Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell ‘opened door to hell’

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THE s*x trafficking victim who accused Prince Andrew of abuse, which he vehemently denied, has issued a searing and emotional speech to Ghislaine Maxwell ahead of her sentencing.

Four women testified in court that Maxwell was a central figure in Epstein’s years of abuse. Damning victim impact statements were released ahead of the hearing as Ms Giuffre, said the British socialite “deserves to spend the rest of her life in prison” for introducing her and others to Epstein.

Ms Giuffre directed her statement at Maxwell, as she said: “I want to be clear about one thing: without question, Jeffrey Epstein was a terrible paedophile.

“But I never would have met Jeffrey Epstein if not for you.

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell 'opened door to hell'

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell ‘opened door to hell’ (Image: PA Wire)

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell 'opened door to hell'

Virginia Giuffre told her former abuser that she will never back down (Image: Getty)

“For me, and for so many others, you opened the door to hell.”

Accusing Maxwell of failing to step in and prevent the horrific acts of abuse, which Ms Giuffre says the socialite also “took part in”, the victim then detailed how much the crimes continue to affect her to this day.

She said: “I have trouble meeting new people without questioning if somehow they are going to hurt me, too.

“I don’t allow my children to stay over at friends’ houses, or to walk down the street alone.

“I don’t trust anyone to be near them without me or my husband close by.

“I am hyper-vigilant, because I know that evil exists. You taught me that.”

Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre says Ghislaine Maxwell 'opened door to hell'

Ms Giuffre said Maxwell took advantage of her to perpetuate abuse (Image: Getty)

She closed her statement by telling Maxwell that while she “tried to break” her, she “didn’t succeed”.

Ms Giuffre added: “My promise to you is as follows: As long as you and perpetrators like you continue to prey upon the vulnerable, I will not stop standing up and speaking out.

“I will never give up. I will never go away. If you ever get out of prison, I will be here, watching you, making sure you never hurt anyone else again.”

Other victims also shared their harrowing stories of abuse, describing the way Maxwell and Epstein worked their way into their lives and took advantage of them.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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