Prince Andrew lobbied US government to give Epstein leniency: Court documents

Prince Andrew urged authorities to consider a lenient plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein when Epstein faced underage prostitution charges In Florida In 2008, according to unsealed court documents.

The cache of more than 600 pages of documents, published this week after a judge rejected an appeal by Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell to keep them secret, reveal fresh claims of abuse.

And they cast light on Epstein’s friendship with figures such as Andrew.

Andrew has denied any wrongdoing and said he distanced himself from the disgraced New York financier In 2010. However, he has disappeared from British public life as questions continue to swirl about time he spent with Epstein and young women In his circle.

The new details come from a motion lodged during a 2015 libel case against Maxwell when lawyers for two alleged victims sought to obtain documents they said would show Andrew’s lobbying efforts.

Lawyers for Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 wrote: “They are seeking documents regarding Epstein’s lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.”

In the event, Epstein served 18 months In prison after pleading guilty In 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution. He was allowed out on work release for 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Dershowitz took to Twitter to deny any wrongdoing. “There are no new accusations against me In the documents,” he wrote.

The libel suit was brought by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was coerced by Epstein to have sex with Andrew and others when she was 17.

The new documents contain her deposition, including the moment when she was asked In 2016 if Andrew, who was once second In line to the British throne, would have information that could help investigators.

“Yes, he would know a lot of the truth,” she said. “I don’t know how much he’d be able to help you with, but seeing as he’s In a lot of trouble himself these days, I think he might, so I think he might be valuable.”

Andrew is the under pressure to speak to FBI investigators as they investigate Epstein’s inner circle.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said earlier this year: “The department wants to talk to Prince Andrew. That’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to communicate with him. We’ve made it clear that we’d like to communicate with him.”