Prince Andrew must ‘prove innocence’

 

Jeffrey Epstein's former lawyer has called on Prince Andrew to go public and prove his innocence.

The Duke of York, 59, has been accused by alleged sex slave Virginia Roberts of having sex with her three times - claims he strongly denies.

 

Virginia Roberts, who now goes by married her name Virginia Giuffre. Picture: Supplied
Virginia Roberts, who now goes by married her name Virginia Giuffre. Picture: Supplied

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, 80, who vigorously denies similar claims from the same alleged victim, says Andrew is under "a lot of pressure", The Sun reports

Allegations against the prince were released in court documents earlier this month - the day before Epstein killed himself in a New York jail cell.

The duke also denied the claims but has so far issued his denials through Buckingham Palace and has not publicly spoken out about the allegations.

Dershowitz, who is known for taking on high profile clients such as Epstein, has publicly defended himself branding Miss Roberts a "liar."

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Picture: Getty
Lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Picture: Getty

Speaking with The Telegraph, he said he believes Andrew must speak out and "categorically assert his innocence."

He said: "I think there will be a lot of pressure on him.

"Now that this has resurfaced, he has to categorically assert his innocence, if he can do that, and if he can produce evidence, he should do that as well."

 

Jeffrey Epstein. Picture: Supplied
Jeffrey Epstein. Picture: Supplied

Mr Dershowitz says he believes the embattled royal has an "obligation" to help police investigating Epstein's alleged crimes.

The lawyer, who made his name overturning the attempted murder conviction of socialite Claus von Bulow in the 1980s, admits that he met Ghislaine Maxwell dozens of times.

Ms Maxwell is accused of procuring young women for her former boyfriend Epstein - claims she denies.

Epstein, 66, killed himself on August 10 while awaiting trial for child sex trafficking charges.

The probe into the circumstances surrounding his death has intensified, with as many as 20 corrections workers getting slapped with grand jury subpoenas, according to a report.

Among those being hauled into court are the lieutenants who were in charge of the Metropolitan Correctional Center on the night Epstein hanged himself from his bunk bed, CNN reported.

More subpoenas could be in the works, a source told the news outlet.

Epstein has been accused by dozens of women, many of them underage when they met the wealthy financier, of sexual abuse.

It emerged that Epstein's pilot David Rodgers, 66, claimed that Andrew flew on the billionaire's private plane with Virginia Roberts.

The allegation, made in court papers, is the first to place Andrew and Ms Roberts on Epstein's plane together.

Prince Andrew. Picture: Getty
Prince Andrew. Picture: Getty

The financier had a private Caribbean island where he is said to have held orgies involving under-age girls.

In court testimony Rodgers said one trip saw Epstein, Andrew and the then 17-year-old Virginia heading to the US Virgin Islands.

Ms Roberts claimed in a 2015 defamation case, filed against Ms Maxwell, that she had sex with the royal three times - in London, New York and once on the financier's private island.

A statement released by Buckingham Palace after Epstein's death read: "The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes.

 

Jeffrey Epstein in a photo provided by the New York State Sex offender Registry. Picture: AP
Jeffrey Epstein in a photo provided by the New York State Sex offender Registry. Picture: AP

"His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent."

The statement was a response to the emergence of video footage reportedly shot in December 2010 showing Epstein leaving his New York mansion and Andrew standing just inside the door.

The film is thought to have been shot around the time the two were photographed walking together in Central Park.

Andrew was forced to stand down as a UK trade envoy after facing a backlash over the image and his continued association with a convicted sex offender - who was jailed for having sex with a minor in 2008.

Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the Epstein allegations. Picture: Getty
Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing in relation to the Epstein allegations. Picture: Getty

Andrew has been pictured playing golf in southern Spain as the Jeffrey Epstein storm shows no sign of dying down.

The Queen's son was snapped in a polo shirt this morning on the greens of Real Club Valderrama golf course - amid worldwide scrutiny over his links to the deceased paedophile.

This picture from 1998 shows Prince Andrew playing golf at a charity event. Picture: Supplied
This picture from 1998 shows Prince Andrew playing golf at a charity event. Picture: Supplied


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