#minorsextrafficking | Prince Andrew smiles on day Ghislaine Maxwell appears in court 

Prince Andrew looked happy and relaxed today hours after his friend Ghislaine Maxwell cried in the dock when a judge ruled she must remain in jail for at least a year pending her trial on sex trafficking charges.

The Duke of York was laughing uproariously with his bodyguard as he drove out of the gates of Windsor Castle this morning where he has been keeping a low profile at his lodge in the grounds of his mother the Queen’s estate. 

His smiles came despite Maxwell’s incarceration in New York over her links to Jeffrey Epstein and days after Donald Trump’s Attorney General insisted that his prosecutors ‘definitely’ want to speak to the royal about his friendship with Epstein and his alleged madam. 

Maxwell broke down in tears as she was denied bail until a trial next year and the court heard she is secretly married but refuses to name her mystery spouse. 

The shock disclosure came as dead billionaire Epstein’s ex-girlfriend pleaded not guilty via video link to charges related to his sex trafficking ring yesterday. 

Prince Andrew looked a happy man today despite chaos caused by the death of his friend Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest

Andrew was laughing and joking with his bodyguard as he drove himself out of Windsor Castle's grounds in his Range Rover

Andrew was laughing and joking with his bodyguard as he drove himself out of Windsor Castle’s grounds in his Range Rover

Maxwell cried as she was denied bail on Tuesday and she must stay locked up until her trial as it emerged she has a secret husband

Maxwell cried as she was denied bail on Tuesday and she must stay locked up until her trial as it emerged she has a secret husband

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell's townhouse in London and the Duke of York is in a war of words with the US authorities and the royal insists he is willing to speak to them about Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, aged 17 at Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London and the Duke of York is in a war of words with the US authorities and the royal insists he is willing to speak to them about Jeffrey Epstein

Maxwell’s marriage was disclosed by US Attorney Alison Moe – and the spouse is a man who has not been named.  

How Duke of York’s annual meetings with Epstein including after he was sent to jail caused Prince Andrew decades of trouble 

Here is a timeline of the duke’s relationship with Epstein.

– 1999

Andrew first meets Epstein, reportedly introduced through his friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Andrew welcomes Epstein to the Queen’s private Scottish retreat in Aberdeenshire. Andrew later says he sees Epstein ‘infrequently’, adding ‘probably no more than only once or twice a year’.

– 2000

Andrew and Ms Maxwell are seen on holiday with Epstein at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein and Ms Maxwell attend a party at Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen to mark Andrew’s 40th birthday, the Princess Royal’s 50th, the Queen Mother’s 100th and Princess Margaret’s 70th.

– 2001

Virginia Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew ‘three times, including one orgy’, with the first encounter allegedly taking place in Ms Maxwell’s London townhouse. Ms Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew on two more occasions, at Epstein’s New York home and at an ‘orgy’ on his private island in the Caribbean.

– 2008

Epstein admits prostituting minors and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.

– 2010

Epstein is released from jail. Andrew is photographed with the disgraced Epstein in New York’s Central Park.

Footage emerges years later, reportedly shot on December 6 2010, showing him inside Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, from where he is seen looking out from a large door of the property waving a woman goodbye after Epstein leaves to get into a chauffeur-driven car.

– 2011

The duke quits his role as UK trade envoy after the fallout from the Central Park photos.

– 2015

Buckingham Palace denies Andrew has committed any impropriety after he is named in US court documents related to Epstein. A woman, later named in reports as Ms Roberts, alleges in papers filed in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the state. 

In April the claims against Andrew are struck from US civil court records following a federal judge’s ruling.

– 2019

Newly released legal documents show that Johanna Sjoberg, another alleged Epstein victim, claimed Andrew touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001. Buckingham Palace said the allegations are ‘categorically untrue’.

Epstein is found dead in his jail cell on August 10, having killed himself after being charged with sex trafficking.

Later that month a pilot on Epstein’s private jet claims Andrew was a passenger on past flights with the financier and Ms Roberts. 

On November 16, the prince gave a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and addressed allegations of his own sexual conduct.  

The duke denied he slept with Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party. The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat.

He cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Miss Roberts, when a teenager.

2020

Ghislaine Maxwell is arrested in New Hampshire as pressure grows on Andrew to speak to the FBI. 

Prince Andrew is involved in a war of words with the US authorities over whether he will assist their inquiries into the sex crimes of his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a New York jail cell last summer. 

Ms Maxwell was arrested on July 2 after a raid on her remote mansion in New Hampshire and is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn after being charged with child sex trafficking and perjury. Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts claimed she was trafficked by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with Andrew three times when she was 17.

Last week the US Attorney General Bill Barr said that Andrew must speak to the FBI and his team ‘definitely’ want to interview him.

He said: ‘The department wants to talk to Prince Andrew. That’s why the Southern District has been making efforts to communicate with him. We’ve made it clear that we’d like to communicate with him’.

A source close to Prince Andrew previously told DailyMail.com that he was ‘bewildered’ by the ongoing claims that he wasn’t cooperating, and says his team tried to reach prosecutors several times.   

Speaking to ABC News Mr Barr said the government had Maxwell’s security ‘locked up’ to ensure she would neither be able to kill herself or be harmed, Barr answered firmly: ‘Yes. We have asked them to tell us specifically the protocols they’re following and we have a number of redundant systems to monitor the situation.’ 

He added that he was ‘livid’ when Epstein killed himself and that he wanted to see him brought to justice. 

‘I was livid obviously. I believed very strongly in that case and I was very proud of the work done by the department, the Southern District on that case, and as you recall, after he committed suicide, I said that I was confident that we would continue to pursue this case vigorously and continue to pursue anyone who was complicit in it. I was very happy we were able to get Ms Maxwell,’ he said. 

Maxwell broke down in tears last night after a judge ruled she must remain in jail for at least a year pending her trial on sex trafficking charges.

The British socialite was denied bail after a court was told she had the ‘motive and opportunity’ to flee the United States to avoid prosecution over allegations she groomed girls as young as 14 for her paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

Maxwell, appearing via video link at a virtual court hearing, tilted her head down and rested her chin on her hands as US District Judge Alison Nathan told her she must stay behind bars. The 58-year-old wiped away tears as she learnt her fate.

The judge said the risks of releasing Maxwell were ‘simply too great’, adding that ‘no combination of her conditions’ could assure her appearance in court.

The court also heard that:

  • Maxwell is pleading not guilty to the six federal counts she faces;
  • She used an alias and posed as a journalist to view her £800,000 hideaway in the forest of New Hampshire;
  • The socialite asked to be bailed to a ‘luxury hotel in Manhattan’;
  • No further charges against her are anticipated at this time;
  • Maxwell kept her mobile phone wrapped in tinfoil to stop it being hacked.

Judge Nathan said Maxwell, who faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted of all charges, had failed to give a full account of her finances, which meant setting bail would be impossible.

The judge also criticised her decision to hide for the past year, including buying the house in New Hampshire through an anonymised company.

Maxwell, prosecutors said, posed as a journalist called Janet Marshall when she went to view the secluded property, which was paid for in cash.

Maxwell asked to be bailed to a ‘luxury Manhattan hotel’ ahead of her trial next year but Judge Nathan said the US Government’s case against her ‘appears strong’.

The ruling was delivered at the end of a bail hearing during which two of Maxwell’s alleged victims branded her a ‘sexual predator’ and a ‘monster’ who had never shown any remorse.

One of her accusers, who asked for anonymity and was referred to as Jane Doe, said in a statement read out in court: ‘Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey could not have done what he did. The sociopathic manner in which she nurtured our relationship and abused my trust… she would have done anything to satisfy Mr Epstein… If she is out, I need to be protected.

‘I know what she has done, I know how many lives she has ruined and I know she has no remorse.’

Another alleged victim, Annie Farmer, said she had met Maxwell when she 16.

She called her ‘a sexual predator’ who abused her. ‘She also has demonstrated contempt for our legal system by committing perjury,’ she added.

Miss Farmer, who has accused the defendant of enabling her abuse, told the court that Maxwell ‘has never shown any remorse for her heinous crimes’ and ‘the danger she poses must be taken seriously’.

‘She is a sexual predator who groomed and abused me and countless other children and young women,’ Miss Farmer said.

Prince Andrew (pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview last year) is under increasing pressure to give evidence - lawyer Gloria Allred says Andrew wants an invitation 'on a silver platter'

Prince Andrew (pictured during his BBC Newsnight interview last year) is under increasing pressure to give evidence to the FBI about Jeffrey Epstein – lawyer for some of the victims, Gloria Allred,  says Andrew wants an invitation ‘on a silver platter’

Maxwell, left, was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in August. She is now in custody in Brooklyn. Epstein killed himself in jail last August. Some believe he was murdered

Maxwell, left, was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in August. She is now in custody in Brooklyn. Epstein killed himself in jail last August. Some believe he was murdered

Maxwell, left, was last seen at an In-N-Out Burger in August. She is now in custody in Brooklyn. Epstein killed himself in jail last August. Some believe he was murdered

Maxwell’s failed bid for bail came almost a year to the day after Epstein was remanded in custody on child sex charges. Weeks later he killed himself in prison.

She is accused of grooming girls as young as 14 for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997, a period when she was his girlfriend.

The British socialite was dressed in a brown shirt, with her normally cropped hair in a bun, as Judge Nathan set an anticipated trial date of July 12, 2021.

Maxwell is being held in the fortress-like Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn where she is wearing paper clothes to ensure she does not kill herself.

She is being closely monitored as the Department of Justice wants to ensure she does not kill herself like her former boyfriend.

Maxwell’s legal team had offered a £4 million bail package for her to be freed from jail after she was arrested at her New Hampshire bolthole earlier this month.

As part of the package, her lawyers said she would be confined to a luxury hotel in the New York area, surrender all her travel documents and be subject to GPS monitoring.

But the court hearing in New York last night was told that along with her three passports, connections to some of the world’s most powerful people and her own fortune of more than £8 million, Maxwell has every incentive to try to flee. Prosecutors said Maxwell was ‘skilled at living in hiding’, has ‘few if any’ community ties and therefore should be denied bail because she is the ‘very definition of a flight risk’. They argued against her being granted bail, citing that due to holding French and British passports, she has the ability to ‘live beyond the reach of extradition indefinitely’.

Attorney General Bill Barr said the government had Maxwell's security 'locked up' and that she won't be able to kill herself or be harmed

Attorney General Bill Barr said the government had Maxwell’s security ‘locked up’ and that she won’t be able to kill herself or be harmed

Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe claimed that when Maxwell bought her Bradford, New Hampshire, home, she toured the property in November last year using the alias of ‘Janet Marshall’ and claiming to the estate agent that she worked as a journalist.

‘There are serious red flags here,’ the prosecutor said, adding that Maxwell had a ‘strong incentive to flee’ to avoid accountability for her crimes. Miss Moe read out a victim statement from the woman identified as Jane Doe, who argued that she was a flight risk.

The accuser said she knew Maxwell for ten years and that the British socialite had intended to ‘deliver’ her to Epstein, knowing the ‘heinous dehumanisation that awaited me’.

She described Maxwell as ‘sociopathic’ and said she would ‘have done anything to get what she wanted – to satisfy Jeffrey Epstein’.

The woman claimed that Maxwell ‘was in charge’ and ‘egged’ Epstein on. She added that ‘if she is out, I need to be protected’, citing a phone call she received in the middle of the night threatening her two-year-old child.

Maxwell has been held without bail since her arrest on July 2 at the house in New Hampshire, where prosecutors say she refused to open the door for FBI agents. When they broke in, she had retreated to an interior room.

Maxwell was charged with recruiting at least three girls, one as young as 14, for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 1997.

An indictment alleged that she helped groom the victims to endure sexual abuse and was sometimes there when Epstein abused them.

Epstein's cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he was found hanging last August

Epstein’s cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he was found hanging last August

It also alleged that she lied during a 2016 deposition in a civil case stemming from Epstein’s abuse of girls and women.

Maxwell’s lawyers argued that Epstein’s death left the media ‘wrongly trying to substitute her for Epstein – even though she’d had no contact with Epstein for more than a decade, had never been charged with a crime or been found liable in any civil litigation’.

Maxwell’s lawyers say she ‘vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.’

Her arrest and detention marks a stunning fall from grace for a woman once feted by New York society and counted many high-profile British names as friends.

According to reports, Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced late British newspaper tycoon Robert, introduced Prince Andrew to Epstein.

One of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Roberts, claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York on three occasions – allegations emphatically denied by the Queen’s second son.

After the hearing, Miss Roberts said she was ‘thrilled’, adding: ‘Without Ghislaine, Jeffrey Epstein would not have been able to fulfil his sick desires.

‘Ghislaine preyed on me when I was a child. The rest of her life should be spent behind bars.’

Prince Andrew has seen his legal team ‘ghosted’ by US prosecutors as they claim to have made repeated offers of help in the Jeffrey Epstein case – including in the last 10 days.

Sources close to the Duke of York’s legal team say they have contacted Department of Justice representatives in the US on a number of occasions since they were first contacted at the beginning of the year.

Andrew, 60, whose close friend Ghislaine Maxwell has been arrested and accused of assisting Epstein’s abuse of minors by helping to recruit and groom underage victims, was described as ‘bewildered’ by the US prosecutors claims of non co-operation.

The informed source said they had been in touch with the DOJ once Geoffrey Berman was replaced as US attorney for the Southern District of New York by Audrey Strauss. 

Ms Strauss was appointed on June 22 after Mr Berman was ‘fired’ by Donald Trump.

The initial contact was made at the turn of the year when the DOJ confirmed that the Duke of York was being represented by legal firm Blackfords.

Once contact had been established, the Duke’s team offered co-operation and asked for a framework as to how the US wished to proceed, but there was no reply. The source said his team feel they have ‘effectively been ghosted.’


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