Newly unsealed court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case allege that Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, lobbied the United States government on behalf of Epstein back in 2008. According to The Telegraph, the allegations came from the legal team representing two of Epstein's accusers, who are seeking to gain access to documents they claim will definitively prove that the Duke of York intervened in the 2008 legal proceedings to help the convicted pedophile get a "favorable" sentence.
"[They are] seeking documents regarding Epstein's lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz," wrote lawyers for the pair (via The Daily Mail). "They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while he used his significant social and political connections to lobby the justice department to obtain a more favorable plea deal," the statement continued.
Despite the mountain of evidence against Epstein compiled by the West Palm Beach police department in the late 2000s, he ended up serving just 13 months in prison. Many called the arrangement a "sweetheart deal" for the sex offender, and the indignation over what many perceived as a miscarriage of justice spurred Alex Acosta -- who had been the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida at the time -- to resign from his post as the secretary of labor in 2019.
The new reports that allegedly prove that the son of the Queen of England intervened may help explain how Epstein had managed to obtain such a lenient arrangement.
Prince Andrew has already faced severe criticism for not only his friendship with the convicted sex-offender but also his refusal to sit down for an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigations about the case against Epstein.
"The department wants to talk to [the duke]... We've made it clear that we'd like to communicate with him," stated Attorney General Bill Barr earlier this year.
The Duke of York's legal team has insisted that they have tried to contact the FBI but have been rebuffed.
Meanwhile, the public relations woes of the British Royal family continue amidst the publication of a new book about the Sussexes. As was previously reported by The Inquisitr, much of the new release lays bare the "damage" filled relationship between the pair and the Cambridges.