The Duke of York’s accuser was asked to be a surrogate mother for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, a new book has disclosed.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked to the UK to have sex with Prince Andrew, was allegedly asked by Epstein and Maxwell to “carry his baby” when she was 19-years-old. In return she “would be taken care of for the rest of her life”.
However, she instead escaped during a trip to Thailand, according to a book written by American lawyer Bradley Edwards - who has represented Epstein’s victims.
She had already been involved in the “sex cult” for over two years when she was asked to bear Epstein’s child, Mr Edwards claims in his book, Relentless Pursuit, which is being serialised in the Mail on Sunday.
He describes how Epstein and Maxwell allegedly came up with a proposal that “turned her stomach” and included signing a contract agreeing that “the baby was not her own, but the legal child of Epstein and Maxwell”.
Mr Edwards has represented Epstein’s victims for 11 years and “pursuing Epstein” on their behalf became his “life mission”, he writes in his book.
He describes how Ms Giuffre Roberts was a “striking 16-year-old with drive and a determination to improve herself” when she was first approached by Maxwell in 1999 and given an envelope “with directions to Epstein’s address”.
Mr Edwards writes that after arriving at the property, “Maxwell instructed her on every aspect of how to perform a massage” before Maxwell ended up “stripping off all her clothes and telling Virginia to do the same. Epstein then sexually assaulted Virginia. ‘Doesn’t that feel good?’ he asked.”
Ms Giuffre Roberts would later show the lawyer the envelope, as well as “travel and hotel receipts charged to Epstein’s card”, as proof of some of her allegations.
“Not long afterwards, Virginia showed me a photograph of herself, aged 17, wedged in between Maxwell and Andrew”, Mr Edwards claims in his book.
It was two years later that Ms Giuffre Roberts was asked to carry Epstein and Maxwell’s baby. At that point, Mr Edwards writes, she “knew she had to escape”.
The lawyer alleges that it was on a trip to Thailand, where Ms. Roberts Giuffre was dispatched to interview a “young girl, and let Epstein know if she was ‘qualified’”, that she fled and met an Australian man. The pair then married and flew back to Australia, where she had three children.
Ms Roberts Giuffre, now 36, has claimed repeatedly that she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with the Duke when she was aged 17 at Ms Maxwell’s home in Belgravia, London.
The Duke categorically denied her allegation during his Newsnight interview, insisting it “simply didn’t happen” and that on the day in question he was at a Pizza Express in Woking.
He has also strongly denied having sex with Ms Giuffre Roberts in New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands.
Earlier this month, The Telegraph revealed that Prince Andrew has hired Clare Montgomery QC, Britain’s most respected extradition lawyer, to fend off an FBI inquiry into his friendship with Epstein.
Ms Montgomery’s clients have included Augusto Pinochet, Chile’s former dictator and Nirav Modi, wanted for India’s biggest fraud. She has been described as “the most formidable member of the bar.”