Billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s mysterious tour of Australia in the 90s was cut short because both the local women and weather failed to live up to his expectations.
That’s according to Virginia Giuffre (nee Roberts), one of the Manhattan financier’s most outspoken accusers, as she shed further light on the previously unknown trip on Thursday.
Daily Mail Australia revealed this week that Epstein and his now-infamous lover Ghislaine Maxwell had flown Down Under at the beginning of summer in 1995.
The pair planned to party on Sydney Harbour, visit friends in Melbourne and soak up the summer at an exclusive Great Barrier Reef resort.
But the only evidence for the visit was a small gossip item printed in a city newspaper … and now Ms Giuffre has revealed the trip didn’t quite go as Epstein had hoped.
‘He didn’t stay long,’ she said. ‘He told me it was too rainy.
‘And the only reason he went there was because Aussie girls are pretty, blue-eyed blonde haired surfer looking and he wanted to see if it was true.
‘He said it was not. ‘
At least one of the sex traffickers victims, Maria Farmer, has previously referenced a trip by the pair to Australia – but the only record of the visit surfaced just this week.
An archived report in the 1995 Christmas Eve edition of The Sun-Herald newspaper resurfaced almost 25 years after it was first published.
In the article, well-known Sydney gossip columnist Ros Reines described Maxwell – a British socialite who was far better known than Epstein at the time – as ‘the beautiful, feisty 34-year-old daughter of the late disgraced media baron Robert Maxwell.’
Ms Reines told readers Epstein was a businessman ‘who is given to zipping around Manhattan in a Rolls Royce Silver Spirit’.
‘The couple is on a fleeting visit to Sydney after stepping off in Melbourne,’ she reported.
The gossip writer said ‘they will probably end up spending Christmas on the exclusive Lizard Island,’ a luxury Great Barrier Reef retreat.
Trucking magnate Lindsay Fox was rumoured to be hosting the much-less-famous pair on a boat on Sydney Harbour – but he shot that down in a statement this week.
Via a spokesman, Mr Fox told Daily Mail Australia that he had never even met Epstein or Maxwell, or even been in the country at the time.
‘Indeed, at the time of the ‘harbour cruise’ in Sydney as suggested by the article, Lindsay’s diary records confirm he was in Hawaii celebrating Christmas with family,’ the spokesman said.
Ms Giuffre’s tweet is evidence that, at the very least, the pair came to Australia.
The long-time gossip columnist Reines said, of Maxwell: ‘She was a social star at the time.’
The quarter-of-a-century-old newspaper clipping was unearthed by the Jeffrey Epstein, Prince and the Pervert podcast.
The only prominent Australian to be linked to Epstein is Katherine Keating, the daughter of 90s-era prime minister Paul Keating.
Video emerged last year of Ms Keating leaving Epstein’s Manhattan apartment as Prince Andrew waved goodbye in 2010.
Ms Keating, who lives in the United States, once interviewed Maxwell for The Huffington Post in 2014.
Neither she or her father have ever spoken publicly about how became acquainted with the pair.
Epstein was awaiting trial on sex crimes charges when he was found dead in his New York prison cell on August 10 last year.
He was a convicted paedophile and served a 13-month prison sentence a decade ago.
Maxwell was arrested and charged with federal crimes including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury. She is awaiting trial.
A US court this month heard Maxwell is in isolation at a Brooklyn jail, with prosecutors saying that was for her own safety.
It comes as DailyMail.com published pictures of former US President Bill Clinton receiving a neck message from one of Epstein’s victims during a trip to Africa.