Sunday 15 September 2019

FBI investigating Epstein and Duke's emails

Britain’s Prince Andrew. Photo: Michel Euler/PA Wire
Britain’s Prince Andrew. Photo: Michel Euler/PA Wire

Nick Allen and Victoria Ward

Online correspondence between the Duke of York and Jeffrey Epstein is likely to be examined by the FBI as they explore the late financier's alleged sex trafficking ring.

A "forensic" sweep of emails will tell if Epstein's friends knew anything incriminating, a source said.

Two desktop computers and an Apple device from Epstein's private island in the US Virgin Islands have been seized and are understood to be a significant line in the probe.

If there were any "interesting" emails to or from Prince Andrew, who was photographed visiting Epstein in New York in 2010, he could be asked to hand over his communications or computers.

The New York visit came two years after Epstein, who killed himself in jail this month, was convicted of procuring an under-age girl for prostitution.

Lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, Epstein's alleged teenage "sex slave", welcomed reports that the duke was willing to cooperate with authorities on both sides of the Atlantic.

Buckingham Palace aides are said to have made it clear he will assist if approached.

Ms Giuffre (36) claims to have had sex with the duke in Florida when she was 17, which is under-age in the state.

The duke (59) has vehemently denied the allegations.

They were struck from the court record in 2015 and described as "immaterial and impertinent" by a judge.

Brad Edwards, Ms Giuffre's lawyer, said he hoped the duke would now sit for a formal deposition under oath.

He said: "We have, for years, been asking for the Duke's assistance.

"He seems more willing to help than he has in the past." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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