. The following morning, Maxwell got here into Virginia’s bed room and instructed her to stand up. They had a large day deliberate for her. First, they’d to shop for her a brand new outfit as she’d be going out dancing later with Prince Andrew, the Queen’s then 41-year-old son. Knowing what was once anticipated of her, Virginia pretended to be excited.

You by no means know the place it would lead, mentioned Maxwell, telling her that Andrew had divorced 5 years earlier than and was once a bachelor. Privately, Virginia was once appalled, and gulped down some tranquillisers.

Andrew later insisted he could not recall ever having met her.

According to Virginia, then again, the adults chatted for some time about his ex-wife. Maxwell then requested Andrew how outdated he concept Virginia (whom Maxwell known as ‘Jenna’) was once. Virginia claims he guessed as it should be – 17.

During the night, she could not face up to sending a textual content message to fellow intercourse slave Carolyn Andriano, who’d been recruited at 13. ‘You’ll by no means wager who I’m with,’ she teased. Carolyn recalled later: ‘She mentioned, ‘I’m in London with Jeffrey and Maxwell and Prince Andrew.’ She mentioned she was once going to peer if she may just get an image.’

The quartet went out to dinner, adopted via Andrew’s motive force and two royal coverage officials.

Virginia have been instructed to flatter him however she was once so fearful that she mentioned little or no. Was she telling the reality? Eighteen years later, in his Newsnight interview, Andrew mentioned he was once in Pizza Express in Woking, Surrey, together with his daughter Beatrice at 4pm or 5pm that day, and may just now not perhaps have had dinner in London. He insisted he had no recollection of ever assembly Virginia.

In her model of the night, Virginia says all of them went to Tramp nightclub in Mayfair, the place Andrew danced together with her – caressing her, sweating profusely and kissing her neck.

‘He was once probably the most extremely hideous dancer I had ever observed and I could not assist however chuckle at the dance flooring and shoot glances of embarrassment to Jeffrey and Ghislaine, who had been having a great time guffawing at my expense,’ Virginia mentioned.

Ghislaine is pictured in a candid photo massaging Jeffrey Epstein's foot. She will be sentenced in New York next week

Ghislaine is pictured in a candid photograph massaging Jeffrey Epstein’s foot. She will probably be sentenced in New York subsequent week

Back at Maxwell’s space, Epstein took a snappy photograph of Andrew together with his arm round Virginia’s naked midriff. (Andrew does not keep in mind the image being taken.)

Then she was once left to what she scathingly calls her ‘royal tasks’.

‘He was once groping me,’ she mentioned. ‘He touched my breasts. He touched my ass. He was once now not my sort, however I’d been educated now not handiest not to display my feelings however to do what is sought after. He began licking my ft, between my ft, the arches of my toes.’ What ensued, she mentioned, was once ‘the longest ten mins of my lifestyles’.

The following morning, Maxwell sought after the entire main points and he or she and Epstein laughed concerning the Prince’s fixation with toes. ‘You did neatly,’ she instructed Virginia. ‘He had a good time.’

Epstein gave her $15,000 for services and products rendered, probably the most he’d ever paid her. Job accomplished, the trio flew again to the United States.

According to Virginia, she had two extra encounters with Prince Andrew. The 2nd was once in Epstein’s place of business in New York, the place she discovered Andrew sitting together with his cartoon from the satirical TV puppet display Spitting Image on his hand.

Maxwell paraded Virginia across the room like a display pony, earlier than plonking her on Andrew’s lap. At that time, he moved his hand, nonetheless wedged within the puppet, directly to her breast. Everybody laughed.

Upstairs within the therapeutic massage room, she steeled herself to have intercourse with him once more. ‘He could not have cared much less about me as a tender girl,’ she mentioned. ‘He was once being handled to intercourse for which any individual else was once paying. From the snickering noises he was once making, he was once in point of fact taking part in the entire thing however I felt like a complete prostitute.’

Ms Roberts claims she was placed by Ghislaine Maxwell on the lap of Prince Andrew (pictured at Sandringham, 2020)

Ms Roberts claims she was once positioned via Ghislaine Maxwell at the lap of Prince Andrew (pictured at Sandringham, 2020)  

Although now not the primary time Virginia have been loaned out for intercourse, those newest encounters took her over the threshold. Feeling ‘abhorrent and ashamed’ at what she’d turn into, she took comfort in drugs and cocaine. Dark circles seemed below her eyes, and he or she misplaced such a lot weight she appeared nearly skeletal.

Epstein unexpectedly misplaced passion and stopped paying her hire. Without cash, she got here off medicine and focused on changing into a mean teen once more and dealing as a waitress. She felt happier than she’d been for a very long time.

It was once simply after she misplaced her process – thru no fault of her personal – that Epstein got here steaming again into her lifestyles. Weakly, she agreed to paintings for him once more.

Although Epstein was once now in his past due 40s, there was once no diminution in his sexual urge for food. If the rest, it had grown: he was once now staging orgies with ladies as younger as 12.

They had been equipped, Virginia mentioned, via Jean-Luc Brunel, who ran the MC2 type company. After recruiting younger ladies from the previous Soviet republics and Latin America, he’d deliver them to the United States on cast visas and power them into prostitution and pornography.

Now again at the team of workers, Virginia had to take part within the orgies to stay Epstein glad. It was once a brand new low. In addition, she was once again to her outdated tasks of getting lesbian intercourse with Maxwell for Epstein’s gratification. Soon she was once again at the tranquillisers.

‘Jeffrey and Ghislaine’s manner of maintaining us below his thumb, below his rule, below their keep watch over, had been invisible chains,’ Virginia mentioned. ‘And it was once that consistent – ‘We personal the police. You cannot run. You cannot inform anyone. We’ll by no means be held in command of this.’ ‘

Even in his late-40s, Jeffrey Epstein is said to have organised orgies where girls as young as 12 were sexually abused

Even in his late-40s, Jeffrey Epstein is claimed to have organised orgies the place ladies as younger as 12 had been sexually abused

They additionally resorted to threats: ‘One of the scariest was once once they instructed me they knew the place my little brother went to university, and if I did not do what they mentioned, I’d know the end result.’

For Virginia, there was once not anything a lot to have a good time about turning 18. She spent her birthday on Little St James, and was once instructed day after today that Brunel [who died in prison in February aged 76 while being investigated on suspicion of the rape of minors] was once about to reach at the island with 8 fashions.

She claimed: ‘A gaggle of Russian ladies who did not discuss a phrase of English grew to become up… That night time, there was once a dinner and Andrew was once there. He mentioned ‘Hi’ to me.’

In Epstein’s cabana, the women staged an orgy – stripping Virginia naked and sexually assaulting her. Looking on, she mentioned, had been Epstein, Brunel and Prince Andrew.

‘Jeffrey and the Prince had been guffawing… after which they undressed after which I carried out a intercourse act on them – Jeffrey first after which Andrew. It was once disgusting. There was once no excitement in it.’

Buckingham Palace strongly denies Virginia’s claims, as does Prince Andrew. In 2015, a pass judgement on ordered them to be struck from the court docket file in a felony case that she’d filed.

Then, sooner or later, instantly, Epstein requested her to undergo his kid. He’d purchase her a space and provides her a beneficiant allowance, he instructed her. Maxwell chipped in, promising that Virginia would have 24-hour nannies. There had been caveats. She’d need to comply with fly with the kid to anyplace Epstein sought after her to be. And in the event that they break up up, the kid would belong to him by myself.

Prince Andrew is reportedly plotting an attempt to return to public life - but is being thwarted by his own brother Charles

Prince Andrew is reportedly plotting an strive to go back to public lifestyles – however is being thwarted via his personal brother Charles

This final clause was once an excessive amount of for Virginia. Careful to not rile him with an outright no, she mentioned she sought after to get skilled certificate in therapeutic massage remedy first – then perhaps she’d believe having a toddler the next 12 months.

Pleased together with her solution, Epstein and Maxwell had been in a excellent temper over dinner. Virginia, then again, had taken a double dose of tranquillisers. Later that night time, once they ravished her frame, she felt not anything.

On her nineteenth birthday, Epstein introduced he was once sending her to Thailand for 8 weeks to review for her therapeutic massage remedy certificate. It wasn’t the type of direction she would have selected herself, however she studied laborious all through the day and partied at night time.

One night, she was once invited to observe a kickboxing event. It was once there that Virginia met an Australian known as Robert Giuffre. After sharing a pepperoni pizza together with her, he walked her to her lodge. The following night, they talked and talked. She ended up telling him moderately just a little about her sordid lifestyles – however fairly than condemning her, he reacted with compassion.

Before the tip of her therapeutic massage direction, Giuffre had proposed and he or she’d authorised. Nervously, Virginia known as Epstein’s place of business. When he replied, she blurted out: ‘I’m getting married.’

She then gabbled on about Robert and the way superb he was once.

‘Have a excellent lifestyles,’ mentioned Epstein, and slammed the telephone down.

In Australia, Virginia and Robert Giuffre married and would in the end have 3 youngsters. She attempted by no means to think about her degrading previous – till sooner or later, in 2005, 3 males knocked on their door. Two had been Australian federal brokers. The different was once from the FBI.

Other under-age sufferers have been talking to the Miami police they usually wanted her testimony.

Petrified that Epstein may retaliate, Virginia to begin with hesitated however in spite of everything gave a observation.

The tale of Jane Doe #3 (as she was once referred to in felony paperwork) grew to become out to be remarkably very similar to that of the opposite ladies. Photographs, information and different witnesses showed massive portions of what she’d mentioned.

When the case towards Epstein went to court docket in Florida 3 years later, his ambitious defence staff secured a plea cut price.

He was once sentenced to simply 13 months, a lot of it in a comfortable work-release programme.

In the intervening time, at the side of different sufferers, Virginia had sued Epstein for damages. She gained a substantial sum in 2009.

Resuming her commonplace circle of relatives lifestyles in Australia, she imagined that was once the final time she’d be attached to him whatsoever.

What modified her thoughts, regardless that, was once the photograph of Epstein – now a convicted paedophile – walking nonchalantly with Prince Andrew in New York’s Central Park in 2010. Appalled, she made up our minds it was once time she went public – this time below her actual identify.

Determined to peer justice accomplished, Virginia’s subsequent step was once to accuse Ghislaine Maxwell of recruiting and abusing her.

And when Maxwell known as her a liar, Virginia sued for defamation. The case by no means went to trial: it was once settled for $5 million in 2017.

By the next 12 months, extra sufferers had been talking out. The sheer scale of abuse was once changing into unattainable to forget about.

Rearrested and charged in July 2019, Epstein then it seems that hanged himself 35 days later in a high-security prison.

For her section, Maxwell was once discovered to blame in 2021 of intercourse trafficking and is because of be sentenced later this month. She is prone to spend the remainder of her lifestyles in prison.

Inevitably, information had leaked of Prince Andrew’s friendship with them each. Accused of getting intercourse with Virginia when she was once 17 – under-age via US legislation – the Prince had attempted to attract a line below the allegations in 2019 via giving his notorious Newsnight interview.

Last August, Virginia filed a lawsuit towards him, alleging sexual attack in London, New York and on Epstein’s non-public Caribbean island.

Rather than give proof in a public trial, Andrew settled in February for approximately £12 million, and not using a admission of legal responsibility.

Virginia Giuffre is now 38. The means of exacting justice for herself and different sufferers has, now and then, been unbearably tense. Yes, she’s richer than she ever anticipated. But her best possible revenge is to stay luckily married to a person who is by no means doubted her true value.

© Nigel Cawthorne, 2022

Virginia Giuffre, via Nigel Cawthorne, is printed via Gibson Square Books on June 30 at £9.99. To order a duplicate for £8.99, pass to mailshop.co.united kingdom/books or name 020 3176 2937 earlier than July 2. Free UK supply on orders over £20.

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