Epstein documents: Prince Andrew’s puppet, Clinton’s ‘preferences’ and underage orgy allegations

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Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Stephen Hawking are among those named in court documents relating to Ghislaine Maxwell, her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein and alleged victims of sexual abuse.

A US judge, Loretta Preska, ruled in December that documents that were part of a 2015 defamation case by Virginia Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell should be made public.

Judge Preska ordered that some individuals should be named because they had already given interviews to the media.

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In one document, a woman named Johanna Sjoberg – while giving testimony in May 2016 – claimed the Duke of York touched her breast while sitting on a couch inside the US billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.

Buckingham Palace has previously said the allegations are “categorically untrue”.

At the time, Ms Sjoberg testified that Maxwell called her to an upstairs closet where they pulled out a puppet of Prince Andrew that had been made for a BBC programme.

“It looked like him,” Sjoberg said. “And she brought it down and presented it to him; and that was a great joke, because apparently it was a production from a show on BBC.”

“And they decided to take a picture with it, in which Virginia and Andrew sat on a couch.

“They put the puppet on Virginia’s lap, and I sat on Andrew’s lap, and they put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, and Andrew put his hand on my breast, and they took a photo.”

In the documents released, Ms Sjoberg said that while flying to Manhattan with Epstein, Maxwell, Ms Giuffre and Prince Andrew, the financier’s jet was diverted to Atlantic City, New Jersey – where Epstein suggested going to one of Donald Trump’s casinos.

“The pilot’s told me to go back and tell [Epstein] that we can’t land in New York and that we were going to have to land in Atlantic City,” she said.

“Jeffrey said, Great, we’ll call up Trump and we’ll go to – I don’t recall the name of the casino, but – we’ll go to the casino.”

Later, when questioned on if she had to give Mr Trump a massage, Ms Sjoberg said she was never asked to.

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Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000

Clinton ‘likes them young’, Epstein told victim

In Ms Sjoberg’s interview under oath, she also described conversations with Epstein in which he claimed former US president Bill Clinton “likes them young, referring to girls”.

ABC News previously reported that Mr Clinton is named as “Doe 36” and mentioned in more than 50 of the documents.

In a statement released in 2019, a spokesperson for the former president said he had “not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade” and “knows nothing about the terrible crimes”.

There is no indication of any wrongdoing by Mr Clinton.

Ghislaine Maxwell confirmed in other documents released that Mr Clinton had travelled on board Epstein’s private jet. She did not know how many times.

 Bill Clinton gestures on the day of an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement at Queen's University, in Belfast

Epstein: ‘Issue a reward to… prove her allegations false’

Other papers unsealed included an email from Epstein to Maxwell, where he proposed for her to “issue a reward” to any of Ms Giuffre’s friends who could dispute her allegations shortly after she filed a civil claim in the US in 2015.

The email read: “You can issue a reward to any of Virginia’s friends, acquaints, family that come forward and help prove her allegations are false.

“The strongest is the Clinton dinner, and the new version in the Virgin Islands that Stephen Hawking participated in an underage orgy.”

Mr Hawking was photographed on Epstein’s island in March 2006, as part of a trip to a science conference on neighbouring island St Thomas.

The conference was paid for by Epstein and saw 20 other scientists attend.

Jeffrey Epstein was found dead while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges

Epstein was found dead in his cell at a federal jail in Manhattan in August 2019 while he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell, 62, is serving a 20-year prison sentence after she was convicted of helping Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls.

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