Carolyn Andriano, who testified against Ghislaine Maxwell in her trial in New York last month, was a friend of Virginia Roberts – now Giuffre – during her teenage years. Mrs Andriano, 35, claims Virginia Giuffre recruited her into the circle of sexual abuse run by Epstein and Maxwell. She waived her right to anonymity to describe exchanges she had with Virginia Giuffre over twenty years ago.
She told the Daily Mail: “I waive my right to anonymity.
“I am doing this because I want all young women to know what happened to me when I was a teenager and how it has affected my life.”
She added: “I want to be a voice for all survivors of sexual abuse so that they are not afraid to come forward, even if it is years after the event, and say what happened to them.
“This is my story and I want to tell it.”
She described how Virginia Roberts, then 17 years old, showed her in Florida the now-infamous image of her next to Prince Andrew, who has his arm around her waist.
On the right-hand side of the picture is a smiling Ghislaine Maxwell.
Mrs Andriano told the Daily Mail that Virginia Giuffre sent her a text message from London in March 2001, telling her she was going to dinner with Maxwell, Epstein and Prince Andrew.
She said: “I asked her if she’d been to the palace.
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Mrs Andriano gave evidence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, before a guilty verdict was returned on the British socialite last week on five of the six counts of which she was accused.
The charges against Maxwell related to the grooming and trafficking of young girls for abuse by her partner, Jeffrey Epstein.
This comes as two jurors who convicted Maxwell tell the press they had suffered sexual abuse in their childhood, prompting Maxwell’s legal team to petition for a retrial.
In two separate interviews – one for The Independent and The New York Times – the jurors claimed they told the rest of the jury about their experiences, and their recounting may have influenced the jury’s discussions.
Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell argued that the juror’s comments constituted “incontrovertible grounds for a new trial”.
US district judge Alison Nathan told Maxwell’s defence to make their case for a fresh trial before 19 January.
Prince Andrew, meanwhile, is awaiting the verdict on whether the civil case brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre will be thrown out of court.
A New York court heard on Tuesday arguments on whether a settlement agreement between Jeffrey Epstein and Ms Giuffre would shield the Duke from the civil suit.
It was revealed that Ms Giuffre was paid £370,000 by Epstein as the result of a 2009 agreement to settle her claim against the disgraced financier.
The Duke of York vigorously denies all allegations against him.
His representatives declined to comment.