(TMU) — Five of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers have said that the Duke of York was witness to the act of girls giving massages to adults at his various properties.
And now, the accusers’ lawyer plans to serve subpoenas to Prince Andrew to testify as a witness in their cases.
While the prince contends he didn’t witness or even suspect any activities for which Epstein has either been convicted or accused, the lawyer for the five women, David Boies, says the Duke of York may have important information related to their cases.
“One of the things that we have tried is to interview Prince Andrew and to try to get what his explanation is. He was a frequent visitor. They ought to submit to an interview. They ought to talk about it.”
The subpoenas have been prepared but must be signed off by a judge after the prince sets foot on U.S. soil. He can then challenge the subpoenas in order to avoid providing evidence if he wishes.
Spencer Kuvin, a lawyer who represents many of Epstein’s alleged victims and once questioned the billionaire a decade ago, has urged the prince to come forward, saying on BBC Radio 4’s Today:
“Be a man, stand up for what you believe and what you’re saying is the truth and come forward.”
While Kuvin isn’t planning to serve the prince a subpoena, he is urging the Duke to “step forward” if he “truly wants to help these victims.”
However, it appears helping, or even acknowledging his former friend’s victims is far from the forefront of Andrew’s mind.
Since Epstein’s alleged suicide in a Manhattan correctional facility, attention has slowly shifted to the billionaire’s friends and potential accomplices. The reason for the recent spotlight on Prince Andrew can be traced back to vocal Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, who claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke three times. And in a 2011 testimony, Giuffre insisted the prince “knows the truth” about Epstein.
During a recent interview for 60 Minutes Australia that took her to the steps of Epstein’s $56 million Manhattan mansion, Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, insisted Prince Andrew “should go to jail.” Giuffre says that she “was trafficked to other billionaires” and “to other politicians,” including the prince.
In that same interview, Giuffre held up the notorious photograph of Prince Andrew and herself (at the age of 17) together at Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence, saying “this is a real photo.” The prince continues to deny the authenticity of the photograph that was first published in 2011.
In a television interview in November, affectionately referred to as a “car-crash interview” that likely had the exact opposite effect the royal family was hoping for, the Duke frequently went on the offensive, showed multiple telltale signs of lying, and neglected to vocalize any remorse for the heinous acts his friend allegedly engaged in or offer any sympathy to his numerous accusers.
Watch a breakdown of Prince Andrew’s disastrous BBC Newsnight interview below:
Giuffre was also recently interviewed by the BCC and stands by her accusations.
Earlier this week Giuffre tweeted a Dropbox link to the interview, which has not yet been released by the network in full.
Here’s the link to watch the BBC Panorama as I have had a lot of feedback asking to watch it. Again a million thank you’s to all of the people who have been supportive to the change that needs to happen. 🦋 https://t.co/DdJ9VjpeYw
— Virginia Giuffre (@VRSVirginia) December 3, 2019
Lisa Bloom, another lawyer representing a handful of Epstein’s accusers, told ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday that she has a witness who reportedly “saw Prince Andrew with Virginia” at Tramp nightclub the same night that Giuffre said the pair first had sex.
The witness, who claims she was “feet away” from the pair on the dance floor, was reportedly inspired to come forward after watching Andrew’s disastrous interview.
“She says that in 2001 she was at the Tramp nightclub and recalls seeing Prince Andrew. It was pointed out to her by a member of her group.
The woman remembers it vividly. She had never seen a royal before or since. It was a very big moment for her—she stared at him.
She says he was with Virginia—who looked very young and not happy—but Andrew was smiling and seemed to be very much enjoying himself on the dance floor.
She remembered it all these years and when she saw Prince Andrew on television a few weeks ago denying he knew Virginia, she was very displeased about that.
We decided the best thing to do is to go to the FBI and Scotland Yard. I believe her to be credible.
She is not asking for any money or making a legal claim—she just wants to tell her story.
She is very afraid but thinks speaking out is very important.”
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.