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Witness at Maxwell trial says Virginia Giuffre told her she slept with Prince Andrew 

'I want to be a voice for all survivors of sexual abuse so that they are not afraid to come forward, even if it is years after the event'
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A witness who gave harrowing testimony against Ghislaine Maxwell at her trial last month has revealed how Virginia Giuffre told her she slept with Prince Andrew in London.

Carolyn Andriano was one of the women to give evidence at Maxwell’s trial in New York where she was found guilty of four of the five charges against her including the most serious of sex trafficking a minor, last month.

Andriano claims that she saw the now infamous photo of Andrew at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home with Ms Giuffre - who later told her that “I got to sleep with him”.

The Daily Mail reports that Ms Giuffre had also texted Ms Andriano that she was to meet Andrew in March, 2001, and go for dinner with him along with Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell.

The Duke has always “absolutely and categorically” denied the allegations against him.

However, Andriano waived her legal right to anonymity to tell the full story about her horrific ordeal in Epstein's 'House of Sin' in Palm Beach, Florida when she was aged 14 to 17.

Prince Andrew's lawyers attempted to have to get Ms Giuffre’s rape lawsuit against him in the US thrown out

Prince Andrew's lawyers attempted to have to get Ms Giuffre’s rape lawsuit against him in the US thrown out

She also details her friendship with Ms Giuffre (then Roberts), who she says, recruited her into Epstein and 60-year-old Maxwell's sexual abuse “pyramid scheme”.

“I waive my right to anonymity. I am doing this because I want all young women to know what happened to me when I was a teenager and how it has affected my life,” she said.

“I want to be a voice for all survivors of sexual abuse so that they are not afraid to come forward, even if it is years after the event, and say what happened to them. This is my story and I want to tell it.”

In her interview with the Mail, Ms Andriona says she believes what Roberts told her in 2001 – ten years before the teen sex accuser first told her story in a Sunday newspaper.

Ms Andriona recalled how she had asked Ms Roberts if she'd been to the palace..

“And she said 'I got to sleep with him'. I said "What? You're f****** with me" and she said "no, I got to sleep with him". She didn't seem upset about it. She thought it was pretty cool.”

Andriano was 14-years-old at the time when the text came through from her friend Virginia, thousands of miles away in London.

'You'll never guess who I'm with…' it read. Carolyn responded: 'Who?'

“She said, ‘I'm in London with Jeffrey and Maxwell and Prince Andrew’,” Carolyn recalls. “She said they were going to have dinner. I kind of didn't believe her, but I had no reason not to. I thought it was far-fetched but, then again, she knew wealthy people and had been to fancy parties and stuff like that.

“I said, "bulls**t". I was calling her out on it, but she swore [it was true]. She said she was going to see if she could get a picture.”

The text referred to disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison in 2019, and his then girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Carolyn and Virginia were among other vulnerable teens and young women who had been recruited by Maxwell to provide sexual favours for Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre

Virginia Giuffre

Ms Andriano's interview with the Daily Mail comes in the week that Andrew's lawyers attempted to have to get Ms Giuffre’s rape lawsuit against him in the US thrown out.

They were seeking to persuade the court that the 38-year-old – now based in Australia and known by her married name Giuffre – had waived her right to sue him when she signed an earlier £370,000 legal settlement with US financier Epstein, who killed himself on remand in prison.

However, his legal bid is said to be hanging by a thread, with a judge expected to rule shortly.

Prince Andrew could still settle out of court with if the judge rules that the case should go to trial.

Earlier this week Maxwell's lawyers demanded a retrial after one of the jurors who convicted her of trafficking confessed to being a sex abuse victim.

Prosecutors who put Maxwell behind bars asked the trial judge for an investigation into the admission by Scotty David during media interviews. But the British socialite's lawyers went further, saying it was “incontrovertible grounds for a new trial”.


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