Have emails about this photo sunk Prince Andrew’s case? The Duke was ready for a sexual ordeal as a leaked message from Ghislaine Maxwell seemed to confirm that the famous image of the royal family with his accuser was real.
- A leaked email from Ghislaine Maxwell surfaced confirming the photo’s authenticity.
- The infamous photo shows Prince Andrew hugging Virginia Roberts.
- An email obtained by the Daily Mail shows that even Maxwell believes this is true.
Before he settled out of court last night, Prince Andrew was about to receive a major blow to his U.S. sex case thanks to Ghislaine Maxwell.
A leaked email from a friend of the prince, now convicted of sex trafficking, has confirmed the authenticity of the infamous photo of the duke hugging his accuser, Virginia Roberts.
The photograph, said to have been taken at Maxwell’s London townhouse in 2001, was questioned by Andrew, and just this week his legal team pressed Ms Roberts to return the original.
A leaked email from a friend of the prince, now convicted of sex trafficking, has confirmed the authenticity of the infamous photo of the duke standing with his arm around his accuser Virginia Roberts.
The Duke’s legal team argued that it could be a fake, but an email obtained by the Daily Mail shows that even Maxwell, who appears in the background of the photo, believes it to be true.
In a message sent in 2015, Maxwell says: “It looks plausible. I think that it’s.’
Yesterday during dramatic events, it was claimed that Ms. Roberts had lost the original copy of the image.
But this was disputed by her legal team, who stated that the FBI had a hard copy and that Ms. Roberts had lost a CD with a copy of the image.
The photograph was to be key evidence in her allegations of beating and causing emotional distress to 61-year-old Andrew, which he denied.
In the email correspondence seen by the Mail, the photo was discussed by Maxwell and Epstein’s former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.
The duke’s lawyers called in an image expert to question the authenticity of the photo.
Had Ms Roberts not produced the original, Andrew’s team could have argued that the copies could not be admitted into evidence because they could not be properly verified.
The inability to rely on the photograph as evidence they met would have done significant harm to his accuser’s case.
But in the email correspondence seen by the Mail, the photo was discussed by Maxwell and Epstein’s former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.
On January 10, 2015, Mr. Dershowitz wrote: “Dear G. Do you know if the photo of Andrew and Virginia is real? You are in the background.
Prince Andrew pictured with Ghislaine Maxwell at Ascot in 2000 The 2001 photo is said to have been taken in Maxwell’s London townhouse.
Eleven minutes later, Maxwell replied: “Looks plausible. I think that it’s.’
The timing of the exchange is important because, a few days earlier, Ms. Roberts first stated in court documents that she was forced to have sex with both Andrew and Mr. Dershowitz.
The charge was dismissed by the judge, who called it “impertinent”. But this caused Andrew to panic, and in emails previously reported by the BBC, he contacted Maxwell at 5:50 am on 3 January 2015.
The Duke wrote: “Let me know when we can talk. I want to ask you some specific questions about Virginia Roberts.
Maxwell replied: “There is information. Call me when you have a minute.
Mr. Dershowitz vehemently denies having sex with Ms. Roberts.
Last year, she dropped a battery charge she filed against him after he said a civil agreement she signed with Epstein in 2009 gave him immunity.
Ms. Roberts is currently suing Mr. Dershowitz for defamation, a case he is fighting.
His lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.