One of Jeffrey Epstein‘s victims claimed the pedophile shared a hotel suite in South Africa with Bill Clinton and that it was the former president’s proximity to him that gave the billionaire credibility and made her trust him – a mistake that she said led to years of abuse.
Juliette Bryant, 39, who filed a 2019 lawsuit against Epstein’s estate alleging he raped her for years in his homes around the world, told The Daily Beast she first met Epstein in Cape Town in September 2002 when he was touring South Africa with Clinton and that both were staying at the Cape Grace luxury hotel.
Bryant, who was then 20 years old, said she was introduced to the pair by actress Naja Hill and was stunned to meet Epstein as he was surrounded by Clinton and actors Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker, The Daily Beast reported.
She admitted that while she had reservations about traveling with Epstein to the Caribbean and New York when he offered to launch her modeling career, she decided to trust him because of the company he kept.
‘That’s what gave Epstein credibility,’ Bryant told the Daily Beast. ‘The fact that he was with Clinton.’
‘I was completely conned,’ she said, referencing her allegations that Epstein would go on to rape her up to three times a day until 2004. ‘I wouldn’t go with some random man to the Caribbean. He seemed legitimate. Clinton gave him credibility.’
Juliette Bryant (above), 39, from Cape Town, South Africa, claimed pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and former President Bill Clinton shared a suite in South Africa when she met the duo in September 2002. She spoke out for the first time on forthcoming BBC documentary on Monday
Clinton (right) had been together with Epstein (center) and Ghislaine Maxwell (left) during a trip to South Africa in 2002. Clinton has denied allegations he knew of the pairs crimes, with a spokesman adding that Clinton did not share a suite with Epstein
Bryant said Epstein and Clinton booked a suite together at the luxury Cape Grace hotel (above)
She added that the former president had retired to his own private room on the night she had her interview with Epstein where he promised to kickstart her modeling career. Pictured, one of the luxury suites at the Cape Grace hotel
She added that when she met Clinton that night in 2002, he held her hand and didn’t let go for a long time, describing it ‘like a dream. It was so bizarre.’
Bryant, who spoke out against Epstein in 2019 and shared her story publicly for the first time with the BBC last week, said she wanted to keep sharing her story to bring accountability to Epstein’s associates who helped run the billionaire’s sex trafficking operation.
‘I want to back up the other girls,’ Bryant told the Daily Beast. ‘I want to move on with my life, but I can’t. I was a witness to it. Every piece of the puzzle matters, no matter how small the piece.’
Clinton has repeatedly denied claims that he was ever connected with Epstein’s sex crimes.
Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña denied claims that the former president shared a suite at the Cape Town hotel with Epstein, saying the president instead flew out to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ureña also referred DailyMail.com to a 2019 statement that read: ‘President Clinton knows nothing about the serious crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York.’
‘In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.
‘He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida,’ his office went on to say.
Hill, Spacey and Tucker did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment. Spacey, Hill and Tucker have not commented publicly since reports came out last year that they had traveled with Epstein.
After her meeting with Epstein in her hometown of Cape Town, Bryant told the Daily Beast she was in awe of everything and quickly welcomed another outing the following day with him and Hill as they were doing a shoot with Clinton and the actors.
Bryant recalled that Spacey, who would face his own separate accusations of sexual abuse and harassment, appeared standoffish while Tucker was friendly but kept his distance from the group.
Following a speech by Clinton, Bryant went back to the hotel to wait for a job screening with Epstein and recalled Clinton leaving the group to go to his own private room, Bryant told The Daily Beast.
Bryant said she only came to trust Epstein and traveled with him because he carried credibility due to his relationship with Clinton. The pair are pictured shaking hands in 1993
Bryant also alleges that she was introduced to Epstein by actress Naja Hill, pictured in 2017
Bryant said she was in awe that Epstein was together with not only Clinton, but with famous actors Kevin Spacey (left) and Chris Tucker( right). She said Spacey, who would face his own accusations of sexual abuse and harassment, appeared standoffish while Tucker was friendly but kept his distance from the group
Bryant, pictured at 16, was only 20 years old when she met Epstein and took him up on his proposal to fly her to New York to make her dream of becoming a model come true
The dream quickly turned to a nightmare as Bryant alleges she was taken to the Caribbean where she was raped by Epstein as he continued to abuse her for two years in his many homes
It was during that meeting Bryant had said that Epstein offered to launch her modeling career, commenting that she had the ‘most beautiful figure he had ever seen.’
But instead Bryant was taken on his private jet to his Caribbean island where she became trapped in the sex trafficking operation ‘run’ by Epstein and ‘operated’ by Ghislaine Maxwell.
Speaking in BBC2 series House of Maxwell, which premiered on Monday, Bryant tells how she watched other victims perform sex acts on Epstein and was sexually assaulted by the predator on a number of occasions over almost two years. She estimates she saw 60 girls and women in the time she was there.
‘Things happened there that scared me so deeply that I can’t even talk about them,’ she said. ‘He fed off the terror, there was something about the energy of a girl being scared that he liked.’
She also shared with BBC2 never-before-seen photos she took Epstein’s island, including one of Maxwell and one of an artwork depicting a woman being raped by a sea monster.
Bryant explained she and other victims had been too afraid to speak out because Epstein threatened her and her family.
‘It was just like a factory,’ she says. He was running a machine and Ghislaine Maxwell was the one operating it. People ask why I went back. Nobody disobeyed Epstein.’
She added that the billionaire acted very paranoid in the time she knew him.
‘Epstein always had platters because I think he was scared of being poisoned,’ she told The Daily Beast. ‘There were platters of food for everyone, and he’d pick off other people’s plates. It was weird.’
Bryant says the grooming operation ran by disgraced billionaire pedophile Epstein ran with Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured together) was like a ‘factory’
Bryant was forced to go to travel to the island for various periods on and off for nearly two years, revealing ‘I was so broken at that point, I just sort of went along with it’
When Bryant was first introduced to Maxwell she was told that they were a couple, but remains unconvinced their relationship was ever romantic
Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team loses bid for retrial for convicted child sex trafficker
Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of grooming and trafficking underage girls last year.
However Maxwell’s legal team requested that her sex trafficking conviction be overturned and the case be retried in January, which was rejected last week.
Maxwell was hoping for a retrial after it emerged that one juror failed to disclose that he was sexually abused as a child before the trial.
In February, lawyers for the disgraced socialite filed another 37-page appeal at a New York court claiming ‘erroneous’ jury instructions made her conviction unfair.
Jurors seemingly believed one victim – who gave her name only as Jane – who said she was abused by Epstein and Maxwell at his ranch in New Mexico when she was 16.
The appeal documents say: ‘A jury note sent during deliberations indicted that the jurors were considering convicting Ms Maxwell…based solely on the New Mexico conduct.’
Maxwell’s lawyers argue that the judge should have explained to jurors that under New Mexico law ‘Jane’ was not underage and should have instructed them to focus only on alleged sex assaults in New York where the age of consent is 18.
Maxwell, 60, faces up to 65 years in jail when she is sentenced on June 28 after being found guilty in December on five charges.
Last Friday, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote to New York Judge Alison Nathan, asking her to delay her ruling on whether the British socialite will be granted a new criminal trial because of a pending TV interview with Juror 50.
Nathan refused to delay her decision and denied a retrial – setting a date for Maxwell’s sentencing for June 28.
Bryant recalled being astounded by the beauty of Epstein’s notorious island when she arrived. She discovered a pile of discarded disposable cameras which she used to take photographs of her time on the Caribbean island.
The photographs, shown for the first time in the BBC2 documentary, include ones of her posing by the docks, photos of the small chalet in which she stayed near the port and a disturbing artwork showing a deformed sea creature clambering on top of a naked young woman.
‘It was a naked girl and there was like 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 that’, she tells BBC2.
Other images show Bryant with a camera inside Epstein’s island home, Maxwell eating a meal on a table and Epstein’s bedroom which included a four poster bed with white bedding and mosquito netting.
‘He had a lot of weird stuff around his house. There were just pictures of naked girls everywhere and there were a lot of naked pictures of Ghislaine too.’
But shortly after arriving on the island, it became clear the trip was far from the dream destination photoshoot she had imagined.
Bryant was asked to watch a movie with Epstein and another girl. To her horror the girl began performing a sex act on the pedophile.
‘I was absolutely petrified,’ Bryant tells BBC2. ‘I was so young, I’d never seen anything like that. I was crying, I just ran out of the room. I didn’t know what to do.
‘There was no hope of getting away. I was in a foreign country with no money or cell phone or means of communication.
‘I just realized then I was completely trapped and there was nothing I could do. Ghislaine was running the girls and would tell us when we needed to go to his bedroom, you couldn’t say no, there was just no option.’
She remembers his bedroom as being ‘pitch black and ice cold’ and says she dissociated with her body as he sexually assaulted her.
‘I just checked out of my body and let him do what he wanted because I didn’t know what else to do,’ Bryant recalls.
‘I tried to escape in my mind, I tried to pretend it wasn’t happening. Things happened there that scared me so deeply that I can’t even talk about them.
When Bryant was first introduced to Maxwell she was told that they were a couple, but remains unconvinced their relationship was ever romantic.
‘The thing is, I didn’t even see them hold hands or kiss once,’ she tells BBC2. ‘I never saw them give each other a hug. To be honest, I never saw them come that close, so it definitely was not a romantic relationship.’
Epstein’s office called Bryant and told her they would be flying to the Caribbean – where she assumed they would be having a photoshoot. Maxwell is seen giving Epstein a foot rub on board his private jet
Before she was sent home Bryant was threatened by Epstein who told her of another girl who had accused her of rape and ended up in jail because he had planted drugs in her home. Bryant was also warned her family was ‘on a list’.
‘I just did as I was told,’ she says. ‘I was petrified of him, who he was. I knew crossing him would be a very bad idea.’
Bryant was forced to return to the island for various periods on and off for nearly two years.
‘I was so broken at that point, I just sort of went along with it,’ she says. ‘I never felt okay again after that, everything just fell to pieces, it’s very, very hard to understand I am still trying to piece it all together.’
None of the victims ever tried to rebel against Epstein and Maxwell, with Bryant revealing that it would have been ‘very scary making them angry’
Epstein killed himself in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell was convicted of trafficking girls in December last year. Her lawyers’ request for a new trial after one of the jurors acknowledged that he had been sexually abused as a child was denied in March.
Series producer Ceri Isfryn said Bryant felt ready to come forward and tell her story on camera after Epstein’s death.
‘Bryant is a remarkable woman. She’s a very strong, independent woman,’ series producer Isfryn said ahead of the program’s premiere.
‘I think the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell spurred her on to feel less scared of speaking out and less ashamed of speaking out.
‘She really felt strongly that she wanted to speak for those woman, who were girls some of them at the time, who can’t.
‘I think the other thing she felt she wanted to get across was the complexity of this sex trafficking operation in terms of when she describes the visas, travelling.
‘If you just look at how many different women, from different countries, from different years and I think she really wanted to convey how masterful they were at grooming women and girls and how well they did that for such a length of time.’