Seven witnesses who could link Prince Andrew to Virginia, Epstein and Ghislaine as Royal faces rape lawsuit

Seven witnesses who could link Prince Andrew to Virginia, Epstein and Ghislaine as Royal faces rape lawsuit

01/03/2022

SEVEN key witnesses could link Prince Andrew to his rape accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre – as well as Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

The Duke of York, 61, is facing a lawsuit filed by Ms ­Giuffre who claims she was forced to have sex with him three times in 2001 and 2002 – in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island.

Ms ­Giuffre alleges she was trafficked to have sex with Andrew by multimillionaire paedophile Epstein and his twisted lover Maxwell.

British socialite Maxwell, 60, was a close pal of Andrew and the two have known each other from her university days.

She is alleged to have been the one who introduced him to Epstein – and Ms Giuffre.

Last week, she was convicted of five out of six counts of sex trafficking for vile Epstein's paedophile ring.

Andrew has always strongly denied all allegations made against him and said he was not aware of any improper behaviour by Epstein and Maxwell.

But Ms Giuffre's lawyer David Boies has urged Andrew to “take responsibility” for his alleged actions – and confirmed several witnesses are willing to say the Duke and Ms Giuffre had met.

Here are seven witnesses could be called to testify against the Duke of York and link him to Ms Giuffre, Epstein and Maxwell.

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Johanna Sjoberg

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Johanna Sjoberg claimed the duke groped her while she was sat on a sofa with him and Ms Giuffre

Epstein’s former personal assistant Johanna Sjoberg has claimed the Duke groped her breast when she was 21 years old while she sat on a sofa with him and Ms Giuffre.

Court documents revealed Andrew allegedly touched the Florida hairdresser, 41, as they posed for a picture.

In her testimony in 2016, she said Andrew and Ms Giuffre were sat on a couch with a Spitting Image puppet on her lap.

She said: “And so then 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.”

Ms Sjoberg alleged the incident happened at the New York home of his deceased paedo pal Epstein, according to court papers.

Steve Scully

Ms Giuffre's lawyers have also secured the testimony of Steve Scully, who worked for Epstein.

The paedophile's former handyman has claimed he saw him sexually assaulting Ms Giuffre.

Telecoms specialist Scully revealed he saw the Duke of York on Epstein’s “Paedo Island” to 7News in the documentary Spotlight: Sex, Lies and Videotape.

The 71-year-old has insisted he saw the prince on Epstein’s private island and even spoke to him while he was with Ms Giuffre.

In an audio recording of Scully he claims: “He [Prince Andrew] removed her bathing suit top and then started grinding against her and grabbing her a**.

"They were kissing as well. Virginia was standing there, she kinda looked like she was like a deer caught in the headlights of the car.”

Scully said they were “bumping and grinding” for several minutes before lying on lounge chairs by the pool.

He previously told The Sun he is willing to give evidence in court.

Juan Patricio Alessi

Juan Patricio Alessi, 71, Epstein's former housekeeper, could be called to give evidence.

Testifying at Maxwell's New York City trial, Alessi told the court he saw "hundreds" of topless girls bathing at the property's pool when he worked at the paedo's mansion from 1990 to 2002.

The former staff member said two girls, who appeared underage, also frequently stayed at the mansion.

He told the court one was Ms Giuffre and the victim in the trial who used the pseudonym "Jane".

Alessi recalled Andrew visiting Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach twice – but said he never witnessed him take part in any sexual impropriety.

Speaking before Maxwell was found guilty in New York, Alessi said Andrew "should speak to the FBI, if nothing else to clear himself".

He said: "I believe what Virginia is saying, although I do not know the truth about what happened between her and Andrew.

"I never saw Andrew and Virginia together."

Alessi alleges he first met Ms Giuffre when she worked at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.

He told the court: "I was at Mar-A-Lago with Ms Maxwell. I waited in the car like the driver."

Asked by the prosecution, "how did she look?", the 71-year-old replied: "young", and when asked how old she was he said: "14 or 15."

Anthony Figueroa

Ms ­Giuffre's ex-boyfriend claimed she confided in him about the alleged abuse 20 years ago.

Anthony Figueroa, 39, said his then-girlfriend was "scared" of what Maxwell and Epstein made her do with Andrew.

He claims Ms ­Giuffre knew what the vile pair expected of her – which included acting as bait to attract more victims – but she "didn't want to do it".

The Duke of York has so far avoided questioning on what he knows, but Mr Figueroa is calling for Andrew to "face up to the case".

He told The Mirror: "Being royal makes no difference. Andrew has to face up to the case.

"I remember the first time Virginia mentioned him in 2001. She knew she’d be meeting him and said she knew what they wanted her to do with him and she didn’t want to do it.

"She said she was scared and nervous. I told her she had to do whatever it took to feel safe."

As well as being intimate with the prince, Mr Figueroa claimed his teenage partner was also repeatedly forced to have sex with Maxwell while Epstein watched.

Anonymous nightclub witness

One woman has claimed she saw Andrew dancing with Ms ­Giuffre at Tramp nightclub – hours before the royal allegedly had sex with the teen.

Following his car-crash BBC interview, US lawyer Lisa Bloom – who represents several victims of Andrew’s paedo pal Epstein – says a woman from London approached her.

Ms Bloom previously told The Sun: “She says that in 2001 she was at the Tramp nightclub and recalls seeing Prince Andrew. It was pointed out to her by a member of her group.

“The woman remembers it vividly. She had never seen a royal before or since. It was a very big moment for her — she stared at him.

“She says he was with Virginia — who looked very young and not happy — but Andrew was smiling and seemed to be very much enjoying himself on the dancefloor."

The Duke has denied he was with Ms ­Giuffre at the club — insisting to Newsnight he was at Pizza Express in Woking instead.

Larry Visoski

Epstein's long-time pilot, Larry Visoski, testified at the trial of Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide – including Prince Andrew.

Mr Visoski, who served as Epstein's pilot for over 25 years, also recalled flying Ms Giuffre.

Asked if he remembered Ms Giuffre, Mr Visoski said: "Yes. A shorter woman with dirty blonde hair. She didn't look young.

"I mean, whatever you decipher is the definition of young. But she was a woman in my category."

Mr Visoski said he flew Epstein on average every four days between his houses in New York, Florida, New Mexico, the US Virgin Islands and Paris.

The prince would have appeared on flight logs from trips made by Epstein’s private jets and appeared in Maxwell’s “little black book” of nearly 2,000 famous contacts.

'Jane'

David Boies said his team may get Maxwell’s youngest victim, “Jane”, to testify against Prince Andrew.

She was 14 when she was groomed by the British socialite and told the Maxwell trial she flew on Epstein’s jet — dubbed the “Lolita Express” — with Prince Andrew.

She claimed Maxwell fondled her as Epstein pleasured himself before the twisted financier abused her with sex toys.

Jane, now in her early 40s and an actress, also told the court that an "orgy" took place in the mansion's massage room on multiple occasions and both Maxwell and Epstein allegedly took part.

She also testified at Maxwell's trial that she was on a flight with Prince Andrew during the same period of time that the socialite and Epstein sexually abused her.

When Maxwell's attorney Laura Menninger asked whether Andrew had ever been on one of the flights she was on, Jane answered: "Yes."

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