Virginia Roberts has slammed the decision to redact Prince Andrew’s name from the newly released court documents in the Ghislaine Maxwell case.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex slave, now Virginia Giuffre, 37, who has said she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York as a 17-year-old, said she is ‘very angry’ about the decision.
The unsealed court records from a 2016 deposition show Epstein told Maxwell to offer a reward to anyone who could discredit Ms Giuffre after she accused them of rape.
Maxwell, 58, had fought to keep the 465-page deposition under wraps before a court ordered its release.
Virginia Roberts has slammed the decision to redact Prince Andrew’s name from the newly released court documents in the Ghislaine Maxwell case
The names of all of those in Epstein’s circle, including Prince Andrew, were redacted in the 465-page deposition that Maxwell, 58, had fought tooth and nail to keep under wraps before a court ordered it be released
But speaking in her adopted hometown of Cairns in Far North Queensland, American Ms Giuffre said while she was happy the documents were unsealed, she questioned why several names including that of the Prince were redacted.
She told ABC: ‘I feel very angry.
‘I don’t understand why we are protecting someone who hides behind mummy’s skirt and says “I didn’t do it”. His name should have been out there in the deposition.’
She also said she was shocked a 14-year-old girl’s name was not redacted in the documents.
Maxwell insisted that she does not remember Virginia being in London with her ever, and not in her townhouse. They are shown together in 2001 with Prince Andrew at the house
Ms Giuffre said the woman named had not spoken publicly about her alleged ordeal and did not intend to.
She said: ‘I would say it is a mistake her name was not redacted [by the court], but that doesn’t make it okay.’
The names of all of those in Epstein’s circle, including Prince Andrew, were redacted but previous accounts given by Epstein victims, plus an index at the back of the papers, allow them to be identified.
In the documents, Prince Andrew repeatedly labelled his sex accuser Virginia Roberts ‘a liar’, claiming ‘everything she said is a lie’, according to Maxwell.
Roberts, shown in 2019, said she was 17 when she was ‘trafficked’ to Prince Andrew – a claim he strongly denies and has for years
Maxwell called Ms Giuffre an ‘awful fantasist’ and asked lawyers if they were ‘tallying all the lies’ the 37-year-old was saying.
Ms Giuffre said: ‘I have been nothing but transparent in all the years that I have been fighting for justice.’
Her comments come as it was revealed Epstein told Maxwell to offer a reward to anyone who could discredit Virginia Roberts after she accused them of rape.
In an email dated January 12 2015, Epstein told Maxwell: ‘You can issue a reward to any of Virginia’s friends, aquaints, (sic) family, that come forward to help prove her allegations are false.
‘The strongest is the dinner and the new version of the Virgin Islands that practiced in an underage orgy.’
Maxwell expressly denied giving anyone a reward for trying to discredit Roberts, answering ‘absolutely not’ when questioned.
Four years earlier, after Roberts claimed in an interview that she’d slept with Prince Andrew when she was 17 – a claim he has persistently denied ever since – Maxwell and Epstein discussed their media response.
They discussed writing ‘a letter to the editor’ – presumably of The Mail on Sunday which was the first to publish Roberts’ claims – about the ‘age of consent’.
‘We should think about the letter to the editor. School can be university. Age of consent in Florida is complex,’ the email said.
Epstein and Maxwell in 2005. The pair denied all of Roberts’ claims. Epstein died last year
It’s unclear if those are Maxwell’s words or if they were written by someone else and she forwarded the email on to Epstein.
The document says: ‘It’s dated Friday March 11, 2011 from Maxwell to Jeffrey with the title, Daily Mail and there is a forward from [redacted] to you and a number of other individuals, that’s on the cover page.’
The email, written by someone else, went on: ‘If you are 16 years old, a sexual relationship with someone between 18 and 24 is legal in Florida. Two persons between 16 and 24, Florida statute 794.05. A person 24 years or of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony in the second degree.
‘So as soon as you turn 16 you are able to Have sexual relations and you can have sexual relations with a minor under the age of 18 until your 24th birthday.’
More than 400 pages became public on Thursday for the first time. Maxwell is currently in jail in New York awaiting a sex trafficking trial.
She tried to block the release of the files repeatedly.