The royal’s ex-lover says she was used as “bait” to find women for Epstein’s friends
Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey has called Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell a “double act”, crediting the latter with luring women for the billionaire pedophile, and saying she was duped by the pair.
“Jeffrey was really the frontman and Ghislaine was the accomplice,”Hervey. “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.”
Hervey spoke to British channel ITV for its documentary ‘Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile’, due to broadcast on Tuesday night. The Daily Mail was given a preview of the documentary earlier that day and published Hervey’s quotes.
Hervey, the daughter of the 6th Marquess and Bristol of Bristol was an illustrious socialite in London during the 2000s. Prince Andrew was just one of many celebrities that she had dated. ITV told her that Maxwell and Epstein were friends she used to rub shoulders at parties. But, she never knew what they were doing behind closed doors.
She said, however that Maxwell and she would be able to approach women attending these events in order to arrange for Epstein or his friends.
“I think [Epstein] 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,”She said. “I think I was pretty much used as bait. You know, looking back at it, I was really young and naïve, and she’s entertaining these big businessmen. So I didn’t realize it of course at the time. But looking back…”
“It wouldn’t have worked with him on his own,”She continued by claiming that “it was a lot easier for [Maxwell] to approach other women, being a female.”
Despite describing Maxwell as instrumental in Epstein’s activities, Hervey told ITV in a separate interview that she sees the disgraced socialite as “a victim that then became the accomplice,” as Maxwell went from being Epstein’s girlfriend to his partner in recruiting minors for the late pedophile to abuse.
Maxwell was sentenced last month to five counts each of sextrafficking and conspiracy. She could serve more than 60 years. Maxwell was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy. Some victims were only 14 years old. Epstein was just 14 years old when he died in Manhattan’s prison cells in 2019. He had not yet been charged with sexually abusing minors. His death was ruled suicide.
With Epstein dead and Maxwell awaiting sentencing, attention has turned to Prince Andrew, who is facing a civil lawsuit from Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s alleged victims. Giuffre alleges that Andrew trafficked her for sex at least three times when she was 17.
Hervey did not comment on the allegations against the royal, who may have to testify in his own defense, or attempt to reach a settlement with Giuffre. Andrew is also charged in ITV’s documentary with having had an affair. “intimate relationship”Maxwell had his honorary military title stripped last week by the Crown.