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Shock statement Prince Andrew’s ex says Ghislaine Maxwell was a ‘victim’ in new interview

Lorraine questioned her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell asking: “Why do you think, if you were just an ordinary girl with no connections, do you think she specifically wanted you in that place?”

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Lady Victoria Hervey and Ghislaine Maxwell on February 25, 2004 in Hollywood, California.

Lady Victoria Hervey and Ghislaine Maxwell on February 25, 2004 in Hollywood, California.

Lady Victoria Hervey and Ghislaine Maxwell on February 25, 2004 in Hollywood, California.

Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey has said that Ghislane Maxwell was a victim.

It comes as the 44-year-old socialite appeared on ITV’s Lorraine ahead of her appearance in 'Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile’ a new documentary by the broadcaster set to air tonight.

Lady Victoria, who spoke to Lorraine from Los Angeles this morning, 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,” she added.

Lorraine questioned her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell asking: “Why do you think, if you were just an ordinary girl with no connections, do you think she specifically wanted you in that place?”

“At the time I was the IT girl of London, on the social scene, everyone knew me, I was at every dinner event. It was a plus having me on her list of who to invite,” she said.

“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 also said that Epstein and Maxwell were “definitely a double act”.

“It wouldn't have worked with him on his own. It was a lot easier for her to approach other women being female.”

“Girls would feel less intimidated and less scared, rather than a man. It would have been a lot less obvious in that respect.”

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She also said that Maxwell is being treated as a scapegoat since the death of Jeffery Epstein.

“Unfortunately for her, she is being taken down for what he has done as well. Some might argue it is not quite as fair as it could be.”

Lady Victoria, who once dated Boyzone star Shane Lynch, said she now feels used by Maxwell and Epstein but said she had “fun at the time.”

“I was so naive. 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.”

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 Lady Victoria Hervey

Lady Victoria Hervey

Lady Victoria Hervey

“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.”

A clip from the new documentary shows Lady Victoria discussing her involvement with the pair with host Ranvir Singh.

“Jeffrey was really the frontman and Ghislaine was the accomplice. It was kind of like a Batman and Robin, and they were a double act. I don't think Jeffrey could have done any of it without Ghislaine,” she said.

'I think he just kind of sat back and sort of waited for her to sort of go fishing and go find however many girls were needed, you know, to entertain his friends. I think I was pretty much used as bait.”

“You know, looking back at, you know I was really young and naive, and she's entertaining these, you know, big businessmen. So I didn't realise it of course at the time, but looking back…”

Last month 60-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five counts of sex trafficking after a jury found that she facilitated the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Jeffery Epstein.

She is set to be sentenced for her sex crimes on June 28th and could face up to 65 years in prison.

Prince Andrew has vehemently denied allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

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