VIRGINIA Roberts says she was used as a sex slave by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The 66-year-old was found hanging in his prison cell in New York on Saturday as he awaited trial on charges of sex trafficking.
Virginia Roberts holds a photo of herself taken a year after she claims she was first abused by Epstein[/caption]
Who is Virginia Roberts?
Mum-of-three Virginia Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre, 35, is involved in a legal tangle with Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein’s ex-lover.
Giuffre has alleged that she was procured by “madame” Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, as a teenage “sex slave” for Epstein.
She released a manuscript just hours before Epstein’s death, which added to more than 2,000 documents of a lawsuit pending against the former financier and his pals.
The legal documents were released in a defamation case involving Giuffre, who in 2015 claimed Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Maxwell.
What did she accuse Jeffrey Epstein of?
Giuffre says her account is “99 per cent true” but her own lawyers have described it as “fictionalised”.
She claims she first met royal dad-of-two Prince Andrew on a trip to London in 2001 when she was 17 and Epstein and Maxwell were also there.
The Prince strongly denied having sex with her in London and New York, and a year later at an orgy on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands.
The Duke of York was pictured with his arm around the then 17-year-old’s waist at the home of Maxwell in London in 2001 – but he has strongly denied the claims.
But outside New York’s Southern District court in Manhattan on August 28, Ms Roberts said of Andrew: “He knows what he has done and he can attest to that.
“He knows exactly what he’s done – and I hope he comes clean about it.”
Buckingham Palace have said: “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party.
“Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Maxwell has rejected allegations that she has acted as a procurer for Epstein.
A spokesperson said “the allegations made against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue” and she “strongly denies allegations of an unsavoury nature, which have appeared in the British press and elsewhere, and reserves her right to seek redress at the repetition of such old defamatory claims”.
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Has she commented on his death?
Giuffre, who now lives in Australia with her husband and three children, has said the paedo’s victims deserve justice.
Her lawyer Sigrid McCawley said in a statement to The Courier-Mail: “The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of brave and truthful victims should not end with Jeffrey Epstein’s cowardly and shameful suicide.
“The fact that Epstein took his own life within 24 hours of the unsealing of detailed and devastating documents and exhibits in Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, which informed the public of the scope, scale and sophistication of the international sex trafficking operation Epstein conducted, is no coincidence.”
She added: “We are hopeful that the government will continue to investigate and will focus on those who participated and facilitated Epstein’s horrifying sex trafficking scheme that damaged so many.”
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