Trump and Clinton not implicated…
(Stephen Rex Brown, Shayna Jacobs and Leonard Greene, New York Daily News) Lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew were among those whose names officially surfaced Friday after a trove of documents were released in a case with strong ties to disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Thousands of long-awaited court documents have been unsealed in a lawsuit against a woman accused of being Epstein’s fixer, and the papers include references to the names of seedy book titles purchased by Epstein.
The defamation lawsuit, which was brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, alleged that Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell solicited young girls on his behalf.
Giuffre had alleged that she was forced to have sex with Dershowitz and “many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders.”
Dershowitz has denied that he did anything more than act as Epstein’s attorney.
Giuffre also said in a deposition that she was hired to service former New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine.
A Richardson spokeswoman denied the allegations.
“These allegations and inferences are completely false,” the spokeswoman, Madeleine Mahony, told the Daily Beast. “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s limited interactions with Mr. Epstein, he never saw him in the presence of young or underage girls. Governor Richardson has never been to Mr. Epstein’s residence in the Virgin Islands. Governor Richardson has never met Ms. Giuffre.”
Mitchell also denied Giuffre’s allegation.
“The allegation contained in the released documents is false,” Mitchell said in a statement. “I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre. In my contacts with Mr. Epstein I never observed or suspected any inappropriate conduct with underage girls. I only learned of his actions when they were reported in the media related to his prosecution in Florida. We have had no further contact.”
The papers also include Epstein accuser Johanna Sjoberg’s allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with Prince Andrew at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.
“I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to get on the couch,” Sjoberg testified during one hearing. “And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap. And so I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and So Andrew put his on mine.”
Giuffre had previously alleged that Epstein, who had political connections, forced her into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew.
Buckingham Palace has vehemently denied Giuffre’s allegations.
As part of her sworn testimony, Giuffre also states that she met both former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore and President Donald Trump, and that Epstein once held a dinner for Clinton on his island, Little St. James, off the coast of St. Thomas.
She said in a 2016 deposition she met Trump through her father, who worked as a maintenance man at Trump’s Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago, and that to her knowledge, neither Trump nor Clinton had any intimate contact with “us” — referring to the girls Epstein kept as sex slaves.
Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies, said that there is nothing in the Maxwell case that showed any wrongdoing by Clinton, Gore or Trump.
“We know both Trump and Clinton were associated with Epstein at various times in various ways, but in terms of what we have there’s no indication that any of three of them did anything improper.’’
But the powerhouse lawyer said there were a lot of people who knew what Epstein and Maxwell were doing.
“I think one of the general points worth making is how many people knew about this and did nothing, and how long it went on right in plain sight, hiding in plain sight,’’ Boies said.
Clinton has denied that he ever was on Epstein’s island.
Sjoberg had testified that Maxwell “lured her from her school to have sex with Epstein under the guise of hiring her for a job answering phones,” according to court papers.
Giuffre filed a defamation lawsuit against Maxwell in 2015 in Manhattan Federal Court. Giuffre, claimed Maxwell defamed her by calling her a liar over her allegations against Maxwell and Epstein.
Maxwell, a British socialite, is the daughter of the late media mogul Robert Maxwell.
Maxwell and Giuffre settled the lawsuit in 2017, but many of the case documents had remained under seal until a federal appeals court ordered their release.
The document dump comes in the wake of Epstein’s arrest last month on sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy charges for alleged sexual abuse of underage girls between 2002 and 2005, at his homes in New York City and Palm Beach, Fla.
Prosecutors allege some of Epstein’s victims were just 14 years old.
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