Virginia Roberts decided to come forward after reading about Prince Andrew’s latest visit to Jeffrey Epstein in New York. /AFP Source: news.com.au
- Roberts was “given” to Epstein’s friends
- Men were in 40s to 60s, “including royalty”
- Pictures shows Roberts with Prince Andrew
- No suggestion of a relationship between them
AN AUSTRALIAN mother of three has revealed herself as the women at the centre of international under-age sex allegations linked to convicted billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
American Epstein, a registered sex offender who has been jailed for soliciting underage prostitutes, was pictured in British media last week with his friend the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.
Virginia Roberts, now 27, and living in Australia, says she met Prince Andrew three times while working as Epstein’s personal masseuse.
While Ms Roberts was employed as a 15-year-old by Epstein, she was 17 and above when she met the prince and there is no suggestion of any sexual relations between the pair, London newspaper The Mail on Sunday reports.
However, in Ms Roberts’s civil writ against Epstein, she alleges being “sexually exploited by Epstein’s adult male peers including royalty”, the paper reported.
The California-born blonde, pictured “in Australia” wearing a long dark dress and pink thongs, said she has spoken out about her experience and revealed her identity after hearing of Epstein and Prince Andrew’s recent catch-up in New York.
Of her experiences as a 15-year-old with Epstein, The Mail reports Ms Roberts “flushed with shame”.
She said the billionaire would also fly her around the world to entertain his friends.
“She was ‘given’ to men ranging in age from their 40s to their 60s,” the paper reported.
“They included a well-known businessman (whose pregnant wife was asleep in the next room), a world-renowned scientist, a respected liberal politician and foreign head of state.”
Ms Roberts said there were other girls linked to Epstein.
“They would lounge around … nude or topless,” she said.
“But I was one of the very few he trusted as ‘special’ and chosen to ‘entertain’ his friends.”
Ms Roberts said her “wake-up call” came as an 18-year-old when Epstein, now 58, wanted her to have his child and sign a contract relinquishing her rights to the youngster.
Months later, in 2002, Ms Roberts went to Thailand for a massage course.
“Shortly after arriving there, she met an Australian martial arts expert called Robert,” the paper reported.
“They fell in love and, just 10 days later, married.”
When she told Epstein her news by phone, Ms Roberts said the billionaire replied: “Have a nice life”.
Ms Roberts now has two sons, aged four and five, and a one-year-old daughter.
Three years ago she was contacted by the FBI who had found photos of her during their investigations into Epstein.
The former teacher struck a deal with US prosecutors and served 13 months prison.