Jeffrey Epstein victim: He farmed me out to ex-senator, governor for sex
Reading a book on massage therapy while working as a locker room attendant at Mar-a-Lago when she was 16, Virginia Roberts Giuffre said she was approached by a British woman who insisted she knew someone who could help her learn the finer points of becoming a masseuse.
Instead, the former Royal Palm Beach High School student said she was turned into a sex slave by politically connected financier Jeffrey Epstein and traveled the world, recruiting other young women and servicing his powerful friends.
Giuffre’s deposition, included in nearly 2,000 pages of once sealed documents that were released by a federal court on Friday, unmask the breadth and depth of a sex trafficking ring authorities say Epstein operated from his mansion in Palm Beach.
Epstein, a convicted sex offender who is jailed on child sex trafficking charges in New York, created the illicit operation with the help of his longtime friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Giuffre said.
Like reciting from a little black book, Giuffre listed as best she could the powerful men she was forced to have sex with while she said she was in Epstein’s control more than a decade ago.
Stopping occasionally to gather her thoughts, she named: Britain’s Prince Andrew, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Epstein’s attorney Alan Dershowitz, billionaire financier Glenn Dubin, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the late MIT scientist Marvin Minsky and modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel.
“Ghislaine told me from her mouth to do these things,” Giuffre said in the April 2016 deposition. “Jeffrey told me from his mouth to do these things with these people. Ghislaine instructed me to do the things that I did with Jeffrey Epstein on the very first meeting that I had with him.”
At times, Giuffre struggled to remember the names of those who reportedly molested her while she was shuttled aboard Epstein’s private jet, known as the Lolita Express, to his apartment in New York, his ranch in New Mexico, his estate on a private island in the Virgin Islands and elsewhere.
“Another prince, I don’t know his name,” she said at one point during the deposition, describing the lurid turn her life took in 2000. “A guy that owns a hotel, a really large hotel chain, I can’t remember which hotel it was. There was, you know, another foreign president, I can’t remember his name. He was Spanish. There’s a whole bunch of them that I just — it’s hard for me to remember them all.”
While she remembered former President Bill Clinton as a frequent flier on Epstein’s jet, she didn’t say he was one of the men who assaulted her. She said she had met him but was never on the same flight with him.
Giuffre’s allegations are corroborated by phone messages found in Epstein’s home, sworn statements from former boyfriends and others, including a woman who said she was recruited by Maxwell to give erotic massages to Epstein while she was a student at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Many of the men vehemently deny the allegations Giuffre first made several years ago when she decided to come out of hiding in her adopted home of Australia, saying she wanted to empower other victims of sexual assault.
The bathtub wouldn’t fit
London attorney Philip Barden blasted Giuffre as a liar. After first denying she had sex with Prince Andrew, she later said she did, Barden said in a 2017 court statement included in the documents.
Her description of the sexual liaison with Queen Elizabeth’s second son is suspect, he said. While ignoring a widely publicized photo of Prince Andrew with his arm around Giuffre, Barden insisted that Giuffre said she had sex with the prince in a bathtub.
The bathtub, Barden scoffed, “can only be described as a very small bathtub, too small for a man of Prince Andrew’s size to enjoy a bath in, let alone sex,” Barden wrote.
He pointed to similar accusations Giuffre made against famed defense attorney Dershowitz, who vehemently denies having sex with Giuffre. Barden accused her of inventing “new salacious details about public figures and world leaders” to feed a media frenzy.
“It is clear to me that she understands retelling the same story doesn’t feed the media and generate publicity and so each time she appears to create new allegation to generate media interest,” Barden wrote.
Dershowitz, who pushed a federal judge to make some of the documents public, said Giuffre’s motives are more sinister.
The allegations against him are part of a shakedown orchestrated by her attorneys, including Fort Lauderdale attorney Bradley Edwards and former federal Judge Paul Cassell, the 80-year-old Dershowitz said.
“She was pressured to falsely accuse me,” said Dershowitz, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School. “She had never, ever accused me until she felt pressured to do so by her lawyers.”
Claiming he has information from one of Giuffre’s friends about a plot involving self-made billionaire Leslie Wexner, he said he has asked federal prosecutors in Manhattan to investigate Giuffre’s lawyers for extortion. Wexner, founder and CEO of the L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and other retail outlets, this week announced that Epstein misappropriated “vast sums of money” from him and his family while serving as his personal financial adviser more than a decade ago.
Neither Cassell nor Edwards, who in 2016 settled dueling defamation lawsuits with Dershowitz about Giuffre’s allegations, did not respond to emails for comment about Dershowitz’s latest legal volley.
Claims vehemently denied
Other men, including Richardson and Mitchell, also denied having sex with Giuffre. In a statement after Epstein’s July 6 arrest in New York, Dubin and his wife, Eva, distanced themselves from their longtime friend and on Friday denied Giuffre’s claims.
“Glenn and Eva Dubin are outraged by the allegations in the unsealed court records, which are demonstrably false and defamatory,” their spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “The Dubins have flight records and other evidence that definitively disprove that any such events occurred.”
Among the more disturbing allegations in the documents involves a 15-year-old Swedish girl who was alleged to have worked for the Dubins, who own a home near Epstein’s in Palm Beach. Glenn Dubin, is the principal of a New York City-based private investment company. His net worth was estimated by Forbes in 2014 to be about $2 billion. His wife, the former Eva Andersson, once dated Epstein.
In a sworn statement, the couple’s former butler tearfully testified that the Swedish teen told him that her passport and phone had been taken from her by Maxwell before she was whisked to Epstein’s private island and pressured to have sex. The distraught teen didn’t say whether she was forced to have sex with anyone, former butler Rinaold Rizzo said.
But the girl he described as “distraught and shaking ... literally quivering” said someone asked her for sex and she said, “no,” according to excerpts of Rizzo’s 2016 deposition.
She also introduced herself to him as “Jeffrey’s executive assistant, personal assistant,” a disturbing claim given her age, Rizzo testified.
Rizzo said he and his wife, who also worked for the Dubins, were so upset by the teen’s tale they quit their jobs. “We just couldn’t deal with it,” Rizzo said.
Giuffre’s mother, Lynn Miller, also testified about the influence Maxwell had over her daughter and the strange way she and Epstein took over Giuffre’s life.
“She was in a discussion with Mrs. Maxwell to educate her and take her under her wing and be her new momma,” Miller testified.
Girls recruited called ‘slaves’
Johanna Sjoberg, who said she was recruited by Maxwell while walking on PBAU’s West Palm Beach campus, said Maxwell had another name for girls she recruited to give Epstein nude massages while he masturbated, fondled them and also forced them into sex.
Maxwell called one of the other young women she recruited “her slave,” Sjoberg testified.
The unsealed documents were part of a defamation lawsuit Giuffre filed against Maxwell in 2015 after Maxwell publicly questioned Giuffre’s contention that she and Epstein turned her into a sex slave. The suit that was settled in 2017 for undisclosed terms.
In her deposition, the daughter of the late British media mogul Robert Maxwell said she doesn’t even remember Giuffre even though flight records show the two traveled together on Epstein’s private jet at least 23 times.
At one point, Maxwell apologizes for pounding on the table during her May 2016 deposition, saying, “I have been so absolutely appalled by her story and appalled by the entire mischaracterization and I apologize.”
Maxwell insists she hired numerous professionals, including masseuses, for Epstein, but that all of them were adults — though she notes for attorneys questioning her that masseuses can be licensed in Florida at age 17.
She dodges questions about whether she believed Epstein sexually abused minors. “I can only testify to what I know. I know that Virginia is a liar,” she said. Her lawyers instructed her not to answer when asked whether some 30 young women were lying when they told Palm Beach police that Epstein molested them.
Epstein was deposed but refused to answer any questions on the grounds that it might incriminate him.
While the suit is settled, the documents could be used as part of a separate lawsuit in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach. In it, Edwards and Cassell are challenging a once secret nonprosecution agreement that allowed Epstein to avoid a 53-page federal indictment by pleading guilty to two state prostitution charges, including soliciting a minor.
He served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in the Palm Beach County jail — a cell he was allowed to leave 12 hours a day, six days a week on work release. He was also required to register as a sex offender and settle lawsuits roughly three dozen young women filed against him.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra has ruled that federal prosecutors violated Epstein’s victims’ rights by not telling them about the pact before it was inked. Now, he is deciding whether it should be thrown out.
In addition to giving Epstein immunity from federal prosecution in South Florida, it also gave immunity to Sarah Kellen, Nadia Marcinkova, Adriana Ross and Lesley Groff, who have been described as his assistants who helped groom the teens, and “and any potential co-conspirators of Epstein.” If Marra decides to throw out the agreement, not only he, but any of those who were involved in what prosecutors are now calling a sex ring, could be prosecuted.
For his part, Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges, accusing him of molesting dozens of teenage girls in New York and Palm Beach County.
Staff writer Daphne Duret contributed to this story.