Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and had sex with Prince Andrew at age 17, said in a just released deposition that she had sex with billionaire Hyatt hotel heir Tom Pritzker.
Pritzker is Hyatt Hotels’ executive chairman and the cousin of Illinois’ Democrat Governor JB Pritzker and chairman and CEO of the Pritzker Organization.
Newly released documents show a deposition given by Giuffre where attorney Laura Meninger – representing notorious Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell – asked if she’d slept with Pritzker, who is worth $5.3billion.
Giuffre said – and affirmed multiple times under oath – that she believed she’d been ‘with Tom once’ when asked if they’d had sex – a claim he has angrily denied.
Pritzker’s other cousin – JB’s sister – is former Obama official Penny Pritzker, who now sits on Harvard’s oversight board, and who was instrumental in the appointment of Claudine Gay, who resigned as college president Tuesday over anti-Semitism and plagiarism allegations.
Penny faced calls to stand down over the incident, but has announced plans to remain in her posiiton.
In March, he was among three billionaires issued with subpoenas in relation to JPMorgan’s ties to Epstein.
At no point did Giuffre suggest that she’d slept with Pritzker on the urgings of Epstein or Maxwell, though later she said she’d had sex with the ‘owner of a large hotel chain’ at ‘his own cabana townhouse thing’ in France.
She didn’t specifically say who she’d slept with in that instance but said she was sent to him by Maxwell.
In a statement to The Messenger, a spokesperson for Pritzker – who has not been charged in connection with the Epstein case – denied Giuffre’s claims.
‘This is the same false and isolated allegation that was published and vehemently denied more than four years ago,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Mr. Pritzker continues to vehemently deny it.’
Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation in 2016 and while the case was settled, The Miami Herald – which published a bombshell expose of Epstein that led to his arrest in 2019 – sued to get the documents made public.
Some of the Does are identified in the ruling through links to interviews they have given to the media, which the judge cited as a reason why they should not stay private.
They include the housekeepers on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean where some of the worst abuse that he perpetrated was carried out.
In her ruling Judge Preska gave 14 days for any Does who objected to their documents being made public to object, after which they would be unsealed.
The documents in the case have been released on a rolling basis since 2019 when the first batch were made public days before Epstein also hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Among the revelations in previous batches of documents were emails between Andrew and Epstein in 2015 when Roberts made allegations about him.
Maxwell, who is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence for sex trafficking, was questioned under oath about her relationship with Epstein and his associates in the document release.
The long-anticipated ‘list’ of 187 previously unknown Jeffrey Epstein associates was finally revealed on Wednesday.
The files were made public by the Southern District of New York after the deadline for appeals passed, around 6:30pm Wednesday night.
Investor Glenn Dubin is the first name to appear, in a transcript of a taped depostion with Ghislaine Maxwell where Maxwell was asked if Epstein accuser Johanna Sjoberg had ever been asked to massage Dubin.
Maxwell answered: ‘I don’t believe, I have no recollection of it.’
Many were already linked to Epstein and some are the names of previously identified victims.
Three people filed appeals and one has been granted – that of Jane Doe 107. Another – filed by John Doe 110 – is under review.
Doe 110 is said to have been widely associated with Epstein in the past, but filed a last minute request to stay anonymous.
They are described in court documents as an ‘alleged Epstein affiliate’.
The names were all redacted in a 2015 lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell.
The case was settled in 2017 but the names remained secret until now.
Judge Loretta Preska finally agreed to unseal the documents in December last year, ruling there was no longer a legal need to keep the names hidden.
Some have been calling for their release for months.
Among them is Alan Dershowitz, a former Epstein associate who says releasing the documents puts all the information into the public forum and ‘proves’ he did nothing wrong.
Ghislaine Maxwell, who in June 2022 was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for her role in the sex trafficking ring, has ‘nothing to say’ about the files, according to her attorney, Arthur Aidala.
Aidala however said the papers may disappoint many, who think they will reveal a conspiracy or previously-unknown names.