Updated January 6th, 2024 at 16:57 IST

UK’s Prince Andrew 'spent weeks' at Jeffrey Epstein’s home: Court docs

The federal court ordered unsealing hundreds of previously redacted material pursuant to December 18 order from the 2015 lawsuit.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime accusers sued Prince Andrew. | Image:AP
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British Prince Andrew "spent weeks" at sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Florida, the third trove of the unsealed documents by the New York court show.  In his testimony, Juan Alessi, who managed Epstein’s residence said that the Duke of York had “daily massages” in the room, as he detailed disturbing details about how Epstein found and groomed his victims for sexual exploitation.

The federal court ordered unsealing hundreds of previously redacted material pursuant to December 18 order from the lawsuit filed in 2015 against his longtime accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell by accuser Virginia Giuffre. The testimony of the Epstein's victims are recorded in over 1,300 pages of evidence unveiled by the federal court.

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Andrew, ex-wife visited Epstein's Forida home 

In his 2009 deposition to the court, Alessi said that Britain’s Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, were "friends" with both Epstein and the convicted British socialite Maxwell. While the duchess denied any criminality or wrongdoing, Prince Andrew has refuted allegations of sexual misconduct. Alessi was asked by the investigators if Andrew had any "massages" at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion during his employment there. Alessi responded, ”Prince Andrew did.” He continued that the duchess, on one occasion visited the house "Prince Andrew spent weeks with us [and] received daily massages,” he added. "I can't remember if he had more than one [per day], but I think it was just a massage for him," he continued to add.

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Another accuser, identified as Jane Doe 3, who is believed to be Giuffre claimed that she was "forced to have sexual relations" with Prince Andrew when she was a minor, only aged 17. In a 2019 interview with the British broadcasting Corp, Andrew denied having any memory of ever meeting Giuffre.

A former colleague of Giuffre, Tony Figueroa, testified that the sex offender Epstein and his longtime partner Maxwell paid $200 (£157) to each girls who they groomed for sexual services. Figueroa testified that she was paid at the age of 19 to find young girls and send them to Epstein’s home. He went on to add that he never confirmed their ages but that they were assumed to be between the ages of 16 and 19. The latter also confirmed that he travelled on Epstein's private plane to meet former American president Bill Clinton. Not all the influential figures named in Epstein’s contact list are accused of wrongdoing.

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Published January 6th, 2024 at 10:34 IST