When Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial subsequent week, the accuser who captivated the general public most, with claims she was trafficked to Britain’s Prince Andrew and different outstanding males, received’t be a part of the case. 

U.S. prosecutors selected to not convey costs in reference to Virginia Giuffre, who says Epstein and Maxwell flew her all over the world when she was 17 and 18 for sexual encounters with billionaires, politicians, royals and heads of state. 

She is not anticipated to be known as as a witness in Maxwell’s trial, both. 


Prince Andrew, foreground, walks in the procession ahead of Britain Prince Philip's funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, April 17, 2021. 

Prince Andrew, foreground, walks within the procession forward of Britain Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, April 17, 2021. 
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Prosecutors will focus as an alternative on 4 different ladies who say they have been recruited by Maxwell as youngsters to be abused by Epstein. None has alleged the kind of abuse by highly effective worldwide figures that Giuffre has detailed in interviews and court docket filings. 

Bypassing Giuffre’s allegations about Andrew will maintain essentially the most explosive allegations towards Maxwell out of the trial, however it should additionally enable prosecutors to keep away from an enormous threat. 

Records, witnesses and images again up many components of Giuffre’s account of her time with Epstein, the financier who died by suicide in 2019 whereas jailed forward of his personal intercourse trafficking trial. But Giuffre has acknowledged getting key particulars fallacious in her story through the years, together with initially falsely saying in a lawsuit that she had been 15 when Epstein started to abuse her. 

The males she’s accused have spent years attacking her credibility. Maxwell’s attorneys might need tried to have a few of them testify. 

Besides Andrew, Giuffre has mentioned she was sexually trafficked to former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, the famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz, the French modeling scout Jean Luc Brunel and the billionaire Glenn Dubin, amongst others. 

All have mentioned her accounts are fabricated. 

David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who’s not concerned within the case, mentioned making Giuffre a part of the Maxwell case may have difficult issues unnecessarily. 


“There is no reason to give the defense anything to work with that can sow the seeds of reasonable doubt,” Weinstein mentioned. 

Giuffre’s attorneys declined an interview request, however she has stood by her allegations and repeatedly proven a willingness to enter civil court docket to show them, sitting in depositions and assembling a authorized workforce that features one in all America’s most influential attorneys, David Boies. 

In a 2019 interview with “Dateline NBC,” she mentioned inconsistencies in her story have been the harmless errors of attempting to recall occasions that occurred years in the past, when she was a traumatized teenager. 

“When you are abused, you know your abuser,” she mentioned. “I might not have my dates right. I might not have my times right … but I know their faces and I know what they’ve done to me.” 

The Epstein scandal burst into public view in 2005 when he was arrested in Florida, and accused of paying a 14-year-old lady for intercourse. 

Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York, July 2, 2020. 

Audrey Strauss, appearing U.S. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, factors to a photograph of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell throughout a news convention in New York, July 2, 2020. 
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Police recognized underage ladies who have been paid to carry out intercourse acts, however in 2008 the investigation was reduce brief. Prosecutors allowed Epstein to plead responsible to a cost of procuring an individual beneath 18 for prostitution. He served 13 months in jail. 


Dozens of girls sued Epstein, however Giuffre’s 2009 lawsuit was totally different. In it, she mentioned Epstein pressured her into having intercourse with quite a few males “including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and/or professional and personal acquaintances.” 

Giuffre didn’t initially establish the lads concerned, however in 2011 she took $160,000 from the Daily Mail for an interview during which she described assembly Prince Andrew throughout a visit to London with Epstein in 2001. 

Giuffre supplied the newspaper with a photograph of herself and Andrew collectively in Maxwell’s London townhouse, his arm round her naked midriff. 

The British tabloid mentioned Giuffre and Andrew danced collectively at a nightclub, however added there was “no suggestion that there was any sexual contact between Virginia and Andrew, or that Andrew knew that Epstein paid her to have sex with his friends.” 

Years later, Giuffre’s attorneys insisted she instructed the Daily Mail she had intercourse with Andrew, however the paper’s attorneys would not let it publish the declare. 

She additionally mentioned in a deposition that some particulars within the Daily Mail tales primarily based on her paid interviews have been inaccurate, together with components during which she described driving in a helicopter with Bill Clinton and flirting with Donald Trump. Those issues hadn’t occurred, she mentioned, although she blamed these errors on the reporter. 


There isn’t any query that Giuffre was swept up in Epstein’s world. 

Witnesses, together with the pilot who flew Epstein’s airplane and family employees, have mentioned in depositions that they noticed her usually with Maxwell and Epstein. 

Records present Giuffre obtained her passport in early 2001 for journey to London and handwritten flight logs checklist a “Virginia” or a “Virginia Roberts” — Giuffre’s single title — as flying usually on Epstein’s jets. In May of 2001, Giuffre was photographed attending mannequin Naomi Campbell’s celebration with Epstein in St. Tropez, France. 

In 2014, Giuffre joined a brand new lawsuit by Epstein victims and commenced figuring out males she’d beforehand accused anonymously. It it, she additionally claimed publicly for the primary time that she’d had intercourse with Andrew thrice: in London throughout her 2001 journey, at Epstein’s New York mansion when she was 17 and within the Virgin Islands when she was 18. 

She mentioned Maxwell facilitated the encounters as a “madam.” 

Giuffre’s account of spending time with Andrew in New York was backed up partially by Johanna Sjoberg, one other Epstein accuser. In a deposition and an interview, she described a night socializing with Giuffre, Maxwell, Epstein and Andrew during which the prince put his hand on her breast whereas they posed for a photograph with a puppet made from him for a TV present. 

The Associated Press doesn’t sometimes establish individuals who say they’re victims of sexual assault until they resolve to inform their tales publicly, as Giuffre and Sjoberg have completed. 

U.S. authorities have expressed curiosity in Giuffre’s allegations. In 2011, FBI brokers flew to Australia, the place Giuffre was then dwelling, to interview her concerning the alleged abuse. 

U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly requested Andrew if he would undergo questioning. Weeks earlier than Maxwell’s arrest final 12 months, the then-U.S. lawyer for Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, issued an announcement blasting Andrew for looking for to “falsely portray himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate.” 

The prince has promised cooperation, however by no means made himself obtainable to U.S. authorities. 

If prosecutors introduced felony costs towards Maxwell, Andrew, or anybody else primarily based on Giuffre’s allegations, she would doubtless be confronted on the stand about inconsistencies in her story. 

For occasion, in her preliminary lawsuit, Giuffre wrongly mentioned she was 15 when Maxwell first noticed her working as a spa attendant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago membership and employed her as Epstein’s masseuse. In a memoir she explored promoting to publishers, Giuffre described, intimately, celebrating her sixteenth birthday at Epstein’s property within the Virgin Islands. 

But employment information later confirmed she hadn’t labored at Mar-a-Lago till the summer time she turned 17. Giuffre mentioned she merely misremembered. 

One of the lads Giuffre accused, Dershowitz, is battling her in court docket, calling her a “sworn liar.” That litigation is ongoing. Richardson and Mitchell have mentioned they by no means met her. Dubin says he has flight information and different proof proving her allegations towards him are false. 

Andrew, the third baby of Queen Elizabeth II, has additionally repeatedly denied Giuffre’s allegations, most notably in a 2019 interview with BBC Newsnight during which he mentioned that whereas he socialized with Epstein, he couldn’t recall ever assembly Giuffre and by no means had intercourse along with her. 

Britain's Prince Andrew attends the Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following the death announcement of his father, Prince Philip, in England, April 11, 2021. 

Britain’s Prince Andrew attends the Sunday service on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, following the loss of life announcement of his father, Prince Philip, in England, April 11, 2021. 
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“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he mentioned. 

Andrew challenged Giuffre’s declare that he was sweating profusely as they danced in a nightclub by saying he had a medical situation that made it unimaginable for him to sweat. 

Maxwell, in depositions, has acknowledged realizing Giuffre however mentioned her tales about being sexually trafficked to a number of males are lies. 


While Andrew is not a part of Maxwell’s felony case, Giuffre sued him this 12 months, saying her encounters with him amounted to sexual assault. 

That case is pending, that means it’s potential Giuffre will get her claims towards the prince earlier than a decide but, even when prosecutors are staying away for now.