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Jeffrey Epstein victim Sarah Ransome has said she wants to see Ghislaine Maxwell ‘behind bars for the rest of her life’. 

She claims Maxwell, who is on trial for recruiting and grooming underage girls, ‘tortured and abused her and other survivors’ but is not testifying in the ongoing court case. 

‘Jeffrey’s dead. Ghislaine’s here. I want Ghislaine behind bars for the rest of her life purely because she is that sick. The public are not safe with her on the street,’ Ransome told CBS News

Ransome, 37, was seen attending the New York court on November 29, the first day of Maxwell’s trial. As she arrived, she told reporters: ‘I never thought this day would come.’

Speaking on CBS, she accused Maxwell of being Epstein’s ‘right hand woman’ and ‘orchestrating everything’.

She sued Epstein and Maxwell in 2017 but withdrew the lawsuit in 2018 after agreeing a settlement – the terms of which were not disclosed. The settlement was agreed before a fund for Epstein’s victims was created in 2020.  

She has said she regrets not having her ‘day in court’ but admitted ‘it’s a decision I thought was right at the time’ and that it was intended to ‘protect my family.’

Ransome, who was born in South Africa to British parents, previously said she was introduced to Epstein aged 22 in 2006 after being approached by a woman in a nightclub in New York. 

She was later lured to the disgraced billionaire’s island on Little St James in the Caribbean, where she spent five months being abused and raped three times a day before managing to escape in 2007. 

Ransome, the granddaughter of Lord Gordon Macpherson, the second baron of Drumochter, yesterday released a book, ‘Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back’, in which she tells her story.

Jeffrey Epstein victim Sarah Ransome has said she wants to see Ghislaine Maxwell 'behind bars for the rest of her life' in an interview with CBS News

Jeffrey Epstein victim Sarah Ransome has said she wants to see Ghislaine Maxwell 'behind bars for the rest of her life' in an interview with CBS News

Jeffrey Epstein victim Sarah Ransome has said she wants to see Ghislaine Maxwell ‘behind bars for the rest of her life’ in an interview with CBS News

Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial on six counts, including sex trafficking of a minor, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial on six counts, including sex trafficking of a minor, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial on six counts, including sex trafficking of a minor, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges

Sarah Ransome departs the court on the first day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the Manhattan, New York, on November 29

Sarah Ransome departs the court on the first day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the Manhattan, New York, on November 29

Sarah Ransome departs the court on the first day of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in the Manhattan, New York, on November 29

'Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back' by Sarah Ransome

'Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back' by Sarah Ransome

‘Silenced No More: Surviving My Journey to Hell and Back’ by Sarah Ransome

She said she had ‘so many examples of how Ghislaine not only tortured me and abused me, but other survivors, 

‘When Ghislaine had been on the island, I’d been on the island for a few days, and Jeffrey had, like, this outside patio with seating. And she looked at me and she walked over to me and she said, “Jeffrey wants you.”

‘And I completely froze…she grabbed my arm and marched me into Jeffrey’s room, where I was then raped, 

‘So when she says that she had nothing to do and she had no idea, she was a facilitator. She was Jeffrey’s right-hand woman. She orchestrated everything.’

Speaking about her new book, Ransome said it was ‘sick’ that Maxwell’s defense team had described the defendant as a scapegoat for Epstein’s crimes on the opening day of her trial. 

She also hit back at claims pushed by Maxwell’s siblings that prosecutors and victims want to punish her for Epstein’s crimes because he is dead and cannot be held accountable. 

‘I want people to know what happened. And me being and speaking and living my truth has set me free. It’s set me free.’ 

Sarah Ransome (pictured) also claimed Epstein threatened to kill her and her family if she tried to runaway from Epstein's notorious 'pedophile island'

Sarah Ransome (pictured) also claimed Epstein threatened to kill her and her family if she tried to runaway from Epstein's notorious 'pedophile island'

Sarah Ransome (pictured) also claimed Epstein threatened to kill her and her family if she tried to runaway from Epstein’s notorious ‘pedophile island’

Jeffrey Epstein accusers, Sarah Ransome (right) and Virginia Guiffre leave the Manhattan court in August 2019 after the sex trafficking case against Epstein was formally closed

Jeffrey Epstein accusers, Sarah Ransome (right) and Virginia Guiffre leave the Manhattan court in August 2019 after the sex trafficking case against Epstein was formally closed

Jeffrey Epstein accusers, Sarah Ransome (right) and Virginia Guiffre leave the Manhattan court in August 2019 after the sex trafficking case against Epstein was formally closed 

Facilities at Little St James Island, in the Caribbean, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein where Sarah Ransome claims she was abused

Facilities at Little St James Island, in the Caribbean, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein where Sarah Ransome claims she was abused

Facilities at Little St James Island, in the Caribbean, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein where Sarah Ransome claims she was abused

Ransome has accused disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of raping her three times a day

Ransome has accused disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of raping her three times a day

 Ransome has accused disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of raping her three times a day

Ransome said she remembers ‘very distinctly’ being warned by Epstein to listen to Maxwell: ‘You do exactly what she says and you don’t cross her’, he told her. 

She also claimed Epstein threatened to kill her and her family if she tried to runaway or talk to law enforcement about ‘the rapes and about what he was doing to me.’

‘I was already frightened. I was terrified for my life. So when Jeffrey said “you do not cross her”, I knew, you do not cross her,’ Ransome said. 

Ransome previously said she was lured into the trafficking scheme when she was approached by another girl in New York. 

She said a young woman approached her in a club and told her Epstein could help her ‘achieve her dreams’.

The disgraced billionaire took Ransome to the movies and a few days later invited her to the notorious ‘pedophile island’ on Epstein’s private jet.     

She was eventually able to escape in 2007 after she was moved to stay at Epstein’s Manhattan building. 

Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome leaves court after attending the opening hearing of the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on November 29

Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome leaves court after attending the opening hearing of the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on November 29

Epstein accuser Sarah Ransome leaves court after attending the opening hearing of the sex trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell on November 29

Asked why she wrote the book, in which she explains she never wanted to tell her story, Ransome said: ‘I feel you’re only as sick as your secrets. I was tired of being afraid. I was tired of living in fear. 

‘I got to a stage where I needed people to know my story because I don’t ever want what happened to me to happen to anybody else,’

‘And when I first came forward, I was trolled, I was victim shamed. I was told you were 22, you deserved to be raped.’

Ransome added trolls told her she was a ‘gold digger’ and that she must have been ‘in it for the money’.  

‘And… that really triggered an anger in me that I didn’t even know existed, like a fire…

‘The reality of that is the victim shaming, survivors don’t come forward because they’re afraid to be judged. They are afraid that they won’t be believed because they have made certain bad decisions in their life,

‘But I did not deserve to be raped. Because of my bad decisions, I’m not a free for all, where any person has the right to just rape me whenever they want. Rape is rape.’  

Source: Daily Mail UK

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