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Naked parties and massages: Inside Prince Andrew's close friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Updated on August 11, 2019: Disgraced multimillionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in New York on Saturday, August 10. Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 6:30am on Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Efforts to save him were initiated by prison staff and emergency medical services but he was pronounced dead at hospital, the prison’s statement said. His death followed the publication on Friday of a cache of documents that provided more extensive details on how the alleged sex trafficking network operated between 2002 and 2005.

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In 2010, Britain’s Prince Andrew attended a party at his friend Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City Mansion. Epstein, a US multimillionaire and sex offender, had been released from prison just months before.

Epstein had served 13 months from 2008-2009 – not behind bars, but housed in the private wing of a Florida jail and allowed to leave for 12 hours a day, six days a week for work – after being convicted of two state prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old girl.

It was one of the most lenient sentences for serial sex offences in US history.

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At the height of his success, Epstein counted the likes of Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and Prince Andrew among his social circle.

As reported by The Mirror, Prince Andrew, 59, was a guest at a party hosted by Epstein in 2010, which was also attended by Woody Allen during a four-day stay at Epstein’s home. This was the same month the prince, who is Queen Elizabeth’s third child and eighth in line to the throne, was photographed walking through Central Park with Epstein.

It has also emerged the Duke of York holidayed with Epstein in Thailand in 2001 and invited him to stay at Windsor Castle and the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

Earlier this month Epstein was arrested and charged with one count of sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Manhattan accuses the 66-year-old of arranging for girls as young as 14 to perform nude “massages” and other sex acts, and paying some girls to recruit others, from at least 2002 to 2005.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Image: Getty.
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According to investigators he sexually abused nearly three dozen girls, mostly 13-16 years old, at his Palm Beach mansion from 1999 to 2006.

How do Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew know each other?

Epstein's confidante and alleged "pimp" Ghislaine Maxwell, the son of a British media mogul, introduced the pair when she and Epstein were dating in the 1990s.

Epstein is known for socialising with powerful people. He previously counted US President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton as friends.

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Prince Andrew with daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice. Image: Getty.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told The Mirror Prince Andrew, father of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, had not seen Epstein in close to a decade.

"The Duke of York has not visited any home of Mr Epstein or met with him since December 2010 when the photograph in Central Park was taken."

Is Prince Andrew implicated in Jeffrey Epstein's case?

Prince Andrew has not been mentioned in the latest indictment, but his association with Epstein and past claims have raised questions.

In 2011, Vanity Fair published a story alleging a sworn deposition by Juan Alessi, a former employee at Epstein’s Palm Beach estate, stated Prince Andrew attended naked pool parties at the house and was treated to massages by a harem of adolescent girls. Prince Andrew denied this to Vanity Fair, saying he did not know of any such parties.

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That same year, not long after Prince Andrew was photographed talking to Epstein in New York's Central Park, it emerged the prince's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson received money from Epstein to pay off a debt she owed her former assistant.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew on their wedding day on July 23, 1986. Image: Getty.

"I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me," Ferguson told the Evening Standard newspaper in 2011, the New York Post reported.

"I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgement on my behalf. I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can, I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again."

According to the Miami Herald, alleged victim Virginia Giuffre, previously known as Virginia Roberts, worked at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was introduced to, and began to be sexually abused by, Epstein.

Giuffre alleged in court documents Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in a number of places including New York, London and a private island. Public records and flight logs obtained by The Sunday Times suggest the prince was in the same place as Giuffre on the three occasions she claims they had sex.

When the allegations came out in 2015, Buckingham Palace issued three separate statements saying the story was false.

"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," one read.

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A photo from 2001, showing Prince Andrew with his hand around a then 17-year-old Giuffre's waist does show that they met. In the background of the photo, Maxwell is smiling at the camera.

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Prince Andrew photographed with Virginia Giuffre, with Ghislaine Maxwell in the background. Image: Twitter.

In 2015 Maxwell branded Giuffre a "liar", prompting Giuffre to successfully sue her for defamation. The documents were sealed, but the US Court of Appeal has ruled that the documents - numbering around 2000 pages - are to be released.

Has Prince Andrew been involved in any other scandals?

Prince Andrew's relationship with Epstein has caused him trouble in 2011, 2015 and now 2019.

Prince Andrew was previously known by nicknames 'Randy Andy' and 'Playboy Prince'.

Before marrying Sarah Ferguson in 1986, Prince Andrew had a reputation of partying

In 2006, musician Courtney Love detailed in her book an encounter she had with Prince Andrew 10 years after he and Fergie divorce. Love said that the prince turned up at her house a little after midnight because he wanted to party.

"He's come to Hollywood to look for chicks," Love said. "I don’t know what he expected at my house; I think he thought it was going to be like a party."

A number of other scandals include holding close ties to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and enjoying holidays paid for by those connected to the Libyan regime.

His links with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan have been a particular source of scrutiny: one Kazakh billionaire was found to have paid significantly higher than was listed for the prince's former home.

This article was originally published in July, 2019, and was updated in August, 2019.

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