Prince Andrew allegedly lobbied the US government on Jeffrey Epstein’s behalf so he would receive a “favourable” plea deal for an underage prostitution case in 2008, according to newly-released court documents.
The release of the documents comes following the arrest of Epstein’s former girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on sex trafficking charges.
The documents are from a now-settled defamation lawsuit in 2015 filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she had sex with Prince Andrew when she was just 17 years old.
Within the documents it is alleged that Maxwell abused underaged girls, with Giuffre saying “she trained me as a sex slave”.
Two of Epstein’s victims, known as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, claim Epstein depended on high-profile friends like Prince Andrew to secure a favourable sentence from the US attorney in South Florida in 2008.
They called for the release of the documents in the case as it would reveal Prince Andrew’s role in Epstein’s case.