Is Prince Andrew In Trouble Over Jeffrey Epstein Sex Crime Scandal?
Sordid details continue to surface about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as he faces new allegations that he ran a sex trafficking ring for years. He was arrested on July 6 on federal charges for recruiting and sexually abusing scores of underage girls from around the world. According to the charges, the victims were made available to Epstein and numerous political figures and business executives.
During the past few weeks, some prominent names have been associated with Epstein, including POTUS Donald Trump, former governor Bill Richardson, and Prince Andrew. Court documents made public this week allege that Prince Andrew did a lot more than just party with Epstein.
Unsealed documents seem to verify previous reports
According to NBC News, Virginia Roberts Giuffre testified during a deposition that Epstein and his then-girlfriend/assistant Ghislaine Maxwell ordered her to provide sexual favors to multiple men, including Epstein and Prince Andrew. Now 36, Giuffre first went public with the accusations years ago, stating that she was recruited by Maxwell when she was just 16 while working with her father at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. She states that she was a sex slave for four years.
At the time, Maxwell and Prince Andrew fervently denied the claims, with Maxwell calling her a liar. Giuffre sued Maxwell for defamation 2016, and the court records were sealed. A portion of those documents were made public on August 9.
Accounts paint Prince Andrew as willing participant
An old photo that is circulating from the court case shows Prince Andrew with his arm around Giuffre’s waist—when she was a minor—as Maxwell stands in the background. It was taken at Maxwell’s residence, one of the locations named as a site where the alleged trafficking and sexual encounters took place.
The documents point to a deposition by another victim named Joanna Sjoberg, who’s also accused Epstein and Maxwell of sexual abuse. Sjoberg claims to have been present with Giuffre during an encounter with Prince Andrew. According to The Guardian, there was a puppet of Prince Andrew that was used. Sjoberg stated:
“I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap. And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine.”
The court records also refer to a report that Giuffre once had sexual relations with Prince Andrew in a bathtub. Business Insider notes that Sjoberg is one of the accusers whose statements were uncovered in the unsealed documents but she witnessed some of the encounters with Giuffre, including the one mentioned above.
The palace and the prince deny any wrongdoing.
It was no secret that Prince Andrew was mentioned as part of the sex scandal with Giuffre—the BBC reported on it in 2015—but he and Buckingham Palace have continued to deny he was involved with Giuffre or any other underage girls, per The Washington Post. Giuffre, who was Virginia Roberts at time, claims she was 17 when it first started and she had three sexual encounters with the prince.