Ghislaine Maxwell called Jeffrey Epstein’s underaged girls her ‘children’ and ‘kissed them on the head’ when they went to bed on ‘pedo island,’ says victim Johanna Sjoberg

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The names of more than 150 people are mentioned in lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre
  • It was released last week – unlocking a trove of information about the socialites
  • In deposition from 2016, Johanna Sjoberg recalled her time with Jeffrey Epstein

Ghislaine Maxwell called Jeffrey Epstein’s underage masseuse girls her ‘children’ and ‘kissed them on the head’ when they went to bed on his island, victim Johanna Sjoberg claimed. 

In an unsealed deposition from May 2016, Florida native Sjoberg recalled her time on the US Virgin Islands in her early 20s, where she massaged Epstein and Maxwell and came into contact with other girls performing similar acts. 

The names of more than 150 people mentioned in a lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, Epstein’s most prominent accuser, were kept under seal for years until a federal judge ruled last month that there was no legal justification to keep them private.

They were released late Wednesday. In a deposition, Giuffre said she had sex with several politicians and financial leaders. 

Epstein socialized with Wall Street titans, royalty and celebrities before pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008. He took his own life in 2019 at age 66 while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. 

Johanna Sjorberg is pictured in West Palm Beach. She now runs a hair salon in Florida. Sjoberg’s testimony – which was sealed under a protective order until last week – was given in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 18, 2016 as part of Giuffre’s case against Ghislaine Maxwell

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. She is currently in prison. He killed himself in 2021 while awaiting trial

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. She is currently in prison. He killed himself in 2021 while awaiting trial

Dozens of women have accused Epstein of forcing them to provide sexual services to him and his guests at his private Caribbean island and homes he owned in New York, Florida and New Mexico. 

Sjoberg’s testimony – which was sealed under a protective order until last week – was given in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 18, 2016 as part of Giuffre’s case against Ghislaine Maxwell. 

In the court document, Sjoberg described how she was on Epstein’s island and often massaged Ghislaine and Jeffrey – sometimes with Virginia, wearing bikinis and swimsuits on the beach. 

She said she visited the Virgin Islands twice – and on her second trip, she recalled that Ghislane Maxwell would kiss the girls ‘on the head’ and she ‘called us her children’ before they went to bed. 

She said that over the course of five years, she massaged Maxwell five to 10 times.  

Sjoberg also described Virginia as ‘orphan-like’ and told the interviewer: ‘At the time I was getting an impression that she did not have a family or she had walked away from her family. 

‘And it seemed to me, you know, they had just sort of adopted her, not as a child, but they would take care of her.’

Sjoberg testified in May 2016 that she was a 20-year-old student at Palm Beach Atlantic University when Maxwell, a stranger, approached her and offered her a job as a personal assistant. 

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell are pictured in 2001 at Maxwell's London townhouse

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell are pictured in 2001 at Maxwell’s London townhouse

Sjoberg was recruited at age 20 by Maxwell on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University where she attended school

Sjoberg was recruited at age 20 by Maxwell on the campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University where she attended school

Sjoberg began working for Epstein in 2001, and was immediately forced to perform sex acts. 

She said that she knew another of the young women in Epstein’s orbit, Virginia Roberts, was underage. 

Roberts had been recruited by Maxwell the year before, in 2000, while she was working as a locker room attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Roberts and Sjoberg would go on to encounter a long list of famous faces – among them Prince Andrew. He has always denied all accusations of sexual activity with Epstein’s accusers, and denied any wrongdoing.

Sjoberg’s testimony was unsealed on Wednesday night – part of a trove of almost 950 pages detailing Epstein’s relationships, friendships and actions. 

The documents are from a 2015 defamation suit filed by Roberts – now married as Virginia Giuffre – against Maxwell. 

One of the documents – a request by Roberts’ legal team to the judge to take more depositions – states: ‘Johanna confirms that she knew Virginia was underage when she met her on the trip to NY with Jeffrey in 2001 because Virginia couldn’t get into the casino and then later Johanna asked her and Virginia said she was 17.

‘Johanna testified that Virginia looked young.

Jeffrey Epstein is pictured in March 2017 on the New York state sex offender registry

Jeffrey Epstein is pictured in March 2017 on the New York state sex offender registry

Virginia Roberts has been fighting for almost a decade for justice

Virginia Roberts has been fighting for almost a decade for justice

‘Johanna added: ‘At the time I had the impression that she did not have a family or she had walked away from her family. And it seemed to me, you know, they had just sort of adopted her, not as a child, but they would take care of her.’

Sjoberg also claimed that, while Roberts was 17 and she was 20, they were all together in Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse with Prince Andrew. 

Roberts would later say that she and Prince Andrew had sex that evening in Epstein’s house. Sjoberg said that the Prince groped her breast.

‘Johanna confirmed that she witnessed Virginia when she was seventeen (17) in Jeffrey Epstein’s New York mansion with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell,’ the documents state.

‘Johanna also testified that Prince Andrew sat with Virginia and Johanna and took a picture with a puppet in his image that had its hand and Prince Andrew’s hand on their respective breasts.’

Sjoberg would repeat the story in a 2007 interview with a newspaper.

She said in 2007 that she returned to the apartment after some ‘sightseeing’ and ‘Prince Andrew was there and a couple of other girls my age. Andrew was very charming . . . She (Ghislaine) came down with a present for him — a latex puppet of him from Spitting Image.’

She added: ‘We had a picture taken.

‘Virginia, another girl there, sat on a chair and had the puppet on her lap. Andrew sat on another chair.

‘I sat on his lap — and he put his hand on my breast. Ghislaine put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast. Then Andrew put his hand on mine. It was a great joke. Everybody laughed. Ghislaine had a very dirty sense of humor.’ These claims were never tested before a court. 

The duke paid a reported $12 million settlement to Roberts in 2022 over her claims that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17, which he has always denied. 

During his notorious interview in 2019 he said he had no recollection of ever meeting Roberts.

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