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Duke of York pictured inside mansion of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Duke of York pictured inside mansion of convicted paedophile Jeffrey EpsteinPeering out from behind the 15ft-high solid oak door Prince Andrew is seen to catch himself and check if anyone is watching as he waves goodbye to an attractive brunette. And it may be little surprise that he was concerned that someone might spot him in the doorway of the £63million Manhattan mansion, as it belonged to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. A video of the encounter emerged as the Duke of York faced a growing list of questions over this association with the financier who died in prison in an apparent suicide earlier this month. The Duke is seen in the video emerging in the imposing doorway of the New York building which Epstein’s victims have dubbed the “House of Horrors” to chat for a few seconds and then wave goodbye to an unnamed woman. Before he closes the door he peers around it apparently to see if anyone is watching. Less than an hour earlier Epstein had left the house in a thick fur-lined coat in the company of a young blonde woman who was wearing a thin jumper and appeared to be shivering. Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein pictured walking together in Central Park during the 2010 visit  Credit: Jae Donnelly  Witnesses told the Mail on Sunday that the woman entering and leaving the house whilst the Duke was inside “looked very young indeed”. The footage is from December 2010 when the Duke, then the UKs Special Representative for Trade, stayed with Epstein in his New York home. Previously pictures have emerged from the same trip of the pair walking together in Central Park. The corridor in which the Duke stood to wave goodbye to the woman is said to contain a number of bizarre items, including a painting of Bill Clinton wearing the dress Monika Lewinsky was infamously wearing when she performed a sex act on him and a chandelier with a life sized female doll hanging from it. Jeffrey Epstein was in prison awaiting trial when he apparently took his own life  Two years before the video was shot Epstein had been convicted of sex with a child and placed on the sex offenders register.   The emergence of the video came after prosecutors in the US said they were continuing their investigations into Epstein's crimes and their attention had turned to his associates. The source said that they had gone public with the footage to try and encourage other victims to come forward. The Duke is braced for the release of further court documents in coming weeks after being named in documents relating to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is alleged to have “acted as a madam" for her lover Epstein. She has repeatedly denied the claims. Ghislaine Maxwell denies being a "madam" for her former lover Jeffrey Epstein   Buckingham Palace have refused to comment on the video but have recently repeated their “emphatic denial” of allegations against the Duke made by Virginia Roberts, one of Epstein’s victims. A spokesman for the Palace said: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.” The Duke is currently on holiday in Spain with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. The Metropolitan Police have refused to say whether they will look at requests by Ms Roberts to resume their inquiries into the allegations she made surrounding her time in London. In 2015 Detectives looked at allegations that Ms Roberts, who now uses her married name Guiffre, was trafficked to London for sexual exploitation but they did not to pursue a full investigation.



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Trump and Epstein's friendship reportedly soured after they fought over a $41 million Palm Beach mansion. 2 weeks after the home's auction, cops received a tip about underage women at Epstein's house.

Trump and Epstein's friendship reportedly soured after they fought over a $  41 million Palm Beach mansion. 2 weeks after the home's auction, cops received a tip about underage women at Epstein's house.The formerly friendly New Yorkers both wanted to buy the Maison de l'Amitie at a bankruptcy auction in 2004, the Washington Post reported.



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Epstein Offers to Put Up Mansion, Jet to Get Out of Jail

Epstein Offers to Put Up Mansion, Jet to Get Out of JailPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty/Rick FriedmanJeffrey Epstein’s attorneys submitted a bail package proposal on Thursday in which he volunteered to go under house arrest at his Manhattan mansion—with a “trustee” who would live with him and make sure he doesn’t break any rules.The defense team recommendation includes Epstein putting up a mansion they claim is valued at $ 77 million and his private jet to secure a bond, with his brother and a friend also offering up their homes to guarantee he doesn’t flee charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy. Epstein, 66, has been locked up at a Manhattan federal jail since his arrest Saturday night, and prosecutors say he should stay there until his trial, calling him an “extreme” flight risk.The financier’s lawyers pushed back on that and said that if he’s released and put on home confinement, he would agree to wear a GPS tracking device on his ankle, install surveillance cameras, and ground his jet. They disputed government claims that he owns two jets, saying he has just the one, and said he holds one “active” passport, not the three prosecutors said he has.Everything You Need to Know About the Jeffrey Epstein CaseThe bail submission also gave a preview of how Epstein will try to get the case thrown out before it ever gets before a jury.They have previously argued that the new indictment obtained by federal prosecutors in Manhattan violates a non-prosecution agreement inked by the feds in Miami more than a decade ago. In Thursday’s filing they trotted out a new argument: The allegations are a state matter not a federal one. “There are no allegations in the indictment that Mr. Epstein trafficked anybody for commercial profit; that he forced, coerced, defrauded, or enslaved anybody; or that he engaged in any of the other paradigmatic sex trafficking activity,” Epstein’s lawyers Reid Weingarten and Martin Weinberg argued in their letter to U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman.“No one seeks to minimize the gravity of the alleged conduct, but it is clear that the conduct falls within the heartland of classic state or local sex offenses—and at or outside the margins of federal criminal law.”The indictment alleges that Epstein, with the help of his employees, recruited underage girls for nude massages that turned into sex acts, and that he then tapped some of those victims to go out and find other girls he could pay hundreds of dollars for such massages.It says that the crimes took place in New York and in Florida, where Epstein has an estate and where he was allowed to plead guilty in 2008 to a state prostitution charge instead of a 53-page federal indictment that had been drafted and then scuttled.Alexander Acosta Says He’s Actually the Hero of the Jeffrey Epstein CaseProsecutors say the seriousness of the charges and the weight of the evidence against Epstein—including photos of apparently underage girls found during a raid on his mansion—could prompt Epstein to use his considerable resources to flee.Epstein’s lawyers said he didn’t go on the lam the last time he was investigated and wouldn’t now. “The government makes this drastic demand even though Mr. Epstein has never once attempted to flee the United States,” the lawyers wrote.“Mr. Epstein would be sacrificing virtually everything he has worked for—including any collateral the Court requires he post to secure his appearance—if he were to flee,” they added. They said he would post a “substantial” personal recognizance bond that could be set by the court after it reviews new information regarding Epstein’s finances.Later on Thursday, the defense asked for permission to file the detailed financial disclosure under seal, drawing a complaint from prosecutors who said they could not respond to the bail request without the facts about Epstein’s assets. They then asked the judge to postpone a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.Epstein’s wealth has been shrouded in mystery for decades.There is no question that the money manager, often described as a billionaire, has enjoyed a life of incredible luxury, using private planes to jet between the Manhattan mansion, the Palm Beach estate, an apartment in Paris, a ranch in New Mexico, and his private island in the Caribbean.In a filing on Monday, prosecutors said he has “access to vast financial resources to fund any attempt to flee.”“Indeed,” they wrote, “his potential avenues of flight from justice are practically limitless.”Prosecutors also noted that when Epstein was arrested Saturday night, he landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey from France after weeks abroad.Epstein owns an apartment on Avenue Foch, home to some of the most expensive real estate in Paris, favored by ultra-rich foreigners, that becomes a magnet for clubbers and prostitutes after dark.A neighbor entering the building on Wednesday, holding a couple of baguettes, told The Daily Beast that he knew Epstein had left his second-floor apartment, where blinds were closed and drapes were drawn “just a few days ago.”Told of the charges against Epstein, the neighbor half-shrugged. Asked if he had seen girls coming and going from the apartment, he indicated he had.“There’s no smoke without fire,” he said.Send The Daily Beast a TipAlthough property ownership can be used as an argument for granting bail—the idea being that someone is unlikely to leave large assets behind to go on the lam—prosecutors argued that’s not the case with Epstein.“There can be little doubt that the defendant is in a position to abandon millions of dollars in cash and property securing any potential bond and still live comfortably for the rest of his life,” they wrote.Epstein’s road to riches began when he ditched a career teaching math at the elite private school Dalton to take a lowly job at Bear Stearns. He rose up the trading ranks before leaving the investment bank under a cloud and eventually starting his own firm, J. Epstein & Co.According to various profiles of Epstein over the years, he claimed that he managed the money of billionaires, though only one large client has ever been publicly identified: Victoria’s Secret founder Leslie Wexner.Wexner, a self-made billionaire who turned a single Ohio outlet of The Limited into a global retail conglomerate, is a philanthropist and political donor. Epstein served as a trustee of the Wexner Foundation and was listed as the keeper of the foundation’s books on federal filings in the 2000s.Wexner also owned the opulent seven-story mansion on East 71st Street before Epstein took it over—for how much remains murky—and allegedly turned it into a hub of sex-trafficking activity.One of Epstein’s accusers, Maria Farmer, has alleged that she was preyed on by the money manager and his aide de camp, Ghislaine Maxwell, at Wexner’s Ohio mansion in the mid-1990s. A spokesperson for Wexner told The New York Times on Monday that he cut ties with Epstein about a decade ago.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Fairfax: Sexual-Assault Claim a ‘Smear’ Meant to Block Path to Governor’s Mansion

Fairfax: Sexual-Assault Claim a ‘Smear’ Meant to Block Path to Governor’s MansionVirginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax on Monday called the sexual-assault allegation leveled against him Sunday night a “smear” and implied the claim was publicized by political enemies intent on blocking his ascent to the governorship. “Does anybody think it’s any coincidence that on the eve of potentially my being elevated that that’s when this uncorroborated smear comes out?” Fairfax told reporters at the state capitol when asked if he believed the claim, advanced by the liberal Collective PAC, that embattled governor Ralph Northam’s team disseminated the allegation. Fairfax is poised to assume the governorship should Northam cave to the mounting calls for his resignation, which began Friday after it was revealed that a photo depicting one man in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan uniform was featured on his 1984 medical-school-yearbook page. Northam initially apologized and conceded that he did appear in the photo on Friday evening.



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New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor says

New Jersey mansion murders: Motive is believed to be financial, prosecutor saysPaul Caneiro charged with four counts of murder in connection to fires



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Correction: Mansion Fire-Deaths story

Correction: Mansion Fire-Deaths storyCOLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — In a story Nov. 22 about fires at the homes of two New Jersey brothers, The Associated Press erroneously reported the distance between the homes. They are about 10 miles (16 kilometers) apart, not 80 miles (130 kilometers) apart.



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Enclave on edge as mystery persists in mansion fire, deaths

Enclave on edge as mystery persists in mansion fire, deathsCOLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — When a landscaper alerted Boris Volshteyn to smoke pouring out of a nearby mansion, the plastic surgeon hurried home and found his friend and neighbor lying face down out front. His first thought was to try CPR, but it was no use.



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The Latest: News conference planned on mansion fire

The Latest: News conference planned on mansion fireCOLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a family found dead as their mansion burned (all times local):



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Correction: Mansion Fire-Deaths story

Correction: Mansion Fire-Deaths storyCOLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — In some versions of a story Nov. 21 about the death of a family of four, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of a man charged with setting fire to his own home. He is Paul Caneiro, not Caniero.



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Friday Rewind: Deadly New Jersey mansion fire mystery

Friday Rewind: Deadly New Jersey mansion fire mysteryAuthorities said the family found dead in a burned-down mansion were the victims of murder and arson.



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