Virginia Giuffre, 38, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew after being trafficked to London as one of Jeffrey Epstein’s “teen sex slaves”, although the royal denies her claims
Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre said “others must be held accountable” after Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of child sex trafficking offences.
Ms Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the Queen’s son after being trafficked to London as one of Epstein’s “teen sex slaves”.
Prince Andrew vehemently denies her claims.
Epstein’s ‘madam’ Maxwell now faces up to 65 years in jail after being found guilty of five out of six child sex trafficking charges.
Ms Giuffre, 38, today welcomed the jury’s verdict and spoke out about living with the ‘horrors of Maxwell’s abuse’.
She tweeted: “My soul yearned for justice for years and the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always.
“Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed.
“I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.”
Maxwell stood trial on a raft of grooming and sex trafficking charges, relating to four girls between 1997 and 2004.
Those in court said Maxwell showed no emotion in court as the verdicts were delivered although her family were visibly upset.
She stood with her hands folded as the jury filed out and glanced at her siblings as she was led from the courtroom.
Three of the accusers testified at the trial that Maxwell herself inappropriately touched them when they were teenagers.
Maxwell – daughter of press baron Robert Maxwell – pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Her lawyers argued she was used as a scapegoat because Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
Maxwell was accused of soliciting girls to perform ‘massages’ on Epstein.
She was today found guilty of five child sex trafficking charges after a four-week trial and six days of deliberation in New York.
The only count she was found not guilty of was enticing a minor to travel to engage in sex acts (count two).
In a statement after the verdict, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “A unanimous jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of one of the worst crimes imaginable – facilitating and participating in the sexual abuse of children. Crimes that she committed with her long-time partner and co-conspirator, Jeffrey Epstein.
“The road to justice has been far too long. But, today, justice has been done. I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom.
“Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible.”