Prince Andrew 'groped' woman in Epstein's house, court files allege

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein in 2017.

Andrew's former wife, Sarah Ferguson, was also dragged into the controversy in 2015 when it emerged she accepted £15,000 from Mr Epstein five years earlier to help clear her debts.

Although there's no report the Princess of Wales met Epstein herself, the identity of the "secretary" is also not revealed.

Ms. Giuffre's lawyers said: "Ms. Sjoberg's testimony also corroborates Ms. Giuffre's account of being lent out to Prince Andrew by (Maxwell)". "To my knowledge, Princess Diana only ever went to Florida once and that was to Disney World [in 1993]", Jephson was quoted by The Sun as saying.

On 3 July, the Second Circuit ordered that a NY federal court judge should unseal more than 2,000 pages in the Giuffre v Maxwell case, Law360 reported.

An aide last night said Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were now taking refuge at Balmoral after "facing some grim times".

Prince Andrew has denied the claims against him and there are no suggestions any of the celebrities knew about Epstein's illicit activities.

With Epstein now dead after a suspected suicide on Saturday, and Maxwell apparently outside the reach of investigators, hiding from the limelight she once embraced, the Duke of York may be the highest-profile member of Epstein's circle from the time of the allegations against him.

In the background stands Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who accusers say was Epstein's girlfriend and madam.

Attorney General William Barr warned co-conspirators in the sex trafficking case involving convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein that they "should not rest easy" because the case is not over despite Epstein's death over the weekend.

Previously, allegations have been made toward numerous politicians such as US President Donald Trump, former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, as well as former prime minister Ehud Barak, regarding their involvement with Epstein.

"I've known Jeff for 15 years", Trump said in 2002 NY magazine profile, going on to call him a "terrific guy". "It is even said that he likes handsome women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side".

Epstein, 66, admitted prostituting minors in 2008 and spent 18 months in prison. Epstein was, by then, a registered sex offender, and questions were raised about Andrew's judgment.

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