‘Why is this happening?’: Epstein accuser claims Ghislaine Maxwell sobbed in court
Ghislaine Maxwell broke down in tears and wailed “Why is this happening?” when she faced a judge last week, according to a key accuser who called it “one of the best days of my life.”
Virginia Roberts Giuffre — who has repeatedly claimed Maxwell forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew — claims she heard the anguished cries during the British socialite’s remote appearance before a federal magistrate in New Hampshire hours after her arrest Thursday.
She heard “a very loud British woman screaming, ‘Why is this happening? How is this happening? How could this happen?’ — and just crying her eyes out,” Giuffre told “60 Minutes Australia,” smiling at the memory.
While Maxwell appeared via video in front of the judge, members of the public were only allowed to listen in to audio of the proceeding, per rules about filming in federal court.
It was not clear exactly when she heard them, however, with most reports of the proceedings saying Maxwell only spoke to answer about a dozen technical and procedural questions from the judge. She may have mixed her up with someone other than Maxwell, who did not sound like she had been crying, DailyMail.com suggested.
Still, Giuffre — one of the most outspoken victims of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — could not hide her joy at Maxwell being behind bars.
“This day to me has been like one of the best days of my life. I have not stopped smiling and crying happy tears,” Giuffre told the TV special in Australia, where she now lives.
“I’m just elated to know that she’s where she belongs,” she said, calling Maxwell “the wicked one.”
“She is just the most narcissistic, evil, vain woman I have ever known. And she’s finally been knocked off her pedestal!” Giuffre told the show, saying Maxwell “ruined so many lives — she belongs in jail.”
Giuffre also believes the arrest will have left 60-year-old UK royal Andrew “shook up” at the fear his close friend could turn on him.
“Prince Andrew should be panicking at the moment because Ghislaine doesn’t really care about anyone else but Ghislaine,” Giuffre said.
Giuffre has claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times, starting when she was 17 in 2001 in Maxwell’s London townhouse, where a now-infamous photo of her with Andrew and Maxwell was taken.
Andrew and Buckingham Palace have vehemently denied Giuffre’s claims, with the prince suggesting the photo of them together could be fake.
Maxwell’s charges relate to alleged sex crimes from before Giuffre’s allegations.
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