Lady Victoria Hervey, the ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, is speaking out this week to reveal all about the relationship between Ghislaine Maxwell and the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Hervey alleges that Maxwell used her as “bait” to lure in women to entertain Epstein and his friends.
“Jeffrey was really the frontman and Ghislaine was the accomplice,” Hervey said, according to Fox News. “It was kind of like a Batman and Robin, and they were a double act. I don’t think Jeffrey could have done any of it without Ghislaine.”
“I think he just kind of sat back and sort of waited for her to sort of go fishing and go find however many girls were needed, you know, to entertain his friends,” she added. “I think I was pretty much used as bait. You know, looking back at it, I was really young and naïve, and she’s entertaining these big businessmen. So I didn’t realize it of course at the time. But looking back…”
This comes weeks after Maxwell, 60, was convicted on five out of six charges related to her grooming young girls for sex with Epstein, and sometimes participating in the abuse herself. Epstein allegedly committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial for sex crime charges of his own.
Hervey said that Maxwell was really “a victim that became an accomplice,” adding that she had no idea what the British socialite and Epstein were up to at the time.
“She is a scapegoat right now, so unfortunately for her, she is being taken down for what he has done as well,” Hervey explained. “Some might argue is not quite as fair as it could be. I mean, to be honest, I think Ghislaine was a victim and is a victim. She was a victim that then became the accomplice as her role changed in that relationship when they were no longer together. She kind of switched sides. I do see her as a victim as well.”
“Why do you think, if you were just an ordinary girl with no connections, do you think she specifically wanted you in that place?” Hervey was asked.
“At the time I was the It girl of London, on the social scene, everyone knew me, I was at every dinner event,” Hervey explained. “It was a plus having me on her list of whom to invite. It probably kept it more interesting for all the men she was entertaining. Obviously, you want to have attractive girls who are the hot girls in London at the time… It wouldn’t have worked with him on his own. It was a lot easier for her to approach other women being a female.”
“Girls would feel less intimated and less scared, rather than a man,” she continued. “It would have been a lot less obvious in that respect.”
Hervey went on to explain why she feels she had no idea about Maxwell and Epstein’s crimes.
“I was so naive,” Hervey admitted. “People in my situation that were really young, of course, we were going to get taken advantage of. We were just a pretty face to entertain people. I was one of the lucky ones and I’m aware of that… Besides the situation of having a feeling, there were video cameras in the apartment, it was social gatherings and dinner parties. It all seemed very fun at the time. This is in the early 2000s when no one had any idea of what people found out later on but in the early 2000s, people wanted Ghislaine and Jeffrey at all their events. They were invited everywhere.”
When asked if Maxwell ever talked about her friendship with Prince Andrew, Hervey said, “No. I mean, she was really quite private about a lot, but obviously, they were good friends. You can just tell by the body language when you see people when they’re good friends.”
Hervey concluded by saying that she was “a bit disappointed” by Maxwell’s trial.
“She hasn’t really named any new names yet,” Hervey stated. “I’m hoping… that she will start giving out names. I don’t think we’re quite there yet.”