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Prince Andrew accused in court documents of 'having an orgy with under-aged girls'

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, 60, has been accused in Ghislaine Maxwell court documents as being the "powerful individual" who allegedly took part in "an orgy with numerous under-aged girls"

By Christopher Bucktin United States Editor

21:33, 31 JUL 2020Updated16:21, 1 AUG 2020

Prince Andrew is accused in court documents of being the “powerful individual” Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre was forced to sleep with.  In the papers which Ghislaine Maxwell had fought to keep secret as she faces sex charges, the prince is also accused of having “an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls”.

And it is claimed he “put pressure on the US government to give Jeffrey Epstein a plea deal” when the paedophile was charged in 2007 with soliciting a minor for prostitution.

In one of the documents, unsealed late on Thursday night by a New York judge, Ms Giuffre is asked on oath what Andrew knew about billionaire US financier Epstein.  She replied: “He would know a lot of the truth.”

She then suggests Prince Andrew would talk to protect himself.  She said: “Again, I don’t know how much he would be able to help you with, but seeing he’s in a lot of trouble himself these days, I think he might, so I think he may be valuable.”

The prince has yet to speak to the FBI about Epstein, who killed himself in jail last August, aged 66.  Attorney Spencer Kuvin, who for 10 years has represented women abused by Epstein, told the Mirror: “Prince Andrew has a lot to answer for, given these new revelations, and we continue to implore him to step forward, be a man, and speak the truth about what he knows.  Hiding behind the monarchy is cowardly and far beneath his station, and he has frankly become an embarrassment to the Crown.  It is our hope that the full breadth of Epstein’s illicit sexual pyramid scheme will continue to unravel.”

Ms. Giuffre, known then as Jane Doe 3, claimed Maxwell, now 58, used her connections to “facilitate” the Duke of York’s “acts of sexual abuse”.

The papers, part of a 2015 defamation case settled two years later between Ms. Giuffre and Maxwell, state: “Perhaps even more important to her role in Epstein’s sexual abuse ring, Maxwell had direct connections to other powerful individuals with whom she could connect Epstein.  One such powerful individual Epstein forced Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was a member of the British Royal Family, Prince Andrew.  Jane Doe #3 was forced to have sexual relations with this Prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical locations: in London (at Ghislaine Maxwell’s apartment), in New York, and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands (in an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls).  Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the Prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse.  Maxwell facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse by acting as a ‘madame’ for Epstein, thereby assisting in internationally trafficking Jane Doe #3 (and numerous other young girls) for sexual purposes.”

Ms. Giuffre, now 36 and a mum-of-three living in Australia, claimed she was first loaned out to Andrew by Epstein in 2001 when she was a teen.  Ms. Giuffre claims Epstein’s private island, Little St James, was where Andrew took part in an orgy with nine girls. Andrew and his lawyers vehemently deny her claims.  The judge in the libel suit struck out the allegations against Andrew as “lurid”, “immaterial and impertinent”.  In a 2016 deposition, Maxwell denied all the allegations made against her by Ms. Giuffre.  In his interview with BBC Newsnight last November, Andrew said he did not recall ever meeting Ms. Giuffre.  A spokeswoman for the prince, 60, declined to comment, but last night one friend of Andrew’s said: “The US Federal Appeals court said in 2019, these allegations should be treated with ‘extreme caution’.  Allegations are not the same as facts. Where’s the proof?”

The claim about the prince lobbying for a plea deal was “a straightforward untruth. No ifs, no buts”.

That allegation was contained in a motion by lawyers for two accusers in a bid to prove Epstein had “used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favourable plea deal”.

Epstein struck a deal in 2008, which included a condition that those close to him would not be investigated.  He had faced up to 20 years’ jail, but prosecutors let him admit solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution and he spent just over a year in jail.  The papers, which also claim Ms. Giuffre was loaned out to “another prince” for sex, could undermine claims by Maxwell that she had cut ties with former lover Epstein a decade ago.  Earlier this month, following her arrest by the FBI in New Hampshire on suspicion of participating in the grooming and abusing of three girls under the age of 18, her lawyers said in court papers she had not been in contact with her former boyfriend for 10 years.  But in an email Epstein wrote to Maxwell on January 25, 2015, he said: “Go outside, head high.”

In the documents, Ms. Giuffre talks of the hold Epstein had on associates.  She said: “He told me a long time ago that everyone owes him favours.”

Four charges which Maxwell faces relate to 1994 to 1997, when she was, according to the indictment, in an “intimate relationship” with Epstein. Andrew first met Epstein in 1999.  The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016. If found guilty, she faces up to 35 years in prison. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and is due for trial in New York in July 2021.  Lawyer Arick Fudali, who represents several of Epstein’s victims, said: “As more powerful and influential figures are revealed to be part of Epstein’s web of alleged enablers, facilitators, and fellow predators, we will continue to fight for the victims.”

Clinton 'flown on to the island by Maxwell'

President Bill Clinton was once flown to Epstein’s “orgy” island by Ghislaine Maxwell, the court documents claim.  While on the billionaire’s bolthole Little St James, the paedophile’s teen “sex slave” Virginia Giuffre alleges “two young girls” were there at the same time as the ex-US leader.  Clinton has denied ever going to Epstein’s island.  In the papers, Giuffre talks about qualified helicopter pilot Maxwell.  She said: “Ghislaine told me that she flew Bill Clinton in. And Ghislaine likes to talk a lot of stuff that sounds fantastical.  And whether it’s true or not, that is what I do recall...”

Clinton does appear on the flight logs for the late Epstein’s “Lolita Express” private jet, having taken multiple flights.  Last year, the ex-President’s office said Clinton had traveled on Epstein’s private plane and briefly visited his New York City apartment but always with staff and Secret Service agents.

'There was a blur of so many girls'

The newly unsealed American court papers allege Ghislaine Maxwell used Epstein’s private Caribbean island to host “constant” orgies.

Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Epstein and Maxwell of abusing her, made the claims in a 2016 deposition in a civil case against the British socialite

In the papers, Giuffre said Maxwell had “continuous” sex with girls and women in front of her.  There’s just a blur of so many girls blondes, brunettes, redheads. They were all beautiful girls. I would say the ages ranged between 15 and 21.”

When asked where she saw Maxwell have sex with other women, Giuffre said she was “100 percent” sure it was the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned his private Little St James Island.  She claimed: “The island was a place where orgies were a constant thing. It’s impossible to know how many.”

Giuffre said she saw Maxwell have sex with women all over the island, in small huts, in Epstein’s cabana, by a pool and near the beachfront.  She added: “One occasion stands out. Models, I think they were models, were flown in. There were orgies by the pool.” She described the women as “beautiful, tall, some blonde, some sandy brown”

She thought they spoke either Czech or Russian.