Prince Andrew is named among prominent individuals in recent court documents that reveal connections to sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein.
These documents, released by order of a US judge as part of a lawsuit related to Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell, include a groping allegation against Prince Andrew, which he has denied.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are also mentioned in these documents, but no accusations of illegal activities are made against them.
The disclosed papers, totaling approximately 900 pages, do not appear to contain significant new revelations about Epstein. More documents related to Epstein are expected to be released soon.
Over 100 individuals are named in these documents, with some facing accusations and others cited as claimants or potential witnesses.
These legal papers highlight the extensive network associated with Epstein, who pleaded guilty in 2009 to soliciting a minor for prostitution.
Judge Loretta Preska of New York, in ordering the release of the files, noted that many individuals mentioned had been previously identified in the media or during Maxwell’s criminal trial.
She decided to keep some names confidential to protect sexual abuse victims’ identities.
The documents include Johanna Sjoberg’s allegation that Prince Andrew groped her in Epstein’s Manhattan apartment in 2001, a claim Buckingham Palace has denied.
In her deposition, Ms. Sjoberg accused Prince Andrew of groping her for a photo with another accuser, Virginia Giuffre, and a puppet labeled “Prince Andrew.”
In 2022, Prince Andrew settled a lawsuit with Ms. Giuffre, who alleged he sexually abused her at age 17. He denies knowing her or the allegations.
Former President Clinton, also named in the documents, is not implicated in any illegal activity. His representatives referred to a 2019 statement denying knowledge of Epstein’s crimes.
Records show Ms. Sjoberg’s testimony about Epstein’s comment that Clinton “likes them young,” and confirm Clinton’s travels on Epstein’s jet, which Maxwell acknowledged.
Clinton’s 2019 statement emphasized his travels on Epstein’s jet with his charity staff and Secret Service detail for humanitarian purposes in Africa in the early 2000s.
Maxwell’s lawyer denied reports of Clinton visiting Epstein’s island, stating he never traveled there between 2001 and 2003, and if he had, Secret Service logs would exist.
The documents also include Ms. Sjoberg’s account of Epstein planning to contact Donald Trump for a trip to his New Jersey casino, though no misconduct by Trump is alleged.
Ms. Sjoberg testified she never gave Trump a massage and mentioned meeting Michael Jackson and David Copperfield through Epstein, without alleging their involvement in any misconduct.
French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who committed suicide in a Paris jail in 2022 while facing rape charges, is frequently mentioned in the documents.
In her testimony, Ms. Giuffre claims she was forced into sexual encounters with notable figures, including New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who denied knowing her and faced no charges.
Alfredo Rodriguez, Epstein’s former employee, described Maxwell as “the boss” in his testimony, detailing her role in recruiting and paying high school girls.
Epstein died in jail in 2019 while facing sex-trafficking charges, ruled a suicide by the New York medical examiner.
Maxwell is serving a 20-year sentence for her involvement in Epstein’s activities, with her lawyers appealing the sentence and maintaining her innocence.