There are claims today that Prince Andrew worked with Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz to push through Jeffrey Epstein’s controversial no prosecution deal in Florida.
Law enforcement in the US is also likely to come under more pressure in the sex abuse case after documents issued late on Thursday (New York time) reveal the FBI had an infamous photo of the royal for many years.
The previously sealed documents were made public by a judge in New York. They are from a defamation case between survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail awaiting trial for sex offences against children.
The non prosecution deal extended legal immunity in Florida to a broad group of Epstein‘s associates. It has been the subject of much criticism for its secrecy and scope.
The former US labour minister Alex Acosta was forced to resign for agreeing to the deal while he was state’s attorney in Florida.
The new papers allege Alan Dershowitz himself negotiated the Florida plea deal to protect Epstein associates and himself from sexual misconduct claims.
As well, a photo of the embattled royal and survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre was in the hands of the FBI as early as 2011, according to documents from the civil case. There have been complaints about inaction by federal law enforcement in the Epstein case.
More to come soon.