Prince Andrew prepares to face cops
Prince Andrew is willing to speak to police probing the alleged crimes of his late friend and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, it has been claimed.
The Duke of York, 59, has strongly denied any allegations of sexual misconduct regarding his relationship with the late-financier, The Sun reports.
Andrew would be willing to provide a witness statement or be questioned by cops in either Britain or the US about his friendship with the paedo, the Daily Express reports.
The prince does not consider himself above the law and is willing to help the probe, the report says.
Sources reportedly say the royal has never been asked to speak to investigators about Epstein.
Meanwhile, three women have sued the estate of Jeffrey Epstein, saying they were sexually abused by the financier, both before and after his controversial plea deal that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for sex crimes in 2007.
The lawsuits, filed in Manhattan federal court, bring the total number of civil cases against Epstein's estate since his apparent suicide in jail on August 10 to at least five.
Two of the women say they met Epstein when they were 17, while a third said she met him when she was 20. All describe similar patterns of being brought to Epstein's home to provide massages and then subjected to repeated, unwanted sex acts.
Epstein, 66, was found dead in his New York jail cell while awaiting trial for sex trafficking children.
It is unclear how the probe into Epstein's alleged crimes will proceed after his suicide.
But it is believed that former associates of the banker, such as Ghislaine Maxwell, could be probed by cops after the US Attorney-General William Barr said the abuser's conspirators should "not rest easy."
Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that Ghislaine Maxwell once taught one of Epstein's accusers "the proper way" to perform oral sex just how he liked, a new lawsuit claimed.
The British socialite allegedly gave the victim, Priscilla Doe, a "step-by-step" tutorial during a meeting at the convicted paedophile's island, Little St. James, in 2006, according to Priscilla's lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
Maxwell, Epstein's gal pal and alleged madam, used her own hands "to demonstrate how to pleasure Jeffrey Epstein manually so that plaintiff would know exactly how to make Jeffrey Epstein happy," the complaint said.
Maxwell provided other graphic advice on "stimulation" and "pressure" - and eventually made sure that Priscilla and other young women were "constantly on call to sexually service" Epstein, according to the filing.
On the same trip, Priscilla - who was a 20-year-old dancer when she was "recruited" as one of Epstein's personal masseuses in 2006 - was forced into having sex with another woman, identified as "Associate 2," during which she was choked by Epstein, the suit said.
The New York Post also reports that Epstein forced one of his alleged sex slaves into marrying another woman - by promising to foot a $30,000 bill for the victim's much-needed medical surgery, according to a new lawsuit.
The victim, only identified as Katlyn Doe, was just 17 when she first met Epstein in 2007 and spent the next seven years traveling to his homes in Manhattan, Florida and the US Virgin Islands for the sole purpose of having sex with him, the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court said.
The young woman was one of three Epstein accusers to file suit against the late pedophile's estate and others on Tuesday - a day after his will was filed in St. Thomas.
Soon after they'd met, Epstein, 66, promised he'd cure Katlyn's eating disorder, as well as take care of her medical bills for an undisclosed "serious medical condition," court papers said.
In 2013, he allegedly coerced her into legally marrying one of his female recruiters, "Associate 3," so that the recruiter could obtain legal status to "remain in the country to work for him," the suit said.
In exchange, he told Katlyn he'd pay $30,000 for her to get surgery - but he only half-fulfilled that promise, the victim claimed.
New court papers provide more details of the serial pervert's disturbing behaviour, including how he'd "be on the verge of ejaculating and would stop in order to make a phone call, at times saying that nearing sexual climax evoked certain important thoughts in Jeffrey Epstein's mind."
Ghislaine, the socialite daughter of disgraced media baron Robert Maxwell, has vehemently denied allegations that she procured young women to be abused by her former lover Epstein.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew was criticised for continuing his friendship with the multi-millionaire American following his conviction and imprisonment.
And after video emerged of the Duke peering from behind a door and waving at a young women at Epstein's New York mansion in 2010, the royals released a fresh statement:
"The Duke of York has been appalled by the reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes.
"His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent."
The prince met Epstein in the 1990s and enjoyed a holiday in Phuket, Thailand with the hedge fund manager in 2001 and also invited his pal to the Queen's Sandringham estate the previous year.
Andrew also hosted the paedophile and a young model, aged in her 20s, at Balmoral castle in Scotland in 1999.
Further allegations were made in 2011 regarding the royal's friendship with Epstein in a Florida civil suit which was seeking to overturn the sex offender's 2008 plea bargain.