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Lawyer to British Royal: Your Name Was Used as Bait

Gloria Allred writes striking letter to Prince Andrew
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2019 4:15 PM CST
In this June 6, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew leaves King Edward VII hospital in London after visiting his father Prince Philip.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
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(Newser) – Dear Prince Andrew: Your name was used in an attempt to lure a 15-year-old girl to a sex fiend's Caribbean hideaway. That's the upshot of a letter written to the British royal by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser's lawyer, the New York Post reports. "Your Royal Highness, I write on behalf of my client, 'Jane Doe 15,' who was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein when she was just 15 years old," writes Gloria Allred, per the Times of London. In the letter, which calls on Andrew to "bring out the truth" about Epstein's predatory behavior, Allred repeats her client's claim that Epstein subjected her to "a vicious, prolonged sexual assault." Allred then explains how Epstein allegedly used Andrew's name in a failed try to "lure" her client "to Mr. Epstein's private island."

"In trying to persuade her, Mr Epstein's representative conveyed to Jane Doe 15 that Mr Epstein was close to you, that you would be among the guests and that she would have an opportunity to meet you," writes Allred. "Your prestige and reputation were directly touted in his attempts to engage in further harm." She in no way accuses Andrew of playing a role in this, but urges him "to actively participate in providing sworn testimony to the FBI, and voluntarily to submit to a sworn deposition in Jane Doe 15's lawsuit." The client's suit, filed last month in New York, includes stomach-turning allegations about Epstein's sexual behavior—like him apparently telling the teenage girl to "take time to myself ... to cry" after he raped her, because it "would be beneficial" for her "growth." (Read more Jeffrey Epstein stories.)

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