Prince Andrew Lobbied for Epstein's Plea Deal in Child Abuse Case, Court Docs Show
Duke of York asked US prosecutors for 'favorable' deal in 2008 - and he got it
Britain's Prince Andrew "lobbied" US prosecutors "to help get a sweetheart plea-deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein" in his 2008 child abuse case, bombshell court documents have revealed.
Epstein received an unprecedented and widely-criticized light sentence in the 2008 case that saw him jailed for just 18 months in 2008 after pleading guilty to charges of soliciting a minor.
He only served 13 months in a private wing of the Palm Beach jail and was allowed to spend 12 hours a day out of prison in his private office on work release, allowing him to allegedly abuse more victims.
The allegation is contained within a motion by lawyers for two anonymous Epstein accusers who were trying to get hold of documents which they claim showed Andrew's lobbying efforts.
The motion forms part of a 2015 libel case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged madam, the files for which have been kept under lock and key until today.
A judge ruled the documents would be unsealed following Maxwell's arrest on sex trafficking charges.
Two unnamed Epstein victims - named only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 - allege the billionaire pedophile relied on help from the prince and other powerful friends to secure a reduced sentence from the US Attorney for South Florida.
Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in 2008 as part of a controversial "sweetheart deal" with federal authorities in the sunshine state.
The two women were appealing for the release of documents as they believe they prove the royal's links to Epstein, reports the Telegraph.
"(They are) seeking documents regarding Epstein’s lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz," the documents state.
"They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while he used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favorable plea deal."
During one 2016 interview, Roberts was asked by her lawyers if Prince Andrew would have "relevant information" which could help those probing Epstein's warped world.
"Yes, he would know a lot of the truth," she said of the prince.
"I don’t know how much he’d be able to help you with, but seeing as he’s in a lot of trouble himself these days I think he might, so I think he might be valuable."
Roberts, now 36, claims that she was forced to have sex with Epstein who also made her have sex with a number of his associates.
"Epstein instructed Jane Doe to give Prince Andrew whatever he demanded and required her to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse," the lawyers said.
"Maxwell facilitated Epstein’s acts of sexual abuse by acting as a madam."
Roberts also revealed the infamous photo of the royal with his arm around her waist was taken by Epstein on her Kodak camera.
She added she passed the picture to the FBI during their investigations in 2011.
Similar allegations against Andrew were ordered by a federal judge to be struck from court records in 2015 after being lodged as part of a lawsuit involving Epstein — but the judge did not rule on the veracity of the claims.
US Attorney General Bill Barr said earlier this year that Andrew must speak to the FBI and his team "definitely" want to interview him.
"The department wants to talk to Prince Andrew," AG Barr said.
"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."
Justice Department representatives in the US say Andrew has refused to cooperate with their investigations, however.
The case is separate from the current criminal proceedings against Maxwell, 58, who is accused of procuring girls as young as 14 for Epstein to sexually abuse.
The British socialite has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial next July.