Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges Prince Andrew to "come clean"

Friday, 30 Aug, 2019

Will they speak to the media in the U.S. any more?

She has accused Epstein of keeping her as a "sex slave".

She is one of almost two dozen women who spoke about alleged sexual abuse by Epstein during a court proceeding scheduled after the financier's death in prison, U.S. media reported.

Epstein was found dead on 10 August in his prison cell in NY, where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.

"Today we stand together".

Ms Davies said she was hired by Epstein to give massages.

An undated handout photo made available by New York State Division of Criminal Justice showing Jeffrey Epstein, issued 25 July 2019.

This morning, in a Manhattan court room, dozens of women were given the chance to have their say about the abuse they claim they suffered at his hands.

A few cried as they listened to testimony that sounded all too familiar to their own: vulnerable young women who were recruited, groomed, and then coerced into having sex with a multi-millionaire.

"I am a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell", Giuffre proclaimed to the court.

He added: "This is a hard time for everyone involved and I am at a loss to be able to understand or explain Mr Epstein's lifestyle".

Andrew had said last week that "it was a mistake and an error to see him (Epstein) after his release (from prison) in 2010 and I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know".

In 2015 allegations about the prince were found to be "immaterial and impertinent" by a judge who ordered them to be struck from the court record during a claim against Epstein.

Federal prosecutors appeared at the hearing to ask the judge to formally dismiss their case against Epstein.

Multiple women appeared in a New York courtroom Tuesday asking prosecutors to go after those who enabled Epstein's crimes
Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges Prince Andrew to "come clean"

Among them is Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

"He showed the world what a depraved and cowardly human being he was by taking his own life", said Sarah Ransome, another of the women.

"We do need to know how he died".

At the end of the hearing, Mr Berman said "everyone has benefited greatly" from hearing from the women. It was Ghislaine Maxwell, she repeated to the courtroom, who first approached her in 2000 outside Mar-a-Lago, where she was working as a spa attendant. She was not a minor at the time.

Another woman, testifying without giving her name, said Epstein molested her when she was 15 at his ranch in New Mexico.

His accusers are now calling on the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to bring all of Epstein's alleged co-conspirators to justice.

Her message to the Duke of York comes after repeated statements from Buckingham Palace that he is "appalled" by the allegations against Epstein and has done nothing wrong.

Legal experts say such a detailed public airing practically demands that someone be held accountable, particularly after the Florida deal, when victims weren't told of the agreement in advance and had no opportunity to confront Epstein in court - an arrangement later determined to have violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act.

Roberts does not have absolute privilege outside court and her lawyer did clarify her remarks yesterday by saying they simply had some questions for the Prince.

The Post said the information about the video recordings was provided by "three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month", following Epstein's death on August 10. During the time I knew him, I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year.

A lawyer for Ms Maxwell could not immediately be reached for comment.

Dr. Michael Baden, the pathologist hired by Epstein's representatives to observe the autopsy, said Tuesday he is awaiting the report from the medical examiner's office before offering his opinion on the cause of death.

Two days before Epstein's death, he made significant changes to his will in which over $500 million was transferred to a trust fund.