A woman who has said she was Jeffery Epstein’s “sex slave” announced Wednesday she is not suicidal so people would know in case “something happens” to her.
In a tweet, Virginia Giuffre said she had already told her therapist and doctor that she is “in no way, shape or form” suicidal and was now “making it publicly known. She went on to ask the public to take action if she were to die.
“If something happens to me- in the sake of my family do not let this go away and help me to protect them,” she said. “Too many evil people want to see me quieted.”
I am making it publicy known that in no way, shape or form am I sucidal. I have made this known to my therapist and GP- If something happens to me- in the sake of my family do not let this go away and help me to protect them. Too many evil people want to see me quiteted ? https://t.co/8463mPR6YU
— Virginia Giuffre (@VRSVirginia) December 11, 2019
Giuffre, 36, was responding to a tweet suggesting that the FBI or Department of Justice would “kill her to protect the rich and well connected.”
For years, Giuffre has claimed that at age 16 she was recruited by Epstein’s longtime assistant Ghislaine Maxwell and trained to sexually pleasure the wealthy financier and convicted pedophile. She has alleged that Epstein forced her to have sex with his wealthy and powerful friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew and lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
“Based on my knowledge of Epstein and his organization, as well as discussions with the FBI, it is my belief that federal prosecutors likely possess videotapes and photographic images of me as an underage girl having sex with Epstein and some of his powerful friends,” she said.
Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail on Aug. 10 while awaiting trial on federal charges for allegedly sex trafficking girls as young as 12. He had pleaded not guilty.
According to the New York City medical examiner, Epstein hanged himself. But experts, including a former medical examiner hired by Epstein’s brother to observe his autopsy, have questioned that finding. Many observers have speculated that he was killed by someone who wanted to keep him quiet.
Virginia Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide
On Dec. 2, Giuffre, whose maiden name is Roberts, gave a high-profile interview to the BBC recounted her alleged abuse by Prince Andrew and detailed what she said was their first sexual encounter when she was 17. She spoke out after the prince gave his own BBC interview in which he denied Giuffre’s claims.
Like the other men accused by Giuffre, Prince Andrew has repeatedly insisted he did not have sex with her. But his public career has been ended by the scandal.
The following day, nine women filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate, saying he had sexually abused them over more than two decades, starting in 1985. The youngest accuser was 13 years old when she said the abuse started. More than 20 women have formally sought compensation from Epstein’s $577 million estate.
Epstein originally escaped federal prosecution by pleading guilty in 2008 in a Florida state prostitution case. That plea is now widely considered too lenient.