An investigator has said it was ‘hogwash’ that Prince Andrew (left) didn’t know about Jeffrey Epstein’s (right) behaviour
Jeffrey Epstein had ’13 contact numbers for Prince Andrew’ in an address book, investigators looking into the activities of the billionaire paedophile have claimed.
Discovered at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, the address book was found to have contact details for several of the Duke of York’s residences, including Buckingham Palace.
The latest revelation in the investigation will come as a blow to Prince Andrew, who has continuously denied witnessing Epstein doing anything illegal during their friendship.
One of the first investigators to examine allegations that Epstein had sexually abused and trafficked girls, Mike Fisten, has now claimed the book is a ‘treasure trove’ of information, and has been able to show investigators the true scope of Epstein’s travels and contacts.
Tonight, a new programme by Channel 4’s Dispatches will investigate the claims.
Mr Fisten said that the book took them out of South Florida and all around the world.
Prince Andrew has previously denied being aware of any of Epstein’s illegal activities. He is pictured above in 2010 answering the door of Epstein’s New York mansion
He said: ‘You could take for instance, if looking at the section in London, you could pick out, the Duke of York, which is Prince Andrew. And when you look at that, under Duke of York it shows Buckingham Palace London.’
‘He has thirteen phone number to contact the Duke. And (these numbers went everywhere), Wood Farm, Sunninghill Wood Farm, Sunninghill numbers, the Palace, his home number, his home email. He even had a phone number to his modem, I guess to call into his modem.’
Private investigator Mr Fisten was one of the first to interview Virginia Roberts, who has made claims that Prince Andrew had sex with her when she was 17.
During an interview with the Channel 4 programme, Mr Fitsen makes clear that vulnerable girls were targeted and that there had been no way you could have been around Epstein and not have been around such people.
Virginia Roberts (centre) claimed she had sex with Prince Andrew (left) several times and that it had once involved other girls. Ghislaine Maxwell is pictured, right
He added: ‘When people tell me, I didn’t know what Jeffrey was about, I don’t want to say BS. I’ll just say hogwash. Because if you were around Jeffrey you were around underage girls. He has no children. He has no nieces… Come on. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that something was going on there.’
The new Channel 4 investigation looks into 1,200 pages of documents made public to a Manhattan court.
These documents reveal that Ms Roberts claimed that the third time Prince Andrew had sex with her, it had also been with several other young girls.
The programme cites a court deposition made in January 2015 as part of a defamation case brought by Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, where she states that the ‘third time’ she had ‘sex with Andy’ was ‘in an orgy on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands’. She said she was 18 at the time and that ‘approximately eight other young girls, and I had sex together’.
She said Epstein had joked that the girls couldn’t communicate well due to a language barrier and that he said they were the ‘easiest’ girls to get along with.
Ms Roberts’ evidence was thrown out in May 2015.
It has also previously been claimed that Epstein’s house keeper in Palm Beach had seen Prince Andrew visiting the mansion three or four times, and claimed that he would receive massages from girls who were staying there.
On the Dispatches programme tonight, Mr Fisten says he was shocked by what he found during his enquiries.
He said that some girls confessed to him that they would wear the same outfit to school every single day and that they barely had enough food to eat. This he says, was exactly the type of girl Epstein had been looking for.
Earlier this year Buckingham Palace said: ‘Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.’ and ‘It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.’
This is while Prince Andrew said: ‘At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.’