‘Ghislaine Maxwell sobbed ‘Why is this happening, how could this happen?’ when she appeared in court says Virginia Roberts – as Duke of York’s sex accuser says ‘Prince Andrew should be panicking’ after his old friend’s arrest
- Maxwell appeared in court on Thursday accused of helping Epstein ‘groom girls’
- Virginia Roberts said Prince Andrew would be ‘panicking’ after Maxwell’s arrest
- The 36-year-old also said that Maxwell ‘ruined so many lives’ and ‘belongs in jail’
Ghislaine Maxwell sobbed ‘why is this happening, how could this happen?’ when she appeared in court last week claims sex abuse victim Virginia Roberts.
Maxwell appeared in court in the US on Thursday accused of helping disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein ‘identify, befriend and groom’ multiple girls, including one as young as 14.
Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic reporters could only listen-in to proceedings.
Virginia Roberts, now known as Giuffre, said you could hear a ‘very loud British woman screaming why is this happening, how is this happening ,how could this happen’ in court.
Ms Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by the financier, alleges Prince Andrew had sex with her on three separate occasions, including when she was 17, still a minor under US law.
Appearing in an interview with 60 minutes (pictured) Ms Giuffre said Prince Andrew would be ‘panicking’
The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
In an interview with 60 minutes, she said: ‘Prince Andrew should be panicking at the moment because Ghislaine doesn’t really care about anyone else but Ghislaine.’
‘I think he would be quite shook up.’
The arrest has piled more pressure on US authorities to question the duke about his friendship with Epstein, killed himself last August before facing trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Andrew has previously claimed he has offered two times to be a witness in the case and has said he is willing to co-operate.
But US prosecutors say he has declined their request to schedule an interview.
Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London, Bon March 13 2001
On Maxwell, Ms Guiffre added: ‘She ruined so many lives. She belongs in jail. You want to hurt kids? That’s where you go.’
A grand jury returned a sealed, six-count indictment against her on June 29, almost a year after Epstein was charged.
It accuses her of enticing underage girls to travel for sex, actually having sex with them and Epstein and later lying about it under oath in depositions when she was being sued by Virginia Giuffre Roberts, one of Epstein’s accusers who says she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.
Despite Epstein being dead and Maxwell now in custody, Ms Guiffre still thinks there are more people culpable.
She said: ‘There were so many women in Epstein’s organisation that participated, who procured and who benefited from his sickness.
‘I think Jeffrey was dirty, was sick. He was a paedophile. Ghislaine, she is the wicked one, and these women with her, they deserve the same punishment. They should be taken down as well.’
It comes as Ministers are hoping Prince Andrew will speak to the FBI over his links to Maxwell and paedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein without them having to intervene.
Epstein killed himself last August before facing trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges
US prosecutors have lodged a formal request to interview Andrew, a friend of Epstein’s, made through the filing of a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) to the Home Office, as reported by The Sunday Telegraph.
An MLA is part of an agreement with the United States that means they can ask for assistance from British authorities in criminal matters.
The request causes something of a predicament for Home Secretary Priti Patel, with the Government keen that US authorities and Andrew sort the issue out between themselves.
Andrew has previously claimed he has offered two times to be a witness in the case.
A source close to the Duke said: ‘We’ve been in contact with the US Department of Justice saying we’re willing to offer assistance. The Duke has indicated his intention to cooperate with the investigation and the ball is now in their court.
‘There is still a dialogue going on and we are sure the Home Office would not want to intervene.’
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