Epstein accuser on Prince Andrew: 'He knows exactly what he's done'

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2019

A number of women who said they were abused by Epstein testified in court, alleging the convicted sex offender lured them into a large sex trafficking scheme that allegedly included Prince Andrew, modeling executive Jean Luc Brunel, and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

"He knows exactly what he's done, and I hope he comes clean about it", Giuffre told reporters on the steps of a Manhattan federal courthouse on Tuesday.

Giuffre has said she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, an allegation he has repeatedly and strenuously denied.

Britain's Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, has for years been troubled by reports of his extravagant lifestyle and his friendship with several controversial figures, notably USA financier Jeffrey Epstein, a registered sex offender.

Brad Edwards, a lawyer representing Epstein accusers, said he would welcome Andrew's help in trying to seek justice for the women.

On Saturday, Andrew released an even more direct statement, saying he did not "see, witness or suspect any behavior of that sort that subsequently led to [the] arrest and conviction" of Epstein.

"We are ready and we have a lot of questions for him", he said.

On August 10th, Epstein took his own life while incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the lower Manhattan.

She isn't the only one distancing herself from Epstein.

But the Prince has been damaged by his admission that he made a "mistake and an error" when he went to NY to see his then friend in 2010 after Epstein had been convicted of child pornography involving a minor.

Epstein pleaded not guilty last month, and in court on Tuesday his lawyers fought on. The New York Times notes that the statement was released in Andrew's name, and not under the auspices of Buckingham Palace.

In opening the session, Berman called Epstein's suicide a "rather stunning turn of events".

Even in the quiet courtroom it was hard to hear as one woman sobbed through a letter she had written to Epstein.

Dozens of House Democrats have called on the leaders of the chamber's powerful investigative committees to launch an inquiry into the case of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Yesterday's testimony wasn't the only win for the women - the court agreed to leave the case open so that if other victims who could not attend today's hearing want to make a statement they will be able to do so.

Donald and Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club in 2000.

"Justice has never been served in this case", she said during an emotional statement.

The disgraced financier died on August 10 in a NY jail where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.

"He is a coward", said Courtney Wild, who has said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Florida at age 14.

Andrew has at all times denied the allegations. I'll by no means cease combating, I'll by no means be silenced till these persons are delivered to justice, ' she mentioned.

Many of them expressed shock and bitterness at being twice deprived of the chance to confront Epstein in court, most recently after the disgraced financier hanged himself in his jail cell this month. Two days before his death, Epstein signed a will funnelling his US$577 million in assets to a trust fund.

Giuffre addressed the press outside a NY courthouse on Tuesday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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