Socialite Lady Victoria Hervey says Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton 'were like ...

Socialite Lady Victoria Hervey says Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton 'were like ...
Socialite Lady Victoria Hervey says Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton 'were like ...

Socialite and Prince Andrew's ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey last night claimed that Jeffery Epstein and former US President Bill Clinton 'were like brothers' and 'loved' being around the Duke of York, as an ITV documentary heard the royal 'put himself in a dangerous situation' with his partying lifestyle.

The 44-year-old socialite and former 'It Girl', who is the daughter of the 6th Marquess of Bristol and the Duke of York's former love interest, first met Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell 20 years ago. 

Speaking in ITV's documentary 'Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile' which aired on Tuesday night, Lady Victoria spoke about the relationship between Epstein and Clinton, who was photographed on a number of occasions with the paedophile billionaire, and is reported to have flown on his private jet at least nine times.

'Clinton was definitely very close to Jeffrey,' Lady Victoria said. 'I don't know if you saw the paintings that were in Jeffrey Epstein's house? One of them being a portrait of Bill Clinton wearing the dress that Monica Lewinsky wore when they had the affair.

'So yeah, he was super close to Jeffrey Epstein. They were like brothers, you know, and he was close to Ghislaine as well,' the socialite said. In 2010, Ghislaine Maxwell was a guest at the wedding of Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton's daughter. The former president denies being close with Epstein.

Another high-profile figure caught up in the scandal surrounding Maxwell and Epstein is the Duke of York, who like Clinton is reported to have spent time at Jeffery Epstein's private residences, at parties hosted by the billionaire, and is said to have been close with Maxwell.

Andrew is accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was a teenager, who claims she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell. Prince Andrew strenuously denies the accusations made by Ms Giuffre.

When asked by ITV presenter Ranvir Singh what she thought Epstein and Maxwell wanted from their friendship with Andrew, Lady Victoria said: 'Prince Andrew was the son of the queen of England. Americans love that. Jeffery loved that. Bill Clinton loved that.'

Lady Victoria said the pair used her as 'bait' to entertain Jeffrey Epstein's friends, saying the paedophile 'sat back and waited for her to go fishing and find however many girls were needed to entertain his friends,' and described Maxwell and Epstein as like 'Batman and Robin' and a 'double act'.

Lady Victoria, who would socialise with Maxwell, Epstein and the duke in the early 2000s, told the documentary: 'Jeffrey was really the frontman and Ghislaine was the accomplice. You know, 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.'

Ms Singh asked: 'And Ghislaine was crucial to getting those girls, was she, do you think to those dinners?' Lady Victoria replied: '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. I think I was pretty much used as bait.

'You know, looking back at, you know I was really young and naive, and she's entertaining these, you know, big businessmen. So I didn't realise it of course at the time, but looking back...'

Prince Andrew's ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey appears in ¿Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile' on ITV tonight

Prince Andrew's ex-girlfriend Lady Victoria Hervey appears in 'Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Paedophile' on ITV tonight

The documentary comes after a series of dramatic developments in recent days including the Duke of York Prince Andrew being told his trial legal battle with sex accuser Virginia Giuffre - who claims she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell - will go to trial and the Queen removing his honorary military roles.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her former partner, Epstein, last month on December 29. She faces 65 years in prison, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.

She was found guilty on five of six counts of sex trafficking - a spectacular downfall for the former London society girl who later moved into the highest circles of New York's social scene.

A number people - from victims of Epstein and Maxwell and other people who socialised with them at Epstein's grand parties at his Manhattan mansion - also featured on the documentary, giving insight into the relationship the American financier and British socialite shared.

Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for victims of Maxwell and Epstein, went into detail about how Epstein and Maxwell recruited young women to attend parties or to spend time at one of his many luxurious homes.

'Ghislaine was essentially the pimp of the madame who brought girls and young women to Jeffery Epstein who could then sexually assault them,' Ms Bloom told ITV.

Lisa Bloom (pictured), a lawyer for victims of Maxwell and Epstein, went into detail about how Epstein and Maxwell recruited young women to attend parties or to spend time at one of his many luxurious homes.

Lisa Bloom (pictured), a lawyer for victims of Maxwell and Epstein, went into detail about how Epstein and Maxwell recruited young women to attend parties or to spend time at one of his many luxurious homes.

Lisa Phillips, one of Epstein's victims, described her time on Epstein's island of Little St James as a 21-year-old to ITV, where she was persuaded to visit by Maxwell

Lisa Phillips, one of Epstein's victims, described her time on Epstein's island of Little St James as a 21-year-old to ITV, where she was persuaded to visit by Maxwell

Maxwell, who is said to have been Epstein's madam as well as his one-time girlfriend, is seen posing with the paedophile in evidence photos shown in court

Maxwell, who is said to have been Epstein's madam as well as his one-time girlfriend, is seen posing with the paedophile in evidence photos shown in court

'And in addition, she herself was involved in the sexual assaults directly. Most young women, may think twice about going off with an older man who you don't know. But if it's a woman, you're going to be more trusting, and Ghislaine took advantage of that.' 

Epstein and Maxwell kept an address book known as 'The Little Black Book,' which contained the names and numbers of people who would attend their parties. 'If you were on the social scene in the 90s, and you were not in that address book, then you didn't exist,' Lady Victoria said.

One of the most notable names in the book is that of Prince Andrew. Ms Singh was shown in the documentary going through the names in the 97-page address book to find the Duke of York's.

Along with a number of addresses including Buckingham Palace, the book has phone numbers listed against royal residences including Sunninghill, Wood Farm and Balmoral, and a mobile phone number for Prince Andrew.

The ITV presenter was shown calling that phone number, with her attempt going straight to voicemail. 

'I'm afraid I've not been quick enough to get to the phone before it went off to take your message,' a voice - presumed to be Prince Andrew's - is heard saying in a pre-recorded message. 'If you do have a message, please leave it, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.' 

Along with a number of addresses including Buckingham Palace, Maxwell's 'Little Black Book' has phone numbers listed against royal residences including Sunninghill, Wood Farm and Balmoral, and a mobile phone number for Prince Andrew. The ITV presenter was shown calling that phone number, with her attempt going straight to voicemail

Along with a number of addresses including Buckingham Palace, Maxwell's 'Little Black Book' has phone numbers listed against royal residences including Sunninghill, Wood Farm and Balmoral, and a mobile phone number for Prince Andrew. The ITV presenter was shown calling that phone number, with her attempt going straight to voicemail

Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts while Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background, in a now infamous photo from early 2001

Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts while Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background, in a now infamous photo from early 2001 

Euan Rellie, who is a New York-based, British investment banker, attended the University of Oxford with Maxwell, 60, and was a guest at dinner parties that she and Epstein hosted in Manhattan, and spoke to ITV about Andrew.

'She described Andrew as being her friend, not Jeffrey's,' Mr Rellie told ITV. 'I got the sense that Prince Andrew and Ghislaine had probably been girlfriend and boyfriend in the past. They had an easy warmth around each other.' 

Prince Andrew is facing a civil sexual assault lawsuit from a woman - Virginia Giuffre - who alleges she was trafficked to have sex with him by Epstein and Maxwell. The duke, who denies the allegations, was last week stripped of his honorary military roles and royal patronages after losing a legal bid to have the case thrown out.

Andrew is said to have visited Epstein at a number of the billionaire's residences - including Epstein's island of Little St James - and his name is recorded on the flight logs of Epstein's private jet that become known as the Lolita Express. Virginia Giuffre alleges the Duke sexually abused her on the island - which he denies.

Maxwell's brother Ian Maxwell said that Prince Andrew and his sister 'were good friends. I don't know how often she got to see him at Buckingham Palace. I met him a few times in London. She didn't take any s**t from anyone,' he said. 'I think that Prince Andrew would have found that rather refreshing.' 

Speaking about his sister's guilty verdict, Ian Maxwell said: 'I'm just damn angry. And I don't understand how anyone looking at this can not feel that way. It's just wrong. I have devoted a lot of my time to

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