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Update VIDEO/Photos-Prince Andrew's EX Defends Him on SexSlave Allegations+FBI Have Tapes

Prince Andrew Strongly Denies 'Underage Sex Slave' Allegations...
-After Being Named in Lawsuit Filed in U.S. Court Papers


Daily Mail UK, 2 January 2015


A woman has claimed she was forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew when she was a 'sex slave' for a U.S. multi-millionaire.

A case has been lodged in court in Florida this week connected to allegations against Jeffrey Epstein, who has been convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl.


Court documents reported by the Guardian state:

'One such powerful individual Epstein forced the woman to have sexual relations with was a member of the British royal family, Prince Andrew (aka Duke of York).'

Prince Andrew has previously denied any sexual contact with young women associated with Epstein.

A spokesman for the royal said:


Quote:
'This relates to long-standing and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party.
'As such we would not comment on the detail. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue'



Prince Andrew pictured in 2011 with multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who is at the centre of the new case






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Update re: VIDEOs/Photos-Prince Andrew in US Lawsuit>Sex Slave TALKS

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The First Full Account of the Masseuse at the Center of the Explosive Prince Andrew 'Sex Slave' Drama...
-BUT is She Telling The Truth?


  • Prince accused of abusing 'Jane Doe 3' at orgy where she was 'sex slave'
  • Jane Doe 3 is Virginia Roberts, whose story was first uncovered in 2007
  • She told extraordinary story of three years working for billionaire Epstein
  • Said that she was paid to give erotic massages to tycoon and associates
  • Claimed Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of Robert, acted as his 'madame'
  • Palace has emphatically denied Prince had relations with underage girls
  • Now the most complete story yet of this young woman can be published
Daily Mail UK, 4 January 2015





It is the most extraordinary story of sex, power, influence and the abuse of young girls and it has already sent Jeffrey Epstein, one of the richest men in America, to jail.

And today this sordid saga erupted once again with Prince Andrew sensationally forced to deny having any sexual contact with the woman whose claims have dogged him for years. Last week, the Prince was accused of abusing ‘Jane Doe 3’ – an anonymous name used in American court papers – at an orgy where she was being used as a sex slave. Jane Doe 3 is Virginia Roberts, whose story was first uncovered in 2007 by The Mail on Sunday following a painstaking investigation by our reporter Sharon Churcher, who tracked her to Australia.

The story Miss Roberts told was extraordinary – how she spent three years as an under-age ‘sex slave’ working for billionaire Epstein, a friend of the Prince, and paid to give erotic massages to the tycoon and his associates. She also claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, acted as Epstein’s ‘madame’.

The allegations by Miss Roberts are threatening the reputation of the Queen’s second son. The Palace has emphatically denied that the Prince has had relations with underage girls.

Now, thanks to the court documents Miss Roberts lodged in Florida last week, The Mail on Sunday can publish the most complete story yet of how this young woman was exploited by Epstein’s shuttered world of seedy sex and influence. We spoke to Miss Roberts twice, the last time just 12 months ago. While fragments of her testimony to us were reproduced last week, only now can we present her comprehensive account with previously unpublished material.

Last week it was sensationally claimed that Prince Andrew had taken part in what, it was implied, was sex with a girl who was under the age of consent according to the law in Florida.

As the papers lodged in the Palm Beach court spell out:

Quote:
‘Epstein forced Jane Doe 3 to have sexual relations with a member of the British Royal Family, Prince Andrew (aka Duke of York).
‘Epstein instructed Jane Doe 3 that she was to give the Prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe 3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse. Maxwell facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse by acting as a “madame” for Epstein.’

In response, Buckingham Palace issued a strongly worded denial.

But Miss Roberts’s account differs. She says she first encountered Epstein and later Prince Andrew through Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell.

She was working as a changing room assistant in the spa at Donald Trump’s palatial Florida country club, Mar-A-Lago, where her father was a maintenance manager. Soon after her 15th birthday, in 1998, she says she met Ghislaine at the club.

The socialite was a friend of Epstein’s and the pair were known in New York and London for their hedonistic lifestyle, which concerned Royal courtiers after Andrew began to associate with them. Andrew was photographed surrounded by topless women during one holiday with them in Thailand and was pictured sweatily cavorting with Ghislaine at a Halloween sado-masochistic-themed party in Manhattan, reinforcing his public image as a party loving playboy.

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Teen: Miss Roberts pictured aged 15 at her mother's home in Palm Beach, Florida, in 1998






Youthful pose: Virginia Roberts as a teenager in 1997, before she met Jeffrey Epstein


Miss Roberts says she had no idea of the risks she was running when she leapt at an invitation from Ghislaine to work for Epstein...


‘I was wearing my sexy white Mar-A- Lago uniform – a white miniskirt and a skintight white polo top – and studying an anatomy book when I was approached by this striking woman in her mid-40s with a very proper British accent – Ghislaine,’ Miss Roberts told The Mail on Sunday.
‘She noticed what I was reading and I told her I wanted to become a masseuse and she said she worked for a very wealthy gentleman called Jeffrey Epstein who was looking for a travelling masseuse and I’d get training and be paid large amounts of money.’

Miss Roberts was told she could start work immediately and was driven to Epstein’s sugar-pink mansion on the Palm Beach waterfront. The stairway was decorated with photos of naked young girls and Miss Roberts eventually would learn that she, too, was being photographed by hidden cameras.

‘But I was too nervous to take it in,’ she says. ‘Another lady led me into Jeffrey’s bedroom. It had a king-size bed, and a spiral staircase that led down to a pool.

‘The lady walked me straight through into the massage room. It was part of a suite – a shower room, a steam room and another closet-sized room where I later learned the sex toys were kept.
‘Jeffrey was lying face-down on a table, completely naked. He asked me a whole bunch of questions and within the first hour, he knew my life story. I told him I’d been a runaway and I’d lived on the street and I’d taken ecstasy tablets and I wasn’t a virgin and he said, “So you’re a bad girl in a good girl’s body”.’

‘The lady told me to follow her instructions. She had me put oil on my hands and then she grabbed one of his feet and started to massage it and she told me to take his other foot. Then she took off her shirt and started rubbing her breasts across Jeffrey and told me to take off my clothes. He had sex with me and the woman fondled me.
I was thinking, “This is wrong. This is not legitimate massage.” But they liked me. The lady said, “She’s got a knack for it.’’ And I thought, “These are important people. I must be doing something right.” The lady gave me $200 [£130] and said I was to come back the next day.’

Miss Roberts was nauseated by the sexual acts that she was instructed to perform. But she was charmed by Epstein’s rags-to-riches life story – which, he intimated, was an example to her.

‘Jeffrey said he wanted to be my mentor,’ says Miss Roberts. ‘I felt that he and Ghislaine really cared for me. We’d do family things, like watch Sex And The City and eat popcorn.
‘But it was a sick family. I was a paedophile’s top girl, being trained up for a British Prince. He trained me to do whatever a man wanted. I was worried, but I would do anything to keep Jeffrey happy and keep my place as his No 1 girl.’

It was in 2001 that Miss Roberts was told she would be flying to London – and after they landed they drove straight to Ghislaine’s house.

‘Ghislaine showed me upstairs to a small bedroom. That night I gave Jeffrey an erotic massage. I was jetlagged. I went to sleep.

‘The next morning, Ghislaine came into my room. She was chirpy and really giddy. She jumped on the bed and said, “Get up, get up, sleepyhead. You’ve got a big day. We’ve gotta go shopping. You need a dress because you’re going to dance with a prince tonight.”

She said I needed to be “smiley” and bubbly and very happy to be around him and give a lot of energy to him because he was the Queen’s son. Miss Roberts said they went shopping for a £5,000 Burberry bag and other designer dresses, perfume and makeup. ‘We got back to Ghislaine’s house around 4pm and I ran straight upstairs to have a shower,’ she said.

‘When I went downstairs, Ghislaine and Jeffrey were in the lounge. No one seemed too fussed even though we were expecting the Duke of York any minute. There was a knock at the door. There was a car outside with two men, who I think were security. Ghislaine led Andrew in and introduced me and we kissed each other on the cheek as I’d been told is the English custom.

‘Ghislaine served tea. She knew Fergie, who I gathered was the Prince’s ex-wife, and they talked very fondly about their daughters. Then Ghislaine played one of her favourite guessing games.

She asked Andrew how old he thought I was and he guessed 17 and they all kind of laughed about it and Ghislaine made a joke that I was getting too old for Jeffrey. She said, “He’ll soon have to trade her in.”’

It was widely known in Jeffrey’s set that he liked young girls.

Miss Roberts says she sat between Jeffrey and Andrew at dinner, claiming:

‘Andrew was making eye contact with me at every chance and concentrating on my plunging V-neck top. He didn’t ask me anything about myself. I just sat there with a smile frozen on my lips. Ghislaine had whispered, “The Prince seems really interested in you.”




Her big day: Miss Roberts with her husband Robert on their wedding day in Thailand in 2002







‘We went on to Tramp. We were led into a VIP area and Andrew got me a ****tail from the bar then he asked me to dance. He was the most hideous dancer I had ever seen. He was grabbing my hips and he was pouring with perspiration and he had this cheesy smile.

I was used to being used for sex by men but it was not behaviour that I was used to in public, and not from a Prince who had daughters. I felt everyone was watching us...


By her account, Miss Roberts’s first tryst with the then 41-year-old Prince allegedly took place later that night at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London townhouse.

‘All of us went upstairs and I asked Jeffrey to snap a picture of me with the Prince. I wanted something to show my Mom. Ghislaine and Jeffrey left us after that,’ she said.
‘In the morning, Ghislaine said, “You did well. He had fun.” We flew straight back to the States. I suspected that the only reason we went to London was that I was a “gift” to Andrew.’

Miss Roberts makes the extraordinary claim that she was paid about $15,000 (just under £10,000) by the 58-year-old Epstein as a reward for sleeping with the Prince and other sexual services for Epstein.

There is no suggestion that the Prince knew that Epstein paid her.





Going public: Miss Roberts as she is now



‘I was totally under Jeffrey’s spell. I was his personal sex slave. Ghislaine joked about how young I was when they introduced me to Andrew.’

Despite the Palace’s vehement denials of impropriety, Miss Roberts says:

‘It was made clear to me that my job was to do whatever pleased him’ – adding that she ‘wouldn’t have dared object’ to any demand.
‘The Prince didn’t give me money with his own hands,’ she added. ‘Jeffrey always took care of paying me after I “entertained” his friends.’’

Andrew was at the time a special trade envoy, but after Epstein was prosecuted he resigned. He subsequently broke off his friendship with the financier and has been working to rebuild his reputation with his charitable trust. His focus is on trying to grow British prosperity, including training young people to become ‘economically active’ through schemes such as apprentices and a digital enterprise award.

Speaking later, Miss Roberts said she remains mortified by her meeting with Prince Andrew...


‘To be honest, I was sort of excited to meet the Prince. That was the lifestyle to which Jeffrey had accustomed me,’ the blonde, now 30, said.
Miss Roberts says she met Andrew for a second time around Easter 2001, at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion.

‘I was in Florida when I was called up and told I was needed in New York,’ she recalls. ‘When I got to the mansion, I was told, “Get ready. You are meeting someone in the library.” Andrew was sitting there in a big leather armchair behind which there was a desk covered with photos of girls and young women, including one of me.
‘I was almost nude in the picture. I don’t think Andrew could have missed seeing it when he walked in. Ghislaine had just given him a present, some kind of big blow-up toy that was his Spitting Image puppet. He was smiling ear-to-ear. He looked like a kid whose parents were taking him to Disney World.

‘A beautiful girl called Johanna Sjoberg, who worked for Jeffrey, was sitting on Andrew’s knee. Ghislaine guided me over to Andrew and I think he recognised me though I don’t know if he remembered my name. We kissed each other on the cheek and Ghislaine placed me on his other knee.’

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Johanna has confirmed the encounter, saying she was 21 at the time and had been hired by Ghislaine to answer phones and serve drinks in return for $20 (£13) an hour.
Ghislaine subsequently asked her to give Epstein foot massages, she elaborated, and the tycoon tried to persuade her to ‘touch his nipples’. ‘He couldn’t believe I refused. No one else had ever done that,’ she said.





Friends: Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein in New York in 2011 after the financier's conviction


After being introduced to Andrew in the library, she sat on his lap. Miss Roberts says it was made clear to her that she was expected to have sex with Andrew – although again the Palace completely refutes any suggestion of impropriety.

‘Ghislaine said, “You should take him upstairs for a massage,” ’ she says, burying her face in her hands. ‘I took him upstairs to the Dungeon. He undressed and lay face down on the table. I started with his feet, then his calves the way Jeffrey liked it.’

This time there was no extra payment for the session, she added. ‘Because I wasn’t on the road, I just got my usual hourly rate, which at that time was $200.'





Miss Roberts claims that her first tryst with the then 41-year-old Prince allegedly took place later at the London townhouse of Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured


She met Andrew one final time on Epstein’s Caribbean island, where she says she entertained him with an ‘orgy’.

‘I flew there with Jeffrey and Ghislaine,’ she says, ‘and seven Russian girls who didn’t speak a word of English turned up with a modelling agent. Jeffrey was so excited. He said, “We’re going to do a big photo shoot with you and the girls.” The agent took the pictures.

‘They were very provocative. We were topless and he had us in sexual positions. Then were told to assemble in a big cabana. When I walked in, Andrew and Jeffrey were seated in chairs. Jeffrey directed us with hand gestures. Jeffrey and the Prince were laughing. The next day, Andrew was gone.

‘I remember thinking I would never have a normal life again but, as sick as it sounds, Jeffrey was my master. I was totally in his power. I never thought of trying to escape.’.


For her 19th birthday, in August 2002, Epstein purchased a plane ticket to Thailand for her, where he enrolled her in a massage course.
Asked if she planned to escape, she blushes. Despite the degradation she endured, she insists that she never would have lied to her ‘mentor’.

‘I really did think that I could give him better massages if I studied in Thailand,’ she says...


Shortly after arriving there, however, she met an Australian martial arts expert, whom we have agreed to identify only by his first name, Robert. They fell in love and, just ten days later, they married.
‘Robert taught me how to live again,’ says Miss Roberts.

For 11 years, they lived in virtual seclusion in a rural suburb of Sydney. But a year ago, the couple moved back to America with their three young children. ‘I still dream about Jeffrey. I still wake up at night in tears,’ said Miss Roberts, who is working on a memoir.

Her memory of Prince Andrew plays heavily on her mind.
‘A lot of powerful men were part of Jeffrey’s scene, but I specifically remember Andrew,’ she says.

But she says it is now time ‘to fight’, adding:

‘When I think of what he and these other men did, it breaks my heart. I am going to name every guy who deserves to be named when I go to court.’

And yesterday she said she was being ‘unjustly victimised again’ after her account was called into question.

‘These types of aggressive attacks on me are exactly the reason why sexual abuse victims typically remain silent and the reason why I did for a long time,’ she says. ‘That trend should change. I’m not going to be bullied back into silence.’

Epstein’s lawyer Jack Goldberg said the allegations were old and salacious and had been consistently proven to have no merit.


Ghislaine Maxwell was not available for comment but has previously branded all claims against her as ‘untrue’ and ‘obvious lies’.






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Update re: VIDEO/Photos-Prince Andrew SexSlave >'FBI Have Tapes'

Young Woman at the Center of Prince Andrew Scandal Says the FBI Have Videos of Her Having Sex with Jeffrey Epstein and 'Powerful Friends' While She was Underage

  • Virginia Roberts alleges she was 'loaned out' to friends of Jeffrey Epstein
  • Named Prince Andrew and lawyer Alan Dershowitz among those involved
  • Claimed she was forced to have sex with prince on three occasions
  • In sworn statement filed yesterday, she claimed FBI possess key evidence
  • Said Epstein had cameras in rooms where she had sex while underage
  • Believes that FBI now has the videos which would support her claims
  • Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, Jeffrey Epstein strongly deny allegations
Daily Mail UK, 8 Feb 2015


The woman at the centre of the Prince Andrew 'sex slave' scandal has told a US court that she believes the FBI has videos of her having sex with Jeffrey Epstein and his 'powerful friends' while she was underage.



Virginia Roberts, who alleges that she was loaned out to the Duke of York and other high-profile Epstein associates, also stated that she feared for her life while working as Epstein's 'sex slave'.

It comes a week after Epstein, an American billionaire who has been convicted of soliciting underage prostitution, hit out at 'outlandish attacks' by the 'gossip media' over the case.

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Accusations: Virginia Roberts (right) has claimed that she was forced by financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, pictured together in early 2001



Miss Roberts, 31, accuses Epstein, the Prince, and – among others – the leading American defence lawyer Alan Dershowitz of abusing her while she was underage.
Prince Andrew, Ghislaine Maxwell - also named in court documents - Mr Dershowitz and Jeffrey Epstein have vigorously denied the accusations.
A Buckingham Palace statement said: 'It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship [with the woman].


'The allegations made are false and without any foundation.'

In court papers, Miss Roberts claims she was forced to have sex with the royal on three separate occasions - including an orgy - at three locations; London, New York and the US Virgin Islands.
She is said to have been 17 at the time of the alleged meetings, meaning she was underage according to the law in Florida.

Miss Roberts, now 31, claims that she was groomed on behalf of Epstein by Maxwell – daughter of disgraced newspaper owner Robert - when she was 15 and forced into a world of sexual abuse.

In her latest court filing, submitted to a Florida court on Friday, Miss Roberts stated US authorities were holding back damning evidence of activities that she was made to engage in while working as Epstein's 'sex slave'.
Swearing under oath, Miss Roberts said she knew that 'Epstein maintained videos in some rooms' where she had 'sex with other powerful people'.





Evidence: In the latest filing, Miss Roberts, pictured in 2011, stated US authorities were holding back damning evidence of activities that she was made to engage in while working as Epstein's 'sex slave'



She added that she believed that those videos could be used as blackmail.
She said:

'Based on my knowledge of Epstein and his organization, as well as discussions with the FBI, it is my belief that federal prosecutors likely possess videotapes and photographic images of me as an underage girl having sex with Epstein and some of his powerful friends.'

Miss Roberts also detailed interactions she had with investigators from the FBI that led her to believe she was the victim of a 'major cover up' - proof of Epstein's power and influence.
She also claimed she was physically abused by Epstein's friends to such an extent that she feared for her life.

She said: 'Without going into the details of the sexual activities I was forced to endure, there were times when I was physically abused to the point that I remember fearfully thinking that I didn’t know whether I was going to survive.'

When she told Epstein about this abuse, the billionaire responded 'you get that sometimes', she stated.

Roberts is seeking to join a long-running lawsuit against the US government filed by other alleged victims of Epstein to a federal court in Florida.
The women claim that Epstein’s plea deal violated their constitutional rights, and that his powerful allies – including presidents and other high-profile personalities – may have helped win him special treatment.
As well as the affidavit, Roberts filed previously undisclosed receipts for a flight from New York to Thailand in September 2002.

There is also a receipt of a stay costing several thousand dollars at the Royal Princess hotel in Chiang Mai. All the bills appeared to have been paid for by 'J Epstein'.

Roberts has previously alleged that she was sent on the Thailand trip by Epstein to learn Thai massage and interview a Thai girl 'to bring back to the United States' for him.
Instead, she stated in the most recent affidavit, she saw it as a 'chance to escape' after meeting a man - now her husband - and confiding in him about her situation.

Last week, Prince Andrew was pictured as he returned to his royal duties after a second attempt to have him testify about underage 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts failed.


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Update Re: VIDEO/Photos-Prince Andrew's EX Defends Him on SexSlave Allegations+FBI Have Tape

Koo Stark Reveals the Truth About Prince Andrew: After 32 years' Silence, Prince's Ex-Lover Gives Account of Affair to Defend Him from 'Sex Slave' Claims

  • Prince Andrew accused of sleeping with an underage Virginia Roberts
  • But former girlfriend Koo Stark believes these allegations are untrue
  • Says her time with him has convinced her beyond doubt he is not guilty
  • Recalls him as 'a nice man, a tender, loving and caring normal boyfriend'
Daily Mail UK, 15 Feb 2015




From taking her ****atoo to Buckingham Palace, to playing boardgames with the royals at Balmoral, Koo Stark (centre and left) reveals her life with Prince Andrew, and why it has convinced her he would never have slept with Virginia Roberts. In this world exclusive account she recalls a 'tender, loving and caring' man (right) who was always swooned over by women and had no need for 'forced sex'. She also recalls the emotional moment she learned he was to go war, and how she was kept from greeting him when he returned home with a rose clamped between his teeth.


Prince Andrew's former lover Koo Stark has broken her 32-year silence over their relationship to launch an explosive intervention into allegations he slept with a teenage ‘sex slave’.

Miss Stark, whose daughter is the Duke of York’s godchild, writes about their relationship for the first time in today’s Mail on Sunday.
She uses her personal and compelling account of their time together to make a point-by-point rebuttal of the devastating claims.

Her extraordinary revelations are intended to drive a wrecking ball into a lawsuit in which masseuse Virginia Roberts says she was forced to offer sexual favours to the Duke. Prince Andrew has denied having sex with Roberts.
None of Prince Andrew’s family or friends has been allowed to mount a detailed defence of him.

However Miss Stark, a 58-year-old artist and photographer, is so enraged by Ms Roberts’ claims, she has broken ranks – as well as her self-imposed silence – to protect her former boyfriend.

In her extraordinary account, she reveals:
  • How, from her first date with Andrew in 1981 to the media frenzy over a mildly erotic film role that would tear them apart, the character and behaviour of the man she loved and has remained friends with bears no resemblance to the figure described by Ms Roberts.
  • That he was ‘tender, loving and caring’ and ‘very attractive to women’ and asks: ‘What need would he have for any women to be supplied for “forced sex”?’
  • How Ms Roberts has invoked Andrew’s name simply to bring in ‘heavy artillery’ in her fight against paedophile US billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and the American state.
  • When Andrew first asked her to ‘BP’ for lunch, she thought he was inviting her to a petrol station, rather than Buckingham Palace… and how she headbutted Prince Charles when she mistakenly curtseyed before kissing him.
  • How she tried ‘everything’ to stop Andrew going to fight in the Falklands War.
  • Remarkable insights into life with the Royal Family – including the moment her pet parrot caused mayhem at Buckingham Palace when it trapped its claws in the wallpaper.

Primarily, Miss Stark uses her account to rally to Andrew’s defence. She said:

‘I know too much about the media and the law courts to allow the disgrace of an innocent man.
‘That is why I have decided to reveal some details of my relationship with Andrew. My view is clear: I believe him to be a good man and I believe I can help rebut, with authority, the allegations against him.
‘Prince Andrew is a dear friend and godfather to my daughter. I’ve only known him to be honourable and honest, with Christian values.
'I couldn’t shrug off Virginia Roberts’ assassination of his character any more than he has been able to. He was being accused of the very worst kind of behaviour.
'The stain on his reputation is spilling across his life like blood from a new wound.’

Describing the Duke as ‘playful and tactile’ and ‘a normal boyfriend’, Miss Stark said: ‘This is not the person portrayed by Virginia Roberts.

‘I believe she and her lawyers are waging a war through the American courts and invoking his name by way of heavy artillery. American-style litigation takes no prisoners.’





Still friends: Andrew and his ex, Koo Stark, at a 1999 event. She says Virginia Roberts' allegations bare no relation to the man she knows



Prince Andrew has been named in a complex lawsuit brought by Ms Roberts. She is suing the state for failing to protect her rights when it entered a plea deal with Epstein, a former friend of the Duke.
Epstein was sentenced to 18 months jail on one count of sexual misconduct in 2008.
Ms Roberts alleges she met Epstein in 1999 at the age of 15 and he forced her to make herself available for sex with his powerful and well-connected friends until she turned 19.
She claims she had three encounters aged 17 and 18 with Prince Andrew – one in New York, one in London and one on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

But Miss Stark is certain that the Duke would not take advantage of a ‘sex slave’ – and the Royal Family is known to be deeply distressed by the claims.
A photo taken by Andrew of the Queen with the Earl and Countess of Wessex and released on Facebook last week is being interpreted as an act of faith by Her Majesty.
The Queen has also promoted the Duke to the naval rank of Vice Admiral to mark his 55th birthday this Thursday.

However Palace protocol dictates that none of the Royal Family can speak out publicly, making Miss Stark’s intervention even more compelling.
Last night Buckingham Palace said:

‘We would not comment beyond what we have already stated in respect of Virginia Roberts.’

Koo Stark made a rare appearance in 2013;







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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: The true story of Andrew, me... and a stain on his reputation that's spilling like blood from a new wound
By KOO STARK





Good friends: The pair at a charity event in 1999. Koo says the prince is a 'good man' who has been deprived of the ability to defend himself



On a cold dark day in London last month, I was thinking about coffee and pondering my New Year’s resolutions when the phone rang. ‘Do you think he did it? asked the voice at the other end.
Instinct told me it was about Prince Andrew. ‘Who did what?’ I stalled.
The voice replied: ‘Do you think Prince Andrew slept with a teenage sex slave?’ I stopped breathing, muttered something unintelligible, hung up and Googled for news.

My first reaction was fury, then disbelief, at the lurid allegations being made against a man I have known well for more than 30 years.
Prince Andrew is a dear friend of mine and godfather to my daughter. I’ve only known him to be honourable and honest, with Christian values. I dismissed this latest story as just another sexual slur to add to the list of criticisms of him in recent years.

But I couldn’t shrug off Virginia Roberts’ assassination of his character any more than he has been able to. He was being accused of the very worst kind of behaviour.
The stain on his reputation is spilling across his life like blood from a new wound.

I know too much about the media and the law courts to allow the disgrace of an innocent man. That is why I have decided to now reveal some of the details of my relationship with Andrew.

Most people in this country have formed their own impression of him – either good or ill. My view is clear: I believe him to be a good man.
I firmly believe I can help rebut, with authority, the allegations against him. I will use those details to challenge Virginia Roberts’ description of a man which does not tally with the person I have known for more than half my lifetime.

I will also use them to question the legitimacy of Andrew’s name being spuriously dragged into a case in which he cannot defend himself.
And finally, I will use them to demonstrate how the global media is hiding behind the skirts of Ms Roberts’ testimony to besmirch an innocent man – just as it besmirched me when it claimed I’d crossed the line from appearing in mainstream films containing erotic scenes, to films made for the sex industry. (Falsely accused of appearing in porn, I have sued for libel and won.)

This new attack on Prince Andrew brought back poignant memories of the Caribbean island of Mustique, more than three decades ago.
It was then, as I holidayed with him in the autumn of 1982, that news of our romance first broke. The press we received rivalled that of Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII.
(Now, with Ms Roberts in the news I find myself wondering, is it only American women who are the nemesis of British Royal men?)

I also understand what it is to be accused of a crime.
An allegation of theft was made by my ex-fiance, American banker Warren Walker, who is the father of my daughter.
The judge entered a verdict of Not Guilty but in the media coverage of the case a lot of damage was done to my reputation.
It’s an experience that resonates with Prince Andrew’s current circumstances. The tragedy for him is that he cannot clear his name himself.

In a separate civil case in which I was involved with Walker, a judge held that ‘the father had consistently and over an extensive period given deliberately false evidence’.





Today: Koo says Virginia Roberts has 'besmirched an innocent man', spreading a stain across his life 'like blood from a new wound'



No referral was made by the courts for consideration to be given to a prosecution for perjury. I understand, therefore, that it is possible to face someone prepared to tell lies against you in court. It is wrong that this can happen and for that to go unpunished.
To be clear: Andrew has denied the accusations Ms Roberts has levied against him.

An official Buckingham Palace spokesman last month said:

‘It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
'The allegations made are false and without any foundation.’

Andrew later issued a personal denial at Davos, Switzerland. He said:

‘For the record, I refer to events that have taken place in the last few weeks.
'I just wish to reiterate and to reaffirm the statements which have already been made on my behalf by Buckingham Palace.’


I know him to be honest and I believe him. But it doesn’t matter what I think. The question is, when you have heard what I have to say, what will YOU believe?

The story of our first meeting is an instructive example of how our story was twisted from the start.
It was widely – and wrongly – reported to have been in Tramp, the very same nightclub where Ms Roberts says she first partied with him. It’s undisputed in books and newspaper articles.
Except what has been reported as fact is wrong. We didn’t meet there at all.

We were introduced by mutual friends on the night of his 21st birthday party in February 1981.
I was at the National Theatre understudying in the Tennessee Williams play Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.
Friends, including the landlady of my basement flat in Chester Square, Belgravia, were taking Prince Andrew for a meal but the ‘spare girl’ had gone missing. It turned out I was her understudy too.

I was tired and more than a little grumpy after the curtain came down and I hadn’t committed to what was effectively a blind date.
I wasn’t even dressed to go out by the time a Royal Protection Officer knocked on my door and swept his torchlight past me, checking the flat.
I decided I ought to go and picked out a red suede Maxfield Parrish trouser suit with a nipped-in waist (this was the Eighties!) and a blue Chloe fur-lined raincoat for the winter night.





In the street, a car door opened. I climbed in and settled myself into the passenger seat, wrapping my coat around me.
Prince Andrew proffered his hand and said,

“Hello, I’m Andrew.” I don’t know what I’d expected. But it wasn’t for a prince to be doing his own driving.

We went to a restaurant called Bewicks on Walton Street, not far from Harrods, and ended up in the doorway together, jostling shoulder to shoulder.

As I stepped forward, Prince Andrew did the same and we crashed into each other before both swiftly stepping back. The same thing happened a second later. ‘I am a Prince, I go first,’ he said.
Being American, I retorted: ‘I am the Prince’s date, I go first,’ but he got his foot into the door just ahead of me, chuckling. We immediately had an easy familiarity.

As you can see from this exchange, he likes strong-minded women with a sense of humour.
It’s something I have in common with his ex-wife Sarah, the Duchess of York, who is, like me, older than Andrew.
I’m not saying he would never be interested in a meek teenage blonde, I am just pointing out that he is attracted to the very opposite.

In Ms Roberts’ diaries, which were apparently written eight years after the event (she must have a remarkable memory), her entry from the night she claims to have accompanied Prince Andrew to Tramp describes a boor whose behaviour and habits bear no resemblance to the gentleman I know.
Ms Roberts alleges she and Andrew were ‘let into the VIP section, where Andrew did not hesitate to grab us both an alcoholic ****tail and found a table in the corner of the extremely packed club. We took a few sips then headed to the dance floor.
'He was the most incredibly hideous dancer I had ever seen, and not to mention how embarrassing it was to have to be the one he smashed pelvises with, even if he was a Prince.’
She continued: ‘We only stayed at the club for little over an hour before his Highness was dripping from sweat and ready to embark on a quieter setting where we could get to know each other better, and from the way he was fondling me on the dance floor, I knew this was a man’s polite way of saying he wanted to intimately get acquainted.’


I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous. Don’t you think people would notice a member of the Royal Family at Tramp, behaving the way she depicts Prince Andrew on the night in question? Where are the pictures, the gossip column entries, the witnesses?

Indeed, my experience of being with Andrew on our first date in Bewicks informed me of the effect he has on any gathering, be it a restaurant, a club or a Royal court.
Conversation drops. Body language changes. There is a bow wave of deference. But Ms Roberts will have us believe this extraordinary hour in Prince Andrew’s life passed unchronicled.

It was in Bewicks that I first learned something that is today widely known and accurate: Prince Andrew does not drink alcohol. Not at all. This flatly contradicts Ms Roberts’ account.



Let’s consider her derogatory description of his behaviour towards her. In my experience, being in Prince Andrew’s company was never as Ms Roberts claimed.
Then, as now, he was very attractive to women. What need would he have for any women to be supplied for ‘forced sex’?


'Come to BP for lunch,' said Andrew. I thought, why IS he inviting me out to a petrol station?






Bearskin: Images from Koo's private collection reveal the playful relationship the two of them shared until it was torn apart


Consider the following. The man I met that first night had impeccable manners. He collected me from my home, drove us to the restaurant, managed to have plenty of fun without consuming any alcohol, drove me back and secreted a note which I found the next morning on my rustic Biedermeier dresser. ‘Come to BP tomorrow for lunch,’ it said.
Initially I wondered why he was taking me to a petrol station – it took me a moment to realise he meant Buckingham Palace. I went.

We had lunch on trays in the nursery which was the suite of rooms where he and Prince Edward had grown up, but was by then his flat in the Palace.
The meal was brought into the rooms which overlooked Green Park and Constitution Hill by an immaculately presented footman in tails yet Andrew himself was easy and informal.
He was playful, tactile and friendly. And that’s how it started, immediately.

I was single, he was single, we had every reason to be carefree and no reason not to be. When Andrew comes into your life there is no room for anyone else. He takes up all the space.
He walked into my life and that was it: he was my life. There was no discussion. None was needed. Suddenly I was his girlfriend.

The weeks and months that followed created some of the happiest memories I have of my life.
I could come and go to visit my boyfriend in Buckingham Palace without causing an international scandal – I even used to take my pet parrot with me. Candy was a roseate ****atoo.

On one such day, a page came in carrying a huge silver tray with tea on it. Candy took fright and flew up to the ceiling, where she got her claws stuck in the 1970s hessian wallpaper.
She couldn’t get down, so Andrew took charge, found a ladder used by Royal staff to clean the chandeliers and rescued her.

On another occasion, I went to the Palace, only to find he had moved rooms and I found myself on the wrong floor walking up and down calling out ‘Aaaandreeeeeew.’
Luckily, I was not mistaken for Palace intruder Michael ***an and arrested, but eventually found by a page and directed to his new rooms.





Mismatch: Koo admits the pair made an odd couple - he didn't drink in an age when not drinking meant being antisocial, and she took part in yoga when spiritualism had yet to become fashionable


It was a blurring of two very different worlds. I bought Andrew his first pair of denim jeans and he gave me a T-shirt of his which I loved. It said ‘Don’t Panic’. He bought me one of my own emblazoned with ‘Here comes Trouble’. I didn’t know whether to be pleased or insulted. Either way, looking back, he was right.

The point I’m trying to make is that Andrew is a nice man, a tender, loving and caring normal boyfriend.
Did I say normal? We did make an odd couple, especially in the 1980s when it was considered antisocial to abstain from alcohol and unusual, if not suspect, to practise yoga, as I have always done. Andrew adopted the practices he found useful for his health and I never minded being considered eccentric for standing on my head!

One of the things which united us and gave me insight into the real man was our shared interest in photography. Andrew is also skilled behind the camera but unlike me is technically gifted.
He could get anything broken to work again, took cameras apart and put them back together just for fun, he was a much better student than me.
We were both taught darkroom techniques by master printer and photographer Gene Nocon at his darkroom under the Royal Opera House and Andrew did all his own black and white printing.

This is not the person portrayed by Virginia Roberts. I believe she and her lawyers are waging a war through the American courts and invoking his name by way of heavy artillery. American style litigation takes no prisoners. It’s the antithesis to mediation or moderation.

The eminent Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is also accused of receiving sexual favours from her.
Here is an edited extract of a defence he wrote for an English audience last month: ‘I have filed a sworn statement, subjecting me to perjury charges if untrue, categorically denying all the allegations and providing specific disproof of them. Prince Andrew may, of course, be in a different situation because he is a member of the Royal Family.

‘He is not as free as I am to pursue legal charges and make the same kind of public defence as I am able to. But if I am successful in disproving the charges against me, as I’m confident I will be, this will work to the Prince’s benefit, since it will establish that his accuser lacks credibility.’






Unwelcome attention: As the couple tried to relax in Mustique in 1982, they couldn't escape the press



He leaves no room for doubt about his own position or what he believes Prince Andrew’s to be. He also highlights how hard it is for Andrew to fight back.

Ms Roberts seems to be operating on the old myth that the Royals never explain and never complain but in this I believe she has erred. It is extraordinary. But it is not unprecedented.

In 1849, Prince Albert, on behalf of his wife Queen Victoria, brought a copyright action against a publisher who had acquired etchings of their children and dogs.

Then, in 1983, one of the scant times in hundreds of years of British history a reigning monarch has instigated legal action, the Queen sued for breach of confidence over revelations by a former member of Royal staff which led to the headline ‘Queen Koo romps at the Palace’.

It is true the usual policy has been a do-nothing and say-nothing strategy imposed by the men in grey suits at the Palace.
It’s still too often the default setting and today is even more outmoded and ineffectual than it was in 1982. While Prince Andrew diplomatically mounts his defence, the damage to his reputation is already done.


The rose in the teeth of my returning war hero... the moment that all hell broke loose







'He was a Royal romantic hero – so, everyone wanted to know, who was his girlfriend? All hell broke loose'



He’s a man whose efforts have been, unfairly, more often met with criticism than praise.
His decade of work as a UK Special Representative for Trade and Investment went unapplauded.
He is a war hero who, alongside the other brave men of the Falklands Task Force, risked his life for his country.

While Prince Harry is lauded for his service on the frontline in Afghanistan, Prince Andrew’s courage in the Falklands conflict is all but forgotten.

I recall the day he was pictured, victorious, disembarking from HMS Invincible with a rose between his teeth. It was the day he became irresistible to the press. He was a Royal romantic hero – so, everyone wanted to know, who was his girlfriend? All hell broke loose.

Before we attracted any media interest, we’d enjoyed a wonderful period of grace.

We used to be able to walk around London without much attention. Andrew’s private detective looking furtive in his dark suit drew more sideways glances than we did.
After the screaming headlines began, our lives were consumed by the fabricated scandals procured by chequebook journalism and the unregulated attention of dozens of paparazzi.
We were watched 24 hours a day, chased, harassed, libelled, lampooned and tormented. He was protected by thick Palace walls and Royal Protection Officers.

He was acutely aware I was on my own and did everything in his power to help. My privacy and anonymity were never to be restored.
Privacy is as essential to life as oxygen. I have not subsequently been able to make a ‘first impression’ and I understand the isolating effect of notoriety.
The press attention should have driven us apart but we gained a deeper understanding of each other through this shared experience.

The day the Falklands War was announced in April 1982, Andrew and I were due to have lunch at our favourite Italian restaurant, Mimmo d’Ischia, in Belgravia.
He telephoned me at my flat in Chester Square and said that he wouldn’t be able to come because the country was at war.

He was then attached to HMS Invincible as a Sea King search-and-rescue pilot.
I was so shocked I responded unreasonably and with anger. I slammed around the kitchen, crashing cupboard doors, shouting at him down the line that he was being ridiculous, that this was the worst excuse I’d ever heard and that I was expecting him in 15 minutes.

I threw the phone down, went out and got into my green Mini, turning the car radio on just in time to hear the BBC announcing war had been declared against Argentina.
I was so startled, I drove straight into the back of a parked Post Office van.

Leaving my car where it was, I returned to the flat where Andrew had by now arrived. He was looking pretty miserable, albeit very handsome in his uniform.
We said goodbye only after I tried everything – and I mean everything, both reasonable and unreasonable – to stop him going.






He left giving me a small volume of Kipling’s poems with a bookmark on ‘If–’, reminding me that he was one of the men and that this was his job.

I couldn’t watch him drive away. I didn’t go outside for days and sat glued to BBC World News. We were able to stay in touch with the occasional ship-to-shore call and we wrote long letters.

It was only at the time of Invincible’s eventual homecoming in September that year that I first understood what a destructive role the media would play in our relationship through the constant thirst for news and gossip about us.

Like any other military wife or girlfriend, I had planned to go to meet Andrew’s ship. Instead, I was invited to wait for him in his rooms at Buckingham Palace a few days before he docked.

Princess Diana’s treatment at the hands of the paparazzi proved the age of deference was over.
From the moment that iconic photograph of her legs visible through a backlit skirt was taken, she became the first Royal victim of modern media manipulation. I became the second, so this was a precautionary measure.

My reunion with my boyfriend took place privately in Buckingham Palace. I watched him on television disembarking in Portsmouth from the comfort of his sitting room.
It seemed like a matter of minutes before he walked in and we were together.
Then Andrew went to Balmoral for the peace and quiet and family reunion he craved.

Due to work commitments, I followed him up a few days later, catching the train from King’s Cross, laden with luggage containing virtually my complete wardrobe.

Even so, I ran out of walking socks and had to raid Prince Edward’s drawers for spares. (He was in New Zealand at the time.)

If the night at Bewicks provided me with my first lesson in royal etiquette – Royals are always first through the door – then my stay at Balmoral provided the second.

The day I arrived, I walked downstairs and into a drawing room full of courtiers who started bowing and curtseying in my direction.
I guessed it wasn’t for me and that it could only mean there was a senior Royal right behind me. I turned and saw Prince Charles, whom I hadn’t yet met.

I curtseyed, only to find him bending down to give me a kiss. I started to get back up – and in doing so headbutted him. He held his head in his hands groaning while I wilted with embarrassment.
He came towards me again and this time I got it right. He whispered kindly in my ear: ‘It’s kiss, then curtsey.’

At Balmoral, life is lived outdoors and the evenings are spent playing parlour games, doing jigsaws and pretending the dog hasn’t farted.
Suffice to say I had a memorable time – but relaxing as it is en famille, even when the family are the Royals, what we really wanted to do was to go on a beach holiday. Scotland means sweaters.

We chose Princess Margaret’s villa in Mustique because of the predictable – and worrisome – increase in press and public attention post Falklands, as well as increased security concerns.
In October, we flew British Airways under an alias reported at the time as Mr and Mrs Cambridge.

The plane stopped briefly in America to pick up some new passengers, including my mother who was joining our house party.
I’d spent some time with my boyfriend’s mother and now he was going to spend some time with mine. A normal chain of events.









Breaking her silence: Koo at home with her dog Dolly as she lifts the lid on her relationship with Andrew


It was probably the last time we could conduct anything approaching a ‘normal’ relationship.

Completely by chance, there was a Fleet Street photographer on the plane heading on holiday too.
His camera must have been in the hold because he was running up and down the aisle trying to buy one from his fellow passengers.
At this time there were no pictures of Andrew and I together in the public domain and, of course, it was long before the era of the smart phone and social media and citizen journalism.

Fortunately, no one would give the journalist a camera. I woke from a nap to find Andrew’s Royal detective had placed a blanket over my head and my boyfriend was sitting in the ****pit of the plane hidden from view.
Our romantic, home-from-the-war, reunion holiday had instantly become big news. Big news meant big money in the Eighties. And big money was as much a corrupting influence then as it is today.

Once we arrived at Les Jolies Eaux, I was almost under house arrest. It was a military operation just getting out to the private beach.
It was, however, a beautiful, airy place where we took our meals of fish and tropical fruit on the secluded terrace.
The paparazzi were flying over low in light aircraft or swimming up to the beach in scuba gear. There was a palpable sense of real physical danger. We didn’t know if the people coming at us were carrying a gun or a camera.

Actually, it was also an oddly happy time and gave rise to scenes so funny they still bear re-telling.

One involved an old friend John Hatt, for ten years the travel editor of Harper’s & Queen and founder of travel publisher Eland Books.
Hatt went to eavesdrop for us at the island’s famous Basil’s Bar, where journalists were busy trying to drink up a story.
He returned to the house via a dip in the sea off Princess Margaret’s beach where he removed his thick prescription glasses and placed them on his folded beach towel before venturing into the water.

Being very near-sighted without his spectacles, he almost swam into a large dark submerged body which he mistook for a spying paparazzi.
He was just inches from it when he realised it was a shark and had to punch it hard on the nose.

The blow stunned the fish which had been basking in the shallows and gave Hatt enough time to swim back to the beach to recuperate from the shock and to collect his thoughts and his glasses.

He wanted to run up to tell us of his amazing adventure and bravery in taking on what he thought was a paparazzi but assumed, correctly, that no one would believe him – so he grabbed a palm branch and waded back into the water to prod the shark to shore.

All the men in our house went down to the beach to inspect the kill which was then cooked and eaten. We felt a bit sorry for the shark and would rather have roasted a paparazzo.

The media thought we would crack under pressure and give them the trophy picture they wanted, or that I would cash in on my Royal relationship with a rollicking kiss’n’tell.

I turned down a written offer of £1 million from the News Of The World just to pose for a photograph and confirm that I was Prince Andrew’s girlfriend.
The harder they pushed, the more resistant I became.

What starts as sexual innuendo turns into a cruel joke, then quickly descends into a vicious verbal attack that leaves deep emotional scars.
To be publicly and falsely labelled as guilty of sexual misconduct is as wrong as flogging a woman for the crime of being raped.

It is fortuitous that I have had the spiritual guidance of his Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1990. Without it, I doubt I would have had the courage to speak out now.

But what I could never know, during that idyllic but eventful holiday, was how a film role I played years earlier was about to come back to haunt me... and change the course of my life, and my relationship with Andrew, for ever.



Koo Stark Made a Rare Appearance on Daybreak in 2013


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