Meeting millionaire Jeffrey Epstein was one of a series of unfortunate circumstances Virginia Roberts found herself in as a teenager in the early 2000s, and it would not be the last.
Roberts alleges that the well-connected Epstein introduced her to numerous powerful men who would take turns sexually abusing her, including such individuals as Epstein’s attorney Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew, a friend of the millionaire.
In the years that followed her abuse, Roberts was haunted by the thought that Epstein and his crew were abusing other young girls.
In 2011, she went public in a paid interview with a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, asserting that she had had sex with Prince Andrew, one of Epstein’s friends, several times when she was a teen.
In her 2015 affidavit, she discussed in detail some of her alleged sex encounters with the prince and Epstein’s other friends, including lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Edwards included the affidavit in the court file as part of the Jane Does’ Crime Victims’ Rights Act case, at which time it became public.
In the affidavit, Roberts claimed that Epstein and [Ghislaine] Maxwell directed her to have sex with Andrew and Dershowitz and others. She had sex with Andrew three times, she alleged — once in London, when she was 17, again in New York, when she was 17, and a third time, as part of an orgy on Epstein’s island, when she was 18. By law, at 17, she would have been above the age of consent in New York and England, but not in Florida, where the age of consent is 18.
Roberts included with her affidavit a photograph of herself with Andrew and Maxwell that she said was taken in London.
She wrote that Dershowitz, one of Epstein’s criminal defence attorneys, was a frequent visitor at Epstein’s homes, the Herald said.
“I had sexual intercourse with Dershowitz at least six times,’’ Roberts wrote in the 2015 court affidavit. “The first time was when I was about 16, early on in my servitude to Epstein and it continued until I was 19.’’ She detailed some of those trysts, which she said happened at Epstein’s homes in Palm Beach, New Mexico and on Epstein’s island.
One of Epstein’s housemen, Juan Alessi, testified in a 2009 sworn deposition that Dershowitz visited Epstein’s Palm Beach home four or five times a year. He said that Roberts was a frequent visitor as well, but he never placed Dershowitz and Roberts at the house at the same time.
Alessi, who was also Maxwell’s driver, recalled the day that Maxwell and Roberts met, and that Roberts later came to the Epstein residence.
One of Alessi’s jobs was to drive Maxwell to various spas in Palm Beach where she left business cards in order to “recruit’’ more masseuses, he said in the sworn deposition.
Maxwell, Dershowitz and Prince Andrew have all denied Roberts’ allegations, with Dershowitz denying having ever met her or having seen Epstein with underage girls at all.
“The story was 100 percent flatly categorically made-up,’’ he said, adding that Roberts and her attorneys fabricated the assertion in order to get money from other powerful, wealthy people she alleges she had sex with.
“The only possible reason to accuse me in public and [them] in private is so she could get money,’’ Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz said he received a massage at Epstein’s Palm Beach home only once — but that it was just a regular, therapeutic massage by a masseuse — not by Roberts or anyone underage. Dershowitz’s wife was there at Epstein’s house at the time, Dershowitz said in the deposition taken for the case in 2015.
“I never had any knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein having any contact with any underage women — ever,’’ Dershowitz told the Herald.