Andrew ‘was used as bait by Epstein’

One of the paedophile tycoon’s assistants is said to have offered the teen the chance to meet the royal on Little St James when both men would be staying there.

The woman – known only as ‘Jane Doe 15’ – has claimed the invite came after she was subjected to a “vicious, prolonged sexual assault” by Epstein, The Sun reported.

She claims she attacked by the fiend at his Zorro ranch compound in New Mexico in 2004, reports The Sunday Times.

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A lawsuit states she met Epstein during a school trip to New York and was soon shuttled on his private plane with numerous other girls to the ranch.

One of Epstein’s aides then later contacted the schoolgirl in a bid to entice her to the island – which was at the centre of a sex trafficking probe against him at the time of his prison suicide.

However, she turned down the invitation “out of fear” and did not meet the prince and never saw Epstein again.

There is absolutely no evidence or suggestion the Prince knew of the invite, just claims his name was used to entice the girl.

Andrew ‘used as BAIT by Epstein in bid to lure girl, 15, to Paedo Island’. Picture: The SunSource:The Sun

The shocking allegations have been made in a letter to Andrew by the woman’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, which was sent to the duke last week and has been seen by The Sunday Times.

“A central element of [Epstein’s] predatory behaviour was to present himself as having connections to the world’s most powerful people,” Allred, who is representing five of Epstein’s victims, writes.

“In trying to persuade her [to go to the island], Mr Epstein’s representative conveyed to Jane Doe 15 that Mr Epstein was close to you, that you would be among the guests and that she would have an opportunity to meet you.

“Your prestige and reputation were directly touted in his attempts to engage in further harm.”

Allred then calls on the prince to provide “sworn testimony” to the FBI in the “interest of serving justice and in helping the victims of Mr Epstein to find peace”.

The Sun Online has already told of claims the Prince was used as “stardust” to attract people to Epstein’s sex parties.

Jane Doe’s lawsuit also claims Epstein gave the girl a tour of his plane – starting with the bedroom.

It said: “Epstein explained to Jane Doe 15 that, when he slept on the bed, he liked to have women sleep at his feet.

An edited version of lawyer Gloria Allred’s letter to the prince

An edited version of lawyer Gloria Allred’s letter to the princeSource:The Sun

“Epstein’s description of the women sleeping around him on the floor made her immediately think of slaves.”

While on the flight, the financier also name-dropped former President Bill Clinton and asked the girl how old she was, the documents say.

The lawsuit said: “Jane Doe 15 found her interactions with Epstein on the plane strange.

“But she recognised one of the other girls on the plane as a model who had been on a magazine cover that month.

“Jane Doe 15 remembers finding that reassuring, and thinking: ‘If she’s here, it must be ok’.

The palace declined to comment on the Sunday Times report but Andrew denied any knowledge of, or involvement with, Epstein’s alleged abuse during an interview with the BBC.

A Palace spokesman said the Duke “unequivocally regrets his ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein” and “deeply sympathises with those affected who want some form of closure.”

This story first appeared in The Sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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