Prince Andrew was a sex abuser, Epstein accuser says in TV interview

Virginia Giuffre claims prince was participant in disgraced financier’s exploitation of her

Prince Andrew

An accuser of Jeffrey Epstein has alleged Prince Andrew was “an abuser, a participant” in the disgraced US financier’s exploitation of her as a teenager, in her first television interview.

Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, who was pictured with Prince Andrew in a now notorious photograph, spoke to the US network TV station NBC News about her involvement with Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself in a New York jail in August while facing fresh child sex trafficking charges.

The interview was due to air late on Friday night in the US but there were clips of it on the morning news shows. In them Giuffre tells how Epstein directed her to have sex with other powerful men in his orbit, including, she said, the Queen’s second oldest son, Andrew.

Giuffre has previously alleged she was recruited by Epstein when she was 15 and was coerced into sexual activity with him and associates in return for payments.

Virginia Giuffre. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

She alleged in 2011 testimony that Andrew “knows the truth” about Epstein’s abuse of underage girls and said he should be made to testify. In a December 2014 court filing she claimed she was made to have sex with Andrew, among other friends of the financier. The prince has always vehemently denied the allegations.

In 2015 a court decided that the allegations made by Giuffre about the prince were “immaterial and impertinent” and ordered them to be struck out of a defamation claim against Epstein’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell.

The prince hosted Epstein and Maxwell, a daughter of the late, disgraced British newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell. Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of assisting Epstein’s abuse, but denies any wrongdoing.

Giuffre told NBC news anchor Savannah Guthrie about her allegation that Maxwell played a crucial role in the financier’s alleged sex trafficking racket.

She said: “The first time in London, I was so young. Ghislaine woke me up in the morning and she said, ‘You’re gonna meet a prince today.’ I didn’t know at that point that I was going to be trafficked to that prince.”

She added of Prince Andrew: “He denies that it ever happened. And he’s going to keep denying that it ever happened. But he knows the truth. And I know the truth.”

The prince has previously strongly denied any inappropriate behaviour or of being aware of any such behaviour from Epstein, in rare statements issued from Buckingham Palace. The palace pointed to those previous denials when asked about the Giuffre claims on Friday.

The prince said in a statement last month that he made Epstein’s acquaintance in 1999 and saw him once or twice each year. The prince also said he stayed at several of Epstein’s homes.

He said he did not “see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to [Epstein’s] arrest and conviction”.

He added: “I have said previously that it was a mistake and an error to see him 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.”

The prince also said: “His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.

“This is a difficult time for everyone involved and I am at a loss to be able to understand or explain Mr Epstein’s lifestyle. I deplore the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behaviour.”

Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts (centre) and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Giuffre went on to say in the TV interview on Friday, after recounting that she been woken up in London by Maxwell: “That night Prince Andrew came to her house in London. And we went out to club Tramp. Prince Andrew got me alcohol. It was in the VIP section. I’m pretty sure it was vodka.

“Prince Andrew was like, ‘Let’s dance together.’ And I was like, ‘OK.’ And we leave club Tramp. And I hop in the car with Ghislaine and Jeffrey, and Ghislaine said, ‘He’s coming back to the house. And I want you to do for him what you do for Epstein.’ I couldn’t believe it.”

Last month, lawyers for some of Epstein’s victims said Prince Andrew should give sworn testimony on “everything he knows” about Epstein, after the prince said he was appalled by Epstein’s sex crimes.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges in Florida: one count of solicitation of prostitution and one count of solicitation of prostitution with a minor under the age of 18. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail, followed by a year of community control or house arrest.

With many thanks to: The Guardian and Joanna Walters in New York for the original story @joannawalters13

Prince Andrew’s North of Ireland event attendance would ‘change the narrative,’ say organisers

Prince Andrew

An invitation to scandal-hit Prince Andrew to officiate at a ceremony in Northern Ireland has been withdrawn, it has been reported.

Sky News reported that organisers withdrew an invitation to the Duke of York to the ceremony at Portrush train station, which has undergone a £5m upgrade.

The Duke has been embroiled in controversy over claims he forced a woman to have sex with him when she was 17-years-old. He denies the claims. The alleged abuse was facilitated by his late friend, the disgraced paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in jail.

One of the organisers of the Portrush event expressed concerns to Sky News that the Duke’s presence would “change the narrative” surrounding their event.

However, it is believed his invite to the annual Duke Of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Portrush Golf Club, where he is patron and where The Open was recently staged, still stands. The competition is for boys and girls under the age of 18. A palace spokesperson said Andrew will “host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes”.

“The Duke of York has a full programme in Northern Ireland as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy. HRH will undertake a number of engagements related to the tournament, at which there will be 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story 

Child murderer Jon Venables days from freedom – and being ‘sent away to Canada’ at British taxpayers expense

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Top-level sources insist plans for a permanent move abroadmost likely Canada – are ‘in motion’

Venables, now 34, was granted lifetime anonymity worldwide after being found guilty of the 1993 murder of toddler James

Child killer Jon Venables is days away from being released as officials prepare to ship him abroad for good.

Top-level sources insist plans for a permanent move to another country –most likely Canada – are “in motion”.

The Daily Star Sunday has learned the James Bulger killer is being kept in a private wing in prison ahead of the move.

James Bulger killer is being kept in a private wing in prison ahead of the move

Last month we revealed how the authorities believe paying for Venables to go to a country like Canada, Australia or New Zealand would be cheaper than funding more failed new starts in the UK.

Insiders say his move is imminent, adding: “He is currently being kept quietly away from the general lot of prisoners.

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“There are a handful of people who know who he really is and where he is. It’s costing a fortune.

“The security around Venables is tight, and the thinking is he will be shipped out, probably early, from the prison when no-one is expecting it, and sent abroad.

James Bulger, age two, who was abducted and murdered by 10 year old boys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson on a railway line at Bootle on February 14th 1993

“It’ll be a highly organised event, and probably done in the middle of the night or very early morning.”

Venables, now 34, was granted lifelong anonymity worldwide after being found guilty of the 1993 murder of toddler James

Venables and pal Robert Thompson – both 10 at the time – snatched the two-year-old from his mum in a Liverpool shopping centre then tortured and battered him to death on a railway line.

Since walking free in 2001 he has been “outed” numerous times – even by himself – with each one leading to another costly new identity.

Venables and pal Robert Thompson – both 10 at the time – snatched the two-year-old from his mum in a Liverpool shopping centre then tortured and battered him to death (Image: PA)

He was jailed again in 2010 and 2017 on child porn charges.

And this year he beat a court bid by James’ father Ralph, 52, to overturn the order, costing taxpayers £65,000. Last week, Ralph publicly warned that Venables would soon be eligible for parole and free to roam UK streets, hidden behind the mask of yet another new identity.

A source said: “Despite the murder taking place decades ago, Venables is as notorious now as he has ever been.

He was jailed again in 2010 and 2017 on child porn charges

“And his picture, although supposed to be private, has been circulated, albeit illegally, a number of times. People who shared it have been prosecuted, but it has still made its way around and there is only so much someone can change.

“He cannot stay here. There aren’t many options.”

The Ministry of Justice has refused to speak at all about Venables’ case, and would not comment on our story.

Last month we revealed how the authorities believe paying for Venables to go to a country like Canada, Australia or New Zealand (Image: GETTY)

But officers in witness protection in the past have told how those being relocated “get a say” in where they will end up.

And they tell how prisoners who are seen to have a “high level of threat” against them are sometimes sent to start a new life abroad.

With many thanks to the: Daily Star Sunday and Felicity Cross for the EXCLUSIVE original story 

 

Fermanagh child abuse: Orange Order ‘did nothing’ over claims

Orange Order ‘covered up’ child sex abuse

Two women who have said they were abused by Orangemen as children claim the Orange Order “did nothing” when it was made aware of the allegations.

It is the latest revelation made in the Impartial Reporter newspaper as part of a long-running investigation into historic abuse in County Fermanagh.

More than 50 victims have named 60 alleged abusers. A police taskforce has been set up to investigate the claims.

The Orange Order said it would fully co-operate with any investigation.

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The two alleged victims said they were abused by several individuals who were Orangemen and that the Orange Order was made aware of the allegations.

They claim some of the abuse, which dates back several decades, took place in and around Orange halls during band practice and after parades.

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What is the Orange Order?
Fraternal organisation formed in 1795, when founding members swore to defend the Protestant faith
Claims to have tens of thousands of members, primarily in Ireland

Holds its marching season from April to August every year, with the centrepiece on 12 July
Twelfth of July parades commemorate the Dutch King William of Orange’s victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland in 1690

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Impartial Reporter deputy editor Rodney Edwards said: “Victims believe that there was a cover up within the Orange Order, that certain individuals were protected because of who they were.

“One of the alleged victims says that she was told that she was opening a can of worms by making these allegations and that she was threatening the name of the institution.”

The allegations carried in the Impartial Reporter newspaper are the latest to emerge as part of a long-running investigation
One of the two alleged victims, referred to as Sara (not her real name), also said she was raped by a member of the Orange Order after singing in church.

She told BBC News NI that she approached church leaders and the Orange Order in County Fermanagh but they did “absolutely nothing”.

‘No punishment given out’
“The church sent me to a religious counsellor, I believe his title was, and he wanted to teach me how to pray for forgiveness so I never went back,” she said.

“I went to one session – and at that point I was suicidal – and this man was asking me to pray for forgiveness and that was like another slap in the face.”

Sara said the people she told were “out of their depth”.

“I’m not making excuses for them but people did not know what to do.

“I just wanted what had happened to be acknowledged and some form of punishment and then awareness – and that didn’t happen.

“There was no punishment that I know of given out to the perpetrators.”

She added: “As far as I was concerned, I was being punished because I wasn’t being listened to again.

“The more that happened the more you withdraw and the less likely you are to speak out, ever.

“So I was lucky – in so many respects I am one of the lucky ones.”A spokesperson for the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland said the allegations were “very serious”.

“The Orange Institution will fully co-operate with any PSNI investigation.

It added that no further public comment would be made at this point.

‘Don’t know what’s happening’
Sara gave statements to the police in the late 1990s but said the investigation went nowhere.

“People were questioned and eventually I was asked to go up to Belfast to meet the DPP (director of public prosecutions) and was told that lack of evidence, an old case – ‘Sorry, we’re really sorry but there’s nothing we can do’ – and that was it, go home, ” she said.

Sara has been told by the new Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) taskforce that it is re-examining her allegations.

“The police contacted me three months ago to tell me that they were reopening my case but I’ve yet to be interviewed,” she added.

“I don’t know if they’ve interviewed any of the people I made allegations against – I just don’t know what’s happening.”

The PSNI confirmed that both cases had previously been investigated and subsequently directed upon by the Public Prosecution Service.

“Both cases are being reviewed to ensure all lines of necessary inquiry were completed at the time and to determine if any new evidence is now available,” added the PSNI.

“Detectives have maintained contact with the victims throughout and will continue to do so.

“The public should be assured that detectives… treat every allegation of child sexual abuse seriously, whether it happened recently or many years ago.”

It said that officers can be contacted on 101 or through a dedicated email address – historicalabuse@psni.pnn.police.uk – where victims will be put in contact with a specially-trained officer.

With many thanks to: BBC News NI and Julian Fowler for the original story 

 

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