The video was the latest in a string of revelations about Prince Andrew's friendship with Epstein Photo: AFP/File
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Britain's Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein abuse

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By LEON NEAL

Britain's Prince Andrew insisted on Saturday that "at no stage" during his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein did he "witness... any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest".

The prince, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, is under heavy fire over his relationship with the disgraced U.S. financier, and admitted in a statement on Saturday that "it was a mistake and an error to see him after his release in 2010".

"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction."

Epstein was found dead in his cell earlier this month, and the prince was once more drawn into the story after a video was released purporting to show him at the criminal's home in 2010.

Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18 and served 13 months in prison before being released on probation.

"I was mistaken to think that what I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know," said Andrew.

"This is a difficult time for everyone involved and I am at a loss to be able to understand or explain Mr Epstein's lifestyle," he added.

The video was the latest in a string of revelations about Prince Andrew's friendship with Epstein in British tabloids.

The Mail on Monday said the prince had hosted Epstein at Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II's home in Scotland, in 1999 at a time when the monarch may have been in residence.

He also reportedly hosted Epstein at Sandringham, another royal residence in eastern England, a year later.

Epstein died in a federal jail in Manhattan on August 10 as he awaited trial charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors.

A coroner ruled that he committed suicide by hanging.

Over the years, the financier hobnobbed with politicians, socialites and celebrities, including Donald Trump before he was president, and Bill Clinton.

Virginia Giuffre -- previously Virginia Roberts -- one of Epstein's alleged victims, has testified that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in London when she was 17. She said she had sex with him again in New York and on Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.

But the allegations were struck from the record by a US judge in 2015, who said the "lurid details" were not needed to decide a civil case concerning Epstein.

Buckingham Palace has repeatedly and strenuously denied the claims, calling them "false and without foundation".

The prince said he deplored "the exploitation of any human being and would not condone, participate in, or encourage any such behavior."

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Well, he would, wouldn't he?

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Epstein was a registered sex offender when the video and the Central Park photo were taken. Andrew cannot credibly claim ignorance about the fact that he chose to maintain a close relationship with Epstein, knowing he was a sexual predator.

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The rich, especially the putative 'royals', are different from us. (apologies F. Scott). They have taxpayer funded PR machines to push alt facts and then get them published. Along with the taxpayer funded courts to defend them. Has anyone read R. Graves' 'I, Claudius'?

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Yeah, he knew just Dump who actually admitted to knowing. Good news is the British media will leave Meghan alone for a few news cycles!

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Too many very big names involved in the Epstein swamp, which is why Epstein was quickly epsteined, and the corporate media are not curious at all about the story.

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Yeah, it’s very interesting that Epstein died while in the custody of the White House, and no one is bringing that up other than you and I.

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If you are in a drug den you must know what it is, even if you don't take any and to return for visit after visit.

Yesterday, on the BBC, Alan Dershowitz who was Epstein's lawyer was defending him, Prince Andrew and himself against the charges of knowing about the under age girls.

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Stout denial. Works every time!

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I remember when I was a teenager right after the Falkland Islands War Prince Andrew had a tryst with the young American porn movie star Koo Stark. That caused a sensation. Him being involved in a scandal like this wouldn't surprise me. There is nothing sickening or illegal that Dump wouldn't do.

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Yes, the Falklands War, where Andrew repeatedly hovered his helicopter as a decoy for Argentine exocet missiles - drawing them away from british warships and making himself the target.

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The Mail on Monday said the prince had hosted Epstein at Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II's home in Scotland, in 1999 at a time when the monarch may have been in residence.

He also reportedly hosted Epstein at Sandringham, another royal residence in eastern England, a year later.

Gee, sounds similar to someone we know that hosted Epstein at Mar-A-Lago - and had a two-man, 39 girl party....

https://www.businessinsider.com/video-trump-party-jeffrey-epstein-cheerleaders-mar-a-lago-2019-7

Sure, nothing suspicious about that....

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Had an opportunity to meet him, years back. At the time, he was heavily involved in the arms trade. I declined.

If I'd known about his predilections back then, I would have embarrassed him in front of the media mob.

To say the least.

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What was Andy doing hanging with a convicted pedophile ?

Come on Andy, fess up!

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Guilty has charged. Not the first member of the royal family to cross lines.

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Mountbatten was another. Allegedly.

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@kurisupisu

What was Andy doing hanging with a convicted pedophile ?

He claimed the young woman "only massaged his foot".

I think that was his way of saing he has a 12".

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British media showing photo's of Prince Andrew, Trump, Melania, Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell at Trump's Mar-a-Logo club in 2000.

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