A lawyer representing Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts has sensationally claimed that the Duke of York may have been secretly caught on video visiting convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
‘There is no doubt Prince Andrew would have been captured on footage filmed in rooms and private areas of Epstein’s property,’ said David Boies.
The disclosure will raise more concerns for Andrew, who has vehemently and repeatedly denied all allegations against him, including that he had sex with Ms Roberts three times, the first when she was just 17.
A lawyer representing Prince Andrew (left)’s accuser Virginia Roberts (not pictured) has claims that the Duke of York could be caught on video visiting Jeffrey Epstein (right)
Mr Boies, who represents more than a dozen of Epstein’s victims, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We know there were cameras throughout the New York mansion and in Epstein’s other properties. We know there were a multitude of cameras and very large quantities of tapes.
‘Prince Andrew would have been included. He would certainly have been included among the people who would have been captured on the tapes.’
Many of Epstein’s victims have reported seeing surveillance cameras in private areas of his properties, including bedrooms.
One woman recalled accidentally stumbling through a ‘hidden door’ in the disgraced financier’s New York home to find ‘several men looking at banks and banks of monitors which showed activity in every room of the house, including the bedrooms and where the massages took place’.
Maria Farmer, who claims that Epstein assaulted her and her sister in the 1990s, claimed to have seen a ‘media room’ which had TVs set up with feeds from pinhole surveillance cameras dotted around the Manhattan mansion.
David Boies, who made the claim, has formally written to the Prince (pictured)’s legal team at least three times asking that he provide any and all correspondence with Epstein
‘It was all videoed all the time. I asked him (Epstein), “What do you do with all this?” And he said, “I keep it all in my safe”,’ she alleged.
Despite Mr Boies’s suspicion, there is no evidence that any footage exists – or existed – of Prince Andrew involved in any wrongdoing during visits to Epstein or his properties. The Prince adamantly denies any wrongdoing.
The FBI raided Epstein’s Manhattan home shortly after he was arrested on child sex charges last summer and found diamonds, fake passports and money.
They have repeatedly declined to comment on whether they found any surveillance tapes.
Mr Boies has formally written to the Prince’s legal team at least three times asking that he provide ‘any and all written or electronic correspondence between Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew’.
Mr Boies said that he was ‘quite confident’ that Epstein’s tapes did exist at one point but is not sure if they still do.
They could have been ‘destroyed’ or somebody could be ‘concealing’ them, Mr Boies said.
‘There are emails to be sure. Perhaps other communications,’ he claimed. ‘We have evidence on that related to the PR co-ordination and we have bits and pieces that sort of came up in an unstructured way and what we’re trying to do is get a complete inventory.’
The Prince (pictured at Windsor), who admitted visiting Epstein at his homes in New York, New Mexico and Little Saint James, adamantly denies any wrongdoing
Andrew has admitted visiting Epstein at his homes in New York, New Mexico and his private Caribbean island, Little Saint James.
He met Epstein in 1999 and went to New York to see him in 2010, when they were photographed walking in Central Park together.
When FBI agents raided Epstein’s Little Saint James home last year, they were photographed hauling off bin liners full of evidence.
It was later revealed the bags contained evidence including an Apple laptop, along with telephone logs and photo albums.
It is unknown if any video tapes were seized during the raid although numerous victims have claimed the island was covered with surveillance cameras inside the main house and a ‘sex temple’.
Last night, a spokesman for Andrew declined to comment.
How DID the BBC fall for this Ghislaine Maxwell fantasist? ‘Convicted stalker’ appeared on Today Show to defend her ‘friend’ – but Maxwell claims she has never met the woman
By Caroline Graham for the Mail on Sunday
When Laura Goldman appeared on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme last Sunday, she confidently predicted her ‘friend’ Ghislaine Maxwell would never betray Prince Andrew.
‘She always told me she would never say anything about him. She really felt that in the 90s, when her father died, Prince Andrew was there for her in many ways,’ Goldman told listeners, adding that she had spoken to Maxwell only ‘three weeks ago’.
Goldman has made something of a profession as a full-time Maxwell defender, receiving TV and newspaper coverage around the globe including in The Guardian and Telegraph.
Laura Goldman (pictured), who is believed to be a close acquaintance of Ghislaine Maxwell, revealed on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that her friend would never betray Prince Andrew
There is, however, just one problem: Ghislaine Maxwell has apparently never met her.
‘She is a fraudster and a fantasist,’ a source close to Maxwell said. ‘Ghislaine doesn’t know this woman.’
Goldman is understood to have met one of Maxwell’s sisters at a business event for Jewish leaders in Israel in 2001, but the sister rebuffed attempts at friendship.
After Epstein’s arrest in 2019, Goldman again contacted the sister who had ‘minimal contact’ with her.
‘She is a convicted stalker with a prison record,’ the source added.
But it now transpires that Maxwell has never met Goldman. The confidante is simply understood to have met one of Maxwell’s sisters at a business event in 2001
‘When she was pretending to know Ghislaine before Ghislaine was arrested, we let it go because there was so much rubbish being said. But now that Ghislaine is in custody some things she has said could put Ghislaine’s life at risk.
‘It is baffling that prestigious news outlets like the BBC would put her on air without even the most cursory checks.’
The Mail on Sunday has seen court documents and statements from the FBI which show Goldman, a former stockbroker, was charged with stalking and harassing Thomas Lee, an ex-lover who sold drinks firm Snapple for $2 billion.
Federal prosecutors said: ‘Goldman engaged in a lengthy campaign of harassment, threats and extortion against Lee and members of his family from 1994… until 2002.’
A source described Goldman as a ‘stalker’ who pleaded guilty to harassment that took place in the late 1990s and early 2000s
Goldman pleaded guilty to harassment. She was given five years of probation but during that time was arrested for threatening to kill Mr Lee and his children and for making threats against her probation office.
Court documents show she was re-arrested after threatening to kill a judge and later sent to jail for four months before being released in January 1999.
In 2000, she tried to blackmail Mr Lee by demanding $10 million in ‘war reparations’ but the FBI began to listen into calls and an arrest warrant was issued.
Goldman fled to Israel where she met Maxwell’s sister but she was extradited and pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted extortion. She was sentenced to five years probation.
When the MoS approached Goldman and told her Maxwell had described her as a ‘fraudster’, she responded: ‘Your reporting in inaccurate and flawed.’
When asked to provide proof that she had ever met Maxwell, she fell silent.