The Queen takes in Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson to protect them from summer scandal – Express

The defamation case, filed in 2015, was settled out of court by Ms Maxwell in 2017. She has always denied any wrongdoing and has never been charged.

Prince Andrew was reportedly introduced to Epstein through his friendship with Ms Maxwell in the 1990s. He has always denied any wrongdoing. In a 2015 court application, a judge threw out Ms Giuffre’s allegations that she had sex with Andrew and ordered them to be struck from the record as being “immaterial and impertinent”.

The prince also came under fire after he was pictured strolling through Central Park with Epstein in 2010 following his release from prison. This led to Andrew stepping down from his role as Britain’s trade envoy in July 2011 and forcing Buckingham Palace to say all contact with Epstein had been cut.

In 2015, it emerged Andrew’s former wife Sarah Ferguson accepted £15,000 from Epstein in 2010 to help clear her debts. Epstein’s arrest and subsequent charge shocked America, given how well connected he was to the rich and powerful. Among the names leaked from the billionaire’s infamous “black book” are former PM Tony Blair, convicted sex attacker Bill Crosby, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and John Kerry, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and movie director Woody Allen.

Earlier this year, federal prosecutors in New York reopened the 2008 case when Epstein managed to avoid more serious federal charges in a controversial plea bargain.

Although he had faced up to 20 years in jail, he was handed an 18-month sentence after admitting procuring a minor for prostitution and soliciting prostitution by minors.

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