Jeffrey Epstein stored 12 totally different cellphone numbers for Prince Andrew in his “Black Guide”, a lawsuit has claimed.
It comes as accuser Virginia Giuffre has began authorized motion towards the Duke of York for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was below 18, twenty years in the past.
“It’s gone the time for him to be held to account,” the civil go well with acknowledged.
Prince Andrew has beforehand “categorically” denied he abused Giuffre. A spokeswoman for the duke stated “no remark” when requested to reply to the go well with.
Legal professionals for Giuffre have filed the go well with in search of unspecified damages at a federal court docket in New York, the place paperwork declare she was “lent out for sexual functions” by convicted intercourse offender Epstein, together with whereas she was nonetheless a minor below US legislation.
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Prince Andrew is known as as the one defendant in the 15-page go well with, with Epstein and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell are talked about often all through.
The paperwork allege: “Epstein’s fixed entry to younger ladies can also be evidenced in his ‘Black Guide’, a guide of cellphone numbers and get in touch with data itemizing ladies to name for ‘massages’ in varied cities, flight logs documenting his frequent journey with younger ladies and highly effective people on his personal airplane, and troves of lewd pictures of younger ladies recovered from his houses.
“In his Black Guide, Epstein had at the very least 12 totally different contact numbers listed for Prince Andrew.”Epstein’s Black Guide contained the contact particulars of dozens of high-profile figures.
It’s alleged that Giuffre, then referred to as Virginia Roberts, was sexually abused whereas aged below 18 by the Queen’s second son at Maxwell’s house in London, at Epstein’s New York mansion and at different areas together with Epstein’s personal island within the US Virgin Islands.
The lawsuit additionally publishes the notorious photograph of Prince Andrew, Giuffre and Maxwell at Maxwell’s house “previous to Prince Andrew sexually abusing Plaintiff”. The Duke has beforehand stated he has no reminiscence of this photograph.
It goes on to allege that at Epstein’s New York mansion, Maxwell pressured Giuffre “and one other sufferer to take a seat on Prince Andrew’s lap as Prince Andrew touched her”.
The go well with claims that in this go to to New York, “Prince Andrew pressured Plaintiff to have interaction in intercourse acts towards her will.”
It stated Giuffre was “compelled by categorical or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to have interaction in sexual acts with Prince Andrew”, and that she “feared demise or bodily damage to herself or one other and different repercussions” if she disobeyed the trio “on account of their highly effective connections, wealth, and authority”.
The doc additionally suggests the extent of the shut relationship between the trio, saying Epstein and Maxwell attended Prince Andrew’s fortieth party in 2000, and that the Duke hosted a party – attended by Epstein – at Sandringham that very same 12 months.
Epstein was additionally invited to Prince Andrew’s daughter’s 18th party in 2006, “regardless of Epstein being charged with procuring a minor for prostitution just one month prior”.
Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to intercourse trafficking costs in Manhattan federal court docket, the place she faces trial in November, whereas Epstein took his personal life in a federal jail within the borough in August 2019, a month after he was arrested on intercourse trafficking costs.
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In a Newsnight interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Prince Andrew denied claims that he slept with Giuffre on three separate events, saying: “I can completely categorically inform you it by no means occurred. I’ve no recollection of ever assembly this woman, none in any respect.”
The fallout from the interview noticed the royal criticised for exhibiting an absence of empathy in the direction of Epstein’s victims and an absence of regret over his friendship with disgraced financier Epstein.
Andrew stop his royal duties and publicly promised to co-operate with US authorities investigating Epstein’s crimes, although has since confronted a disagreement between his camp and American authorities over his availability to reply questions.