In 2000 — two decades before her current public crusade helped incarcerate wealthy Manhattan pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and part Andrew from his royal family — Virginia Giuffre was just a 16-year-old kid, handing out towels at a Palm Beach resort called Mar-a-Lago.
She’d never heard of her accused trafficker, Epstein, who was found hanged by a bedsheet in his Manhattan federal jail cell in August.
She couldn’t have imagined she’d one day tell her life story to the BBC, which broadcasts the interview Monday, or to “Dateline,” where in September she recalled a childhood in which all princes were supposed to charming.
“He was a prince, he was famous. He’s royalty,” Giuffre told the NBC show.
“And it just stuck out in my mind. I grew up watching Disney just like most little girls … and princesses and princes were the good people in the world, and he wasn’t.”
Giuffre has told the story of losing that childhood before, most compellingly, perhaps, outside the glare of news cameras, in a 2015 deposition that was never intended to see the light of day.
The deposition was unsealed in August, and in it Giuffre recalls the precise moment when the door to childhood closed behind her.
Born in California, where her mother Lynn worked as a banker in Sacramento, Giuffre had moved with her parents to Palm Beach County, Florida, when she was 4-years-old.
When she was 16, she got a job at the spa at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where her father worked in maintenance.
“Where in the spa were you when you were approached by Prince Andrew’s lifelong friend Ghislaine Maxwell,” she was asked in the deposition — a reference to Epstein’s gal pal and alleged sex-slave recruiter, the socialite daughter of publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.
“Just outside the locker room, sitting where the other girl who works there usually sits,” Giuffre replied.
“I was reading a book on massage therapy.”
Maxwell looked at the book — and at her — with great interest.
“I started to have chitchat with her just about, you know, the body and the anatomy and how I was interested in it.
“And she told me that she knew somebody that was looking for a traveling masseuse. … If the guy likes you then, you know, it will work out for you. You’ll travel. You’ll make good money.”
Epstein would want more than massages for that good money.
“The training started immediately, everything from how to give a blow job, how to be subservient,” Giuffre told The Miami Herald.
“You’re just thrown into a world you don’t understand. You’re screaming on the inside and you don’t know how to let it come out. You just become this numb figure.”
Soon enough, Epstein was passing her around as a plaything to his well-heeled buddies — including, she will continue to insist in Monday’s BBC broadcast, to Prince Andrew.
Giuffre insists in an advance clip from “Panorama: The Prince and the Epstein Scandal.” “And there’s only one of us telling the truth.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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