ONE of the victims of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his sick sidekick Ghislaine Maxwell has revealed the ‘sex abuse factory’ that was his Caribbean home.
In the new BBC show House of Maxwell, Juliette Bryant opens up for the first time about how she was cheated on her island retreat and sexually assaulted by the tycoon.
In the three-part documentary, which begins Monday, she explains how she felt trapped by the late Epstein and Ghislaine on Little St James Island, near Puerto Rico.
They were both close friends of Prince Andrew, who this month settled out of court with Virginia Giuffre, who accused the royal of sexually assaulting her when she was just 17 , after being presented by Ghislaine and Epstein.
South African Juliette is seen in the doc saying, “I was ordered to go to his room at least three times a day. At that time, there were even more girls. During that time, I saw at least 60 girls coming and going, at least.
“I was 20 when I was taken there so I was lucky I wasn’t as young as some of the other girls. It was like a factory, he ran a machine and Ghislaine Maxwell was the one who made it work.
“People ask me why I came back. Nobody disobeyed Epstein. Before I was sent home, he took me to his office and he told me that a woman had accused him of rape and that he had placed drugs in her apartment and sent her to jail.
“Then he said he had my family’s name on a list, so I just did as I was told because I was petrified by him, who he was.
“I knew crossing him would be a very, very bad idea.”
Ghislaine now faces up to 40 years behind bars for sex trafficking for Epstein, whom she started dating in the 90s.
Then she became his favorite fixer to quench his thirst for young girls. But he was arrested in July 2019 and killed himself in his cell a few weeks later while awaiting trial.
Juliette said: “Ghislaine was directing the girls and she would tell us when we had to go to her room. You couldn’t say no, there was just no option.
“You didn’t want to make them angry, it would have been very scary to make them angry. No one has ever tried to stand against them.
“His room was dark and freezing. I just checked my body and let it do what it wanted because I didn’t know what else to do.
“I tried to escape from that room in my head. I just tried to pretend like nothing was wrong. Things happened there that scared me so much that I don’t can’t even talk about it.
“He fed on terror, there was something about the energy of a scared girl he loved.
“The little cabin I was forced to stay in when I got there had this very weird piece of art on the wall. It was a naked girl and there was a big walrus, it looked like the walrus was trying to rape her.
“It was a very disturbing picture. I’ve never seen a picture like this. There was a lot of weird stuff around his house, there were pictures of naked girls everywhere, and there were also a lot of nude pictures by Ghislaine.
The documentary looks at Ghislaine’s family, starting with media mogul Robert, who died under mysterious circumstances after falling from his luxury yacht in 1991.
It suggests that after his disappearance she increasingly turned to Epstein, whom she had met on frequent trips to New York to help with the US branch of his father’s business empire.
Ghislaine led the girls and she told us when we had to go to her room. You couldn’t say no, there was just no option. You didn’t want to piss them off, it would have been very scary to piss them off. No one has ever tried to stand against them.
Juliette said: “When I first met Ghislaine, I was told she was Epstein’s girlfriend. But the thing is, I never saw them holding hands or kissing. kiss once, or even hug, to be honest.
“I’ve never seen them get so close, so it definitely wasn’t a romantic relationship.”
Ghislaine became completely indebted to him and helped him attract young girls to his house by promising them money or help in their careers.
Juliette recalls, “I was just a young girl with hopes and dreams, and I thought I could really do something with my life. So I started modeling, I thought I could, you know, give it a try.
“One day, this beautiful American model, Naja Hill, approached me and asked me if I was a model. I told her that I had just started modeling, then she said that her friend, who owned Victoria’s Secret, was there and that I wanted to meet him because he could help me in my modeling career.
“So I was like, ‘Oh my god, all my dreams are coming true’, I just couldn’t believe it. What an opportunity. So we went to show Jeffrey my portfolio.
“I walked into the hotel room, sat across from him, gave him my modeling book and he went through it. He was like, ‘Wow, you have the most amazing figure you’ve ever seen. I have never seen in my life’.
“Then he said, ‘Okay, we really want to get you from South Africa to New York’. They said they paid for my ticket and got me a visa. I thought it was okay to be the most amazing opportunity of my life.
“But then his office called and said, ‘Pack your bag, we’re going to the Caribbean’. I assumed it was for a photo shoot. So I said right away, yes.
“His island was the most beautiful place you have ever seen. The sea there is absolutely exquisite, the turquoise sea.
When I first met Ghislaine, I was told she was Epstein’s girlfriend. But the thing is, I’ve never seen them hold hands or kiss once, or even hug, to be honest.
But things quickly turned sour when other girls started arriving on the island – and she realized the true purpose of their invitation.
Juliette added: “Jeffrey really liked watching movies and the next day another girl brought him over. We were watching a movie and this other girl was there and she started performing a sex act on him while I was sitting at side of him.
“I was absolutely petrified because I was so young and had never seen anything like it. So I ran out of the room and I was crying, I just didn’t know what to do. There was no hope of getting out of it.
“You know, I was in a foreign country with no cell phone, no money, no means of communication. I then realized that I was completely trapped and there was nothing I could do.
She added: “I never felt good again after that. Everything just fell apart. It’s very hard to understand. I’m still trying to put it all together.
“I just wanted to be quiet and live my life and forget everything, but I can’t forget it. I’m sick of being ashamed, I want to speak for people who can’t speak anymore.
Speaking about the guilty verdict on Ghislaine’s sex trafficking charges, she said: ‘I never thought this would happen. These people did what they did for many years.
“You have to keep them away so they can’t hurt other people. People are waking up to the truth.
Prince Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations of misconduct made against him.
- House of Maxwell begins Monday April 4 on BBC2 at 9 p.m.