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Unsealed court documents claim Prince Andrew lobbied the US for a favourable plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein

Unsealed court documents claim Prince Andrew lobbied the US for a favourable plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein.

The royal allegedly wanted a good deal for his former friend in relation to his underage prostitution case in 2008, according to legal papers. The documents are from a now-settled 2015 defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre.

In the papers unnamed Epstein victims – Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 – claim he relied on the Duke of York and other powerful friends to get a reduction in his sentence.

Epstein served only 18 months in prison after striking a deal with federal authorities in 2008 after admitting soliciting a minor for prostitution. Ms Giuffre claimed in the suit and other litigation Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, recruited her in 2000 to be a sexual servant for Epstein.

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew leaves King Edward VII hospital in London after visiting his father Prince Philip. The woman who says she was a trafficking victim made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 is asking the British public to support her quest for justice. Virginia Roberts Giuffre tells BBC Panorama in an interview to be broadcast Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 evening that people ???should not accept this as being OK.??? (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)

Andrew stepped down from public royal life following his disastrous Newsnight interview (Picture: AP)

Ms Giuffre, who is also known as Roberts, alleges she had sex with Prince Andrew, 60, when she was underage.

The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with her.

US district judge Loretta A Preska had ordered the papers released but two depositions given by Maxwell in the civil lawsuit in 2016 were not produced after her lawyers appealed against the ruling.

When asked if Prince Andrew lobbied the US government, an unnamed friend told Metro.co.uk: ‘This allegation is a straightforward untruth. No ifs, no buts.’

On broader claims made in papers, they said: ‘The US Federal Appeals court said 2019, these allegations should be treated with ‘extreme caution’.

‘Allegations are not the same as facts, which is the essential premise on which justice works. Let’s see if these allegations stand-up, because precious few about the Duke do – where’s the proof?’

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Up to 30 women were expected to take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, after financier Epstein killed himself rather than face sex trafficking charges. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File) An anonymous man terrified he?s about to be named in court papers related to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell?s alleged child sex trafficking ring is begging a judge not to release his name and identities of others accused ? because it could tarnish their reputations, according to a surprise motion filed Tuesday. Lawyers for the John Doe filed the letter Tuesday ? just a day before Epstein?s self-proclaimed ?sex slave? Virginia Roberts Giuffre is expected to join her lawyers in court as they continue efforts to unseal thousands of pages of documents related to her civil lawsuit against the dead pedophile?s alleged procuress. ?As a non-party to these proceedings, Doe lacks specific knowledge about the contents of the Sealed Materials,? his lawyers wrote to Manhattan federal court judge Loretta Preska. ?But it is clear that these materials implicate the privacy and reputational interests of many persons other than the two primary parties to this action, Giuffre and Maxwell.?

Epstein killed himself in 2019 while in prison before his trial for sex trafficking charges was due to commence (Picture: AP)

Maxwell, who dated Epstein for a brief period in the 1990s, is in custody while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking minors for her former partner.

The British socialite, who has pleaded not guilty, will go on trial in July 2021.

Andrew stepped down from public royal life following his disastrous Newsnight interview in which he failed to show remorse over his friendship with Epstein, and little empathy with the sex offender’s alleged victims.

He has also been urged to come forward and be interviewed about his friendship with the disgraced financier, who took his own life while in prison last summer awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Epstein killed himself in 2019 while in prison before his trial for sex trafficking charges was due to commence.

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