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    In 2016 deposition Ghislaine Maxwell denied inappropriate action by financier Epstein: U.S. court document

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell said in a 2016 deposition about her friend the late financier Jeffrey Epstein that she never witnessed “inappropriate underage activities” by him, according to a transcript released on Thursday that Maxwell had fought hard to keep secret.

    Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom underage girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sexual acts in the mid-1990s, and not guilty to perjury for having denied involvement in any such scheme when she gave her deposition under oath.

    The April 2016 deposition came from a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who has said Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s assistance.

    Maxwell was asked questions about her relationship with Epstein. “I have never seen anybody have sexual intercourse with Jeffrey, ever,” the deposition transcript says, and later: “I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever.”

    As for Giuffre, she said: “I never ever at any single time at any point ever at all participated in anything with Virginia and Jeffrey. And for the record, she is an absolute total liar.”

    U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan had directed that a transcript of Maxwell’s testimony and other documents be released by 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Thursday.

    Lawyers for Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and longtime associate, had argued she believed the deposition would remain confidential and that releasing it would violate her constitutional right against self-incrimination.

    The lawyers had also argued that making the deposition public could imperil Maxwell’s ability to get a fair trial, because jurors might hold its contents against her.

    “If the unsealing order goes into effect, it will forever let the cat out of the bag,” and “intimate, sensitive, and personal information” about Maxwell might “spread like wildfire across the Internet,” her lawyers said in August.

    A trial is scheduled for July 2021.

    Maxwell was arrested on July 2 in Bradford, New Hampshire, where authorities said she was hiding on a property she bought in December in an all-cash transaction with her identity shielded. She is locked up in a Brooklyn jail after the judge in her criminal case called her an unacceptable flight risk.

    Maxwell told lawyers that her job with Epstein included hiring assistants, architects, decorators, cooks, cleaners, gardeners, pool people and pilots as part of the upkeep of six homes.

    “... a very small part of my job was from time to time to find adult professional massage therapists for Jeffrey,” the transcript said.

    Questioned by lawyers on whether she hired them, Maxwell replied: “When I meant hire, I didn’t mean hire in the way you are doing it. What I say is that I went to spas and I met people and if they did home visits, Jeffrey would then, in fact, hire them. I’m not responsible for hiring someone. And they were not full-time, so it’s not a correct characterization.”

    Maxwell’s deposition and other documents were cleared for release after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Monday rejected her “meritless” arguments that her interests outweighed the presumption the public should see the materials.

    Many names in the transcript of the deposition were blacked out.

    Giuffre, who has been one of Epstein’s most visible accusers, and the Miami Herald newspaper, which investigated Epstein’s conduct and successful bid in 2007 to avoid federal sex trafficking charges, had sought the unsealing.

    Epstein killed himself at age 66 in August 2019 at a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges announced the previous month.

    He had previously escaped federal prosecution by pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state prostitution charges, an agreement now widely considered too lenient.

    Epstein once counted U.S. President Donald Trump, former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew as friends. They have not been accused of criminal wrongdoing.

    Giuffre has said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the British prince when she was 17 years old.

    In an interview broadcast in Dec. 2019, Giuffre told BBC Panorama she had been brought to London in 2001 by Epstein and taken to meet the prince, one of three occasions when she claimed to have sex with Andrew.

    Andrew has denied the allegations.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-p...-idUSKBN2770FZ


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    Ghislaine Maxwell said under oath in a testimony in 2016 she never witnessed "inappropriate underage activities" by her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, according to newly-released documents.

    The British socialite also said: "I never observed Jeffrey having sex with a minor."

    Her deposition from four years ago relating to allegations of Epstein's sexual abuse has now been made public.

    Transcripts of statements by Maxwell over two days were released after a ruling by a US judge. In them, Maxwell repeatedly denied hiring anyone under the age of 18 for Epstein.

    Maxwell, 58, was interviewed by lawyers as part of a civil lawsuit brought against her by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who sued Maxwell for defamation after she called her a liar. The lawsuit was eventually settled.

    Ms Roberts Giuffre claimed she was trafficked by convicted sex offender Epstein and she said he kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.

    In her testimony, Maxwell said she "never instructed Virginia to have sex with anybody, ever".

    Maxwell told lawyers: "I never ever at any single time at any point ever at all participated in anything with Virginia and Jeffrey. And for the record, she is an absolute total liar."

    Maxwell denied training Ms Roberts Giuffre on how to recruit other girls to perform sexual massages, and she called Ms Roberts Giuffre's claims "absurd" and "one giant tissue of lies".

    Maxwell was asked questions about her relationship with Epstein. She said: "I have never seen anybody have sexual intercourse with Jeffrey, ever," and later said: "I never saw any inappropriate underage activities with Jeffrey ever."

    Maxwell told lawyers that her job with Epstein included hiring assistants, architects, decorators, cooks, cleaners, gardeners, pool people and pilots as part of the upkeep of six homes.

    Maxwell also said: "... a very small part of my job was from time to time to find adult professional massage therapists for Jeffrey."

    Maxwell said she was "not talking about any adult sexual things when I was with him [Epstein]".

    Maxwell said she had never had non-consensual sex with anyone.

    Maxwell was asked: "Have you ever given a massage to Mr Epstein with a female that was under the age of 18?" Maxwell replied: "No."

    Maxwell also replied "no" when she was asked: "Have you ever observed Mr Epstein having a massage given by an individual, a female, who was under the age of 18?"

    Ms Roberts Giuffre has claimed she was pressured into having sex with Prince Andrew in 2001 when she was 17.

    The prince has strenuously denied he had "any form of sexual contact or relationship" with Ms Roberts Giuffre, adding "any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation".

    Maxwell's lawyers had argued that the documents should remain sealed in part to protect her right to a fair trial on charges she helped Epstein traffic and sexually abuse teenage girls in the 1990s.

    She has pleaded not guilty and has been in custody since her arrest in early July. She is due to go on trial next summer and if convicted, she could face up to 35 years in prison.

    Maxwell's arrest came a year after 66-year-old Epstein was detained and charged with sex trafficking.

    He killed himself in August 2019 at a federal jail in Manhattan where he was awaiting trial without bail.

    Prince Andrew has said he has no recollection of meeting Ms Roberts Giuffre and that a photo appearing to show them together at Maxwell's house in London may have been doctored.

    https://news.sky.com/story/ghislaine...eveal-12111152


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    Prince Andrew asked Ghislaine Maxwell about accuser, documents suggest

    Prince Andrew asked Ghislaine Maxwell for information about a woman who had accused him of sexual misconduct while she was underage, court documents appear to show.

    The deposition, relating to Maxwell’s relationship with the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that she had given during past civil litigation involving the accuser, Virginia Giuffre, was unsealed on Thursday, moments before a court-imposed deadline.

    It was made in 2016 as Maxwell faced a long list of questions about Epstein and his interactions with young women, including Giuffre.

    Maxwell issued a public statement denying Giuffre’s claims that she helped Epstein abuse her on 2 January 2015. In her deposition, Maxwell confirmed that the following day she sent an email, stating: “Have some info. Call me when you have a moment.” The recipient’s name is redacted but the subject matter – Giuffre – and timing strongly suggest that it went to Prince Andrew.

    “What did you discuss on that call?” Giuffre’s lawyer had asked Maxwell. “I don’t have any specific knowledge of that call,” Maxwell replied. “Were you discussing with [redacted] the subject of Virginia Roberts [Giuffre] during these calls?”

    Giuffre’s attorney pointed to an email in this exchange, noting: “He says let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.”

    Maxwell was unclear when, exactly, a conversation took place, but said they did speak “at some point”. Asked what they talked about, Maxwell said: “Just what a liar she is.”

    Maxwell also said: “I don’t think he told me why she was a liar. The substance of everything that she said was a lie with regard to him.”

    In the civil case where the deposition originated, Giuffre maintained that Maxwell drew her into Epstein’s circle as a teenager under the false pretences of providing work as a masseuse.

    Giuffre alleged that Maxwell and Epstein pressured her to engage in sex with rich and powerful men, such as Prince Andrew.

    Giuffre’s 2015 civil action said that Maxwell defamed her in claiming she was a liar for alleging the pair participated in sexual impropriety. The prince has adamantly denied Giuffre’s claims.

    In the deposition, Maxwell was also asked if she saw him interacting with a minor in a sexual way. “I’ve never seen [redacted] interact in any way of that nature,” she said.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...uments-suggest


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    A modelling agent associated with the disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been charged in France with sexual harassment and the rape of minors over 15 years old.

    Jean-Luc Brunel was arrested on Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport as he was preparing to take a flight to Senegal.

    The Paris prosecutor announced in a statement on Saturday that a magistrate had laid the charges on Friday at the end of Brunel’s custody period. It said Brunel was not handed any human trafficking charges, which was one of the main lines of inquiry.

    The magistrate decided that there was not enough evidence to rule on that count, but he was not acquitted and could be charged in the future if anything new emerges. Brunel was remanded in custody.

    Brunel is being investigated as part of a broad French inquiry into alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls by Epstein and his circle. A number of women have identified themselves as alleged victims and spoken to police since the investigation began in August last year, the same month in which Epstein killed himself in jail.

    Brunel has always denied any involvement in illegal activities. He disappeared from public view shortly after Epstein’s death in August 2019. He told police in December last year that he was available to help with their inquiries.


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    Ghislaine Maxwell denied $28.5m bail in sex crime case

    A US judge has turned down a $28.5m (£21.4m) bail package by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who is awaiting trial on sex crime charges.

    The New York ruling said the suspect, 59, poses a flight risk and the offer did not assure her appearance at future hearings.

    She is accused of helping the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein groom young girls, which she denies.

    It is the second time bail for Ms Maxwell has been denied.

    She has been in jail in Brooklyn, New York City since she was arrested in July at her secluded mansion in the state of New Hampshire.

    Lawyers suggested she had been hiding out at the mansion.

    Her bail package proposed that she be allowed to return home with armed guards to prevent her from escaping.

    Lawyers objected to her prison conditions, saying she was subject to invasive searches and that guards disturbed her every 15 minutes to check she was still alive.

    But prosecutors said there was a risk that, if bailed, Ms Maxwell could use her wealth to flee to France or the UK where she is a citizen and suggested she might try to avoid extradition.

    Ms Maxwell was in a relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s. He died in a prison cell in August last year as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges, more than a decade after he was convicted for soliciting prostitution from a minor.

    Four of the charges against Ms Maxwell relate to the years between 1994 and 1997, when prosecutors say she helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14. The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016.

    She faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted in her trial, which is scheduled to begin next July.

    Court documents filed in November to apply for bail said the multi-million dollar proposal represented all of Ms Maxwell and her husband's joint assets, including three homes.

    Ms Maxwell is the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell. She allegedly introduced Epstein to wealthy and powerful figures including Bill Clinton and the Duke of York, Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55471022.


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    Ghislaine Maxwell's US jail conditions 'are torture' - brother
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    The way British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is being treated in a New York jail is "degrading" and "amounts to torture", her brother has told the BBC.
    Ian Maxwell said she was being held under constant surveillance in a 6x9ft (1.8x2.7m) cell with no natural light, and the food was "basically inedible". Ms Maxwell is accused of helping the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein groom young girls, which she denies. She is currently seeking bail, ahead of her trial which is due in July.

    Prison officials have not commented on her conditions.

    Ms Maxwell, 59, who also has US and French citizenship, has been in jail in Brooklyn since she was arrested last July at her secluded mansion in the state of New Hampshire.
    Her two previous applications for bail were unsuccessful, with prosecutors saying she was a flight risk.
    On Wednesday, Gloria Allred, a lawyer representing the alleged victims, told the BBC that bail "should be out of the question, it would be very upsetting to the victims".

    What did Ian Maxwell say?
    He said her cell had only a concrete bed and a toilet. "There is no natural light, she is under 24-hour round-the-clock surveillance with 10 cameras, including one that moves and tracks her movements," Mr Maxwell said. The water she was being given was "brown", he said, adding that the food was "highly microwaveable... and basically inedible".
    He said she had not been able to prepare adequately for her trial because of the detention conditions.
    Mr Maxwell said he believed she was losing her hair, having trouble with her eyesight and her ability to concentrate. But he said she remained "resolute" and denied suggestions that she was a suicide risk.
    Mr Maxwell also said that the identities of his sister's three accusers had not been revealed with only four months before the start of the trial.

    What did the accusers' lawyer say?
    Ms Allred is representing a number of women who are accusing Ghislaine Maxwell of grooming young girls for Jeffrey Epstein. "I know Miss Maxwell is probably suffering in jail, nobody likes being in jail, nobody likes having their freedom restricted, but I really think bail should be out of the question, it would be very upsetting to the victims," she said on the Today programme. She added that Miss Maxwell could access legal help from prison, but "the charges against her are very serious" and "she needs to stay where she is, in custody".

    Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
    Ms Maxwell, the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, was in a relationship with financier Jeffrey Epstein in the 1990s. She allegedly introduced Epstein to wealthy and powerful figures including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family. Epstein took his own life in prison in August 2019 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges, more than a decade after he was convicted for soliciting prostitution from a minor. Four of the charges against Ms Maxwell relate to the years between 1994 and 1997, when prosecutors say she helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14. The other two charges are allegations of perjury in 2016.

    She faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world...mpression=true

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    Leon Black quits citing 'relentless' impact of Epstein probe

    Billionaire Leon Black is quitting his investment firm saying "relentless public attention and media scrutiny" of his ties with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein took "a toll" on his health.

    The prominent financier had earlier announced plans to depart in July.

    The moves follow an inquiry by Mr Black's firm, Apollo Global Management, into his relationship with Mr Epstein.

    It found financial ties but no evidence of involvement with any criminal activity.

    Mr Epstein was arrested in 2019 for sex trafficking underage girls and later killed himself in prison.

    He was known for cultivating ties to the rich and powerful, including Prince Andrew, that persisted even after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting underage girls.

    Mr Black, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes at $8.4bn (£6bn), paid him more than $150m for financial advice from 2012 through 2017, according to the investigation by law firm Dechert, which was made public in January.

    'Deeply trying'
    Apollo, at Mr Black's request, commissioned the probe last autumn after a New York Times report into his links.

    "The last weeks and months have been deeply trying for me and my family," 69-year-old Mr Black wrote in a letter to the Apollo board explaining his plans to speed up his departure.

    "The relentless public attention and media scrutiny concerning my relationship with Jeffrey Epstein - even though the exhaustive Dechert Report concluded there was no evidence of wrongdoing on my part - have taken a toll on my health and have caused me to wish to take some time away from the public spotlight that comes with my daily involvement with this great public company."

    Apollo co-founder Marc Rowan, who the firm said in January would take over from Mr Black in July, will assume his new role immediately.

    Mr Black said he also no longer planned to remain as executive chairman of the company's board. He will be replaced by former SEC Commissioner Jay Clayton.

    Founded by Mr Black in 1990, Apollo manages more than $450bn and has offices around the world. It is known for its private equity investments in companies, which range from casinos and for-profit colleges to offshore wind.

    In January, it announced plans to merge with life insurer Athene in a deal valued at roughly $11bn.

    Mr Black said he planned to spend more time with his family and would pursue his other interests, including the arts.

    He is board chairman of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a role he has also faced pressure to relinquish.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56487833.


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    Prince Andrew looks at ease as he's pictured horse riding with a female groom in Windsor days after his father Prince Philip was discharged from month long stint in hospital
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...m-Windsor.html

    Andrew enjoying life riding horses instead of going to the US to answer questions.


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    Ghislaine Maxwell: Fourth alleged victim added to charges

    Two new US federal charges of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor have been filed against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

    The new charges introduce a fourth alleged victim to the case against the ex-girlfriend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    Ms Maxwell is accused of recruiting an underage girl for sex with Epstein at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

    There was no immediate comment on the new accusations from her lawyers.

    Ms Maxwell is currently in jail in New York awaiting trial.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56572294.


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    Ghislaine Maxwell makes first US court appearance

    Ghislaine Maxwell has appeared in court on new charges of sex-trafficking, her first appearance since her arrest last summer.

    She attended the New York court in person on Friday for arraignment on new charges against her filed last month.

    Ms Maxwell, 59, pleaded not guilty to the new counts.

    The British socialite is accused of helping convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein recruit, groom and sexually abuse girls.

    Ms Maxwell, the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, was in a relationship with Epstein in the 1990s. She allegedly introduced him to wealthy and powerful figures including Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family and Bill Clinton.

    She now faces six counts including sex-trafficking of a minor and sex-trafficking conspiracy. She also faces a further two charges relating to allegations of perjury in 2016.

    The two new charges relate to allegations that Maxwell recruited a 14-year-old girl to provide Epstein with sexualised massages between 2001 and 2004. The girl was then paid hundreds of dollars in cash in return and was encouraged to recruit other young women.

    The entire proceeding on Friday lasted less than 10 minutes. Maxwell only spoke three times in order to answer the judge's question about whether or not she had received a copy of the indictment.

    Jury selection is set for 12 July but the judge is considering a request to delay the trial.

    Ms Maxwell has previously denied all of the charges. If convicted on all charges, she faces up to 80 years in prison.

    Epstein killed himself in 2019 as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges, more than a decade after he was convicted for soliciting prostitution from a minor.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56865986


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    Lawyers for the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell have released a photo of her face which appears to show bruising under her left eye.

    She told her lawyers the bruise might be from shielding her eyes from the light, as she says the guards come to check her condition every 15 minutes.

    Ms Maxwell is accused of helping convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse girls.

    She has denied all the charges and allegations against her.

    Her lawyers have repeatedly complained about her conditions in jail and have made several applications for bail, which so far have all been denied.

    The 59-year-old has been behind bars in New York since last summer, awaiting her trial on 12 July. This is the first photo of her released in that time.

    She appeared in court earlier in April, her first appearance since her arrest.

    Ms Maxwell's lawyer Bobbi Sternheim sent the photo in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan on Thursday.

    It said guards had confronted her about the bruise, and said they would put her in a special housing unit if she did not say how she had received it.

    "While Ms Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to medical and psych staff, she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive chores," Ms Sternheim reportedly said.

    On Thursday Judge Nathan ordered an explanation of if and why guards were conducting "night time surveillance" on Ms Maxwell, and if she could be given an eye covering if needed.

    In August 2019, Epstein killed himself behind bars while awaiting his trial on sex trafficking charges.

    Ms Maxwell, the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, was in a relationship with financier Epstein in the 1990s. She allegedly introduced Epstein to wealthy and powerful figures including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family.

    She faces six counts including sex-trafficking of a minor and sex-trafficking conspiracy. She also faces a further two charges relating to allegations of perjury in 2016.

    Two new charges brought in March relate to allegations that Ms Maxwell recruited a 14-year-old girl to provide Epstein with sexualised massages between 2001 and 2004. The girl was then paid hundreds of dollars in cash in return and was encouraged to recruit other young women.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56938988


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    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/ghi...ll-2021-05-03/

    A U.S. judge on Monday granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to delay her trial on charges she procured teenage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, and said the trial will begin in the fall.

    U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said a "short" postponement of the scheduled July 12 trial was appropriate because federal prosecutors added new charges to the case, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation harder.

    Nathan ordered prosecutors and Maxwell's lawyers to propose by May 10 their "earliest possible" trial date. "No additional delay is necessary or in the interests of justice," she added.

    Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

    Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges over her alleged role in procuring four teenage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.

    She had sought to delay the trial until at least Nov. 8, and perhaps to next January, because adding the sex trafficking charges to her indictment on March 29 more than doubled the size of the government’s case.

    Prosecutors opposed an adjournment, but said they could accept a March 2022 start date to avoid scheduling conflicts.

    Nathan said any adjournment must be "no longer than necessary," noting that Maxwell is being jailed in Brooklyn.

    "Importantly, any victims and the public more broadly have a strong interest in trial proceeding without undue delay," she added.

    Maxwell's lawyers have complained repeatedly that her trial preparation is impeded by her treatment in jail.

    She has objected to guards who allegedly interfere with her review of evidence, and wake her at night by shining flashlights into her cell to ensure she does not commit suicide.

    Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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    Two prison guards have admitted falsifying records on the night disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in August 2019.

    But in a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas would be spared jail time.

    The pair fabricated log entries to make it seem like they had conducted required half-hourly checks on Epstein.

    But the court heard they were actually snoozing or surfing the web instead of making their rounds.

    Epstein, a convicted sex offender, hanged himself in jail while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

    He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing dozens of girls, some as young as 14.

    Noel and Thomas' plea deal will need to be approved by a judge. Instead of spending time behind bars, the pair would be required to complete 100 hours of community service under supervised release.

    They would also have to co-operate with an ongoing investigation by the justice department's inspector general.

    On the night Epstein took his life, he was alone in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, say authorities.

    He had been taken off suicide watch after a previous suspected attempt to take his own life.

    Surveillance footage showed that no other people had entered the area where Epstein was held that evening, said officials at the time.

    For substantial portions of their shifts, Noel and Thomas sat at their desk, browsed the internet, and moved around the common area, just 15ft (4.5m) from Epstein's cell, the court heard.

    The facility is one of the most secure in America, but the US Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by staffing shortages.

    One of the guards was working a second mandatory eight-hour shift of the day, while the other was on a fifth consecutive day of overtime.

    Epstein's ex-girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, is behind bars in New York since awaiting her trial on charges that she helped Epstein recruit and sexually abuse girls.

    BBC


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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...-new-york-jail

    Ghislaine Maxwell will remain in a New York jail after a federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the British socialite’s latest request for bail.

    The second US circuit court of appeals in Manhattan also denied Maxwell’s request for a hearing on what her lawyers called “horrific” confinement conditions at the Metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn. It did not explain its reasons.

    Maxwell, 59, faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted over her alleged role in procuring four underage girls for the disgraced, late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.

    She has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges. A trial in Manhattan is slated for November, delayed from a previous schedule of this July.

    Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on separate charges. The appeals court also denied bail for Maxwell in April.

    “Ghislaine Maxwell is subjected to more grueling conditions than any other inmate” at the Brooklyn jail, her lawyer David Markus said in an email. “This is due to the Epstein effect. Because Epstein died on the jail’s watch, it has decided to torture Ghislaine. That’s wrong.”

    Maxwell’s lawyers have said she cannot properly prepare for trial because of sleep deprivation, a lack of potable water, a sewage stench in her cell, an inability to meet privately with her lawyers or keep jail guards from reviewing her confidential materials, and an underpowered computer to review evidence.

    A spokesman for US attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan and a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment.

    Maxwell’s trial judge, US district judge Alison Nathan, has rejected bail three times, calling Maxwell a significant flight risk.

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    Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite fighting federal sex trafficking charges in New York, remains subjected to raw sewage, water deprivation, “hyper-surveillance” by overbearing guards and other unacceptable treatment in jail, according to her lawyer.

    Maxwell, 59, is preparing for a possible November trial on charges she procured four underage girls for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

    In a Tuesday night filing, Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, said Maxwell was forced to change cells at the Metropolitan detention center in Brooklyn after raw sewage permeated her cell last week. Sternheim also said guards were still able to read Maxwell’s confidential legal papers and monitor her meetings with lawyers, and that neither Maxwell nor her lawyers were allowed water during a four-hour meeting on Sunday.

    Despite repeated complaints about Maxwell’s treatment, “little if anything has been done,” Sternheim wrote.

    “The ever-changing rules are negatively impacting Ms Maxwell’s ability to prepare for trial,” Sternheim added. “The hyper-surveillance of Ms Maxwell and counsel during legal visits is highly inappropriate and invasive.“

    Sternheim’s letter was in response to a 7 June letter from prosecutors that she said falsely suggested that Maxwell “is detained under favorable and privileged conditions”.

    The office of US attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.

    Meanwhile, in London, the Metropolitan police said it will review allegations that Maxwell trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.

    The UK broadcaster Channel 4 News said an investigation has found more than half a dozen claims that young women and girls were targeted, trafficked, groomed, or abused in the UK by Epstein and Maxwell over a period spanning more than a decade.

    The news outlet said some victims have provided detailed accounts of their experiences, adding that the evidence comes from a combination of publicly available documentation, witness accounts and interviews.

    Channel 4 News said the alleged offences include serious sexual assault and rape.

    Maxwell has denied all criminal charges and repeatedly, through her lawyers, denied any wrongdoing.

    In New York on Wednesday, the US district judge Alison Nathan, who oversees Maxwell’s case, directed prosecutors to release a redacted version of their letter by Thursday.

    Maxwell is the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, and a former girlfriend and longtime associate of Epstein.

    She has been denied bail three times by Nathan and twice by a federal appeals court.

    Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking charges. New York City’s medical examiner called the death a suicide.

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    A lawsuit has been filed in the US accusing Prince Andrew of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre, according to one of her lawyers.

    Ms Giuffre says she was a victim of financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    She claims she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, but he has always categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with her.

    COMPLAINT FILED AT US DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK

    5. Like other minor children who came before and after her, Plaintiff was initially recruited to provide massages, and thereafter to engage in a variety of sexual acts, for Epstein. Plaintiff was required to be on call for Epstein for sexual purposes and frequently traveled with him both nationally and internationally. Plaintiff was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes. 6. One such powerful man to whom Plaintiff was lent out for sexual purposes was the Defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.

    Ms Giuffre's lawyer, David Boies, confirmed to Sky News that a lawsuit had been filed on Monday afternoon in a federal court in Manhattan.

    It alleges the prince abused Ms Giuffre on three occasions when she was under 18, nearly two decades ago.

    It claims on one occasion she was forced to have sexual intercourse with Andrew against her will at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell.

    On another occasion, he sexually abused Ms Giuffre in Epstein's New York mansion, the lawsuit alleges, as well as on a private island that Epstein owned.

    The court documents say the plaintiff (Ms Giuffre) "was initially recruited to provide massages and, thereafter to engage in a variety of sexual acts, for Epstein".

    It goes on to say Ms Giuffre was "regularly abused by Epstein" and was "lent out" by him to "other powerful men for sexual purposes".

    "One such powerful man to whom plaintiff (Ms Giuffre) was lent out for sexual purposes was the defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York," the documents allege.

    Prince Andrew's representatives said they had no comment on the latest developments.

    Sky's royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said: "This story simply is not going away. The allegation won't go away despite the fact that Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied even meeting Virginia Roberts and also the palace over the years saying the claims are false and without foundation.

    "I think what is interesting is that this is the first lawsuit specifically against the Duke of York."

    She added: "It seems difficult to think that his lawyers in some way won't have to respond."

    "In our country, no person, whether President or Prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law's protection," said Mr Boies.

    "Over the past five years, Prince Andrew and his advisors have stonewalled every attempt to resolve this matter without litigation. It is now long past the time for him to be held to account."

    Ms Giuffre said in a statement that the lawsuit was brought under the Child Victims Act to allege she was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.

    "I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me," she said.

    "The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions.

    "I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one's life by speaking out and demanding justice.

    "I did not come to this decision lightly," she added.

    "As a mother and a wife, my family comes first - and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates - but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down."

    In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew said he had never had sex with Ms Giuffre, saying: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened."

    The duke said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting her and that there were "a number of things that are wrong" about her account.

    He has also suggested a photo showing him with his arm around Ms Giuffre may have been doctored.

    Epstein, 66, killed himself in jail in August 2019, a month after being detained on sex trafficking charges.

    Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in an FBI raid last July and has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in the US.

    She faces trial in November.

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    The Duke of York "cannot hide behind wealth and palace walls" and must respond to sexual abuse allegations filed in a US court, his accuser's lawyer told BBC Two's Newsnight.

    Prince Andrew should allow a jury to decide what happened, David Boies, the lawyer of Virginia Giuffre, said.

    Ms Giuffre has filed a civil case in New York alleging the duke sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

    The duke has consistently denied the claims.

    A spokeswoman for the duke said there was no comment on the civil case.

    Mr Boies said Ms Giuffre had "tried every way she can to resolve this short of litigation".

    He said Ms Giuffre - who was an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein - now wants a judge and jury to hear the evidence.

    Mr Boies added that "at this point litigation is the only way to establish once and for all what the truth is - and litigation is the only way to establish once and for all what Prince Andrew's evidence actually is".

    The lawyer said people "ignore the courts at your peril" and that "it would be very ill-advised for Prince Andrew to ignore judicial process".

    "If he does, it will be a default judgement against him that will be, in effect, enforced not only in the United States, but in virtually every civilised country in the world," he said.

    Mr Boies said Ms Giuffre intends to send a message to rich and powerful men that the alleged behaviour "is not acceptable and that you cannot hide behind wealth and power and palace walls".

    He said she wanted to be compensated for damage she said was done to her and donate money to a charitable foundation to help victims of sex trafficking.

    But asked what figure he had in mind, he said that was for a jury to decide - but they would seek compensatory and punitive damages and he believed each would be "substantial".

    The civil proceedings taking place in New York will proceed even if the duke and his legal team do not engage. Prince Andrew does not face the prospect of an extradition hearing as this only applies to criminal charges and not civil cases.

    The complaint claims Prince Andrew sexually abused Ms Giuffre - then known as Virginia Roberts - at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.

    It alleges the duke engaged in sexual acts without her consent, knowing how old she was and "that she was a sex-trafficking victim".

    The case also says the "extreme and outrageous conduct" continues to cause Ms Giuffre, now 38, "significant emotional and psychological distress and harm".

    "In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law's protection," the documents read.

    "Twenty years ago Prince Andrew's wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account."

    Court documents allege Prince Andrew and his representatives rejected requests to provide "whatever facts, context or explanation he might have, and to explore alternative dispute resolution approaches".

    Speaking about Ms Giuffre's allegations in 2019, Prince Andrew said he could not remember meeting her.

    "It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," he said.

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    Prince Andrew said in 2019 that he could not recall any incident involving Virginia Roberts.

    In a later statement, Prince Andrew said: "I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.

    "His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

    "I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required."

    Ms Giuffre's claim was filed under New York State's Child Victims Act, which allows alleged survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file a case which had already been time-barred or expired.

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    His Royal Highness had better beef up his personal security pretty quickly. All of these public figures who have been directly involved in or who have knowledge of “the ring” will likely have prices on their heads by now, and Prince Andrew’s just tripled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    His Royal Highness had better beef up his personal security pretty quickly. All of these public figures who have been directly involved in or who have knowledge of “the ring” will likely have prices on their heads by now, and Prince Andrew’s just tripled.
    He is a threat but being in such a position should be ok esp as he's in the UK not the US. Its a disgrace the Royal Family are protecting him, he is a suspected child abuser, this shouldnt be brushed under the carpet.

    The problem is so many high profile people will be exposed. The world may be run, controlled by abusers.

    This is also an interesting lead.

    Did the now-deceased, disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have links to the Israeli intelligence community? An investigative reporter for The Miami Herald claims that credible details making the link “are not far-fetched and need to be explored in further detail and examined.”
    https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-wr...-digging-into/


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    There also seems to be a strong link to the Hollywood film industry from what I can see. Harvey Weinstein’s situation strikes me as a symptom of a much wider issue.

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    Melinda Gates to divorce her husband Bill after decades of marriage & being heavily involved in his vaccine research because she came to know of their ties, is a also distrubring.

    Imo its possible this is a huge, bigger than any other peado scandel we have seen in modern history. It may involve actors, singers, movie producers, politicians..the list goes on.

    It will be interesting to see how this civil law suit brings out.

    Meanwhile Giselle Maxwell is still mute.


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    This will be interesting especially with Ghislaine Maxwell trial starting soon - wonder what things will come out then! HRH is in a big royal soup now - should he testify in the civil case & implicate himself or keep away & be sued in absentia? All in all, not looking good for Andrew.

    But its amazing that the royal family continues to shield this child abuser while throwing Meghan-Harry under the bus. Double standards much?

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    The Metropolitan Police commissioner has said "no one is above the law" when asked about allegations of sexual assault against Prince Andrew.

    Dame Cressida Dick said a review into the case is under way but no investigation is taking place.

    She told LBC: "As a result of what's going on I've asked my team to have another look at the material."

    It comes after a lawsuit was filed in the US accusing Prince Andrew of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre, according to one of her lawyers.

    Ms Giuffre says she was a victim of financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

    Her lawyer, David Boies, told Sky News on Monday the duke will have to answer questions.

    "The court process now is going to compel him. If he were to try to ignore the court the way he's ignored us, there would be a default judgment entered against them," he said.

    "That could be enforced in the United States or in England or elsewhere in the world. So I don't think he's going to ignore the court.

    "And as a result, he's going to be held to account."

    In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew said he had never had sex with Ms Giuffre, saying: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened."

    The duke said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting her and that there were "a number of things that are wrong" about her account.

    He has also suggested a photo showing him with his arm around Ms Giuffre may have been doctored.

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    Prince Andrew is “royally” screwed here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Prince Andrew is “royally” screwed here.
    The irony here is the UK courts work for his mummy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    The irony here is the UK courts work for his mummy!
    And thats why probably he will never be investigated in UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    He is a threat but being in such a position should be ok esp as he's in the UK not the US. Its a disgrace the Royal Family are protecting him, he is a suspected child abuser, this shouldnt be brushed under the carpet.

    The problem is so many high profile people will be exposed. The world may be run, controlled by abusers.

    This is also an interesting lead.



    https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-wr...-digging-into/
    Not sure how they are “protecting” him exactly. There is no mechanism for extradition to the USA in a civil case.

    He doesn’t have to answer the summons but will be tried in absentia if he does not and have his name besmirched forever.

    He should man up and face his accuser.

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    Prince Andrew has been served with the paperwork for the bombshell sexual assault lawsuit brought by the Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims she was raped by the prince as a teen.

    According to a document filed on Friday, an affidavit of service was served at the Duke of York's home in Windsor, England, on August 27.

    An agent working on behalf of Virginia Roberts handed the papers over to police officers at the property.

    The agent had tried the day before but was rebuffed and told that staff had been 'primed' not to accept any documents, the court papers state.

    When the agent returned the next day, the police officers at the gate of Royal Lodge, Andrew's official residence, changed their mind and allowed him to leave the paperwork.

    Roberts, an alleged victim of convicted pedophile Epstein, filed a lawsuit against the Queen's son in federal court in Manhattan, New York, on August 9.

    She claims she was forced to have sex with the royal three times when she was 17 - under the age of consent in the US.

    Andrew has long denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.

    In a car-crash 2019 interview with the BBC, he claimed he had no memory of ever meeting Roberts, now a 38-year-old mother-of-three who lives in Australia and goes by her married name, Virginia Giuffre.

    A now-infamous photo, taken inside the London townhouse of Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell, shows Andrew smiling for the camera with his arm around Roberts' waist while Maxwell stands in the background.

    Virginia Roberts (left) claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17. Prince Andrew (right in April) has denied the allegations and has not been charged

    The documents filed on Friday state that Cesar Sepulveda with British corporate intelligence company GCW intelligence went to Andrew's home on August 26 at 9.30am where he met with security staff at the gate, handed over a business card and was asked to wait.

    The document says that 'after some time' Sepulveda met with a Metropolitan police officer who tried to call to see whether he could be let up.

    After more time passed, Andrew's head of security arrived and had 'apparently experienced the same difficulties and could not raise anyone in charge there'.

    The document states: 'The Metropolitan Police Officer/head of security could not locate the defendants private secretary, or anyone senior and the dependent was told that the security there had been instructed not to allow anyone attending there for the purpose of serving court papers onto the grounds of the property and at the time they had been told not to accept service of any court process.'

    Sepulveda said the officers said that anything he left with them 'would not be forwarded to the defendant and it appeared from the attendance that the security staff had already been primed not to allow anyone access onto the property to serve court process and had been instructed not to accept any service'.

    The following day Sepulveda returned to the Royal Lodge and a police officer at the entrance called a different supervisor who said that the documents could be left with the cops at the gate.

    The material would then be 'forwarded on to the legal team'.

    The document states that Sepulveda 'did enquire whether it was possible to meet personally with the defendant, but he was told that was not possible and although (Sepulveda) did ask the whereabouts of the defendant, the Metropolitan Police Officer said that he could not answer any questions.'

    Timeline of another dramatic month in the Prince Andrew case
    August 9: Virginia Giuffre files a civil case in New York claiming Prince Andrew sexually abused her aged 17
    August 10: Andrew arrives at Balmoral with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, and is joined by Eugenie the next day
    August 10: US lawyers were allegedly trying to hold him up on his horse to serve him papers before he left.
    August 12: Dame Cressida Dick says she has told Met Police detectives to review the claims against Andrew
    August 13: Ms Giuffre's lawyer says Andrew will be served papers in person under the Hague Convention
    August 14: Epstein's telecoms specialist says he will swear on oath that he saw Andrew groping Ms Giuffre
    August 15: Andrew's friends say he is 'cheerful and relaxed' over the case in and will remain silent
    August 16: A source close to the US probe into Jeffrey Epstein says they view Andrew as a 'person of interest'
    September 7: Andrew leaves Royal Lodge in Windsor and travels nearly 500 miles to Balmoral in Scotland
    September 10: A court document filed by Virginia Roberts' legal team says Andrew was served with the paperwork on August 27.
    September 13: First telephone conference in the case is scheduled at Manhattan Federal Court in New York
    December 8: Deadline for Andrew to be served with court papers in person under the Hague Convention
    Service of the papers starts the clock ticking for Andrew to respond or face a default judgement.

    Normally defendants have 21 days to respond but a judge may extend that given that the Duke is not in the US.

    The development comes ahead of the first hearing in the case which is set for Monday when Andrew's lawyers could identify themselves for the first time.

    Andrew was last spotted leaving Windsor Wednesday and heading to the Queen's estate in Balmoral, Scotland, for a lunch summit with the Queen.

    The royal had reportedly been laying low and trying to avoid multiple attempts by Roberts' legal team to serve him with the papers.

    Under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), papers must be served on all defendants within 120 days after a civil complaint is filed at court.

    Otherwise the action can be dismissed unless the plaintiff can 'show good cause for the delay'.

    US legal experts have said that, under the Geneva Convention, Andrew or his legal team - if he nominated them - must be served with the papers in person.

    Roberts' attorney David Boies told The Sun the legal team have been trying to serve the royal with the papers for the last month and have sent them five different ways.

    As well as handing them to the police officers at the gate of his Windsor residence, a copy was posted to his address via Royal Mail, a copy emailed to his US and UK lawyers, a copy emailed to the Duke of York's office and a copy emailed to his lawyers via Barbara Fontaine, Senior Master of the Queen's Bench Division.

    Boies said he doesn't think the prince's legal team can 'ignore this.'

    'We will make a report to the court of what we have done. If the court confirms Andrew has been served, the judge will give him a deadline to respond,' he told The Sun.

    'I don't really believe his legal team are going to ignore this - but that's what they have done consistently, so maybe that will happen.

    'If Andrew doesn't respond there can be a default judgement against him.'

    US District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who will hold Monday's hearing, will determine whether Andrew has been officially served with the papers.

    Roberts last month accused Andrew in a federal court in New York of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

    The lawsuit claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times on the orders of his former friend Epstein.

    It was filed under a law in New York that relates to child abuse as Roberts was considered a minor at the time under the state law.

    It lists Roberts as the plaintiff and the defendant as 'Prince Andrew, Duke of York a/k/a Andrew Albert Christian Edward' as the defendant.

    The lawsuit claims that 'Prince Andrew intentionally committed battery by sexually assaulting Plaintiff when she was a minor.

    'On multiple occasions Prince Andrew intentionally touched (Roberts) in an offensive and sexual manner without her consent'.

    The allegations says they are 'including but not limited to sexual misconduct as defined (as) rape in the third degree, rape in the first degree'.

    In a statement to ABC News when the lawsuit was filed, Roberts said: 'I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.

    'The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but one can reclaim her life by speaking out and demanding justice.

    'I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first.

    'I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates. But I knew that if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down'.

    Roberts has made similar allegations before in US court documents but this is the first time she has sued the Duke directly.

    She claims that the first time she was forced to have sex with Andrew was at Maxwell's London townhouse.

    The second time, in early 2001, was at Epstein's New York mansion.

    The lawsuit states: 'During this encounter, Maxwell forced Plaintiff, a child, and another victim to sit on Prince Andrew's lap as Prince Andrew touched her.

    'During his visit to New York, Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff to engage in sex acts against her will'.

    The third incident was on Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.

    During each incident, Roberts was 'compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts' with the Duke.

    Roberts 'feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority', it is claimed.

    Andrew allegedly had sex with Roberts knowing she was a victim of sex trafficking, it is claimed.

    The Duke also knew her age from 'communications with Epstein and Maxwell'.

    The lawsuit claims: 'Prince Andrew sexually abused (Roberts) for the purpose of gratifying his sexual desires.'

    The two formal allegations are battery and infliction of emotional distress.

    Under the claim for battery, the lawsuit states Andrew's actions 'constitute sexual offenses as defined in (New York law) including but not limited to sexual misconduct as defined (as) rape in the third degree, rape in the first degree'.

    It also claims the Duke's conduct amounted to 'forcible touching, sexual abuse in the third degree, and sexual abuse in the first degree'.

    The 'sexual assault' Roberts caused her 'significant emotional and psychological distress and harm', it is claimed.

    Roberts (pictured) claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions when she was just 17 - under the age of consent in the US +42
    Roberts (pictured) claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occasions when she was just 17 - under the age of consent in the US

    Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2000. Epstein was found hanging in his cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial +42
    Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2000. Epstein was found hanging in his cell in Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial

    The lawsuit states: 'As a direct and proximate result of Prince Andrew's criminal acts, Plaintiff has in the past and will in the future continue to suffer substantial damages, including extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy'.

    The filing mentions that Andrew has failed to cooperate with the criminal investigation by the FBI into Epstein and Maxwell, despite promising to do so in his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview.

    The lawsuit states: 'In this country no person, whether President or Prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law's protection.

    'Twenty years ago Prince Andrew's wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her.

    'It is long past the time for him to be held to account.'

    Under the section of the lawsuit that deals with the formal allegation of intentional infliction of emotional distress, the lawsuit is withering about the Duke.

    It says: 'Prince Andrew's actions, described above, constitute extreme and outrageous conduct that shocks the conscience.

    'Prince Andrew's sexual abuse of a child who he knew was a sex-trafficking victim, and when he was approximately 40 years old, goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is intolerable in a civilized community'.

    The lawsuit claims that Andrew was one of the 'powerful men' who Epstein loaned Roberts out to for sex.

    The document accuses the Duke of 'publicly feigning ignorance about the scope of Epstein's sex-trafficking operation and sympathy for Epstein's victims' then refusing to cooperate with the FBI.

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    A US court will hold a pre-trial conference today in the civil suit filed by a woman who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her.

    The hearing, which will take place in New York City, will look at whether Virginia Giuffre's legal team has done enough to deliver papers regarding the civil lawsuit to the Duke of York.

    Ms Giuffre's lawyers have said the documents were handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew's home in Windsor Great Park on 27 August.

    But Blackfords, a law firm that represents the prince "in certain UK matters", has questioned whether the papers were properly served.

    They have also indicated a possible challenge to the court's jurisdiction in the case, according to a 6 September letter referenced in court documents filed by Ms Giuffre's lawyers.

    Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will decide whether the efforts to present the prince with the papers were enough or whether more is required.

    Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew's former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the prince, when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

    Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York arrives for the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019
    Prince Andrew 'not above the law', says Met police chief – as her team having 'another look at the material'

    Andrew, the Queen's second son, denies the claims.

    If he tries to ignore the lawsuit, he could be found in default and ordered to pay damages, but if the case goes through the courts it could mean years of embarrassing headlines for the Royal Family.

    Ms Giuffre's attorney, David Boies, said in court documents that it was impossible for Andrew to be unaware of the suit.

    He wrote: "Attorneys at Blackfords, who he has apparently instructed to evade and contest service, have confirmed that Prince Andrew himself already has notice of this lawsuit and is evaluating his chances of success.

    "And even if Blackfords had not confirmed as much, any other conclusion would be implausible - reputable media outlets around the world reported on the filing of plaintiff's complaint, and hundreds, if not thousands, of articles about this lawsuit have been published.''

    Mr Boies said there will not be a substantive decision today but the hearing will make proceedings clearer.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58550197.amp

    In the latest stage of the sexual assault case against him, Prince Andrew is expected to argue he has not been served papers, and will challenge the jurisdiction of the case.

    Virginia Giuffre has launched a civil case against the duke - and papers must be "served" before it can proceed.

    A lawyer for the Duke of York, 61, is expected to appear in a New York pre-trial court hearing on Monday.

    He denies all the allegations against him.

    The hearing, to be held in a video conference, will consider the next stages of the case, which began last month.

    The judge will decide whether papers were in fact served and whether the case can proceed.

    Ms Giuffre, now 38, was an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations, including New York City.

    The case centres around allegations the prince sexually abused Ms Giuffre - then known as Virginia Roberts - at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.

    It claims Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre's consent, knowing how old she was, and "that she was a sex-trafficking victim".

    The prince, the Queen's second son, has consistently denied the claims, and told BBC Two's Newsnight in 2019: "It didn't happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

    Newly-filed documents showed the prince will be represented by lawyer Andrew B. Brettler, of the Los Angeles-based law firm Lavely & Singer.

    Mr Brettler was named in the Hollywood Reporter's 2019 Power Lawyers list and specialises in "media and entertainment litigation", according to the firm's website.

    Ms Giuffre's lawyers claimed papers were left with a police officer at the gates of Prince Andrew's Windsor home last month.

    According to court documents from Ms Giuffre's lawyers, an answer is due from him by 17 September and "if you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint".

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    An innocent man in such a high profile position wouldnt run away from such accuasations.


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    A US judge has ruled that legal papers relating to a sexual assault lawsuit can be served to Prince Andrew via his LA-based lawyers.

    The Duke of York, 61, has been accused of "actively evading" formal efforts to serve him with a lawsuit on behalf of Virginia Giuffre, who launched legal proceedings against him last month.

    She has accused Prince Andrew of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress over alleged misconduct from about two decades ago.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, was underage at the time of the alleged abuse, which she said occurred around the time the financier Jeffrey Epstein was sexually abusing her.

    Her legal team sought intervention from district judge Lewis Kaplan, with lawyers accusing the duke of dodging the papers, likening it to a "game of hide and seek behind palace walls".

    In a blow to the duke - who denies all wrongdoing - Judge Kaplan said the plan to deliver the lawsuit to the prince's Los Angeles-based lawyer was "reasonably calculated to bring the papers served to the defendant's attention", regardless of whether the prince "authorised" the lawyer to accept it.

    Lawyers for Ms Giuffre have argued they already properly served Prince Andrew in England, when a copy of the lawsuit was left with a police officer guarding the duke's home in Windsor.

    It comes a day after the High Court in London said it would arrange for Andrew to be served if the parties failed to work out their own arrangement.

    "We are grateful that the court has granted alternative service on Prince Andrew. This moves the case forward," Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer for Ms Giuffre, said in an emailed statement.

    Prince Andrew's lawyer Andrew Brettler had no immediate comment.

    Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked for sex by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell while she was 17 and that the duke had sex with her on three occasions - once at Maxwell's London home, at Epstein's Manhattan mansion, and on a private island belonging to Epstein in the US Virgin Islands.

    The civil lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

    Prince Andrew has denied all of Ms Giuffre's accusations, and Mr Brettler told a court hearing on Monday that her case is "baseless, nonviable [and] potentially unlawful".

    Separately, a different US judge has ruled that Prince Andrew can seek the unsealing of a 2009 agreement his legal team claims shields him from the sexual assault lawsuit.

    Loretta A Preska said in a written order that the duke can seek details of the settlement between Ms Giuffre and Epstein to which Andrew was not party.

    Mr Brettler said he believes the settlement agreement "absolves our client from any and all liability".

    The prince stepped down from royal duties when details emerged about his relationship with 66-year-old Epstein, a registered sex offender who committed suicide while in prison in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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    Prince Andrew's US lawyers have accepted he has been served with legal papers which allege he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre in 2001.

    It follows a dispute over whether the prince had been formally notified of the civil claim against him.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations including New York City.

    Prince Andrew, the Queen's 61-year-old second son, has consistently denied the allegation.

    Court documents show that lawyers for both sides spoke on 21 September and the time for the duke to respond was extended.

    That response must now be filed to a court in New York by 29 October.

    A judge ruled last week that Prince Andrew's US lawyer could be served with legal papers.

    Serving of documents is the critical first stage in any claim for damages - it means that a defendant has been made fully aware of the allegations against them by receiving all of the papers in the case.

    If a defendant does not take part in the case after they have been served, they risk automatically losing.

    Ms Giuffre was an accuser of the billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

    Ms Giuffre - then known as Virginia Roberts - says she was assaulted by the prince at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Little Saint James, in the US Virgin Islands.

    Her case claims Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre's consent, including when she was 17, knowing how old she was, and "that she was a sex-trafficking victim".

    The prince has consistently denied the claims and, in 2019, told BBC Two's Newsnight programme: "It didn't happen.

    "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.

    "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."


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    The Metropolitan Police will not take any further action against the Duke of York following a review prompted by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

    Ms Giuffre is suing Prince Andrew in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

    Prince Andrew has consistently denied Ms Giuffre's allegations.

    In August, the Met said it would review its decision not to investigate allegations connected to Epstein.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, claims she was sexually assaulted by the prince at three locations - London, New York and on Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.

    Her case claims Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre's consent, including when she was 17.

    The Met also confirmed it had completed its review into allegations reported in June by broadcaster Channel 4 News that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.

    The force said it had "reviewed information passed to us by a media organisation in June" and decided that "no further action will be taken".

    In August 2019, US financier Epstein was found dead in his cell in New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center.

    Prince Andrew - seen walking with Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park in New York in 2010 - has faced scrutiny over his ties to the convicted sex offender

    The Met previously ruled out opening an investigation into Epstein, but in August Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force would review the decision.

    On Sunday, the Met said: "As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action."

    The Met added that it will continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into matters associated with Epstein.

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    No surprise here.

    UK police have a history of turning a blind eye to suspected child abusers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    No surprise here.

    UK police have a history of turning a blind eye to suspected child abusers.
    And a history of catching them too. Busted up a dozen paedophile rings in the Northern cities, put hundreds of offenders behind bars. Our jails contain wings full of these guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    And a history of catching them too. Busted up a dozen paedophile rings in the Northern cities, put hundreds of offenders behind bars. Our jails contain wings full of these guys.
    Will you be watching the Jimmy Saville drama by the BBC? The same institution that covered up his predatory behaviour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    And a history of catching them too. Busted up a dozen paedophile rings in the Northern cities, put hundreds of offenders behind bars. Our jails contain wings full of these guys.
    There are thousands more out there.

    It seems you are rather protective of Andrew. This thread is on him. Why do you want Andrew to get away with these alleged crimes?

    Is it due to your blind patriotism?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    There are thousands more out there.

    It seems you are rather protective of Andrew. This thread is on him. Why do you want Andrew to get away with these alleged crimes?

    Is it due to your blind patriotism?
    Please don’t put words in my mouth.Further up this thread you can read that I said he should face his accuser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Will you be watching the Jimmy Saville drama by the BBC? The same institution that covered up his predatory behaviour?
    It will be a hard watch. From what I read, the Beeb administrators had a shameful deference to what they called “the talent”.

    Perhaps the Beeb wants to examine its own culpability.

    The Met passed evidence on Saville to the CPS but the DPP of the day (Starmer) believed there was insufficient evidence to convict. He deliberately associated himself with powerful figures such as Thatcher and several Chief Constables, and raised millions to charity-wash himself. A court case would likely have exonerated Saville. After his death, hundreds of people came forward.

    Mrs Robert wrote to Jim’ll Fix It three times when she was little. The blood just runs cold. As a wee lad I knew I didn’t like him but couldn’t tell why. Something felt incongruent, like he didn’t believe what he said.

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    His Royal Highness is clearly being protected from very high up. He is extremely lucky to be not be facing imprisonment in an A Cat/B Cat. Andrew would be unlikely to last 3 months in such a place, even in a Vulnerable Persons’ Unit. Institutional corruption in the UK strikes again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    His Royal Highness is clearly being protected from very high up. He is extremely lucky to be not be facing imprisonment in an A Cat/B Cat. Andrew would be unlikely to last 3 months in such a place, even in a Vulnerable Persons’ Unit. Institutional corruption in the UK strikes again.
    Isn’t the action against him civil not criminal? Worst case for him is that he’ll have to pay out compensation to Guiffre. The court won’t have the power to jail him.

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    Interesting article here @James.

    I think the Duke will spend his final years ostracised by King William.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/p...mily-l7xwt7lmc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Isn’t the action against him civil not criminal? Worst case for him is that he’ll have to pay out compensation to Guiffre. The court won’t have the power to jail him.
    He is still facing a civil case. Next steps TBC. The potential criminal case I am referring to never materialised because the Met Police have decided not to take it further. That was the news update from this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    He is still facing a civil case. Next steps TBC. The potential criminal case I am referring to never materialised because the Met Police have decided not to take it further. That was the news update from this week.
    Perhaps the NY prosecutors will escalate, depending on what transpires in the Ghislaine Maxwell criminal trial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Please don’t put words in my mouth.Further up this thread you can read that I said he should face his accuser.
    He should face the civil case in the US.

    Royals are supposed to be an example to people. If they are running away from such serious accusations, they are not needed anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    His Royal Highness is clearly being protected from very high up. He is extremely lucky to be not be facing imprisonment in an A Cat/B Cat. Andrew would be unlikely to last 3 months in such a place, even in a Vulnerable Persons’ Unit. Institutional corruption in the UK strikes again.
    The Queen is privately funding Andrew's case to the tune of millions. Sure she's a mother but it doesnt look good for the Queen to protecting an alleged abuser.

    Btw do you feel comfortable calling him 'his royal highness'.?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Btw do you feel comfortable calling him 'his royal highness'.?
    In this case it is stated with the tongue in the cheek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    He should face the civil case in the US.
    Yes, that’s what ‘face his accuser’ means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    In this case it is stated with the tongue in the cheek.
    That the Queen’s son, who fought for this country and his shipmates, has been so accused is painful to me. But he looked shifty in the Maitlis interview and has been shunned by the military and charities. If he cannot clear his name he should go into exile. Lay low for the rest of his life. Stay on a Scottish isle, perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    That the Queen’s son, who fought for this country and his shipmates, has been so accused is painful to me. But he looked shifty in the Maitlis interview and has been shunned by the military and charities. If he cannot clear his name he should go into exile. Lay low for the rest of his life. Stay on a Scottish isle, perhaps.
    No, thank you. We Scots would rather not have a child abuser roaming our streets.


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    The Prince Andrew interview is still extraordinary to watch. If I was to put together an amateur psychological profile of Andrew based on that infamous hour, I would say that he definitely possesses one of the “Dark Triad” personality traits in abundance (narcissism); and likely also another (Machiavellianism); although I’m less sure about the third (psychopathy). Prominent sex offenders such as Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter, and Jeffrey Epstein have/had all three of the Dark Triad sides to their personalities. It is viewed as the signature discourse of an abuser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    That the Queen’s son, who fought for this country and his shipmates, has been so accused is painful to me. But he looked shifty in the Maitlis interview and has been shunned by the military and charities. If he cannot clear his name he should go into exile. Lay low for the rest of his life. Stay on a Scottish isle, perhaps.
    The Queen’s son you refer to was caught walking and speaking with Epstein in NY, caught with his arms around a 17 year old with Epstein’s girlfriend in the background (who is currently in prison). Andrew is accused of having sex with a minor - underage sex.

    I am surprised you feel the accusations are painful to you just because he fought for his country and shipmates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    The Queen’s son you refer to was caught walking and speaking with Epstein in NY, caught with his arms around a 17 year old with Epstein’s girlfriend in the background (who is currently in prison). Andrew is accused of having sex with a minor - underage sex.

    I am surprised you feel the accusations are painful to you just because he fought for his country and shipmates?
    Yes, because up to that point I had thought him a brave and honourable servant to my country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Yes, because up to that point I had thought him a brave and honourable servant to my country.
    Sometimes I feel you are too naive. The rich and powerful are never innocent, the always tend to have dark secrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Sometimes I feel you are too naive. The rich and powerful are never innocent, the always tend to have dark secrets.
    The rich and powerful are rich and powerful for a reason….

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    The rich and powerful are rich and powerful for a reason….
    Yeah, Andrew’s Mum is Queen. That’s the only reason he is rich and powerful. It’s not ability or skulduggery that got him where he is, it’s blind luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Sometimes I feel you are too naive.
    Yeah, some people say that. Mrs R says I only see the good in people. I trust people until I learn otherwise. The advantage of this strategy is that people trust me.

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    Imagine if this was a brown chacha from Bradford?! League, Tommy, Farrage will be all over it!

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    Prince Andrew has asked a New York court to dismiss a legal action brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

    The Duke of York's lawyers said the "baseless lawsuit" should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre failed to sufficiently outline her claims against him.

    Ms Giuffre, 38, has accused Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

    The Queen's 61-year-old son has consistently denied the allegations.

    If a dismissal is not granted, Ms Giuffre should provide a "more definitive statement" of her allegations, lawyers for Prince Andrew said.

    In September, the duke accepted that he had been served legal papers in the case and he had to respond to the lawsuit by 29 October.

    Ms Giuffre was an accuser of the billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

    She says she was assaulted by the prince at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Epstein's homes in Manhattan and Little Saint James, in the US Virgin Islands.

    In the court document filed on Friday, Prince Andrew's lawyers said his "sullied reputation is only the latest collateral damage of the Epstein scandal".

    The document also says: "Accusing a member of the world's best known royal family of serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create a media frenzy online and in the traditional press.

    "Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday at his expense and at the expense of those closest to him. Epstein's abuse of Giuffre does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew," the document states.

    The filing says Ms Giuffre settled sex trafficking and abuse claims against Epstein in 2009 with a "broad release" negotiated by the convicted sex offender "insisting that it cover any and all persons who Giuffre identified as potential targets of future lawsuits, regardless of the merit - or lack thereof - to any such claims".

    The agreement, which remains sealed, is said to cover "royalty" - according to the document presented to the court.

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    Now he is trying to avoid a court case which makes him look even shiftier.

    Let him face his accuser. If he is found in favour of, he will clear his name. If she is found in favour of, at least he will take responsibility for his actions, before going into seclusion for the rest of his life.

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    Barclays has revealed that its chief executive Jes Staley has stepped down to fight the findings of an investigation by regulators into his dealings with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    The bank said on Monday that Mr Staley - its chief executive since 2015 - had gone after being given sight of the preliminary conclusions of a probe launched last year by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

    It was to examine his "historical" links to paedophile Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting trial, while Mr Staley ran the private banking arm of US giant JP Morgan.

    Barclays said in February 2020 that Mr Staley had offered an account of their business relationship and its board had decided he would be "unanimously recommended" for re-election at the bank's AGM in May 2020 as he had been "sufficiently transparent".

    But it said on Monday that it was made aware on Friday evening of the FCA and PRA's findings of the investigation into his characterisation to Barclays of his relationship with Epstein and the subsequent description of that relationship in Barclays' response to the regulator.

    "In view of those conclusions, and Mr Staley's intention to contest them, the board and Mr Staley have agreed that he will step down from his role as group chief executive and as a director of Barclays," the bank said.

    The bank announced that C.S. Venkatakrishnan - its head of global markets - had already assumed the job of chief executive.

    It admitted that it was "disappointed" by the outcome as Mr Staley "has run the Barclays group successfully since December 2015 with real commitment and skill", its statement said.

    The FCA and PRA said they could not comment at this stage as their investigations were continuing.

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    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-...al-2021-11-15/

    The judge overseeing the trial in New York of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sexual abuse said on Monday she plans to question 231 potential jurors.

    U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan will start questioning the candidates on Tuesday. She plans to ask jurors whether they know any of the people who say they were victims of the abuse and will testify, as well as whether they have opinions about "people who are wealthy or have luxurious lifestyles."

    Twelve jurors and six alternates will be selected from the pool.

    Maxwell, 59, is accused of grooming underage girls for deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. She has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sex trafficking and other crimes.

    The trial's opening statements are scheduled for Nov. 29.

    Attorneys for Maxwell have argued that extensive media coverage of her arrest and ties to Epstein have tainted the jury pool. More than 600 potential jurors filled out questionnaires this month asking them what they have heard about Epstein and Maxwell, and about their own experiences with sexual abuse.

    The questioning this week, known as voir dire, is intended to further weed out potential jurors who may be biased.

    Maxwell is a former girlfriend of Epstein, a teacher-turned-globetrotting-investor who counted Britain's Prince Andrew and former U.S. President Donald Trump among his associates. Epstein died by suicide at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting his own trial on sex crimes charges.

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    Geneva: Relatives of Jeffrey Epstein's former lover Ghislaine Maxwell, who goes on trial in the US next week, have complained to the UN that her detention is illegal, lawyers said Monday.
    The 59-year-old British socialite could spend the rest of her life in jail if convicted in New York of trafficking underage girls for US financier Epstein, who killed himself in prison more than two years ago.

    Human rights lawyers Francois Zimeray and Jessica Finelle, who are not representing Maxwell, said they had filed a complaint with a panel of UN experts on Monday alleging "serious violations of her defence rights and presumption of innocence".

    In the complaint, Maxwell's siblings said she had been subject to "unfit and degrading treatment".

    Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 as prosecutors vowed to pursue Epstein's co-conspirators following the multimillion-dollar money manager's death a year earlier.

    She has since been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where she has repeatedly complained of unsanitary and inhumane conditions.

    Prosecutors say Maxwell befriended girls with shopping and cinema trips, later coaxing them into giving Epstein nude massages during which he would engage in sex acts before giving them money.

    She has pleaded not guilty to all six counts and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

    - 'Presumption of innocence' -

    Zimeray and Finelle said she should be able to respond to the charges "in a fair trial where respect for the presumption of innocence is guaranteed".

    But they questioned in a statement whether a fair trial would be possible, pointing to the documentaries, podcasts and books produced about the case.

    "Hundreds of millions of people have already been able to convince themselves of her guilt," they said.

    The petition insisted there was no justification for Maxwell's lengthy pre-trial detention.

    "It is as if Ghislaine Maxwell is suffering the consequences of the failure of the US Administration to preserve the life of Jeffrey Epstein and secure his appearance at trial," the lawyers said.

    "There is a narrow line between justice and revenge. We are not fighting against the complainants, but against arbitrariness."

    They said she Maxwell had been forced to undergo several body searches a day and had been woken up with a torch in her face every 15 minutes after being put on suicide watch.

    The petition urged the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to find that her detention was arbitrary and asked the experts to call for the US to release her "without delay".

    The UN did not immediately respond to a query from AFP about whether the working group had received the petition and when it might be considered.

    The group is made up of five independent experts who do not speak on behalf of the UN and whose opinions are not binding, although they do carry reputational weight.

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    Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein's long-time pilot has testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide.

    Larry Visoski, the first witness in Ms Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial, recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey.

    Ms Maxwell denies the charges and says she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

    But prosecutors argue the pair were "partners in crime" in sex abuse.

    Ms Maxwell has been in a US jail since her arrest last year, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

    Prosecutors say the British socialite, who also has US and French citizenship, recruited and groomed underage girls for her long-term companion Epstein to abuse.

    Asked to described Ms Maxwell's standing in Epstein's operations, Mr Visoski described her as "the number two". "Epstein was the big number one," he told the New York court on Tuesday.

    Mr Visoski served as Epstein's pilot for over 25 years. During his testimony, prosecutors showed the jurors photographs of Epstein's properties.

    He testified that the cockpit door had always been kept closed during flights on the plane nicknamed the "Lolita Express", and that he had never seen any sexual activity during trips.

    He also recalled flying Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew.

    The Queen's 61-year-old second son has consistently denied the allegation.

    Asked if he remembered Ms Giuffre, Mr Visoski said: "Yes. A shorter woman with dirty blonde hair. She didn't look young. I mean, whatever you decipher is the definition of young. But she was a woman in my category."

    Asked to describe Ms Maxwell's relationship to Epstein he said it was "more personal than business".

    "I wouldn't characterise it as romantic," he added.

    Another woman testifying under the pseudonym "Jane" told the court that Ms Maxwell had frequently been in the room with her when she had sexual relations with Epstein while just 14 years old.

    During opening arguments on Monday, the prosecutors said "Jane" had met Epstein and Ms Maxwell while attending summer camp in 1994.

    Epstein had promised to fund her education but instead abused her, prosecutors said.

    Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sex trafficking and other crimes.

    The allegations at trial cover the period 1994 to 2004. Prosecutors allege Ms Maxwell was a "right-hand" partner for Epstein, helping to groom vulnerable teenage girls as young as 14 for abuse at his luxurious residences.

    They described her as "the lady of the house" who "helped normalise abusive sexual conduct".

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    Ghislaine Maxwell: Epstein pilot testifies he flew Prince Andrew

    Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein's long-time pilot has testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide.

    Larry Visoski, the first witness in Ms Maxwell's sex-trafficking trial, recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey.

    Ms Maxwell denies the charges and says she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

    But prosecutors argue the pair were "partners in crime" in sex abuse.

    Testimony given in court on Tuesday included harrowing details of the alleged abuse.

    Ms Maxwell has been in a US jail since her arrest last year, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

    Prosecutors say the British socialite, who also has US and French citizenship, recruited and groomed underage girls for her long-term companion Epstein to abuse.

    Asked to describe Ms Maxwell's standing in Epstein's operations, Mr Visoski described her as "the number two".

    "Epstein was the big number one," he told the New York court on Tuesday.

    Mr Visoski served as Epstein's pilot for over 25 years. During his testimony, prosecutors showed the jurors photographs of Epstein's properties.

    He testified that he had never seen any sexual activity during trips, although the cockpit door was always kept closed during flights on the plane nicknamed the "Lolita Express".

    He also recalled flying Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew.

    The Queen's 61-year-old second son has consistently denied the allegation.

    Asked if he remembered Ms Giuffre, Mr Visoski said: "Yes. A shorter woman with dirty blonde hair. She didn't look young. I mean, whatever you decipher is the definition of young. But she was a woman in my category."

    Asked to describe Ms Maxwell's relationship to Epstein he said it was "more personal than business".

    "I wouldn't characterise it as romantic," he added.

    Another woman testifying under the pseudonym "Jane" told the court that Ms Maxwell had frequently been in the room with her when she had sexual relations with Epstein while just 14 years old.

    Jane told the court she had met Epstein and Ms Maxwell while attending summer camp in Michigan 1994. He was introduced to her as a wealthy donor who offered scholarships to pupils.

    Epstein had promised to fund her education but instead abused her, prosecutors said. She testified that her father had died one year earlier from cancer and her family was struggling financially at the time.

    In graphic detail, she described her alleged abuse and said that Ms Maxwell, who she said was present for much of it, was "very casual" about the encounters.

    Jane said that Ms Maxwell would talk to her about sex, and that she soon began visiting Epstein's home every week or two.

    She said her first sexual experience came when they were having a discussion about her future.

    She said that Epstein led her from his office to his pool house, then pulled down his pants and started masturbating.

    "I was frozen in fear, I had never seen a penis before," the witness said. "I was terrified and felt gross and like I felt ashamed."

    It was not long after that she had her first sexual experience with Ms Maxwell, she testified, saying it took place at Epstein's home in Palm Beach, Florida.

    Jane said that the defendant and Epstein had her follow them to his bedroom. They took their clothes off and "started sort of fondling each other and kind of casually giggling", she said.

    "I was just standing there and he asked me to take my top off and then their hands [were] everywhere and Jeffrey proceeded to masturbate and Ghislaine was rubbing him and kissing him and fondling," she continued.

    She added that she travelled with Epstein and Ms Maxwell about 10 times, mainly between his homes in New York and New Mexico while she was between the ages of 14 and 16.

    Jane also described "orgies" with other participants, and described feeling pain during the alleged encounters.

    Both Epstein and Ms Maxwell would brag about their connections, including the famous people that they knew, she said.

    Jane is the first of four accusers expected to testify at trial.

    Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sex trafficking and other crimes.

    The allegations at trial cover the period 1994 to 2004. Prosecutors allege Ms Maxwell was a "right-hand" partner for Epstein, helping to groom vulnerable teenage girls as young as 14 for abuse at his luxurious residences.

    They described her as "the lady of the house" who "helped normalise abusive sexual conduct".

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-59484332

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    Surely it’s only a matter of time before Prince Andrew ends up being subpoenaed on criminal charges. The more that comes out, the closer this day gets.

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    I cant see how Maxwell will be found not guilty.

    To claim she knew nothing or was a victim herself wont wash with the jury.

    She should come out with the truth & expose everyone.

    Andrew still being protected by the Royal family and the government is a disgrace. Maybe because child abusers are common in high society.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    I cant see how Maxwell will be found not guilty.

    To claim she knew nothing or was a victim herself wont wash with the jury.

    She should come out with the truth & expose everyone.

    Andrew still being protected by the Royal family and the government is a disgrace. Maybe because child abusers are common in high society.
    Agree. She should spill the beans. If she is going down, she might as well take them all with her.

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    British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell tightly oversaw every detail in Jeffrey Epstein's Florida mansion, a former employee has alleged.

    At Ms Maxwell's trial, Juan Alessi said as "lady of the house", she ordered a "tremendous" number of rules, telling him not to look Epstein in the eye.

    He also accused her of having two underage girls driven to the home.

    She has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sex trafficking and other crimes from 1994-2004.

    Ms Maxwell has been in a US jail since her arrest last year, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

    The defence says she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein's crimes, following his death in prison in 2019.

    During the Manhattan court hearing, prosecutors produced an instruction manual allegedly given to staff at the late financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach mansion.

    "Remember that you see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing, except to answer a question directed at you," the 58-page booklet read.

    It ordered staff to "NEVER disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell's activities or whereabouts to anyone."

    A lengthy checklist to review prior to Epstein arriving at the mansion also required that a gun be placed in the drawer of a side table in his bedroom.

    The manual was dated after Mr Alessi's departure in 2002, but he said he remembered a previous version of it with similar content.

    He also recalled seeing two girls who appeared to be aged 14 or 15, including one who testified this week under the pseudonym "Jane".

    Mr Alessi said he first met "Jane" in 1994 when she visited the mansion with her mother, and that he once picked her up from school.

    He also recalled seeing her board a plane from Palm Beach with Epstein and Ms Maxwell.

    Earlier this week, "Jane" told jurors that she was subjected to years of sexual abuse by Epstein, from the age of 14. She alleged that Ms Maxwell was often present during the abuse and sometimes participated in the sex acts.

    Ms Maxwell's defence team will cross examine Mr Alessi on Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    I cant see how Maxwell will be found not guilty.

    To claim she knew nothing or was a victim herself wont wash with the jury.

    She should come out with the truth & expose everyone.

    Andrew still being and the government is a disgrace. Maybe because child abusers are common in high society.
    Maxwell will be found guilty, I think.

    Child abuse cuts across all races and social strata.

    Prince Andrew hasn’t been charged or subpoenaed so how specifically is he being “protected by the Royal family” ?

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    Ms Maxwell will soon die due to an accident. No conclusive evidence found. End of Story.
    Done and dusted and Prince Andrew will enjoy his life.


    As general said, this does happen so people have to play the game : Siddique Salik

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoshiarpurexpress View Post
    Ms Maxwell will soon die due to an accident. No conclusive evidence found. End of Story.
    Done and dusted and Prince Andrew will enjoy his life.
    Prince Andrew will, at best, have to live the rest of his life in seclusion unless he clears his name in court.

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    https://news.sky.com/story/ghislaine...thing-12485798

    A handbook Ghislaine Maxwell gave to staff working at Jeffrey Epstein's house in Palm Beach has been shown to a jury - and a portable green massage table that belonged to Epstein been taken into the courtroom.

    The 58-page handbook tells staff to "see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing".

    It also contains advice on anticipating the "needs of Mr Epstein" and the requirement to be "unobtrusive" - something described as "key".

    Staff were told to "NEVER disclose Mr Epstein or Ms Maxwell's activities or whereabouts to anyone" and "advise Ms Maxwell of any strange telephone calls or enquiries".

    Split into sections, there are instructions on "guest relations", "proper language", and "answering the telephone", among others.

    Those working at the property were told to "wear the appropriate clothing while Mr Epstein, Ms Maxwell and their guests are in residence".

    These were "dark blue trousers with white golf shirts to be worn daily, long sleeve white shirts for dinner service".

    Items in pockets "must not create a bulge or be visible", it added.

    Staff were told not to address either Maxwell or Epstein with their hands in their pockets, or while chewing gum.

    Strong perfumes or aftershaves were disallowed because they might "cause an allergic reaction".

    Staff were instructed to "SMILE!"

    Words or phrases that were forbidden included "yeah", "you bet", "gotcha" and "I dunno".

    Two of the approved comments were "it is no trouble at all" and "I have no idea, but I will find out immediately".

    Phone calls had to be "answered in three rings or less".

    In a section on the master bedroom, staff were told to set the air conditioning to 60 degrees, make sure the TV remote controls were working, and: "Gun placed in beside table drawer."

    Tubes of toothpaste had to be "more than half full" and toilet paper was "white two-ply" only.

    Regarding stationery, there had to be "three sizes of Jeffrey Epstein notepads" and "two sizes of Ghislaine Maxwell and Lady Ghislaine notepads".

    Vehicles had to be three-quarters full of petrol with "$100 in glove compartment or centre console".

    In addition, "any CDs lying around should be placed back in the correct covers".

    Many of the pages had to be individually signed and dated.

    An FBI agent was called into court to assemble Epstein's portable green massage table during the hearing on Friday.

    Epstein's abuse of young women is said to have centred around sexualised massages that took place as often as three times a day.

    The jury also saw inside Epstein's Palm Beach mansion for the first time. A video of a 2005 police search of the property was played in court, and photos of the financier's bedroom and bathroom were displayed.

    Some rooms had been decorated with pictures of nude women. Among the framed photographs were images of Mr Epstein with Pope John Paul II and, separately, Fidel Castro.

    Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial in New York, accused of crimes including luring girls as young as 14 to be sexually abused by Epstein at his properties in New York City, Florida and New Mexico, as well as her own London residence, between 1994 and 1997.

    Maxwell denies the charges against her, with her defence team suggesting she has been used as a "scapegoat" for Epstein's crimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Maxwell will be found guilty, I think.

    Child abuse cuts across all races and social strata.

    Prince Andrew hasn’t been charged or subpoenaed so how specifically is he being “protected by the Royal family” ?

    Sovereign immunity.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_immunity

    The monarch is immune from arrest in all cases; members of the royal household are immune from arrest in civil proceedings.[43] No arrest can be made "in the monarch's presence", or within the "verges" of a royal palace. When a royal palace is used as a residence (regardless of whether the monarch is actually living there at the time), judicial processes cannot be executed within that palace.[44]

    The monarch's goods cannot be taken under a writ of execution, nor can distress be levied on land in their possession. Chattels owned by the Crown, but present on another's land, cannot be taken in execution or for distress. The Crown is not subject to foreclosure.[45]


    Prince Andrew is protected by the Royal family simply because he is a royal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Sovereign immunity.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_immunity

    The monarch is immune from arrest in all cases; members of the royal household are immune from arrest in civil proceedings.[43] No arrest can be made "in the monarch's presence", or within the "verges" of a royal palace. When a royal palace is used as a residence (regardless of whether the monarch is actually living there at the time), judicial processes cannot be executed within that palace.[44]

    The monarch's goods cannot be taken under a writ of execution, nor can distress be levied on land in their possession. Chattels owned by the Crown, but present on another's land, cannot be taken in execution or for distress. The Crown is not subject to foreclosure.[45]


    Prince Andrew is protected by the Royal family simply because he is a royal.
    Ok, as long as he remains in the same house as the Queen, but do you think she would choose to enforce the immunity, given the hugely damaging effect on public opinion that would result? Historically speaking, the Queen has not exercised her considerable constitutional powers.

    However we are nowhere near that point yet. Prince Andrew has chosen not to attend questioning and may be tried in absentia, but that would be in US civil court so no international arrest warrant would be issued irrespective of the verdict.

    So my question to @KingKhanWC stands - how is the Royal Family protecting the Prince?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Ok, as long as he remains in the same house as the Queen, but do you think she would choose to enforce the immunity, given the hugely damaging effect on public opinion that would result? Historically speaking, the Queen has not exercised her considerable constitutional powers.

    However we are nowhere near that point yet. Prince Andrew has chosen not to attend questioning and may be tried in absentia, but that would be in US civil court so no international arrest warrant would be issued irrespective of the verdict.

    So my question to @KingKhanWC stands - how is the Royal Family protecting the Prince?
    Same house as the Queen? He can be booted out the house but he remains royal blood and will have sovereign immunity.

    Prince Andrew has chosen not to attend, but he cannot be forced to attend, he knows this, and knew this when he was incognito with Epstein.

    Read the link, Royals are immune from international prosecution too.

    Come on dude - you do not believe Andrew is innocent do you? If he were a commoner he’s be picking up soap by now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Same house as the Queen? He can be booted out the house but he remains royal blood and will have sovereign immunity.

    Prince Andrew has chosen not to attend, but he cannot be forced to attend, he knows this, and knew this when he was incognito with Epstein.

    Read the link, Royals are immune from international prosecution too.

    Come on dude - you do not believe Andrew is innocent do you? If he were a commoner he’s be picking up soap by now!
    A Royal cannot be arrested because arrests in the UK are made in the name of the Crown. They can face court proceedings. The Princess Royal was summoned to court in 2002 when her dogs attacked a child. She pleaded guilty and was fined.

    Never said I thought Prince Andrew is not liable in civil court, which is what he is potentially facing. He looked well shifty in the Maitlis interview.

    Civil court cannot send a person to jail, except for contempt. Hypothetically if HRH fails to turn up, then he could be charged with contempt and an arrest warrant issued.

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    NEW YORK, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A second woman who says Ghislaine Maxwell groomed her for abuse by late financier Jeffrey Epstein while she was a teenager testified on Monday that the British socialite "told me I was one of his favorites" after one of her encounters with Epstein.

    The woman, who is testifying under the pseudonym Kate, is the second of four women named in a 2021 indictment to take the stand at Maxwell's sex abuse trial in Manhattan federal court. The trial began last week, and is set to last into January.

    Kate said she was 17 when and struggling to make friends after moving to Britain from France when she met Maxwell for tea at her London townhouse in 1994, becoming acquainted through a 35-year-old man she was dating.

    Now in her mid-40s,Kate recounted how she was an aspiring musician, and Maxwell offered to introduce her to her boyfriend, who could help her career.

    "I left there feeling exhilarated and like somebody wanted to be my friend," Kate said.

    Because Kate was over the age of consent in Britain, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan instructed the jury that any sexual encounters she described were not "illegal sex acts."

    Still, prosecutors could use Kate's testimony to corroborate patterns in Epstein's and Maxwell's behavior that other witnesses describe, including that Maxwell's doting on teenage girls was a means of "grooming" them for Epstein's abuse.

    Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges, and her lawyers say the memories of the four women have been corrupted over the decades that have passed since the alleged encounters.

    Kate said that upon returning to the townhouse several weeks after having tea, Epstein - Maxwell's boyfriend - was there.

    She said she massaged Epstein's feet at Maxwell's request, with Epstein being impressed at how strong she was. A couple weeks later, Kate said Maxwell asked her to come back to the house and give Epstein a massage. When asked by a prosecutor whether she was a massage therapist, Kate said no.

    Kate said Maxwell led her to a massage room. Epstein was there, wearing a bathrobe. Maxwell closed the door, and Epstein had a sexual encounter with Kate. She said Maxwell saw her after the encounter ended.

    "She said did you have fun, you're such a good girl, I'm so happy you were able to come," Kate said. "She sounded really pleased, and I was really pleased that she was pleased."

    Kate said that after she turned 18, she went to see Maxwell and Epstein at Epstein's estate in Palm Beach, where she and Epstein had a sexual encounter at the poolhouse.

    Maxwell "told me that I was such a good girl and that I was one of his favorites."

    Lawyers for Maxwell have said their client is being prosecuted only because Epstein is no longer alive. The globetrotting investor killed himself in 2019 at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting sex trafficking charges.

    Last week, jurors heard from a woman known as Jane who said Epstein sexually abused her beginning in 1994 while she was 14. Maxwell sometimes participated in their encounters, which often began as massages before escalating, Jane said.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Maxwell will be found guilty, I think.

    Child abuse cuts across all races and social strata.

    Prince Andrew hasn’t been charged or subpoenaed so how specifically is he being “protected by the Royal family” ?
    Not charged in UK, Im clearly suggesting his trial in the US.

    Robert please do keep up.


    Queen 'privately spending millions for Prince Andrew's Virginia Giuffre sexual assault lawsuit defence'
    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...wsuit-defence/

    Queen paying around £2000 per hour to his laywers and wanting regular updates.

    If the Queen had any shame, self respect and respect for the people she would not only not pay but demand he fly over there to answer questions and clear his name. Instead she is protecting him by paying and letting him run off not to get those papers served, which failed in the end.

    This is the biggest paedophile ring story in recent history. You should be angry for the thousands of child victims not looking for excuses because you are Royalist and patriotic British person who still thinks the empire alive.


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    The film “Eyes Wide Shut” (1999) which depicts the inner workings, cultural and social particulars and the overtly sexualised underground rituals of the White Liberal US Elite is well worth a rewatch in our strange contemporary times. The film’s Jewish American director Stanley Kubrick knew all about the seediness and horrors of Hollywood, hated the place, and left it early in his career — he produced most of his films in England. He was a fit and healthy man just turning 70, who died suddenly of a heart attack before the film was released. Much of the footage shot was mysteriously destroyed and never made it into the film’s final cut. His death nowadays feels a bit suspicious to say the least.

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