Prince Andrew Warned to 'Be Very Concerned' as Ghislaine Maxwell Docs About to Drop
Bombshell documents in Jeffrey Epstein accomplice case set to go public any day
Britain's Prince Andrew has been warned he "should be very concerned" about the bombshell documents that are due to be made public in a case involving his longtime friend and accused Jeffrey Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell.
Last week, Maxwell lost the right to keep thousands of pages of legal papers sealed, which are expected to reveal details about her relationships with Andrew and other powerful friends, including former President Bill Clinton.
Maxwell lost a battle to keep highly “intrusive” questions about her sex life secret as well as documents pertaining to associates of Maxwell and the late pedophile Epstein.
Among the hundreds of pages of documents are flight logs that show the Duke of York aboard the Epstein’s "Lolita Express" private jet.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who represents some of the financier’s victims, told the Mirror: “Unsealing of the Maxwell documents is a positive step.
"Secrecy favors predators. Transparency helps victims."
“Anyone who was associated with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell should be very concerned," Bloom added.
“In particular, Prince Andrew should get ahead of this by cooperating with investigators as he promised to do months ago.”
The documents are from a civil case separate from the criminal proceedings against Maxwell that relate to an earlier period.
She is being held on suspicion of grooming and abusing three girls with Epstein from 1994 to 1997.
Yesterday New York Judge Loretta Preska granted the request to have the documents unsealed after a challenge by US media.
The justice said the public interest outweighs her objections they would embarrass or annoy people named in papers.
“Ms. Maxwell proffers little more than her ipse dixit [say-so],” the judge said, allowing a week for her legal team to appeal.
The filings include part of a seven-hour, 418-page deposition Maxwell, 58, gave in 2016.
They include police reports from Florida, where Epstein admitted state prostitution charges in 2007 in exchange for 13 months in jail.
The papers are part of a settled 2015 civil defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell.
Some records, including parts of Maxwell’s deposition testimony, were released on August 9, 2019, one day before Epstein was found dead in his cell while awaiting trial for underage sex trafficking.
Giuffre, 36, claims she was loaned out to the Duke of York three times by Epstein for sex, an allegation the Prince has emphatically denied.
Two houses she claims to have had sex in with Andrew, 60 – Epstein’s homes in New York and Florida – yesterday appeared for sale for $89million and $22m.
A judge in the criminal case has rejected a request for a gag order sought by Maxwell’s lawyers to reduce prejudicial pretrial publicity.
Maxwell, who denies all the charges, faces up to 35 years in jail.