Virginia Roberts said Prince Andrew knew ‘exactly what he has done’ and urged him to ‘come clean’ on Tuesday after speaking at a hearing with other Jeffrey Epstein victims.
Her message to the Duke of York comes after repeated statements from Buckingham Palace that he is ‘appalled’ by the allegations against Epstein and has done nothing wrong.
Roberts famously claimed in a 2015 lawsuit that she had sex with Andrew when she was 17 in London. She claimed Epstein kept her as his sex slave and robbed her of her childhoods.
Andrew has always denied her allegations.
On Tuesday, Roberts spoke with dozens of other women who had been invited to court by Judge Richard Berman who had been handling Epstein’s criminal human trafficking case which, in light of his suicide earlier this month, will now draw to a close.
After the hearing, she said it was important for authorities to push on with their investigation into Epstein’s network.
‘It’s not how Jeffrey died but it’s how he lived but we need to get to the bottom of everybody who was involved in that, starting with Ghislaine Maxwell and going along the lines there.
‘I was recruited at a very young age from Mar-a-Lago and entrapped in a world that I didn’t understand. I’ve been fighting that world to this day. I will never stop fighting, I will never be silenced until these people are brought to justice,’ she said.
As she stepped away from the podium, she was asked about Andrew. After hesitating for a moment, she said: ‘He knows what he has done and he can attest to that. He knows exactly what he’s done, and I hope he comes clean about it.’
Virginia Roberts said Prince Andrew knew ‘exactly what he has done’ and urged him to ‘come clean’ on Tuesday after speaking at a hearing with other Jeffrey Epstein victims
Roberts, now 35, said Epstein kept her as his ‘sex slave’ when she was a teenager. She is shown, right, in an infamous photograph with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s friend and alleged madam, in 2001
Virginia Giuffre reads aloud a statement to the court. She was the first to publicly allege that she had been abused by Epstein in a 2015 lawsuit
The victims have asked that the investigation into his crimes carry on so that anyone who facilitated them who is still alive may be brought to justice. Many of the victims still plan to sue the late pedophile’s $577million estate. Tuesday’s hearing was the first time many had told their stories.
In their statements, they slammed Epstein as a ‘coward’ and said he ‘robbed’ them of their innocence.
Epstein killed himself in his jail cell earlier this month and escaped prosecution and poverty in doing so
Some were speaking out for the first time, including Chauntae Davies, who worked as an air hostess on his private plane, dubbed ‘the Lolita express’. Davies, who agreed to be named, said she, like dozens of others, was also paid by Epstein to perform erotic massages when he raped he the third or fourth time they met on his private Caribbean island.
Another woman, who remained anonymous, said she was 15 when Epstein flew her to a ranch where she was sexually molested for many hours while he kept insisting he was helping her to grow.
Teala Davies was 17 when she was victimized. She said she thought Epstein was the most powerful person in the world. Afterwards, she said: ‘All I’m going to say is today is a day of power and strength.’
Others described how he became ‘excited’ when they begged him to stop touching them when they were underage. Another sobbed as she told how he tried to intimidate her to stop her reporting him to police.
Some of the women were being represented by attorney Gloria Allred who said they planned to file lawsuits against Epstein’s estate seeking damages.
Among the 30 women who gave statements was Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who sued Epstein in 2015 and claims she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 in London. She smiled as she arrived at the courthouse, flanked by lawyers.
Epstein’s lawyers were also given a chance to speak. They suggested, shockingly, that he had been murdered and said his neck injuries were more consistent with a homicide than suicide.
Roberts fought back tears as she gave a statement outside court on Tuesday after the hearing
Teala Davis weeps as she is comforted by attorney Gloria Allred while reading her statement to the court. She said she was 17 when Epstein abused her but gave no further details
‘Jane Doe’, who is being represented by Gloria Allred. She has chosen not to share her name, like dozens of other women who were present
Speaking after the emotional hearing where some of the women cried, said it did not matter whether Epstein was murdered or committed suicide
Allred leaves court with Teala (right) and another woman who did not want to be named but who brought her baby
Virginia Roberts (center in blue) arrives at court with David Boies who is also representing sisters Annie and Maria Farmer. She sued Epstein in 2015 claiming she was held as his sex slave. She also claims she had sex with Prince Andrew – a claim Buckingham Palace denies. Thirty women are expected to speak at the hearing on Tuesday
Gloria Allred arrives in court on Tuesday with four unidentified women. She previously said she was representing four previously unnamed Epstein victims. The mother who brought her child was not identified
Teala Davies, who said Epstein victimized her when she was 17. It was the first time she had told her story publicly
Jennifer Araoz, the first new accuser to file a lawsuit against Epstein earlier this month, spoke afterwards to thank supporters for their kindness. She says Epstein’s recruiters lured her when she was a teenager by approaching her outside her school
They told the judge they had hired their own experts to look into whether or not the disgraced pedophile might have been killed.
Tuesday’s hearing was the first time Chauntae Davies spoke about being raped.
She said she had been hired to give massages at Epstein’s island, Little St. James, when he raped her the third or fourth time they met.
Prince Andrew addressed Epstein’s death in this statement
‘I will not let him win in death,’ she said.
In 2015, Davies gave an interview about the lurid behavior she witnessed on his jet and claimed she had gone shopping with Bill Clinton in Africa for a bracelet for his daughter, Chelsea, on an Epstein-funded trip.
Tuesday’s statement was her first about the alleged rape.
Sarah Ransome, another accuser, told the court of Epstein’s suicide: ‘He showed the world what a depraved and cowardly human being he was by taking his own life.’
She previously claimed to have been held hostage on Epstein’s Caribbean island.
Ransome sued Epstein over claims he trafficked her for sex between 2006 and 2007 and ‘gave her’ to Alan Dershowtiz, his lawyer. (Dershowitz has always denied ever meeting her).
In 2018, Epstein settled her lawsuit privately.
In it, she claimed she once tried to swim off of ‘pedophile island’ and that a search party consisting of Epstein and Maxwell was sent out to find her.
She said Maxwell confiscated her passport so she could not leave the shady Caribbean bolthole. She was 20 at the time.
WHAT THE WOMEN SAID
‘My hopes were quickly dashed and my dreams were stolen‘
– Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who says she was preyed on by Epstein when she was a 15-year-old working at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club
‘He showed the world what a depraved and cowardly human being he was by taking his own life’
– Sarah Ransome, speaking for the first time. She did not give details of what happened to her
‘I will not let him win’
– Chauntae Davies, another woman who spoke out for the first time. She says he raped her the third or fourth time they met on his private Caribbean island where she had been hired to give him massages.
She previously denied having been exploited or abused by him when giving interviews about working on his private jet, the Lolita express.
‘The fact that I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at my soul’
– Jennifer Araoz, who says Epstein’s recruiter targeted her outside her school when she was a teenager
‘Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused me for years. He robbed me of my day in court. I feel very angry and sad and justice has never been served in this case’
– Courtney Wild, who says she was 14 and in middle school when Epstein forced her to perform sex acts
‘Jeffrey Epstein stole my innocence. He gave me a life sentence of guilt and shame. I do not consider myself a victim – I see myself a survivor. The abuse that I endured cannot continue. Let’s stop this before it happens to other young women.’
– Jane Doe 1
‘I cannot say that I am pleased he committed suicide, but I am at peace knowing that he will not be able to hurt anyone else’
– Jane Doe 2
‘I used to be relatively carefree, inquisitive, hopeful, and excited about life. But, my life changed because of Jeffrey Epstein… Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me.’
– Jane Doe 3
‘Dear Jeffrey. You had investigators come to my house and even to my friend’s house. I needed therapy several times a week. You wanted to try and blame that we were a lower class and that was the problem with girls.’
– Jane Doe 4
‘I tried to pull away but he was already unbuttoning my shorts … I was searching for words but all I could say was, ‘No, please stop,’ … that seemed to excite him.’
– Jane Doe 5
Among those to speak out was Courtney Wild, who says she was in middle school and wore braces when Epstein groomed her.
‘Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused me for years,’ she said, adding that he ‘robbed’ her and the other victims of their day in court.
‘I feel very angry and sad and justice has never been served in this case,’ she said.
Another, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It didn’t feel good to wake up that morning and hear he allegedly committed suicide.
‘I still feel like I’m learning the ways he’s impacted me. As destructive as that relationship was and as much of a villain as we’ve created him to be, based on facts, we’ve created him to be a villain, but he’s a complex villain.’
Others were represented by Allred’s daughter, Lisa Bloom.
She released a statement from three victims. One read: ‘Jeffrey Epstein stole my innocence.
‘He gave me a life sentence of guilt and shame. I do not consider myself a victim — I see myself a survivor.
‘The abuse that I endured cannot continue. Let’s stop this before it happens to other young women.’
Another statement read: ‘In the past few weeks, I have had to reflect on my interaction with Jeffrey Epstein and realize that, though I have tried to put it all behind me, I am still a victim.
‘I say this because I have to come to terms with it in an effort to truly get past the abuse I suffered at the hands of Epstein.
‘Pursuing criminal penalties against him and having an opportunity to address the egregious crimes he committed against me and other young women would have helped my recovery process.
‘This all came to an abrupt halt when he took his own life. The point of closure is lost.
‘I cannot say that I am pleased he committed suicide, but I am at peace knowing that he will not be able to hurt anyone else.
‘However, a sad truth remains: I, along with other women, will never have an answer as to why; I will never have an apology for the wrong doing and, most importantly, Epstein will not be justly sentenced for his crimes.
‘Now, I sit in my home questioning the well-being of those girls like myself. In choosing death, Epstein denied everyone justice.
‘Any efforts made to protect Epstein’s name and legacy send a message to the victims that he wins and that he is untouchable.
‘I understand his case may be dismissed or closed but this makes me feel as though I, and anyone else who fell prey to his hands, simply do not matter.
‘I ask that you very seriously consider the final decision because it will undoubtedly affect all other facets of this case, including any future charges brought against the recruiters or other third parties to his crimes. I do not want the narrative to be ‘those poor girls’.
‘I want to send a message to anyone who would consider engaging in similar acts to think twice beforehand.
Attorney Sigrud Macawley (in cream dress) arrived with Virginia Roberts (in blue skirt suit) and Annie Farmer (far right)
Annie Farmer (pictured) and her sister Maria told their story in a New York Times article on Monday. They said they reported Epstein to the FBI and to media in the 1990s and 2000s but that nothing was done
Jeffrey Epstein ruined me, his recruiter ruined me… the far-reaching consequences of that day have ruined my family’s lives
‘I want some sort of closure for those of us who will relive those horrible moments where we were assaulted, abuse and taken advantage of by Epstein.
‘You have an opportunity to help us seek that closure,’ she said.
Another read: ‘I used to be relatively carefree, inquisitive, hopeful, and excited about life. But, my life changed because of Jeffrey Epstein. My perspective on life became very dark when I was unknowingly recruited by one of his agents. Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me.
‘The far-reaching consequences of that day ruined my family’s lives. I’ve chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect my family from unwanted media attention.
Epstein’s lawyer says broken bones in his neck suggests he was murdered
Epstein’s attorneys used the court hearing as an opportunity to claim that he was murdered in his cell and said they were ‘angry’ about what had happened to him.
Attorney Martin Weinberg asked U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to look into the matter.
A prosecutor argued the judge would not have jurisdiction before Berman responded: ‘I think it’s fair game for defense counsel to raise its concerns.’
‘Find out what happened to our client. We’re quite angry,’ he said.
Epstein had pleaded not guilty to charges he sex trafficked women in the early 2000s.
Berman had said earlier in the hearing that Epstein’s suicide was a ‘stunning turn of events’.
Officials said Epstein hanged himself with a bed sheet from the top set of bunks.
He was found with several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, when guards were doing their morning rounds.
Revelations of the broken bones in his neck lead to speculation that his death was a homicide.
Breakages to that specific bone can occur when people hang themselves but are more commonly seen in victims who have been strangled, according to forensic experts.
‘I was just trying to figure out my path in life when I encountered Jeffrey Epstein in his NYC mansion.
‘I cannot even begin to summarize the many detriments this experience of sexual assault has had on my life. Immediately following the incident, I was unable to function and be around other people. My parents had to rescue me and bring me home, where I became a recluse for years.
‘I was changed forever and buried my assault deep down where the darkness couldn’t hurt me anymore. But, of course, it has always been here, lingering and affecting me unconsciously.
‘At the time, I was mired in shame, guilt, and humiliation. I have somehow tricked myself into thinking that I had allowed the assault to happen, that I did this to myself, that I don’t deserve to be alive or to be loved. I believed that I was a disgusting, shameful person, who does not deserve to ever be happy.
‘These are the thoughts I’ve lived with on a daily basis. Furthermore, because I couldn’t tell anyone for fear of judgment, blame or retaliation, keeping this secret completely hindered my ability to uncover why these issues existed for me, which could have led to a path of healing over the years.
‘It is time for those with power to do the right thing. It is time for compassion toward our fellow human to reign over money, power and greed.
‘We need to protect our most vulnerable to allow them a chance at a normal life and nothing should come in the way of that. I believe that for future generations, including my own children, this case will set a precedent that victims must no longer suffer in silence on our own or be shamed for coming forward to seek protection. This case should demonstrate to those who want to harm others, that there will be a reckoning and they will pay dearly for the harm they inflict on innocent people.
‘Judge Berman, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this forum and opportunity. To all of the survivors who came before me, I commend your bravery. There is no way I could have done this without you doing so first.
‘Thank you to the public following this story for your outrage and desire for answers, which will hopefully move this case forward, so the victims can stop having to relive their experiences every day and move on to begin to heal. God bless the victims, their families, the investigators, and public servants working so diligently to find those answers and to right all of these wrongs. ‘
Jennifer Araoz, the first to speak out against him, said: ‘The fact that I will never have a chance to face my predator in court eats away at my soul.’
Prosecutors vowed not to stop fighting for justice for the victims despite dismissing the charges against him himself.
‘To be very clear today’s dismissal in no way inhibits or prohibits the government’s ongoing investigation. It in no way does it prohibit the government from seeking civil forfeiture.
‘The investigation into those matters has been ongoing, is ongoing, and will continue. This dismissal in no way deters the government’s resolve in seeking justice for the victims in this case,’ prosecutor, Maureen Comen said.
Five lawsuits have already been filed against him.
The first was by Jennifer Araoz, who says his team of female recruiters preyed on her outside her Upper East Side high school when she was a vulnerable teenager and lured her to his mansion where she was forced to perform erotic massages on him.
She is the only one of the plaintiffs to name herself publicly and she has also appeared on national television to tell her story.
Two others, who described themselves as Jane Does 1 and 2, filed a lawsuit earlier this month. They were followed by three others, Katlyn Doe, Priscilla Doe and Lisa Doe.
Because many of the women’s identities are being protected, it is impossible to know if they were among those who spoke in court on Tuesday.
As the criminal case against Epstein drew to a close and the civil lawsuits against his estate mounted, a third investigation – into how he was able to take his own life in jail – remains underway.
The latest development in that investigation is that camera footage taken outside his cell on the night he killed himself is unusable in court.
‘Lolita Express’ air hostess who says she helped Bill Clinton pick out a bracelet for his daughter Chelsea during a Jeffrey Epstein-funded jaunt to Africa reveals in court that she is one of the pedophile’s rape victims
Chauntae Davies spoke publicly for the first time about the rape allegations on Tuesday.
Davies had previously revealed she worked as an air hostess on Epstein’s private plane dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’.
She told the court on Tuesday that in addition to working on the plane, Epstein was paying her to perform erotic massages at his private Caribbean island Little St. James.
Davies said Epstein raped her the third or fourth time they met on the island and it continued for several years.
Chauntae Davies spoke publicly for the first time about the rape allegations at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein during a New York court hearing on Tuesday
It is the first time Davies has spoken of being raped.
‘It took me a long time to come forward,’ Davies told the courtroom during the dramatic hearing less than three weeks after Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
‘Every public humiliation that I endured, I have suffered, and he has won.
‘I have found my voice now… I will not stop fighting.’
Davies gave an interview back in 2015 about the lurid behavior she witnessed on Epstein’s jet when allegations surfaced about the financier.
She said at the time that she was not a victim but that she had been tasked with ferrying young girls to Epstein’s Caribbean island.
‘On almost every trip that I did go on there were young girls around,’ she told Inside Edition back in 2015.
Davies also claimed she had gone shopping with Bill Clinton in Africa for a bracelet for his daughter, Chelsea, on an Epstein-funded trip.
She said nothing ever happened between her and Clinton.
Clinton was among the prominent passengers who rode on Epstein’s jet. Other passengers included Prince Andrew, Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker and Naomi Campbell.
Many alleged victims claim Epstein used the jet as a critical setting for his sexual activities. He was accused of using the plane to shuttle underage girls between his residences in New York and Palm Beach.
Davies also claimed she had gone shopping with Bill Clinton in Africa for a bracelet for his daughter, Chelsea, on an Epstein-funded trip
Davies had previously revealed she worked as an air hostess on Epstein’s private plane dubbed the ‘Lolita Express’
Davies gave an interview back in 2015 to Inside Edition about the lurid behavior she witnessed on Epstein’s jet when allegations surfaced about the financier. At the time she claimed she wasn’t one of Epstein’s victims
Jennifer Araoz – Groomed outside school when she was 14 and given $300 to perform massages on Epstein in her underwear
Jennifer Araoz was a teenager when Epstein abused her
Araoz was just 14 when she says Epstein’s recruiters lured her to his mansion in Manhattan. She wanted to be an actress and says he groomed her by promising to help her career.
At the time she was a vulnerable child from a troubled home and her father had just died of AIDS.
She was the first to file a lawsuit and appeared on Today earlier this summer to tell how he abused her.
Araoz sobbed as she described the guilt she felt afterwards for not speaking about the alleged abuse sooner.
She said she held herself responsible for other women being attacked by him.
In the court on Tuesday, she said the case had ‘ate away at her soul’.
She also spoke outside afterwards to say she was grateful for all the help she had been given.
‘I just wanted to thank everybody for their constant support during this very difficult time. I want to thank the judge for letting us speak, giving me closure. It’s still going to be a rough road. I’m here for anyone that went through something similar.
Araoz said she was ‘approached by a brunette woman’ in her early 20s.
The lawsuit accuses Maxwell of facilitating Epstein’s abuse of several girls by overseeing their recruitment and ‘ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure’.
Maxwell has previously denied allegations she helped recruit or arrange visits for Epstein’s alleged victims.
Araoz said she eventually met with Epstein who, in turn, showered her with gifts and cash for a month.
She claims she was asked to strip down to her underwear and give Epstein massages while he masturbated.
The massages and sexual abuse became more depraved and continued for a year until Epstein allegedly raped her in 2002.
Sarah Ransome – Swam off ‘pedophile island’ in desperate attempt to escape Epstein but was ‘brought back to land by search party which included Ghislaine Maxwell’
Sarah Ransome, a South African native who says she was abused by Epstein in her early 20s
Ransome said she was among the young girls ferried to Epstein’s pedophile island.
She told a shocking story previously of trying to swim off the island after having her passport stolen by Ghislaine Maxwell when, she said, she and Epstein ‘ganged up against her’.
In 2018, Epstein settled a lawsuit against her for an undisclosed amount.
She had sued him for sexually trafficking her between 2006 and 2007 and claimed that he arranged for her to have sex with his friend and lawyer Alan Dershowtiz. Dershowitz denies it.
Ransome was a South African native who was living in New York when she says she was targeted.
She claimed in her lawsuit that she was procured by his female staff and taken to the island. He promised her that he would get her into F.I.T, which had been her dream, when they first met, she said.
According to her lawsuit, she was told by Ghislaine Maxwell that she had to perform sex acts on Epstein or risk not receiving the education he promised her.
She also alleged that his group of ‘recruiters’ told her he would retaliate against them all unless she gave him what he wanted.
She was in her early 20s at the time of the alleged abuse.
After the incident on the island, she continued to live under Epstein’s control, she claimed. He sent her to South Africa to recruit another woman and she refused, claiming in court papers that she did not want to subject the other girl to the life of sexual servitude she said she found herself in.
Ransome says she was also told by Maxwell and Epstein not to return to the US from her home country unless she lost weight.
They phoned her parents in South Africa to tell them they were looking after her but, when she returned to the states in February 2007, was told by Maxwell to ‘immediately’ have sex with the pedophile. She fled the country three months later.
Michelle Licata – Lured by Epstein’s ‘Palm Beach’ recruiter aged 16 and told ‘you’re just so beautiful and sexy’
Michelle Licata was just 16 when she claims a young woman brought her to Epstein’s Palm Beach estate and she was paid to give him a massage.
‘He said, god, you’re just so beautiful and sexy and gorgeous and it was making me feel really uncomfortable,’ said Licata in an interview with ABC News.
Licata, who attended previous court dates when Epstein was alive, did not read her statement in court. An attorney read it for her.
She had only one encounter with Epstein and it remains unclear how they came into contact.
When he was arrested earlier this summer, she and another accuser – Courtney Wild – sprang into action to attend his court hearings.
They also participated in TV interviews to tell of their relief at finally seeing the pedophile behind bars after so many years.
It is unclear why she chose not to attend Tuesday’s trial.
In a statement read by her lawyer, she said: ‘I was told then that Jeffrey Epstein was going to be held accountable, but he was not.
‘The case ended without me knowing what was going on… I was treated like I did not matter.’
Teala Davies, claims she was victimized aged 17 and thought Epstein was ‘the most powerful person it the world
Davies spoke briefly outside court after giving her statement. She did not get into the specifics of how Epstein abused her, saying only that she was victimized when she was 17.
She was among four women who arrived at court with Gloria Allred. She was initially reluctant to speak afterwards but took to the podium to tell reporters: ‘All I’m going to say s that today was about power and strength.’
In court, she was comforted by Allred as she took the stand to deliver her statement.
Courtney Wild – Forced to perform sex acts aged 14, when she still had braces
Wild was still in middle school when Epstein allegedly forced her into performing sex acts.
‘I was 14, I had braces on,’ recalled Wild in a recent interview.
She did appear in court on Tuesday and read a statement to say she was angry that Epstein had killed himself because he would now never face justice.
‘For that, he is a coward. I feel very angry and sad. Justice has never been served in this case,’ she said.