Jeffrey Epstein has several VIP pals but none of his friendships has raised more eyebrows that his relationship with Prince Andrew, pictured together in Central Park, New York
One day in March 2005, a 14-year-old girl walked into a police station in Palm Beach, Florida, and complained of being the victim of a serious sexual assault.
The girl, named ‘SG’ in legal papers, alleged she’d been lured to a local waterfront mansion by a schoolfriend, Haley, who said they could earn hundreds of dollars working for its wealthy resident, ‘Jeff’.
There was, she learned, one catch: the job would involve not only providing massages, but also giving her boss sexual favours.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
SG felt uneasy at the prospect. But as money was tight for her family, she agreed to give it a go. On arrival at the $20 million, pink-painted property, the teenager – described as slim, white and child-like – was taken upstairs to a room containing a massage table.
On the walls, she recalled, were murals and photographs of naked women, in a variety of intimate poses.
‘Jeff’ then walked in, wearing nothing except a towel. He locked the door, lay on the table and ordered SG to strip to her thong underpants.
There followed a 15-minute assault, detailed in a police report, in which SG was told to ‘straddle herself’ on ‘Jeff’s’ back ‘whereby her exposed buttocks were touching [his] bare buttocks’ and perform a massage.
Later, ‘Jeff’ rolled on to his back and began performing a series of degrading sex acts.
Then he ‘used a towel to wipe himself’, detectives were told, before handing the teenage girl $300 in used banknotes.
Virginia Roberts, centre with Prince Andrew, alleged that she’d been recruited as an Epstein ‘sex slave’ when she was 17 and said she was allegedly inducted into this harem by Ghislaine Maxwell, right. Roberts claimed that Epstein had introduced her to Prince Andrew
Understandably, given her age, SG became troubled by this sordid experience, and confided in her mother. The latter persuaded her to inform the police, who opened a criminal investigation.
Yesterday, some 14 years, several police inquiries, one criminal conviction and a blizzard of lawsuits later, ‘Jeff’ found himself in a Manhattan courtroom, facing a host of appalling child porn charges.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
His full name, of course, is Jeffrey Epstein. He’s not only a billionaire hedge fund mogul, but also a convicted paedophile.
Yesterday, he appeared in court in New York accused of running a child sex-trafficking ring that threatens, some say, to embarrass other rich and powerful people.
For this troubled financier happens to be a close, even intimate, acquaintance and benefactor to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world.
Chums who have flown on his jets and been entertained at his homes hail from the highest echelons of politics, show business, industry and even British royalty. Indeed, none of Epstein’s A-list friendships has raised more eyebrows that his relationship with Prince Andrew.
Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photograph of Jeffrey Epstein as he announces the financier's charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, in New York today
In the early 2000s, the duo travelled to Thailand, where the Prince was photographed on Epstein’s yacht, surrounded by a bevy of topless women. Epstein also visited Sandringham, Balmoral and Windsor Castle as a guest of the Queen.
In February 2011, Epstein and the Duke were photographed strolling together in New York’s Central Park, sparking widespread condemnation that eventually led to the Duke being dropped as the UK’s roving trade ambassador.
The second major scandal concerning Epstein broke in 2015, when a woman called Virginia Roberts alleged that she’d been recruited as an Epstein ‘sex slave’ in the early 2000s when she was 17.
The woman who inducted her into this harem was allegedly Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late, crooked newspaper tycoon Robert. Ghislaine is an ex-girlfriend and longstanding associate of Epstein.
Roberts claimed that Epstein had introduced her to Prince Andrew, now 59, and persuaded her to have sex with him three times. She claimed to have been paid $10,000 by Epstein as a ‘reward’ for this.
Michelle Licata, pictured, has spoken out and alleged that she was a victim of Jeffrey Epstein
Courtney Wild, pictured, has also come forward to speak about Epstein. She was still in middle school when Epstein allegedly forced her into performing sex acts
A judge later threw out Roberts’ allegations against Prince Andrew and ordered them to be struck from the record of her claim against Epstein.
The claims were, and still are, all vigorously denied by the Queen’s second son, who said they were untrue and defamatory.
Buckingham Palace also issued on the record statements in January 2015 denying the allegations: ‘any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue’ and ‘it is emmphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. The allegations made are false and without