PRINCE Andrew flew on a non-public jet with paedo good friend Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged 17-year-old intercourse slave Virginia Roberts, the pilot claims.
The allegation, made in courtroom papers, is the primary to put Andrew and Roberts on Epsteins aircraft collectively.
In courtroom testimony David Rodgers, 66, stated one journey noticed Epstein, Andrew and the then 17-year-old Virginia heading to the US Virgin Islands.
The financier, who killed himself in jail in August forward of a trial for intercourse trafficking minors, had a non-public island there the place he’s stated to have held orgies involving under-age women.
And in his explosive interview with BBC’s Newsnight, Andrew acknowledged he’d stayed on Epstein’s non-public island, visited his house in Palm Seashore, Florida, and travelled on his non-public aircraft.
He stated he needed to be taught extra in regards to the “international business world and so that was another reason” for going to go to the US financier in New York, because the prince turned particular consultant for worldwide commerce and funding.
Rodgers’ authorized deposition marks the primary time anybody has alleged Andrew and Virginia have been on Epsteins aircraft on the identical time.
Virginia claims Andrew had intercourse with her when she was a youngster. He has at all times strenuously denied it.
Rodgers declare will improve the strain on Andrew to now reveal all the things he is aware of about Epstein.
The deposition to Virginias attorneys was launched in New York in August.
It’s amongst 2,000 courtroom paperwork regarding a settled defamation case involving her and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
Roberts claimed Maxwell, Epsteins someday girlfriend, groomed underage women for him. That case was later struck out and the claims have by no means been examined in courtroom.
PILOT’S COURT CLAIM
Rodgers doesn’t allege any wrongdoing by Prince Andrew on the flights.
His testimony says he flew Epsteins non-public jet which ferried VIP company together with ex-US President Invoice Clinton, mannequin Naomi Campbell and sex-scandal Hollywood star Kevin Spacey.
It additionally claims Andrew was aboard plenty of occasions, together with two flights with Virginia.
He says the Virgin Islands flight came about on 11 April 2001 with Maxwell additionally among the many company.
Rodgers additionally claims Andrew was on a flight on 31 March from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Florida.
He says others passengers on the 22-seat Gulfstream jet included Epstein, Maxwell and Virginia.
Royal Courtroom Round paperwork present Andrew had engagements in London on March 28 and April 2 so it’s potential he might have been on the Epstein aircraft.
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail forward of a trial for intercourse trafficking minors. Buckingham Palace refused to additional make clear Andrews actions over that interval. On April 9 Andrew started an official go to to the US arriving in New York that day.
Flight logs present Virginia flew to New York with Epstein on April 9.
The Prince additionally flew to Boston for official engagements earlier than returning to New York on April 11. On that day, Rodgers says Andrew flew from New Jersey to the Virgin Islands.
Courtroom Circulars don’t state Andrews whereabouts for the following few days however a newspaper report locations him within the Bahamas by April 15.
Rodgers additionally claims that on 7 August 2001 Prince Andrew was on the maiden flight of Epsteins notorious Lolita Categorical.
The Boeing 727, changing his Gulfstream, had a mattress which Epstein allegedly used for orgies.
The Duke didn’t have any diary occasions listed for August 2001.
PRESSURE MOUNTS ON DUKE
There are additionally discrepancies in Rodgers testimony. He claims Andrew was on a four July 2001 flight from the Virgin Islands to Florida alongside with Roberts and Epstein.
However the Royal diary reveals he was within the UK on that date. Flight logs for the journeys don’t characteristic Andrews title however the initials AP.
The initials had beforehand been used for Epsteins designer Alberto Pinto. Rodgers identifies Andrew in his testimony. The initials AP could have additionally been used for Epsteins chef Adam Perry Lang.
Billionaire Epstein, 66, hanged himself in jail on August 10.
The inquiry is now focusing on a number of alleged co-conspirators, believed to incorporate Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.
Virginia claims she was held a intercourse slave by Epstein and trafficked to his associates whereas a youngster.
A supply near Andrew stated: If law-enforcement businesses or police wish to discuss to the Duke or any royal they simply have to ask.
Buckingham Palace stated: This proof assertion was submitted in a case wherein the Duke was not a celebration and wherein any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically unfaithful.
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The statement shows a number of inconsistencies between the Dukes alleged location and his actual location when checked with the court circular. In some cases he is on different continents.
It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.
Andrew wave girl ‘was ex-Aussie PM’s daughter’
A WOMAN seen with the Duke of York at Jeffrey Epsteins mansion in Manhattan appears to be a daughter of a former Australian prime minister, it was claimed yesterday.
Katherine Keating, 37, whose father Paul was PM from 1991 to 1996, is thought to be the figure Andrew, 59, was filmed waving goodbye to.
The 2010 video, two years after Epstein, 66, admitted paying a teen girl for sex, emerged over the weekend.
Ms Keatings pals say the similarities went right down to the beauty spot on her left cheek.
There is no suggestion she was aware of or involved in Epsteins crimes.
Prince Andrew denies any wrongdoing.
By early 2010, the former political adviser was living in New York with her younger sister Alexandra.
Who was Jeffrey Epstein and what was he accused of?
JEFFREY Epstein was a US financier who was convicted of soliciting an underage lady for prostitution in 2008.
He was arrested on July 6, 2019 for intercourse trafficking minors in Florida and New York.
Courtroom paperwork allege that no less than 40 underage women have been delivered to Epsteins mansions for sexual encounters.
He pleaded not responsible to youngster intercourse trafficking fees in New York and confronted 45 years in jail if discovered responsible.
On July 18, a federal decide stated that the disgraced financier offered a “danger to the community” andmust keep in one among New York’s hardest prisons whereas awaiting trial.
The shamed financier was locked up amid fears he would flee the nation.
Epstein hanged himself on August 10 – simply 12 days after being faraway from suicide watch.
However questions remained over how he he managed to take his personal life with out being stopped by guards.