Ghislaine Maxwell “was the mastermind” behind “sick pedophile” Jeffrey Epstein and deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison, according to one alleged victim.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was abused by Maxwell and Epstein as a teenager, spoke to Gayle King on CBS This Morning about why she thinks the British socialite is worse than the deceased billionaire.
“She’s worse than Epstein,” Giuffre declared. “She did things even worse than Epstein did. She was vicious, she was evil and she was a woman.”
Maxwell, who was denied bail this week, is accused of helping the financier procure and sexually abuse underage girls. Giuffre says she is one of those girls, claiming Maxwell recruited her at age 16 while she was working in the spa at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach near where Epstein had a home.
“She could smell the vulnerability on the person,” Giuffre said of Maxwell.
Giuffre recalled a confrontation with Maxwell about why she was recruiting girls for her boyfriend.
“I asked her, I said, ‘Why are you having all these girls come in and sleep with your boyfriend?’” Giuffre told King. “And she was like, ‘So I don’t have to do it all the time.’ She made a joke out of it. She did it to make Jeffrey happy, for sure, she did it because she loved the control of people. Jeffrey was a sick pedophile, but she was the mastermind.”
Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 and charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.
“I know that woman. I’ve known her really well,” Giuffre told King. “She was pulling his strings, she had his money, he had her contacts, but Ghislaine was much more conniving and smart than Epstein ever was.”
Among Giuffre’s other claims is that she was forced to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew on three occasions when she was only 17 years old. Prince Andrew has denied her allegations. As for the photo that appears to show him with his arm around Giuffre during one of these instances, he has said it could be doctored.
“Prince Andrew should be panicking, he knows he’s guilty,” Giuffre said. “He needs to be held accountable. We need to show the world that the rich and the mighty can fall too.”
Epstein died by suicide in 2019 while awaiting trial and Giuffre “absolutely” believes Maxwell’s life is in danger because of the elites she could help take down.
“If she squeals on some of the people that she has videos on, they won’t be happy with her talking about that,” Giuffre explained.
“And when you say that she has videos or she has knowledge of videos that exist about people, people like who?” King asked. “Well-known names?”
“Very well known names,” Giuffre replied. “The government officials, the politicians, the royalty, they were taping everybody every moment when you walked into the New York mansion, to Palm Beach — everything was being filmed.”
Giuffre said she doesn’t think these people knew they were being filmed and speculated Maxwell and Epstein had a blackmail scheme.
While Giuffre isn’t involved in the federal case against Maxwell, she said she “would like to see Ghislaine in jail forever.”
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