‘Guilty, guilty, guilty’: Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell was ‘worse than Epstein’

Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was even worse than her paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, says prominent accuser Virginia Giuffre, because Maxwell used her wealth and charm to groom victims.

In an interview with US website The Cut from her home in Perth, Western Australia, Giuffre said her husband woke her on Thursday morning with news of the verdict.

Virginia Giuffre, pictured here in August 2019 in New York, says her husband woke her with news of Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction. Credit:AP

“I was shaken awake to him saying, ‘Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!’. I said, ‘I need a cup of coffee’. And then I jumped out of bed. My middle son had just woken up, and I just was so excited to tell him. My kids have seen me go through hell and back. He gave me the biggest hug and was like, ‘Mum, you did it!’ and that was a melting moment for me, my kid being proud.”

Giuffre is currently suing Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in a Californian court, accusing Andrew of forcing her to have sex with him more than two decades ago when she was under 18 at the London home of former Epstein associate Maxwell, and abusing her at two of Epstein’s homes.

The prince has always denied her claims.

Giuffre’s home base in Perth could become a key debating point in pre-trial hearings in the new year, after Andrew’s lawyers lodged a finding that her Australian address would remove the court’s jurisdiction over the case. He asked US District Judge Lewis Kaplan to force Giuffre to answer questions about her residency under oath.

In Tuesday’s filing hearing, his lawyers said recently discovered evidence showed that Giuffre has lived in Australia for all but two of the last 19 years, despite claiming in her suit that she was a resident of Colorado. Giuffre bought a $1.9 million Perth home in December 2020.

In the interview with The Cut, which did not address this issue, Giuffre said the Epstein fallout was not over with Maxwell’s conviction of five counts of sex trafficking in a Manhattan court on Thursday (AEDT).

“It’s definitely not over,” Giuffre said. “There are so many more people involved with this. It doesn’t stop with Maxwell. But it’s definitely a relief to know that she’s off the streets. And that no matter how rich or how connected you are, that you can still be held accountable.”

Giuffre said Maxwell, who recruited her as a masseuse when she was still a young teenager, was no scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes, as the former socialite’s lawyers argued in court.

Prince Andrew pictured with Virginia Giuffre at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell (right) in London in 2001.

“She was the devil’s right-hand man. She made these appointments for him, she actively went out there and scouted for new girls. She was part of the sexual encounters at times. To paint herself as just the ‘house manager’ is a load of crock.

“She’s definitely worse than Epstein. She used that charm, that wit, that smile to come off as somebody you want to trust.”

Maxwell’s lawyer said that she would appeal the verdict and members of her family said they still believed she was innocent.

“We are very disappointed with the verdict,” read a family statement on Thursday. “We have already started the appeal tonight, and we believe that she will ultimately be vindicated.”

On January 3, secret papers from a settlement Giuffre reached with Epstein in 2009 will be unsealed and could have direct bearing on her case against Andrew, at which other women are expected to testify that they were exploited by the royal and other powerful men.

Giuffre is also suing Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz for defamation for denying that he was among the men Epstein compelled her to have sex with.

In an interview with the BBC shortly after the Maxwell verdict, Dershowitz wondered if the prosecutors had doubts about Giuffre’s credibility, as they had not called her as a witness in the case.

Celebrity lawyer and academic Alan Dershowitz was only introduced on his BBC interview as a “constitutional lawyer”, with no mention of the claims of his connection to Jeffrey Epstein. Credit:AP

Introduced only as a “constitutional lawyer,” Dershowitz was not identified during the interview as someone directly implicated in the Epstein scandals, nor was the Giuffre defamation suit mentioned.

The BBC later released a statement on Twitter saying the interview did not meet the broadcaster’s editorial standards.

“Mr Dershowitz was not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst, and we did not make the relevant background clear to our audience. We will look into how this happened.”

With Reuters, AP

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