Epstein survivor accuses Prince Andrew of abuse


This 20 September 2019 United States TV video says about itself:

Jeffrey Epstein Accusers Detail Abuse In NBC News Exclusive | TODAY

In an NBC News exclusive, Savannah Guthrie sits down with six women who have leveled sexual assault allegations against disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died … in August. In her first TV interview, Virginia Roberts Giuffre details how Epstein directed her to have sex with other powerful men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Epstein victim accuses Prince Andrew of abuse

A US American woman says she was abused as a teenager by the British prince Andrew. Virginia Giuffre says that as a sex slave to Jeffrey Epstein, she also had to have sex with Queen Elizabeth’s son. …

In an interview with NBC, Giuffre describes how an Epstein employee arranged the meeting. “Today you are going to meet a prince”, this Ghislaine Maxwell is said to have said to the 17-year-old girl. Maxwell is said to have played an important role in the Epstein crimes.

According to Giuffre, she visited a club in London where she danced with the prince and got alcohol in the VIP room. “When I left the club with Ghislaine and Jeffrey, Ghislaine said in the car: “He’s coming back to the house. And I want you to do for him (Prince Andrew) what you do for Epstein.” I couldn’t believe it.”

Giuffre’s comments were omitted in 2015 from a United States lawsuit against Epstein. …

Shortly after Epstein’s death, Andrew personally announced that he had made a mistake by continuing to visit Epstein after his conviction for abuse in 2008. He immediately emphasized that he had supposedly never witnessed suspicious behaviour.

United States Epstein pedophilia scandal cover-up attempt


This 6 September 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Dancer Says Epstein Wanted Her to Be His Fitness Trainer

The late Jeffrey Epstein allegedly targeted New York City dance studios looking for young victims, according to one dancer. “He made it known that he was interested in dancers and models. He let his team know that and they did the work to figure out where to find those women,” dancer Marlo Fisken told Inside Edition. Fisken says she first caught wind of what was allegedly happening when she was approached by a perfect stranger with an intriguing offer.

By Kevin Reed in the USA:

New York court hears argument from “John Doe” that documents related to Jeffrey Epstein should remain sealed

7 September 2019

A federal judge in Manhattan heard arguments on Wednesday regarding the imminent release of a trove of sealed documents collected during a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed against Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime confidante of Jeffrey Epstein. Among the documents are 29 depositions, other investigative records and an “address book” that contains over 1,000 names of Epstein’s contacts.

A motion filed on September 3 by lawyers on behalf of an anonymous “John Doe” to Judge Loretta A. Preska in the Southern District of New York asked the judge not to release the names of himself or others in the documents, arguing they should either remain sealed or be released only with redaction because identifying the individuals would unfairly harm them.

Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire investment consultant and elite socialite, was awaiting trial on charges of child sex trafficking when he was found dead in his New York City prison cell on August 10. All charges against Epstein were dismissed by a federal judge on August 29 amid many unanswered questions about the case, especially the suspicious circumstances of his death.

Following an autopsy on August 11, the New York Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson ruled that Epstein’s death was a suicide by hanging. However, Epstein’s legal team—along with the majority of the public—was not satisfied with this finding and are conducting their own independent investigation saying that the evidence concerning the prison death is “far more consistent” with murder than suicide.

In a letter to Judge Preska that accompanies his legal brief, John Doe asked for his name to remain shielded in any documents that may be released, arguing that he and others could face serious damage to their reputations. He wrote that a previous judge revealed that allegations in the sealed documents include lurid details of the behavior of “nonparties to this litigation, some famous, some not” along with the names of people “who allegedly facilitated such acts”.

Non-parties are individuals not involved in the defamation lawsuit who are nonetheless named in the legal proceedings or were individuals deposed during the case. The John Doe attorney brief itself goes further saying that to release the names would “unfairly do irreparable harm to their privacy and reputational interests,” since those named would have no means of responding to the “out-of-context insinuations of wrongdoing.”

The lawyers also argued in the 10-page brief that releasing all of the names in the sealed document, whether the individuals are alleged to have committed misconduct or not, will provide the media with information that would serve to continue a “cycle of irresponsible, sensationalist reporting.”

The 2015 defamation case involved Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s accusers, who said that she was coerced as a teenager into prostitution by Epstein and Maxwell. Although the case against Maxwell was settled out of court before trial in 2017, a cache of legal materials—depositions, police incident reports, photographs, receipts, flight logs and diaries—were accumulated by the lawsuit.

Among those listed in the document trove are significant US political figures such as Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (Democrat from Maine) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Giuffre, in the course of her legal filings, has alleged that among those within Epstein’s circle who abused her were “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister and other world leaders.”

The legal battle over the content of the materials from the defamation case has been ongoing for months. On August 9, an appellate court released 2,000 pages of the documents that provided significant details of Epstein’s alleged behavior and abuse as well as that of his friends and associates. It should be obvious to anyone who does not have an interest in covering up the truth, that there is no accident that one day later Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell.

For her part, Judge Preska said she wanted to release all of the documents quickly and suggested that lawyers provide a framework for determining which ones the public had the right to see. Presumably basing herself on constitutional principles, Preska said that people accused of misconduct in the documents would have an opportunity to make arrangements with the court before she makes a final decision on what would be released to the public.

Given Epstein’s connections with extremely wealthy and powerful individuals—alongside of his 2008 Florida guilty plea and conviction for procuring an underage girl for prostitution—it is clear there are something on the order of 1,000 people who want to see the case against Epstein shut down as soon as possible.

Many media outlets, with the New York Times in the lead, continue to assert as fact that “Mr. Epstein killed himself in a federal jail cell last month” even though there is ample evidence to the contrary. Among them is the recent report that at least one of two prison video cameras outside of Epstein’s cell “malfunctioned” during the period of time leading up to his death. Apparently, these corporate media sources believe that if something unproven is stated as fact enough times, it will eventually be accepted as truth. However, as was reported last week, only one-third of Americans are buying this version of the story.

Pedophilia billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s death, still unsolved


This 29 August 2019 video says about itself:

In the United States, dozens of alleged victims of the late American financier Jeffrey Epstein have this week been telling their stories at a hearing in New York. They say they were sexually abused as part of a sex-trafficking ring orchestrated by Epstein … Although Epstein will never stand trial, the judge called for the hearing to go ahead in order to allow the victims to tell their stories.

By David Walsh in the USA:

Only one-third of Americans believe Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide—so why does the New York Times?

31 August 2019

According to Emerson College Polling, only one-third of Americans believe that financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide August 10 at the Metropolitan Correction Center (MCC) in New York City. The survey, conducted August 24-26, found that 34 percent of those contacted believed Epstein was murdered, 33 percent believed he committed suicide and 32 percent were unsure.

The new poll essentially jibes with the results of a Rasmussen Reports poll carried out in the immediate aftermath of Epstein’s unexplained death. On August 14, Rasmussen indicated that 42 percent of Americans thought Epstein “was murdered to prevent him from testifying against powerful people with whom he associated,” while 29 percent thought he had killed himself and 29 percent were undecided.

Three weeks of US media propaganda to the effect that anyone who has doubts about the death is under the influence of “conspiracy theories” has only had a limited effect. A stubborn percentage of the population continues to be skeptical about the “official story”. As the German writer Bertolt Brecht wrote under very different circumstances, “Would it not be easier / In that case for the government / To dissolve the people / And elect another?”

In any event, even as portions of the media, out of one side of their mouths, so to speak, have worked assiduously to convince everyone that Epstein’s death was “indisputably” a suicide, out of the other, they have acknowledged important details that only serve to undermine the preferred version of events.

The latter include the fact that Epstein suffered multiple broken bones in his neck more frequently associated with strangulation than hanging, that strict instructions stipulating the financier should not be left in his cell alone were ignored by numerous prison staffers immediately prior to his death, that guards assigned to check in on him every half-hour were allegedly asleep at the time of his death, that he was taken off suicide watch and his mental condition treated with suspiciously cavalier indifference, that at least one camera outside Epstein’s cell had footage deemed unusable, etc.

Moreover, we learned this week from Epstein’s lawyers that their client, deludedly or not, was in a relatively upbeat mood. His legal team was about “to pursue an appeal regarding some of the preliminary decisions made before trial. They thought they had a high chance of success because … lawyers involved in the original 2008 non-prosecution agreement that largely let Epstein off the hook for the full measure of the allegations levied against him said it was ‘global’, meaning that New York prosecutors would not be allowed to pursue this case. … Given their faith in the strength of this argument, they allege, Epstein’s decision to take his own life was somewhat inexplicable.”

“Portions of the media” continue to report on inconvenient and troubling aspects of the Epstein case. The New York Times for the most part is not among them. The newspaper has “crime beat” and other investigative reporters on its payroll, and the death of Epstein occurred under their jurisdiction, New York City. Evidently, the word has come down from on high—this is not a story to be covered.

There must be some reporters in the Times newsroom angered that it has been left to the Washington Post to get the scoop on a number of startling developments, including the abovementioned fact that at least “eight Bureau of Prisons staffers knew that strict instructions had been given not to leave multimillionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alone in his cell, yet the order was apparently ignored in the 24 hours leading up to his death, according to people familiar with the matter.” The Times has not commented on this.

Likewise, the revelation that the camera or cameras located outside Epstein’s cell were not functioning properly has been covered widely. That information even prompted one of Epstein’s attorneys to comment, “There are conspiracy theories galore. … What if the tapes only broke down on the day he was killed or he died?”

The Times merely carried an item on its website from Reuters on the broken cameras. (In passing, one of Epstein’s lawyers shed light on the brutal character of the American prison system, noting that, according to a “person with knowledge”, defendants awaiting trial at the MCC were kept in more “dreadful” conditions than suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay).

Since Jeffrey Epstein’s apprehension in July, the Times has been regularly weighing in on the need to shut down any serious investigation of the circumstances surrounding his activities and then, later, his death. It editorialized in July that Congress’s looking into Epstein’s 2008 plea deal would be “a poor use of lawmakers’ limited time and resources.” This was addressed to a legislature swollen with millionaires that spares no time or expense when it comes to prosecuting enemies or rewarding itself.

The Times jumped on the medical examiner’s conclusion August 16 that Epstein had committed suicide to argue that the terse statement from New York City’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, “refutes conspiracy theories that he may have been murdered.”

The Times went on to assert that “Mr. Epstein’s death had set off a wave of unfounded conspiracy theories, as people speculated online, without evidence, that he might have been killed to keep him from providing information to prosecutors about others in his social circle, including President Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew of Britain.”

As the WSWS has noted previously, Epstein was associated with many high-placed, dangerous people. His particular obsessions, in fact, allegedly included seeking out and drawing in the wealthy and influential and entangling them in various sexual and drug fantasies of his, or perhaps theirs. This was all very well when Epstein was out and about, and seemingly immune to serious prosecution. Once he was taken into custody and facing years in prison, however, there was genuine cause for alarm.

The Times did lift the lid a little in the form of columnist James B. Stewart’s August 12 piece, “The Day Jeffrey Epstein Told Me He Had Dirt on Powerful People.” Stewart explained that the “overriding impression” he drew from an August 2018 conversation with Epstein was that the multimillionaire “knew an astonishing number of rich, famous and powerful people. … He also claimed to know a great deal about these people, some of it potentially damaging or embarrassing, including details about their supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use. So one of my first thoughts on hearing of Mr. Epstein’s suicide was that many prominent men and at least a few women must be breathing sighs of relief that whatever Mr. Epstein knew, he has taken it with him.”

Epstein told Stewart that his very notoriety “was what made so many people willing to confide in him. Everyone, he suggested, has secrets and, he added, compared with his own, they seemed innocuous. People confided in him without feeling awkward or embarrassed, he claimed.” At another point in the conversation, he told the Times reporter “he was considering becoming a minister so that his acquaintances would be confident that their conversations would be kept confidential.”

If such dialogue were to occur in a scene from an Orson Welles film of the proper vintage, The Lady from Shanghai or Confidential Report, for example, or any decent film noir from the late 1940s, the viewer would instantly know what it meant. A character who spoke such lines would shortly disappear and an intrepid reporter would dedicate him or herself to tracking down those responsible for his death.

The Epstein affair is not a film, and the events of August 10 remain obscure. But is there not enough in the unexplained facts and Stewart’s piece alone to prompt an honest publication, with a fraction of the Times’ resources, into launching a genuinely searching investigation?

The newspaper, which downplays the possibility of foul play and generally protests too much against “conspiracy,” exudes about as much trustworthiness and sincerity as Saudi authorities following the October 2018 death of Jamal Khashoggi.

The government of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (coincidentally, another associate of Epstein, who visited the New York financier “many times” and with whom Epstein “spoke often,” according to Stewart) initially denounced allegations of Riyadh’s involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi from its Istanbul consulate as a “conspiracy theory” and suggested the journalist and Saudi dissident had merely left through the back door!

The Times is part of the New York City’s financial and political establishment. Its editors hobnob with these circles, imbibe their atmosphere, share their outlook, partake of their wealth, learn their secrets.

One is entitled to ask: What is the editorial board of the Times so anxious about coming to light? Whom might it be protecting?

Controversial Buddhist cleric Sogyal Rinpoche dies


This 15 March 2019 video says about itself:

SOGYAL RINPOCHE JUSTIFIES HITTING STUDENT

WARNING: if you have been abused by Sogyal Rinpoche, then you may not want to see and hear this.

THE CONTEXT: This recording was made on the 30th July 2004 on the patio of the garden of Sogyal Rinpoche’s villa, where he has gathered some senior students early in the morning – including current Vision Board member, Seth Dye. One of them, Hervé, has just been hit for the first time by Sogyal. He is understandably upset and bewildered at being the subject of an unprovoked assault. This is what Sogyal tells him. Seth Dye can be heard translating into French. There is also noise from the building work on the temple. This recording was referred to on page 18 of the Lewis Silkin report, commissioned by Rigpa, which confirmed Sogyal’s physical, psychological and sexual abuse. The report can be downloaded here.

To keep up to date on developments, follow @SogyalTruth on Twitter

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Discredited Buddhist lama Sogyal Rinpoche dies

The influential but also highly controversial Buddhist teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has passed away. The Tibetan taught Buddhist teachings worldwide for forty years. He withdrew in 2017 after it became clear that he had sexually abused and ill-treated students.

Sogyal Rinpoche died in Thailand from a pulmonary embolism. He was 71 or 72 years old; only his year of birth, 1947, is known.

After his studies, he started teaching in London in 1974. This resulted in the establishment of the Rigpa organization, which ultimately included more than a hundred Buddhist centers in 23 countries.

In 1983 Sogyal wrote The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying, which became a bestseller with more than two million copies sold worldwide.

Abuse

The popularity and public image of Sogyal Rinpoche got damaged from the nineteen nineties on by accusations of sexual abuse and ill-treatment of students. Not only he himself, but also other teachers from his Rigpa organization became discredited.

In 1994, a lawsuit of a female student against Sogyal Rinpoche was settled out of court for an unknown amount. 10 million dollars was demanded.

From 2011 on , new accusations were regularly made against the lama, but it took until 2017 before the other shoe dropped. Eight Rigpa students and former students described in a letter how Sogyal had abused and ill-treated students for years, both physically and mentally. Some letter writers had high positions within Rigpa.

It led to the resignation of Sogyal Rinpoche within a month. Rigpa had a private agency investigate the allegations further. In a report that appeared a year later, the allegations were largely confirmed. …

The lama retired to Thailand. He had been suffering from cancer for several years and died in the presence of followers.

‘Prince Andrew, stop lying on abuse’, survivor says


This 28 August 2019 video from British daily The Guardian says about itself:

Prince Andrew needs to ‘come clean about it’ says Epstein accuser

Lawyers representing several women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein have urged the UK’s Prince Andrew to come forward and answer questions, following claims of sexual misconduct against the British royal. Prince Andrew has strongly denied the allegations.

Virginia Giuffre said she was a 15-year-old working at US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club when she was recruited to perform sex acts on Epstein. Giuffre has separately claimed that she had sex with a list of other prominent men, including Prince Andrew. ‘He knows exactly what he’s done and I hope he comes clean about it,’ Giuffre said of Prince Andrew.

Read more here.

EPSTEIN ACCUSER: PRINCE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE’S DONE Virginia Giuffre, one of several women who have accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex crimes, renewed allegations of wrongdoing against Britain’s Prince Andrew on Tuesday, saying he “knows exactly what he’s done.” [CNN]

At least one of the security cameras in the hallway outside the cell of Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correction Center in New York City “had footage that is unusable” for investigative purposes, according to a report in the Washington Post: here.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is examining two prison video cameras that reportedly malfunctioned outside the cell of multimillionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein during the time of his death, according to a report published by Reuters late Wednesday. The report said that the two cameras “were within view of the Manhattan jail cell where he was found dead August 10” and had been sent to the FBI’s forensic crime lab in Quantico, Virginia: here.

HOW A RING OF WOMEN ‘RECRUITED GIRLS FOR EPSTEIN’ After child sex predator Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in early August, federal authorities have refocused their investigation on the more than half-dozen employees, girlfriends and associates whom prosecutors say he relied on to feed his insatiable appetite for girls. [New York Times]