Ghislaine Maxwell had orgies with girls as young as 15 on the private Caribbean island owned by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and trained one of her alleged victims as a “sex slave”, newly unsealed court documents claim.
Virgina Giuffre, who has accused both Epstein and Ms Maxwell of abusing her, said the former used his residence, dubbed “paedophile island”, to host orgies that were attended by young women who had been flown in from across Europe.
“There were blondes, there were brunettes, there were redheads. They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21,” Ms Giuffre alleges in court documents, made public by US District Judge Loretta Preska late on Thursday evening.
Ms Guiffre’s testimony dates back to a now-settled 2015 civil litigation against Ms Maxwell, who she claims procured young girls for Epstein to have sex with.
Ms Maxwell, the 58-year-old daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert, has since been charged with aiding Epstein’s abuse of underage girls. She denies the charges and currently awaits trial in a New York prison following her arrest earlier this month.
Following an intense legal battle and a last minute attempt by Ms Maxwell’s legal team to have the documents suppressed, Judge Preska published a raft of documents on Thursday, stating: “The court finds that the countervailing interests identified fail to rebut the presumption of public access.”
Defence lawyers acting for Ms Maxwell had argued that publication of the documents would reveal embarrassing details of their client’s sex life.
In her 2015 testimony, Ms Giuffre, 36, alleged that Ms Maxwell “trained me as a sex slave”. She also claimed that she was pressured into having sex with a host of rich and powerful men, including Prince Andrew, who strenuously denies the allegations.
The documents also revealed that Ms Maxwell had been in contact with her former associate as late as 2015, appearing to contradict a claim made by her legal team that the pair had not spoken in a decade.
Court files show that Epstein composed an email that appears to have been written for Ms Maxwell to use as a statement in distancing herself from the disgraced financier, who took his own life in August 2019, aged 66, while awaiting trial for a litany of sex offences.
The statement goes on to claim that media reports linking the pair and Ms Maxwell’s alleged crimes are inaccurate. They are “false allegations of impropriety and offensive behaviour that I abhor and have never been a party to,” Epstein wrote.
Ms Maxwell then wrote to Epstein on 24 January 2015 asking him to make public a relationship he allegedly had with a woman named “Shelley”. “I think she was [your girlfriend] from end 99 to 2002,” Ms Maxwell wrote.
It is unclear who Shelley is or whether Epstein had a relationship with her. Ms Maxwell was denied bail earlier this month and her trail has been scheduled for July 2021.