- When Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime partner of Jeffrey Epstein, is tried next week, the accused who most captivated the public with his claim of trafficking Britain’s Prince Andrew and other prominent men will not be part of the case.
- Prosecutors will instead focus on four other women, who they say were recruited by Maxwell as teenagers for abuse by Epstein.
- Bypassing Giuffre’s allegations about Andrew would keep the most explosive charges against Maxwell out of trial, but it would also allow prosecutors to avoid a major risk.
When Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime partner of Jeffrey Epstein, is tried next week, the accused who most captivated the public with his claim of trafficking Britain’s Prince Andrew and other prominent men will not be part of the case.
US prosecutors decided not to charge in relation to Virginia Giuffre, who says Epstein and Maxwell flayed them around the world at the ages of 17 and 18 for sexual encounters with billionaires, politicians, royals and heads of state .
He is also not expected to be called as a witness in Maxwell’s trial.
Prosecutors will instead focus on four other women, who they say were recruited by Maxwell as teenagers for abuse by Epstein. No one has alleged the type of abuse by powerful international figures, which Giuffre detailed in interviews and court filings.
Bypassing Giuffre’s allegations about Andrew would keep the most explosive charges against Maxwell out of trial, but it would also allow prosecutors to avoid a major risk.
Records, witnesses and photographs support many of Giuffre’s own time with Epstein, the financier who died by suicide in 2019 while incarcerated before his own sex trafficking trial Was. But Giuffre has admitted that important details in her story have been wrong over the years, including initially falsely saying in a lawsuit that she was 15 when Epstein began abusing her. The men she has accused have spent years attacking her credibility. Maxwell’s lawyers may have tried to get some of them to testify.
In addition to Andrew, Giuffre has said that she was sex trafficked with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, former US Sen. George Michel, famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz, French modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel and billionaire Glenn Dubin, among others.
Everyone has said that his accounts are fabricated.
David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who is not involved in the case, said making Giuffre part of the Maxwell case could complicate matters unnecessarily.
“There’s no reason to give anything to work with the defense that could sow the seeds of reasonable doubt,” Weinstein said.
Giuffre’s attorneys declined a request for an interview, but she stood by her allegations and repeatedly showed a willingness to go to civil court to prove them, sitting in statements and assembling a legal team that included the US. David Boise, one of the most influential lawyers of the U.S.
2019. In Interview with Dateline NBC, she said the discrepancies in her story were innocent mistakes of trying to recall events that happened years ago, when she was a victimized teenager.
“When you’ve been abused, you know your abuser,” she said. “Maybe my dates aren’t right. Maybe my timing isn’t right… but I know their face and I know what they’ve done to me.”
The Epstein scandal came to public notice in 2005 when he was arrested in Florida, and charged with paying for sex to a 14-year-old girl.
Police identified underage girls who were paid to perform sex acts, but in 2008 the investigation was cut short. Prosecutors allowed Epstein to plead guilty to prostitution charges to a man under the age of 18. He spent 13 months in prison.
Dozens of women sued Epstein, but Giuffre’s 2009 lawsuit was different. In it, she said that Epstein pressured her to have sex with a number of men “including royalty, politicians, academics, businessmen and/or professional and personal acquaintances”.
Giuffre did not initially identify the men involved, but in 2011 he took $160,000 for an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he described meeting Prince Andrew during a visit to London with Epstein in 2001.
Giuffre provided the newspaper with a photo of herself and Andrew together in Maxwell’s London townhouse, with his hands around his bare midriff.
The British tabloid said that Giuffre and Andrew danced together in a nightclub, but added that “there was no suggestion that there was any sexual contact between Virginia and Andrew, or that Andrew was aware that Epstein had taken her with his friends.” Paid to have sex.”
Years later, Giuffre’s lawyers insisted that she told the Daily Mail that she had sex with Andrew, but the newspaper’s lawyers would not allow her to publish the claim.
She also said in a statement that some details were incorrect in the Daily Mail stories based on her paid interviews, in which she described riding in a helicopter with Bill Clinton and flirting with Donald Trump. Those things didn’t happen, she said, though she blamed those errors on the reporter.
There is no doubt that Giuffre was enamored of Epstein’s world.
Witnesses, including the pilot who flew Epstein’s plane and domestic workers, said in statements that they saw him regularly with Maxwell and Epstein.
Records show that Giuffre received his passport for a trip to London in early 2001 and that handwritten flight logs list “Virginia” or “Virginia Roberts” – Giuffre’s unmarried name – regularly flying on Epstein’s jet. as filling. In May of 2001, Giuffre was seen attending model Naomi Campbell’s birthday party with Epstein in Saint Tropez, France.
In 2014, Giuffre joined a new trial by Epstein victims and began identifying the men she had previously accused anonymously. She also claimed for the first time publicly that she had sex with Andrew three times: in London during her 2001 visit, at Epstein’s New York mansion when she was 17, and in the Virgin Islands when she was 18. was of the year.
She said that Maxwell facilitated the encounters as “ma’am”.
Giuffre’s account of spending time with Andrew in New York was supported by Johanna Sjoberg, another Epstein accuser. In a statement And in an interview, she described an evening gathering with Giuffre, Maxwell, Epstein, and Andrew in which the prince placed his hand on her breast while they posed for a picture with a puppet she made for a TV show.
The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they decide to tell their stories publicly, as Giuffre and Sjoberg have done.
US officials have shown interest in Giuffre’s allegations. In 2011, FBI agents went to Australia, where Giuffre was living at the time, to be interviewed about the alleged abuse.
US prosecutors have repeatedly asked Andrew if he would appear for questioning. A few weeks before Maxwell’s arrest last year, then-US attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman issued a statement rebuking Andrew, demanding that he be “eager and ready to cooperate” to present himself as a liar to the public.
The prince has promised cooperation but has not made himself available to US officials.
If prosecutors bring criminal charges against Maxwell, Andrew, or anyone else based on Giuffre’s allegations, he will likely be confronted on the stand about inconsistencies in his story.
For example, in her initial lawsuit, Giuffre incorrectly stated that she was 15 when Maxwell first saw her working as a spa attendant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and asked her Hired as Epstein’s masseuse. In a memoir he discovered selling to publishers, Giuffre describes in detail, celebrating his 16th birthday at Epstein’s estate in the Virgin Islands.
But later employment records showed that he did not work at Mar-a-Lago until the summer of 17. Giuffre said he just remembered it wrong.
One of the men Giuffre accused, Dershowitz, is fighting him in court, calling him an “sworn liar.” He is on trial. Richardson and Mitchell have said that they never met him. Dubin says he has flight records and other evidence to substantiate the charges against him are false.
Andrew, the third child of Queen Elizabeth II, has also repeatedly denied Giuffre’s allegations, most notably in a 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight in which he said that when he socialized with Epstein, he had never heard from Giuffre. Didn’t remember meeting and they never had sex. His.
“I can tell you quite frankly that this never happened,” he said.
Andrew challenged Giuffre’s claim that he was sweating profusely because they were dancing in a nightclub, saying he had a medical condition that made it impossible for him to sweat.
Maxwell admitted to knowing Giuffre in the statements, but said that his stories about sex trafficking with multiple men are false.
While not part of Andrew Maxwell’s criminal case, Giuffre sue him this year, saying that his encounter with her tantamounts to sexual harassment.
That case is pending, which means it’s possible that Giuffre will still get her claims against the prince before a judge, even if prosecutors are staying away.