British prince Andrew in sexual abuse scandals


This 18 November 2019 British TV video says about itself:

Dr Hilary Jones Assesses Prince Andrew’s Sweating Claims | Good Morning Britain

In an exclusive interview on BBC’s Newsnight, Emily Maitlis interviewed Prince Andrew about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and the allegations that he had underage sex with one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts. The Prince denies such allegations and has no recollection of meeting Ms Roberts. GMB speaks to women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing five of Epstein’s accusers, and she says the royal should volunteer himself to be interviewed by the FBI and US lawyers. In the studio, Lady Colin Campbell, journalist Angela Levin and Dr Hilary Jones discuss the case. Dr Hilary also assesses the claim that the Prince made in the interview that he is unable to sweat.

By Peter Frost in Britain

Friday, March 20, 2020

Has Prince Andrew been rescuing young girls from sex trafficking all along? No.

PETER FROST uncovers yet more of the disgraced duke’s dirty dealings

JUST when we thought Prince Andrew had run out of lies, we hear that despite assurances that he would be happy to give an interview to criminal investigation authorities on his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the FBI tells us that Andrew has given them “zero co-operation” following requests for an interview about his close friendship with the convicted paedophile.

Prince Andrew has been keeping his head down generally. Just to be clear, that isn’t the same thing as his favourite face-down massage. Some 230 charities and universities of which he was patron or similar have sacked him or hinted they want nothing more to do with him. His mother — the Queen — it seems is pleased about this. She hopes it may protect the monarchy from further embarrassment and humiliation.

Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, with whom he still lives, are a bit disappointed. Many of the charities provided the prince, or both of them, with all-expenses paid visits to many exotic locations at home and abroad. Also each organisation held a formal royal lunch or dinner each year — providing two-thirds of the couple’s annual nosh.

The pair will get no more free tickets to the English National Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, both of which had him as patron.

Charities involved with young children were quick to realise his connection with a convicted paedophile as well as accusations made about his own behaviour with underage girls could be embarrassing to say the least. Out he went.

It seems even the Queen pulled the plug on a planned 60th birthday party for Andrew in February. Despite Andrew being her favourite child the big palace bash was downsized to a discrete family gathering.

The prince appears to be trying to hang on to his role with what was called “Pitch@Palace” a scheme for young entrepreneurs rather like Dragons Den with Prince Andy as chief dragon.

In the real TV show the dragons use their own money — but Andy is smarter, or greedier than that. He got high-profile business sponsors like Barclays, the accountancy firm KPMG, the Standard Chartered Bank and the telecoms company Inmarsat to put up the cash.

Happily, all of them have now pulled out over the prince’s recent behaviour.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying: “The duke will continue to work on what has been renamed ‘Pitch’ and will look at how he takes this forward outside of his public duties and outside of Buckingham Palace. We recognise there will be a period of time while this transition takes place.”

Meanwhile Parliament has launched an investigation into the way the scheme was run as a private company.

Another charity initiative set up by the prince to help young women trafficked for sex in India has been embroiled in allegations of mistreatment.

Andrew started “Key to Freedom” in May 2012, soon after he was pictured walking with Epstein in Central Park, New York, following the paedophile billionaire’s release from prison.

He claimed his new charity would financially empower vulnerable young women in India by selling their handmade fashion items in Britain through retailers including Topshop and the Buckingham Palace website.

However, the initiative soon fell into financial decline and is now largely inactive, despite being highlighted by the prince and his family as a success story throughout the scandal of his association with Epstein.

In fact, exactly when the prince’s team was setting up the Key to Freedom project, its partner charity in India, the Women’s Interlink Foundation (WIF), which manages care homes for vulnerable children and young women, was being investigated by the Indian authorities.

Ten girls aged between 12 and 15 had run away from one of the WIF’s two homes for trafficked and orphaned girls alleging that they were beaten by staff and generally mistreated.

WIF admits it did not tell the prince about the investigation, which it says cleared the care home. But it refused to publish the official police report or its own internal report. WIF’s founder Aloka Mitra dismissed the young women’s complaints, stating: “Some of them said we did not get the correct kind of chapatis.”

Clearly, Prince Andrew and his team failed to conduct due diligence on his partner charity – as indeed they did with Key to Freedom that also faces criticism that it gave false hope of financial security to the women making the hand-printed silk scarves, which were sold online at the Royal Collection shop.

The duke’s website also claims the initiative has “changed the fate of more than 100 vulnerable young women” and is still active. But WIF confirms no scarves have been available to buy through retailers for more than 18 months and only tiny orders for tote bags were placed.

These tote bags were given as gifts to guests at Andrew’s daughter Princess Eugenie’s wedding last year. The young women who made them in India got just £1.50 per bag. One guest at the wedding was Sarajit Mitra, head of the Indian charity — I hope he was served the right kind of chapati.

Mitra, WIF’s chief operating officer and son of the founder, has said that orders from Topshop declined after 2013 and stopped abruptly in June 2018 without any explanation from the prince or his team, which he described as “rude”.

Despite this, in late August a royal source close to the prince said he was particularly dismayed that his efforts to help victims of sex trafficking were being overlooked while his connections with Epstein once again hit headlines.

Mitra also said the women earned on average up to £150 per year — equivalent to 41p a day. WIF took 40 per cent of the price of any scarves they made.

The money from sales is put into accounts for the workers, but it cannot be accessed without permission from Mitra. Reportedly the women cannot leave the barbed wire compound without guards who accompany them to shops to buy essential items that are not covered by the money the state pays to WIF.

Mitra was given copies of letters written by girls who had lived in the home where they expressed their unhappiness. One letter alleges girls in the home are badly treated and “when the children want to complain, then they are told off and are asked to be quiet about it.”

The British High Commission in India was responsible for introducing the duke to WIF. One key member of the Prince’s team Amanda Thirsk, his private secretary, was at the centre of the Key to Freedom project.

Thirsk was the one who advised the prince to take part in his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview. She no longer works for him.

Andy’s ex-wife Ferguson came up with the Key to Freedom name and Andrew’s charitable trust donated £10,000 seed capital. The initiative launched formally in 2013, with an order from Sir Philip Green’s Topshop.

Just like his refusal to talk about his relationship with Epstein, Andy is also saying nothing about these Indian charities and nor is Topshop, which was involved with the Key to Freedom project at the same time that top boss Green was himself facing allegations of sexual and racial harassment of staff.

Andy and Fergie’s latest scam is to get you and I — the taxpayer — to pay for his other daughter Beatrice’s upcoming wedding just as we did for his daughter Eugenie’s three-and-a-half million pound bash.

Most amazing is that Andrew, disgraced cheat and scam artist, remains the eighth in line to the throne.

Liverpool refuses to celebrate Prince Andrew’s birthday


This 6 February 2020 video from Britain says about itself:

Woman says she remembers Prince Andrew at Tramp nightclub with Epstein victim

A woman who says she saw Prince Andrew at a London nightclub with Jeffrey Epstein’s victim Virginia Roberts remembers the night because she stepped on the Prince’s foot, it has emerged.

Lisa Bloom, the unnamed woman’s lawyer, told a press conference in New York on Wednesday that the woman’s memories of the night in March 2001 were crystal clear. The woman came forwards in December, after Prince Andrew denied on Newsnight ever being at Tramp with Miss Roberts, insisting that he was instead at a Pizza Express in Woking with Princess Beatrice.

For more on Ms Bloom’s accusations, head here.

British Prince Andrew and Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend the annual Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington in November 2019

By Marcus Barnett in Britain:

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Liverpool refuses to fly the union flag for Prince Andrew

LIVERPOOL council has refused to fly the union flag from its buildings to celebrate Prince Andrew’s birthday.

The city’s Labour mayor Joe Anderson confirmed today that Liverpool will not be marking the occasion, despite having received government orders to mark the Duke of York’s 60th birthday on February 19.

However, the order comes in spite of the Queen cancelling the Prince’s formal royal birthday celebrations on the same day.

Mr Anderson said that Liverpool Council will not be obeying the orders: “No, we won’t be doing that.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate.”

In his answer, Mr Anderson also made reference to the growing public anger over Prince Andrew’s seemingly close relationship with convicted sex offender and child sex trafficker billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

These include allegations that Mr Epstein forced Virginia Giuffre, who was then 17, to have sex with the prince.

The allegations prompted a televised interview between the prince and Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, which was received so poorly he formally stepped back from his public duties as a member of the royal family.

Earlier this week, messages that Prince Andrew had sent to a friend in 2001 were unearthed in which the prince appears to doubt his alleged victim’s integrity, calling her a “very sick girl.”

Mr Anderson said: “When you look at his behaviour — it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to mark his birthday.”

Labour councillor Roz Gladden added: “I’m not anti-royal, but this man has yet to prove his innocence in regard to his alleged abuse of young women.”

PRINCE ANDREW LET WOMEN SIT ON PALACE THRONE Prince Andrew reportedly had a “signature move” when it came to pursuing women. Two anonymous sources told The Daily Beast that the Duke of York let women sit on the thrones in the Throne Room in Buckingham Palace, including the one reserved for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. He also let at least one woman wave from the balcony at the palace, something the royal family occasionally does during special events. [HuffPost]

PRINCE ANDREW ‘SHUT THE DOOR’ ON EPSTEIN PROBE Britain’s Prince Andrew has reportedly declined to cooperate with a U.S. investigation into possible co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein. “Contrary to Prince Andrew’s very public offer to cooperate with our investigation into Epstein’s co-conspirators, an offer that was conveyed via press release, Prince Andrew has now completely shut the door,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. [Reuters]

Prince Andrew sabotaging paedophile billionaire Epstein investigation


This 27 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero co-operation” to the American investigators who want to interview him as part of their sex trafficking probe into Jeffrey Epstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Monday.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

The British Prince Andrew is not cooperating with a US authorities investigation into sex offender and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. Geoffrey Berman, the prosecutor in New York, said that in a press conference in front of Epstein‘s house.

The US prosecutor and the federal police service FBI want to hear the prince about his relationship with multi-millionaire Epstein, who died … in his cell last year after his large-scale abuse of minors came to light. But Andrew did not respond to the request.

Abuse

Prince Andrew is accused of sexual abuse by the US American woman Virginia Giuffre. She says that as a 17-year-old she has been forced several times to have sex with the British prince as a sex slave to Epstein. …

Andrew gave an interview to the BBC that caused a lot of commotion and shortly thereafter gave up his royal family public duties. In a statement, the British prince said he would “of course” cooperate in police investigations into the Epstein case.

Five women who claim to have been abused by Epstein already asked Prince Andrew to cooperate in December. Attempts to talk to the prince failed, so the women’s lawyer wants to sue him.

PRINCE ANDREW ‘UNCOOPERATIVE’ IN EPSTEIN PROBE Britain’s Prince Andrew has not responded to interview requests by the FBI regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. “The Southern District of New York and the FBI have contacted Prince Andrew’s attorneys and requested to interview Prince Andrew and to date Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. [HuffPost]

Clerical child abuse and American football


This 25 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

NFL’s Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic abuse crisis

The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Friday, January 24, 2020

American Football: Saints allegedly involved in Catholic abuse scandal

NFL franchise the New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Lawyers for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”

“Obviously, the Saints should not be in the business of assisting the archdiocese, and the Saints’ public relations team is not in the business of managing the public relations of criminals engaged in paedophilia,” the lawyers wrote in a court filing. “The Saints realise that if the documents at issue are made public, this professional sports organisation also will be smearing itself.”

Saints lawyers, in court papers, disputed any suggestion that the team helped the church cover up crimes, calling such claims “outrageous.” They further said that the emails, exchanged in 2018 and 2019, were intended to be private and should not be “fodder for the public.” The archdiocese is also fighting the release of the emails.

The NFL, which was advised of the matter by plaintiffs’ lawyers because the Saints’ emails used the team’s nfl.com domain, has not commented on the case. NFL policy says everyone who is a part of the league must refrain from “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.

A court-appointed special master is expected to hear arguments in the coming weeks on whether the communications should remain confidential.

The Associated Press filed a motion with the court supporting the release of the documents as a matter of public interest.

Ties between local church leaders and the Saints include a close friendship between New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Gayle Benson, who inherited the Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team when her husband, Tom Benson, died in 2018. The archbishop was at Gayle Benson’s side as she walked in the funeral procession.

Gayle Benson has given millions of dollars to Catholic institutions in the New Orleans area, and the archbishop is a regular guest of hers at games and charitable events for the church.

Lawyers for the men suing the church say “multiple” Saints personnel, including senior vice-president of communications Greg Bensel, used their team email to advise church officials on “messaging” and how to soften the impact of the archdiocese’s release of a list of clergy members “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

“The information at issue bears a relationship to these crimes because it is a continuation of the archdiocese’s pattern and practice of concealing its crimes so that the public does not discover its criminal behaviour,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers wrote. “And the Saints joined in.”

A Saints spokeswoman said yesterday that team officials had no comment.

Lawyers for the Saints acknowledged in a court filing that the team assisted the archdiocese in its publishing of the credibly accused clergy list, but said that was an act of disclosure — “the opposite of concealment.”

The fight over the emails is part of a flurry of claims filed against the archdiocese over its employment of George F Brignac, a long-time schoolteacher and deacon who was removed from the ministry in 1988 after a seven-year-old boy accused him of fondling him at a Christmas party. That accusation followed claims that Briganc abused several other boys, including one case that led to his acquittal in 1978 on three counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Church officials permitted Brignac, 85, to act as a lay minister until local news accounts of his service in 2018 prompted his removal and an apology from the archdiocese. Last year Associated Press reported that Brignac, despite his supposed defrocking, also maintained access to schoolchildren and held leadership roles as recently as 2018 in the Knights of Columbus.

Following a new wave of publicity — in which Brignac told a reporter he had touched boys but never for “immoral purposes” — Brignac was indicted last month on a rape charge that could land him behind bars for the rest of his life. The prosecution came more than a year after a former altar boy told police that Brignac repeatedly raped him beginning in the late 1970s. Police said the abuse began when the boy was seven and continued until he was 11.

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ child abuse report, published?


This 13 March 2015 ABC TV video from the USA says about itself:

Candace Conti: Former Jehovah’s Witness Takes on Church over Sex Abuse Allegations

Candace Conti says the church failed to protect her from a predatory pedophile, which Jehovah’s Witnesses has denied.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Jehovah’s Abuse Report May Be Published, “Change Is Really Needed”

The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses sees sexual abuse in their own circle as a limited number of incidents, which can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The organization demands that an “incorrect and unlawful” investigation report on child abuse, prepared by Utrecht University on behalf of the Ministry of Justice and Security, is not published.

The judge will rule on that request later at 4 p.m. If publication is permitted, then the report will probably be public shortly thereafter.

Reports of abuse by Jehovah’s Witnesses are to date preferably handled indoors, with elders – a kind of religious overseers – acting as policemen and judges in one. Victim and former Jehovah’s Witness Frank Huiting hopes the report will lead to a new policy. “A policy that finally puts the victim at the center. But unfortunately: the omens do not indicate that.”

Groninger Huiting was 15 when he told his mother what had happened to him between the ages of six and twelve. He slept badly, his grades at school were getting worse, he couldn’t help it anymore. Now he finally wanted to talk about that much older boy, the son of an elder, who, after studying the Bible, always took him to a locked room to ‘play school’.

Reporting was not an option according to the elders in his congregation. “The consequences would be huge, I was told. There would all be reports in the media about sexual abuse among the Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

Instead, the headquarters of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Emmen issued advice that he afterwards called “very harmful.” “There was a lot of focus on the perpetrator of the abuse. And not on me as a victim. A very nasty time.”

Frank had to talk to the man who had caused him so much damage. That dialogue mainly resulted in powerlessness; the perpetrator dismissed the issue as a relatively innocent experimentation by two sides. And the elders said there was no “proof” as long as there was no confession and no second witness. Frank was asked to forgive and forget.

It did not work. The abuse continued to haunt him in the following years. He met his wife, went to Delfzijl with her for a new start, but became depressed and sick. “I was so touched by my sense of justice. I simply couldn’t live with it. I realized: the healing that I need, it doesn’t work this way.”

“Isn’t that understandable?”

So he decided to fight within his community. When, in the end, that turned out to be ineffective, he felt that he could do nothing but get out. “Especially because I noticed that Jehovah’s Witnesses really had no idea how to deal with sexual abuse. The perpetrator did activities in which he was alone with small children. That is impossible to understand? All sorts of people were aware and yet things like this continue to happen. ”

He shared his experiences, anonymously at first, with Trouw daily. When that newspaper published its first stories, a stream of reactions came from others who turned out to have had similar experiences. Frank Huiting, who had since broken with the community, started the Reclaimed Voices Foundation with other ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is committed to “the right of every child to grow up safely”. Reclaimed Voices now has around 300 cases of sexual abuse.

“Extremely critical report”

The House of Representatives called for an extensive investigation into the broader problem of abuse within the community, which may now be published one and a half years later. It is an extremely critical report, according to the fierce reaction by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who saw the document earlier.

According to Huiting, that response does not bode well for the chance that the Witnesses will adjust their policies. Admittedly, according to a new directive, there is now scope for making a declaration, but in practice members of the community do not feel secure enough for it. “It is said: “If you go to the police, the consequences are for yourself.””

“Would you still feel safe to tell your story to the outside world? Remember: that outside world is by definition a danger anyway, it belongs to the devil. You are told that you must obey God over people. And ‘the people’, that is also the government.”

Yet Huiting continues to hope for change. That professional help is called in with a report. That prevention is done. That you can be open without being excluded from your complete social network.

“I personally celebrate the day that I made my story public as my personal liberation day. Because I no longer participate in this closedness, in the taboo. Freedom has become the most important value in my life.”

UPDATE: Judge has decided the report can be published.

Pedophile billionaire Epstein’s death, suicide or murder?


This 3 December 2019 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Sharyn Alfonsi joins “CBS This Morning” to talk about Sunday’s upcoming 60 Minutes report on the death of Jeffrey Epstein.

This 6 December 2019 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

Pathologist hired by Epstein’s family says autopsy may point to murder

After a five-month investigation, 60 Minutes obtained photos of Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy and the cell where the convicted sex offender was found dead. Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by Mark Epstein to investigate his brother’s death, joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss new details in the case and why the autopsy may point to a homicide, not a suicide.

On Sunday the CBS television news program “60 Minutes” revealed important new details about the conditions before and after the death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City on August 10. The details both substantiate and add to already existing evidence that Epstein did not commit suicide in his cell as determined by the New York Medical Examiner’s Office, but was, in fact, murdered: here.

US governor pardons child rapist for money


This 28 December 2019 video from the USA is called [Republican] Kentucky Governor Pardons Violent Criminals For Campaign Cash.

Former Kentucky Governor Bevin pardoned a child rapist. One of his reasons: The 9-year-old victim’s hymen was intact. By Ray Sanchez and Evan Simko-Bednarski, CNN.

By Veronica Stracqualursi and Natasha Chen, CNN, December 19, 2019:

Bevin pardoned and commuted the sentence of Patrick Baker, who convicted of reckless homicide in 2017.

The Courier-Journal reported that Baker’s family had held a fundraiser and donated to Bevin’s gubernatorial campaigns. Baker served two years of a 19-year sentence, while his co-defendants are still in prison, the newspaper reported.

From that The Courier-Journal article:

The Friday order was one of 428 pardons and commutations Bevin issued since his narrow loss in November to Democrat Andy Beshear, who was sworn into office Tuesday.

The beneficiaries include one offender convicted of raping a child, another who hired a hitman to kill his business partner and a third who killed his parents.