Prince Andrew’s ex Lady Victoria Hervey says her ‘very private’ friend Ghislaine Maxwell was ‘a victim’ of Jeffrey Epstein – and is now ‘scapegoat’ for other people’s crimes
Maar hierdie oomblik op die strand sal ek seker nooit vir die res van my lewe vergeet nie., 44, die dogter van die 6de Markies van Bristol en die voormalige liefdesbelang van die Hertog van York, first met the pair 20 years ago but has previously said she has no clue what they had been secretly up to.
She appeared on Lorraine earlier today where she said pair were ‘a double act’ but she ‘sees the Ghislaine as a victim’.
Lady Victoria told the morning breakfast presenter: ‘She is a scapegoat right now, so unfortunately for her, she is being taken down for what he has done as well. Some might argue is not quite as fair as it could be.’
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein, op Desember 29. She faces 65 jare tronkstraf, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
She was found guilty on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a spectacular downfall for the former Londen society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York’s social scene.
Prince Andrew’s ex girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey, 44, has insisted ‘very private’ Ghislaine Maxwell was a ‘victim’ of Jeffrey Epstein
Lady Victoria said: ‘I mean to be honest I think Ghislaine was a victim and is a victim.
‘She was a victim that then became the accomplice as her role changed in that relationship when they were no longer together.
‘She kind of switched sides. I do see her as a victim as well.’
Lorraine went on to question the socialite over her own connections with the pair, sê: ‘Why do you think, if you were just an ordinary girl with no connections, do you think she specifically wanted you in that place?’
Victoria gesê: ‘At the time I was the IT girl of London, on the social scene, everyone knew me, I was at every dinner event.
The daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol and the former love interest of the Duke of York, first met the pair 20 years ago but has previously said she has no clue what they had been secretly up to (afgebeeld saam in 2004)
‘It was a plus having me on her list of who to invite. It probably kept it more interesting for all the men she was entertaining.
‘Obviously you want to have attractive girls who are the hot girls in London at the time.’
She added that Jeffrey and Ghislaine were ‘definitely a double act’, sê: ‘It wouldn’t have worked with him on his own.
‘It was a lot easier for her to approach other women being a female.
Lady Victoria told the morning breakfast presenter that she feels Ghislaine is ‘a scapegoat’ and is ‘being taken down’ for Epstein’s crimes
‘Girls would feel less intimated and less scared, rather than a man. It would have been a lot less obvious in that respect.’
Lady Victoria confessed she felt ‘used’ by the duo, but added she ‘had fun at the time.’
Sy het gese: ‘I was so naiive. People in my situation that were really young, of course we were going to get taken advantage of.
‘We were just a pretty face to have entertain people. I was one of the lucky ones and I’m aware of that.’
Lady Victoria confessed she felt ‘used’ by Ghislaine and Epstein, but added she ‘had fun at the time’ (afgebeeld in 2002 with Prince Andrew)
She said she had no idea that anything was amiss during parties with the group, sê: ‘Besides the situation of having a feeling there were video cameras in the apartment, it was social gatherings and dinner parties. It all seemed very fun at the time.’
‘This is in the early 2000s when no one had any idea of what people found out later on but the early 2000s, people wanted Ghislaine and Jeffrey at all their events. They were invited there everywhere.
Meanwhile Lady Victoria said she ‘had followed some of the trial’ but was ‘a bit disappointed’.
She explained the public ‘hadn’t learned anything new’ and because the trial wasn’t televised she felt ‘a detachment from it.’
Ghislaine Maxwell could spend the rest of her life behind bars after a jury convicted her of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein last month
Sy het gese: ‘She hasn’t really named any new names yet. I’m hoping…that she will start giving out names. I don’t think we’re quite there yet.’
Meanwhile on her dinner with Ghislaine, Jeffrey, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, she pondered: ‘Is it to make them feel important? I suppose so and I think it was business being conducted at the same time through these introductions of powerful different people together.
‘So I don’t know exactly what business deals did happen at those dinners, but for sure, jy weet, things obviously did.
Lady Victoria continued: ‘She is unfortunately a scapegoat right now, because there’s no one else to blame.
‘So unfortunately for her she is being taken down for what he’s done as well, which some might argue is not quite as fair as it could be but that is the situation she is in right now.’
Egter, Lorraine argued that the victims consider Ghislaine just as guilty as Jeffrey.
On the infamous picture of Prince Andrew and Virgina Giuffre, Lady Victoria offered: ‘That was stupid.’
And asked if Ghislaine ever spoke to her about her friendship with Prince Andrew, Lady Victoria admitted: 'Geen. ek bedoel, she was really quite private about a lot, but obviously they were good friends. You can just tell by the body language when you see people, when they’re good friends.
‘I don’t know what’s going to happen now in terms of the sentencing, how many years they’re going to give her.’
Disgraced socialite Ghislaine is set to be sentenced on sex trafficking crimes on June 28.
The sentencing date was set by Judge Alison Nathan on Friday afternoon.
The delayed sentencing was based on the defense attorneys’ decision due to recent ‘compelling’ evidence they say could overturn the trial, as well as Maxwell’s conviction.
Maxwell was found guilty on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a spectacular downfall for the former London society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York’s social scene. Op die foto: Maxwell with Epstein
Maxwell’s lawyers last week demanded a new trial after a juror revealed he had helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jury members about his experience of sexual abuse.
She was found guilty of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy. She was found not guilty of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
Maxwell was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors maintained that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 aan 2004.
Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee at his five residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Maxwell, who is said to have been Epstein’s madam as well as his one-time girlfriend, is seen posing with the pedophile in evidence photos shown in court
Epstein took his own life at a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at trial that she was made into a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.
Intussen, Prince Andrew is under severe pressure to settle with Virginia Roberts Giuffre after a New York judge refused to throw out her case – paving the way for a box office trial in nine months to examine claims she was repeatedly forced to have sex with him when she was a teenager.
Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts while Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background, in a now infamous photo from early 2001
The decision is a devastating blow to the Duke of York, who now faces a hugely expensive and reputation-shredding court case next September unless he tries to pay off Giuffre with at least $5 miljoen.
If he chooses not to settle, or if Giuffre rejects any offers, Andrew faces being interviewed by her lawyers in a videotaped deposition in London that could be played in court, although the ninth in line to the throne cannot be forced to give evidence due to it being a civil suit in a different legal jurisdiction.
Daarbenewens, he could simply ignore the case and let the court give a decision in his absence, although this would be likely to damage his reputation further.