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Prince Andrew ‘lobbied US government over Epstein plea deal’

Prince Andrew put pressure on the US government to give Jeffrey Epstein a plea deal which saw the pedophile jailed for only 18 months in 2008, unsealed documents claim

  • Jeffrey Epstein was jailed for 18 months in 2008 as part of a deal that saw him plead guilty to two charges of prostitution despite facing 53-page indictment 
  • New court documents allege Prince Andrew lobbied US in favor of the deal 
  • Claim was made by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers, who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim prove Andrew’s involvement 
  • Documents were unsealed as part of criminal case against Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell 

Prince Andrew lobbied the US government to help get a sweetheart plead-deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein that saw him jailed for just 18 months in 2008, newly unsealed court documents claim.

The allegation is contained within a motion by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim showed Andrew’s lobbying efforts.

The motion forms part of a 2015 libel case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged madam, which have been kept under lock and key until now.

Prince Andrew lobbied the US government to get a favorable plea deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein which saw him jailed for just 13 months in 2009, new documents alleged (pictured, Andrew alongside Epstein accuser Virgina Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001)

Prince Andrew drives himself out of Windsor Castle in his Bentley as his friend Ghislaine Maxwell launched a new legal bid to keep bombshell evidence about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein being made public

Prince Andrew drives himself out of Windsor Castle in his Bentley as his friend Ghislaine Maxwell launched a new legal bid to keep bombshell evidence about her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein being made public

Lawyers for the pair, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, wrote: ‘(They are) seeking documents regarding Epstein’s lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

‘They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while he used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favorable plea deal.’

The newly-released documents also contain a transcript of a deposition given by Epstein’s main accuser, Virginia Roberts, where she also speaks about the prince’s involvement in Epstein’s activities.

Asked by her own lawyers in 2016 whether Andrew would have ‘relevant information’ in the case, she answered: ‘Yes, he would know a lot of the truth.

‘I don’t know how much he’d be able to help you with, but seeing as he’s in a lot of trouble himself these days I think he might, so I think he might be valuable.’ 

Andrew has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

Epstein victims are fearful that sex tapes and photographs featuring them being abused could be described as part of the unsealed evidence and eventually shown in court during Maxwell's criminal trial, DailyMail.com can disclose. Pictured: Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts

Epstein victims are fearful that sex tapes and photographs featuring them being abused could be described as part of the unsealed evidence and eventually shown in court during Maxwell’s criminal trial, DailyMail.com can disclose. Pictured: Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts  



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