Naomi Campbell has admitted she knew Jeffrey Epstein but denied any knowledge of his depraved actions in a bizarre YouTube video condemning the late pedophile.
The supermodel, 49, released a five-minute clip in which she addressed rumors of her friendship with the billionaire sex offender, who hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this month, and called his sordid activities ‘indefensible’ and ‘sickening’.
‘What [Epstein] has done is indefensible, and when I heard it sickened me to my stomach just like everybody else,’ said Campbell, who is to be honored for her humanitarian work at a lavish gala at the Royal Albert Hall in
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Campbell says she was introduced to Epstein on her 31st birthday by her then-boyfriend, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore (left), who threw a party for her on a yacht. A blonde teenager, thought to be Miss Roberts, is photographed awkwardly looking around as the revellers wait to board the yacht
Ghislaine Maxwell and Naomi Campbell at the Rosa Cha Post-Show Celebration party hosted by Super Model Naomi Campbell and NC Connect at Man Ray on September 19, 2002 in New York City
‘I’ve had my fair share of sexual predators and thank God I had good people around who protected me from this,’ she added. ‘I stand with the victims. They are scarred for life.’
Her remarks came following a Mail on Sunday article this month which pointed to her connections with various disgraced showbiz figures including Epstein and his alleged madame Ghislaine Maxwell, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, plus an array of individuals with criminal pasts.
The Adam Luck-penned article questioned whether she was deserving of an award for her humanitarian work Fashion For Relief – a personal charity dedicated to fighting poverty, sickness and distress – because of those shady connections.
The notorious picture of Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell, allegedly taken in London in 2001
Someone behind Miss Maxwell (left) appears to have the same trousers and top as Miss Roberts, at Naomi Campbell’s party in St Tropez, attended by Flavio Briatore (center)
Naomi Campbell at a birthday party of hers on a yacht in the South of France’. Brazilian footballer Ronaldo is also shown (center left) and Irish businessman Eddie Jordan (left)
Harvey Weinstein and Naomi Campbell during Naomi Campbell and Giuseppe Cipriani Holiday Party on December 5, 2005
In her response video, released on Tuesday, Campbell is sat in a chair in an apparent interview with an unidentified reporter who asks her a series of questions that lead into her criticism of the article and explanation of her relationship with Epstein.
Campbell says she was introduced to Epstein on her 31st birthday by her then-boyfriend, Italian businessman Flavio Briatore, who threw a party for her on a yacht.
One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, who was 17 at the time, and Maxwell, were also allegedly pictured at that same party.
She also said Epstein was ‘always front-and-center at Victoria’s Secret fashion shows,’ before adding that she found it ‘extraordinary’ that the article focused on their links with one another.
effrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend de Grisogono Sponsors in 2005
She also said Epstein was ‘always front-and-center at Victoria’s Secret fashion shows,’ before adding that she found it ‘extraordinary’ that the article focused on their past
‘I’ve always said I am not a saint. I’m a work in progress. But I will not be held hostage by my past,’ she said of the article, which also highlighted her links with the Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and alleged serial rapist Harvey Weinstein
Campbell has a long running relationship with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show runway and appeared in ad campaigns for the brand.
‘I find it extraordinary that of all the hundreds of thousands of people that I’ve stood next to to take pictures with at a public event they’ve only chosen these few,’ she went on.
‘I’ve always said I am not a saint. I’m a work in progress. But I will not be held hostage by my past,’ she said of the article, which also highlighted her links with the Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and alleged serial rapist Harvey Weinstein.