Virginia Roberts was an “erotic masseuse” used by Jeffrey Epstein, the recently released billionaire sex offender, who seduced her when she was just 15-years-old. For Epstein this isn’t odd — the FBI has a file of women like her — but his trip home to New York from a Florida jail, where he served 18 months as part of a plea deal (confessing only two counts of soliciting prostitution) provides a fresh opportunity for Roberts and her fellow victims to step forward. In this case, she’s also getting Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, in trouble.
Roberts, according to Britain’s Daily Mail, has filed a civil complaint alleging that she was “sexually exploited by Epstein’s adult male peers including royalty,” having met Prince Andrew three times through Epstein and his British liason, Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of “disgraced British tycoon” Robert Maxwell.
When Roberts was 17, she says she sat on the Prince’s lap, along with another girl, 21, while Andrew played with a life-size puppet of himself:
She said Miss Maxwell made Virginia sit on Andrew’s other knee and then she ‘put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, then Andrew put his hand on my breast’.
She added: ‘It was a great joke. Everybody laughed.’ The ‘joke’ earned Virginia $400 from Epstein.
Now Roberts is a mother living in Australia, but is speaking out against Epstein’s freedom:
For her 19th birthday, Epstein flew her to Thailand to take a massage course. She met an Australian martial arts expert there and married him ten days later.
Epstein’s plea bargain spared Virginia the ordeal of having to testify against him in court.
But she says she is ‘appalled’ by the light sentence he received. ‘To me it’s saying, “We are above the law”. Jeffrey is a monster.’
Now, once again, he’s New York City’s monster.