Jeffrey Epstein forced underage girl to have sex with Prince Andrew for blackmail, court documents claim
Jeffrey Epstein allegedly forced an underage girl to have sex with Prince Andrew so he could blackmail the royal, US court documents claim.
According to the papers, unsealed in New York on Friday, the alleged encounter took place at Epstein’s private retreat in the US Virgin Islands.
The alleged victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, was reportedly told to “give the prince whatever he demanded and report back to [Epstein] on the details of the sexual abuse”.
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The documents also claim that Epstein would try to “ingratiate himself with [people of influence] for business, personal, political and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information”.
Alleged London encounter
The billionaire was said to have hosted “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders.”
One of the manuscripts also features a detailed account of an alleged sexual encounter between the duke and Ms Guiffre in London.
She claims she had sex with a mystery “prince”, a man whose name she did not know, and has previously stated that she had sex with Andrew on three separate occasions.
The court documents also relate to Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial. (Getty)
Prince Andrew categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.
However, Ms Guiffre claims that during an enounter in London’s Tramp nightclub, on an evening out with Epstein and his ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, the prince whispered “sweet nothings” into her ear and kissed her neck.
They later allegedly had a bath together at Maxwell’s home where she said he was “adorning my young body, particularly my feet, caressing my toes and licking my arches.”
Andrew lobbying claims
The papers were from a 2015 court battle in which Ms Guiffre claimed that Maxwell recruited her in 2000 to be a sexual servant for Epstein.
They also contain the claim that Andrew tried to lobby the US on behalf of Epstein to help secure a “favourable plea arrangement”.
Epstein pleaded guilty and was convicted in 2008 by a Florida state court of procuring an underage girl for prostitution and of soliciting a prostitute – but served just 13 months in custody.
The claims Andrew lobbied for a favourable sentence is contained within a motion by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim showed Andrew’s lobbying efforts.
Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting girls as young as 14 for Epstein to sexually abuse, had attempted to block the release of the papers through her lawyers.
Ms Giuffre has frequently told her story to the FBI in recent years, but no charges were brought based on her allegations and she is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Maxwell.
Prince Andrew has been urged to come forward and be interviewed about his friendship with Epstein, who took his own life while in prison last summer awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.
Additional reporting from the Press Association