Prince Andrew 'lobbied United States government over Epstein plea deal'

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"Ghislaine Maxwell brought me into the sex trafficking industry".

Prosecutors had asked Nathan to block Maxwell's lawyers from publicly identifying the women unless they identified themselves as participants in the criminal case.

The emails were among dozens of documents unsealed late Thursday relating to a defamation lawsuit filed by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell in 2015.

The records unsealed are part of the civil lawsuit by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

In seeking to keep Maxwell's deposition sealed, her lawyers said in court papers on Thursday she had been promised confidentiality by Giuffre's lawyers and the presiding judge at the time, through an agreed-upon protective order, before answering many personal, sensitive and "allegedly incriminatory" questions about her dealings with Epstein. She said the couple subsequently pressured her into having sex with numerous rich or notable men, including the Duke of York, US politicians, wealthy entrepreneurs, a famous scientist and fashion designer.

Ms Maxwell, and all of the accused men, have denied those allegations for years.

Among the documents released on Thursday were a few emails between Epstein and Maxwell dated January 2015, including one where Epstein told Maxwell that she had done "nothing wrong".

Prince Andrew lobbied the United States government to help get a sweetheart plead-deal for pedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein that saw him jailed for just 13 months in 2009, newly unsealed court documents claim.

One email, sent from Epstein's email address but written in Maxwell's voice, appeared to be a draft statement or set of talking points for Maxwell to use in defending herself.

"I would appreciate it if shelley would come out and say she was your g'friend - I think she was from end 99 to 2002", Maxwell wrote to Epstein. She faces six counts, including perjury, and faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted. Maxwell is now awaiting trial in NY, charged earlier this month with sex trafficking of underaged girls with Epstein and perjury. Prosecutors said she also joined in the abuse.

The 58-year-old was denied bail and is in custody in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center awaiting trial, which is tentatively scheduled to start in July next year.

Prince Andrew allegedly lobbied the U.S. government on Jeffrey Epstein's behalf so he would receive a "favourable" plea deal for an underage prostitution case in 2008, according to newly-released court documents.

A NY court has unsealed emails between accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and her former partner, the disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre speaks during a press conference outside a Manhattan court in NY on August 27, 2019.

Ms Giuffre over the years has told her story to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but no charges were brought based on her allegations and she is not one of the three alleged victims in the current criminal case against Ms Maxwell. More documents are expected to be released Monday, including parts of Maxwell's deposition.

US District Judge Loretta A. Preska had ordered them released, but Maxwell's lawyers appealed her ruling to the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals.

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