Why was Prince Andrew accuser not called in trial of Ghislaine Maxwell? Virginia Roberts was ‘available’ to give evidence in sex trafficking case but was not contacted by officials, court hears
- Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she was ‘available’ to give evidence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s child sex trafficking in New York, but was not contacted
- Mrs Giuffre was allegedly forced into abuse by Jeffery Epstein and Maxwell
- The Duke of York, who she claims had sex with her, denies Miss Roberts claims
- Maxwell denies six charges of child sex trafficking and faces life if convicted
Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts was ‘available’ to give evidence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s child sex trafficking trial – but nobody called her, the court was told.
Miss Roberts – now Virginia Giuffre – was allegedly recruited as a schoolgirl sex slave by Maxwell and forced into abuse by Epstein and his friends, including the Duke of York, who strenuously denies the claims.
Miss Roberts has been a running feature of the case, having flown 32 times on Epstein’s ‘Lolita Express’ private jet with the multi-millionaire financier and Maxwell, as well as recruiting schoolgirl Carolyn for alleged abuse, jurors heard. Yet neither side has called the 38-year-old as a witness.
Virginia Roberts – now Giuffre – claims she was available to give evidence at the trial
The prosecution did not explain why it had not done so, although it might have feared that inconsistencies which have emerged over the years in her well-publicised story might not have been helpful.
And if the defence had called Miss Roberts, who blames Maxwell for ruining her life, it could have been disastrous. In a hearing on Saturday, prosecutors taunted Maxwell’s defence lawyers by saying they could have invited Miss Roberts to take the stand but had chosen not to.
Andrew Rohrbach said: ‘The most obvious witness who was available to both sides and who we expect the defence to comment on is Virginia Roberts, who was described as a victim but did not testify and she was fully available to the defendants. They did not call her.’
Maxwell denies six charges of child sex trafficking, and faces dying in jail if convicted of them
Mrs Giuffre was allegedly recruited as a schoolgirl sex slave by Maxwell and forced into abuse by Epstein and his friends, including the Duke of York, who strenuously denies the claims
Maxwell faces the fight of her life on the final day of her trial in New York. Jurors could be sent out to begin their deliberations as early as this evening, Judge Alison Nathan said.
The British socialite’s lawyers have accused prosecutors of going after her rather than Epstein’s ‘co-conspirators’ such as Sarah Kellen, who has been dubbed the paedophile’s ‘lieutenant’.
On Friday evening, Maxwell said there was ‘no need’ for her to give testimony in her defence because prosecutors had failed to prove her guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
Maxwell denies six charges of child sex trafficking, and faces dying in jail if convicted of them.
In court, her demeanour has changed from looking confident to appearing panicked and upset with her £5 million legal team.