Longtime Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit against him can move forward, as a New York judge rejected the royal’s efforts to dismiss her civil claim on Wednesday.
Giuffre, who has alleged that the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sexually abused her, said they forced her into sex with the Duke of York at age 17. She filed suit against the royal on 9 August, citing battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
‘The Irish stops – varying from hours to days – have been uncovered during a review by the Irish Independent of hundreds of flights clocked up as the purported billionaire’s notorious ‘Lolita Express’ private jet criss-crossed the globe before his shocking fall from grace.
…One aviation consultant who toured the now decaying Epstein private jet last year said it was decorated like something from the 1970s disco era.
Judy Woodruff spoke to Bill Gates about ‘vaccine equity’, climate change and his meetings with deceased financier and underage sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (@10.54). From the interview:
Woodruff: “You had a number of meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, who – when you met him 10 years ago – he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from minors. What did you know about him when you were meeting with him, as you’ve said yourself, in the hopes of raising money?”
Gates: “Uh, you know, I had dinner with him. I regret doing that. He had relationships with people he said, you know, would give to global health, which is an interest I have. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction. Those meetings were a mistake,” he added. “They didn’t result in what he purported, and I cut them off. You know, that goes back a long time ago now. There’s – you know, so there’s nothing new on that.”
Woodruff: “It was reported that you met with him over several years, in other words a number of meetings What did you do when you found out about his background?”
Gates: “Well, you know, I’ve said I’ve regretted having those dinners, and there’s absolutely nothing new on that.”
Woodruff: “Is there a lesson for you or anyone else looking at this?”
Gates: “Well, he’s dead, so, uh, in general, you always have to be careful, uh, and, you know, I’m very proud of what we’ve done and very proud of the work of the foundation. That’s what I get up every day and focus on.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation part funds the PBS Newshour.
Documents set to be unsealed today relate to a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against [Ghislaine] Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Epstein of keeping her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s assistance.
US District Judge Loretta Preska yesterday ordered that a transcript of Maxwell’s testimony and other documents relating to her close relationship with Epstein be released by 1pm GMT today.
The judge ignored claims by Maxwell’s lawyers that releasing the documents would violate Maxwell’s constitutional right against self-incrimination.
Former US president Bill Clinton in Dublin in 2018
Last night/this morning.
Documents about dealings between Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were publicly released.
Virginia Giuffre, who accused Epstein of sex trafficking, said that she once saw former US President Bill Clinton on Epstein’s island with “two young girls” from New York.
In the questioning by lawyer Jack Scarola, Guiffre was asked, “Do you have any recollection of Jeffrey Epstein’s specifically telling you that ‘Bill Clinton owes me favors?'”
“Yes, I do,” Guiffre answered. “It was a laugh though. He would laugh it off. You know, I remember asking Jeffrey what’s Bill Clinton doing here [on Epstein’s island] kind of thing, and he laughed it off and said well he owes me favors.”
“He never told me what favors they were,” Guiffre continued. “I never knew. I didn’t know if he was serious. It was just a joke… He told me a long time ago that everyone owes him favors. They’re all in each other’s pockets.”
Shortly thereafter, Scarola asked her “Were sexual orgies a regular occurrence on the island at Jeffrey’s house?” Guiffre responded, “Yes.”
Scarola then asked if she was ever present with Epstein and Clinton on the island.
“Ghislane, Emmy [another girl who was allegedly a regular at Epstein’s house], and there was 2 young girls that I could identify. I never really knew them well anyways. It was just 2 girls from New York,” Guiffre answered, and said they were all staying in Epstein’s house on the island.
Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and heiress who became a confidante of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and was later accused of involvement in his alleged sexual crimes, has been arrested by the FBI, two senior law enforcement sources tell News 4 New York.
She was arrested in New Hampshire on Epstein-related charges and is expected to appear in a federal court later today, the sources say.
Spokespeople for the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan declined to comment.
From top: Virginia Giuffre on BBC One’s Panorama last night; Britain’s Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in 2010
Although it aired afterwards, Giuffre was interviewed for Panorama before Prince Andrew’s Newsnight episode was recorded. Perhaps that’s for the best; now she must be taken seriously.
The lasting impression of Giuffre was her immense bravery in facing such towering institutions alone. The sheer strength she possesses is incredible. Forget Prince Andrew; when the dust settles on this, she’s the one who deserves to be remembered.