By Simon Basketter
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Ghislaine Maxwell conviction is damning for prince Andrew

Issue 2786
Paedophile prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts (middle) in the London flat of Ghislaine Maxwell (far right)

Paedophile prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts (middle) in the London flat of Ghislaine Maxwell (far right)

Prince Andrew kept socialising with Ghislaine Maxwell for years after her paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein was accused of abuse. He was the guest of honour at her 50th birthday party.

Andrew attended the ­celebrations at London’s five star Dorchester Hotel more than a year after he allegedly severed ties with Epstein.

He met her while Epstein was under arrest for abuse.

Maxwell was convicted in the US last week of child sex-trafficking charges.

One of the victims, Virginia Giuffre, is suing Andrew for “punitive damages” in a separate civil lawsuit.

She has accused the duke of sexually abusing her on three occasions when she was 17.

A federal judge has ordered a previously secret legal document to be made public for the first time on Monday.

It is a settlement agreement between Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 after she sued the late financier for years of abuse.

A judge was set to rule how this affects the case as Socialist Worker went to press.

Andrew first abused Giuffre in March 2001 at Maxwell’s London home. She says Andrew knew she was trafficked and that he sexually assaulted her on two further occasions that year. This was at Epstein’s New York mansion and on his private Caribbean island.

Lawyers for the royal have accused Giuffre of seeking “another payday” at his expense. Giuffre was a victim rather than a recruiter of other teenage girls, as the prince’s lawyers claim.

They previously argued they had never met.

The duke was also named in the Maxwell trial as one of several rich people who had flown on Epstein’s private jet.

Andrew claims he was first introduced to Epstein by Maxwell in 1999. An image produced by prosecutors revealed that he invited the couple to stay at the Queen’s log cabin in Balmoral the same year.

Epstein was first investigated by police in Florida in 2005. In 2008 he negotiated a plea deal which led to him being jailed for 13 months for procuring a girl under 18 for prostitution.

Over 50 girls had provided evidence against him.

But a 53-page indictment drawn up by federal prosecutors was shelved as part of a deal brokered by high-powered and politically connected lawyers.

Epstein was given “valuable consideration” for information he had supplied to investigators in other murky cases.

He used vulnerable teenagers, staging orgies on board his private jet and flying girls as young as 12 to “topless parties”. Epstein and Maxwell referred to the girls and young women as “trash”.

Lawyers for one 14-year-old whose stepmother initially triggered the investigation accused Epstein in a lawsuit of cynically seeking out “economically disadvantaged underage girls”.

That was because they would be “less likely to complain to authorities or have credibility if allegations of improper conduct were made”.

Epstein befriended US presidents

Jeffrey Epstein’s contact book contained the names of at least two former presidents.

The late sex offender’s pilot testified during Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial that Donald Trump and Bill Clinton both flew aboard his private jet.

Trump was accused in a lawsuit of raping a 13-year-old girl in 1994 at an orgy hosted by Epstein.

The lawsuit was dropped.

Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet upwards of 26 times. Photos surfaced of Clinton being given a massage by Chauntae Davies—who was raped by Epstein—during a trip to Africa in 2002.

The head of Barclays bank resigned last year over his connections with Epstein.

Presidents, princes and the powerful stand accused.

The conviction of Maxwell should be the start not the end of the process of justice for the victims.

Virginia Giuffre is suing Alan Dershowitz, a prominent lawyer, for defamation. She said he sexually assaulted her multiple times while she was 16 and being sex-trafficked by Epstein whom “lent her out” to have sex with other men.

Giuffre is also suing Dershowitz for calling her a liar when she went public with the allegations.

Dershowitz denied the claims and countersued Giuffre.

Last week the BBC called Dershowitz to comment on the Maxwell verdict, without mentioning this or that Dershowitz was previously one of Epstein’s lawyers.

But the attitude is widespread. Numerous headlines have considered the fall of “socialite” Maxwell.

Rachel Johnson recently in the Spectator fondly recalled Ghislaine’s “naughty eyes” as she flirted with a young Boris Johnson, her brother, at Oxford.

The Spectator has spewed a fair few such pieces. And the magazine’s chairman Andrew Neil is currently threatening to sue anyone who draws any inference from his phone number being in Epstein’s address book.

There is no suggestion any of the individuals named in the book participated in or knew of Epstein’s abuse of minors, or were involved in any way.

Under the letter B are listed Tony Blair, Michael Bloomberg, and Richard Branson.

Elsewhere there are multiple contacts—typically at offices, homes, and via aides’ mobile phones—for Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, Dustin Hoffman and dozens of others.

The name that appears on page 31—opposite Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone—has 16 separate telephone numbers listed is Prince Andrew.

No room for sweat

Andrew cannot provide documentary evidence that he has the “inability to sweat”, his lawyers have said.

The duke is also unable to name any witnesses to support his alibi that he was in Pizza Express in Woking on a night he was with Virginia Giuffre.

She said that she was introduced to Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and accompanied him to Tramp nightclub. “He was a hideous dancer and he was sweating profusely all over me,” she told NBC. “I just remember like, ugh, I need a shower.”

He claimed in an interview that he was unable to sweat and was in Pizza Express on the night in question.

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