Jeffrey Epstein used Prince Andrew as bait: accuser
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein used Prince Andrew as bait in an attempt to lure women to his private island, according to an explosive new allegation from one of his alleged victims.
The woman, identified as “Jane Doe 15,” was 15 years old when she says agents for the late, disgraced financier approached her about the possibility of meeting the randy royal on Epstein’s Little St. James island in the Caribbean.
Epstein committed suicide in August while awaiting trial in New York City.
The accuser, who says she was raped by Epstein in 2004 while staying at his Zorro ranch in New Mexico, declined the offer and never met the prince.
The latest revelations were first made public in a letter to the royal from Jane Doe’s attorney Gloria Allred, according to the The Sunday Times of London.
“A central element of [Epstein’s] predatory behavior was to present himself as having connections to the world’s most powerful people,” Allred wrote.
“In trying to persuade her [to go to the island], Mr. Epstein’s representative conveyed to Jane Doe 15 that Mr. Epstein was close to you, that you would be among the guests and that she would have an opportunity to meet you. Your prestige and reputation were directly touted in his attempts to engage in further harm,” the letter continued.
Evidence of Epstein and Andrew’s close relationship has steadily grown in recent weeks and will likely increase pressure on the prince to speak with US. investigators. In a BBC interview last month, Andrew downplayed the relationship saying he only stayed at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion because it was “convenient.”
Reps for Andrew at Buckingham Palace declined comment to the Sunday Times.
In her complaint, filed in New York last month, Doe says Epstein raped her and then offered her cash when it was over.
“Epstein took my sexual innocence in front of a wall of framed photographs of him shaking hands and smiling with celebrities and world leaders,” she said. “After, he wanted to talk with me about what had just been my first sexual experience and directed me to take time to myself that night to cry. He said that would be beneficial for my growth.”
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