He was a modern-day Great Gatsby, bringing together film stars, property magnates and political leaders. Andrew reportedly met Epstein in the s after being introduced by Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of the the media mogul Robert Maxwell. Like many of the other teenagers, Roberts sued Epstein; the civil claim she lodged in a Florida court six years ago told a familiar story of exploitation. She claims the invitation came courtesy of Maxwell. It was , and Roberts was 15 years old.
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Her civil suit, in which Roberts is referred to as Jane Doe , alleged that Ghislaine Maxwell, now 53, and Epstein quickly began grooming her for sex. That lawsuit did not identify any alleged perpetrators other than Maxwell and Epstein. Epstein and Roberts settled the lawsuit out of court, with Epstein paying Roberts — just as he paid a series of other girls who were suing him — an undisclosed sum in compensation.
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It was being brought by two women, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. That summary elaborated on the claims that Roberts had made, in her lawsuit, about being loaned out by Epstein to rich and powerful men. The Guardian contacted Buckingham Palace on Thursday last week, a day before it intended to publish its first article about the allegations about Andrew. That evening a Palace spokesperson emailed a reporter, declining the opportunity to respond. Yet by then British newspapers were delving back into the story, republishing interviews Roberts had given in in which she detailed her encounters with Andrew but stopped short of alleging sexual contact.
That image raises obvious questions for Andrew. Yet the strength of the denials issued by the Palace this week has not been matched by a willingness to address the details of the allegations made by Roberts. That was two years after Epstein had been released from prison.
That is partly because of the strategy adopted by another prominent figure, Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who faced similar accusations from Roberts in the same court filing. But they were also considerably more detailed. Dershowitz also submitted himself to questioning from journalists — including five telephone conversations with the Guardian — and vowed to fight the allegations in court. Yet the aggressive legal strategy adopted by Dershowitz, a renowned criminal attorney who once served on the legal team advising OJ Simpson — who has occasionally written opinion pieces for the Guardian — raises the stakes for all involved.
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Both sides are on a collision course, apparently determined to see the dispute resolved in court. It is just one of several civil proceedings that could results in Roberts taking the stand. Her lawyers are believed to be considering whether to submit a criminal complaint in the US Virgin Islands or London, a move that could trigger a fresh criminal investigation. A well-known model scout since the s, Brunel is credited with launching the careers of Milla Jovovich, Christy Turlington and Sharon Stone.
But his career has sometimes been marred by controversy. A CBS 60 Minutes documentary once accused Brunel of sexually exploiting young women, an allegation he denied. Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money. The Guardian made repeated attempts to contact Brunel to afford him the opportunity to respond to the allegations of impropriety, including those contained in the 30 December court filing.
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He did not respond. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. However, when it came to female associates, the evidence now suggests Epstein cultivated two separate spheres that rarely overlapped. The story SG told police back in became grimly familiar. A chef would often make them something to eat.
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Then, after being led by Kellen past walls adorned by pictures of naked women, they would arrive at an upstairs room where paid-for massages would allegedly descend into sexual abuse. Guy Fronstin, an attorney for Epstein, told police during the investigation that there had been a horrible misunderstanding. Rodriguez said he once had to deliver a dozen red roses to AG at school. Epstein showed a different level of reward to the few who were permitted access to his inner circle.
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