Court documents from a civil lawsuit unsealed on Wednesday have revealed new allegations against Britain’s Prince Andrew in connection to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
According to the documents, a woman claimed that Prince Andrew put his hand on her breast at Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse in 2001.
While this incident has been previously reported by other media outlets and Prince Andrew has denied the allegations, the unsealed documents shed light on the extent of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking activities.
Jeffrey Epstein, who socialized with Wall Street titans, royalty, and celebrities, pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008.
He was awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges when he took his own life in 2019 at the age of 66. Dozens of women have accused Epstein of forcing them to provide sexual services to him and his guests at his private Caribbean island and homes in New York, Florida, and New Mexico.
One of Epstein’s most prominent accusers, Virginia Giuffre, filed a lawsuit in which she named more than 150 people who were allegedly involved in Epstein’s activities.
The names of these individuals were kept under seal for years, but a federal judge recently ruled that there was no legal justification to keep them private. In a deposition, Giuffre claimed to have had sex with several politicians and financial leaders.
The newly unsealed documents also mention prominent figures who have previously denied Giuffre’s allegations, including hedge-fund owner Glenn Dubin, billionaire U.S. businessman Tom Pritzker, and the late New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson.
Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, stated that there are still unanswered questions about who enabled Epstein, and the unsealing of these documents brings them closer to finding answers.
Another deposition mentioned in the documents came from Johanna Sjoberg, an Epstein accuser who claimed that Prince Andrew put his hand on her breast while posing for a photo with Epstein, Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend.
This allegation had previously been reported by the Mirror in 2020. As a result of his association with Epstein, Prince Andrew has been stripped of most of his royal titles.
It is important to note that Prince Andrew settled a civil lawsuit with Giuffre in 2022 for an undisclosed sum and has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
The list of names mentioned in the documents stems from a defamation lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Maxwell, who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for recruiting underage girls for Epstein. Maxwell is appealing her conviction.
The unsealed court documents have brought renewed attention to the allegations against Prince Andrew and the extent of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking activities.
As more documents are expected to be unsealed or unredacted in the coming days, the focus on this case is likely to intensify, raising further questions about who enabled Epstein and the accountability of those involved.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Luc Cohen in New York; additional reporting by Jack Queen, Joseph Ax, Tom Hals, and Nupur Anand; Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Noeleen Walder, Daniel Wallis, and Lincoln Feast.