Duke of York named in 1,200 pages of Jeffrey Epstein court documents

A Manhattan court released 1,200 pages of documents including claims of the alleged abuse carried out by Jeffrey Epstein on teenage girls. Among those documents were files pertaining to the case of Virginia Giuffre vs. Ghislaine Maxwell.

Testimony includes claims that Maxwell was the connection between Giuffre and Epstein, and that she became Epstein's "sex slave" at the age of 17. Giuffre also claims that it wasn't just Epstein that she was forced into having sex with. 

Guiffre was not the only young lady named in the documents. Johanna Sjoberg also claims to have been "recruited" in 2001. Other names mentioned in the files are Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as well as Alan ­Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor.

To this point, Prince Andrew has denied the allegations, even having the allegations struck from the record in 2015. ­Dershowitz has also denied any allegations, and has since petitioned for all the records to become public, confident that doing so will clear his name.

"I will fight this to the very end. I want the facts to come out," he said.

In the court documents, Maxwell allegedly ­recruited both Ms. Guiffre and Ms. Sjoberg, who says she was approached on her college campus. In a witness account, Sjoberg ­describes how someone suggested they pose for a photograph on a sofa with a puppet of the Duke, whom she had not recognized until then. She accused Maxwell of telling her to come to a closet, where she grabbed the caricature, previously described as “some kind of big blow-up toy that was his Spitting Image puppet."

“I didn’t know who he was," she said. "And so when I saw the tag that said Prince Andrew, then it clicked. I’m like, that’s who it is. And we went down, back down to the living room, and she brought it in. I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine," she said, before agreeing that it was done in a "joking manner".

Buckingham Palace, which has long denied the claims, had this to say:

"This relates to proceedings in the US, to which the Duke of York is not a party. Any suggestion of impropriety with minors is categorically untrue."

The corruption appears to run deep, and until all the records have been made public, it will remain unclear about who else is guilty of what.