EDDIE Irvine first spoke of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and stated, “If the allegations are true, it is no good.”
The former Formula 1 driver admitted to partying with the pedophile financier and his alleged fixer in New York and Miami.
He spoke exclusively of Sunday Life and also shared how he saw the couple surrounded by models and beautiful girls, including Virginia Giuffre, who claims the couple forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew.
Co Down-born Eddie said he came across them so many times that he was not surprised that his personal details were in Epstein’s infamous little black contact book, alongside those of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump and disgraced actor Bill Cosby.
The racer who became a millionaire entrepreneur added that he was stunned when Maxwell, 58, was arrested earlier this month and charged with sex trafficking for always considering her to be “ sweet and super nice. ”
However, he described Epstein as a “strange guy” and “socially awkward”.
Eddie said in his mansion in Milan, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m in Epstein’s black book.
“I’m in his book because I knew Ghislaine pretty well. I talked to her occasionally and I talked to him occasionally, but my girlfriend knew her much better than I did.
“Ghislaine had quite a few of one of my friends – he was just someone in my circle – so she came over to try to meet him.
“I’d come across them in Miami, but Ghislaine was always super sweet and a super nice lady.”
Miami is one of the areas where Epstein and Maxwell, who were once lovers, were victims of vulnerable underage girls.
The allegations were featured in a major four-part Netflix documentary called Filthy Rich.
Epstein (right) died in a Manhattan prison cell last year, at the age of 66, while awaiting charges of sex trafficking charges, with a fortune of nearly $ 600 million. His death was ruled by hanging suicide.
Maxwell is said to have recruited teens into a sex trafficking ring reportedly used by some of the world’s most powerful men.
Virginia Giuffre, 35, claims she was cared for by Maxwell while working as a masseuse at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
She claims that she then had to sleep with Prince Andrew three times, when she was 17 and 18 years old, before escaping Epstein’s clutches at the age of 19. The Duke of York has vehemently denied her claims.
Giuffre is one of 100 girls reportedly used as sex slaves by Epstein and his alleged fixer Maxwell.
Eddie insisted that while constantly seeing the couple surrounded by models during dinners and parties, he never saw vulnerable young girls in their company or signs of sex trafficking.
“When I was around, it was just a normal dinner, just parties. There would just be a party where some people would show up and others wouldn’t. But I have no idea about the other things, ”he said. .
The father of one, who has daughter Zoe (23) with ex-girlfriend Maria Drummond (52), added: “I had no idea, providing underage girls.
“The only girl I ever saw was the blonde who was the masseuse (Virginia.)
“I remember seeing her a few times, but I said she was twenty at the time. I remember seeing her, but I never saw young girls.
“There were always a few models around, but they were always older girls.”
Eddie’s entry in Epstein’s contact book lists two mobile numbers – landlines in Ireland and America – a home address and an email address. It is on the same page as an entry for Mick Jagger, one of the 310 British in the book.
Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, former world champion driver Jacques Villeneuve and race-fixing accused Flavio Briatore are among Epstein’s other F1 contacts. It is not suggested that anyone whose name is on the book was involved in or had any knowledge of any misconduct.
Other names in the contact list, dubbed the “ holy grail, ” seized by the FBI in 2009 include Tony Blair, Richard Branson, and Prince Andrew, who has 16 songs to his name.
Epstein is said to have abused girls on a private jet nicknamed ‘the Lolita express’ and on his ‘pedophile island’, Little St James in the Caribbean. It is also alleged that he abused hundreds of others in his £ 60 million mansion in New York, which is filled with pornography.
Epstein is said to have been socially inept and suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder.
His quirk was clear to Eddie. “He was always a strange boy,” he said. “Many of the financial guys are generally a bit antisocial and socially clumsy – which is why I think he was carrying Ghislaine.
“While I was very friendly with Ghislaine, I was never on Epstein Island, I was never on his plane, and I was never at his house, but I ran into him and her in New York.”
Maxwell, 58, daughter of disgraced newspaper baron Robert Maxwell, who died in mysterious circumstances in 1991, is being tried on six charges of trafficking in girls from 14 years of age and perjury. If found guilty, she could be sentenced to up to 35 years’ imprisonment – an effective life sentence at her age.
Eddie, valued at an estimated £ 94 million and nicknamed ‘Fast Eddie’ and ‘Irv the Swerve’ during his driving career, told Sunday Life: ‘She was sweet and very bubbly, the ultimate socialite.
“She spoke to everyone and she knew everyone. I have no bad word to say about her apart from these allegations. If the allegations are true, it is not right. ”
Explosive documents about Maxwell’s sex life and Epstein’s flight logs are being revealed within days of a court ruling last Thursday.
The 80 sets of papers Maxwell wanted to keep contain 2016 testimonials where she complained about ‘pushy’ questions about her sex life. The documents, which span hundreds of pages, were ordered to be released by a New York judge, who said that the public’s right to knowledge outweighs Maxwell’s desire for privacy.
They will also reveal who traveled on Epstein’s private jet.
The unsealed documents contain communication between Maxwell and Epstein in 2015, after Virginia Roberts Giuffre accused them of having traded her.