Prince Andrew’s tycoon pal may have taken compromising photos of him with the underage girl he is alleged to have abused.
Details buried in original court papers filed against pervert Jeffrey Epstein, 61, reveal that he recorded the sordid orgies he threw for VIPs at his luxury homes using cameras hidden in the walls of guest bedrooms.
The woman known as Jane Doe 3 – said to be 30-year-old Virginia Roberts – claims she was held as a sex slave and forced to sleep with the Duke of York in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands.
She says she was 17 at the time – under the age of consent in Florida.
One of the sexual encounters with the Prince, 54, is alleged to have taken place at an orgy involving other underage girls on Epstein’s private island.
The financier, who was jailed for 18 months in 2008 after pleading guilty to solicitation for prostitution, kept a sickening stash of images on a computer seized at his Palm Beach mansion in 2006.
Prince Andrew was a frequent guest at the house.
Lawyers representing Roberts, originally referred to as Jane Doe 102, mentioned the hidden cameras in a 27-page filing at the Palm Beach Federal Courthouse in Florida.
The six-year-old papers, seen by the Sunday People, state: “Some of the photographs in the defendant’s possession were taken with hidden cameras set up in [Epstein’s] home in Palm Beach.
“On the Day of his arrest, police found two hidden cameras and photographs of underage girls on a computer in the defendant’s home.
“[He] may have taken lewd photographs of Jane Doe 102 with his hidden cameras and transported [them] to his other residences and elsewhere.”
There is no suggestion that Prince Andrew knew Roberts was being held as a sex slave by the tycoon and she claims she first met the royal when the financier took her to Europe and North Africa in 2001.
During a stop in London they called on his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of crooked media mogul Robert Maxwell.
Roberts claims in the latest court documents, filed on December 30, that she first slept with the prince at Maxwell’s home.
Court papers also allege that Maxwell presented nude pictures of her she had taken herself to Epstein as a birthday present.
They add that Roberts’ claims that she was forced to tell Epstein all about her sexual encounters so he could use the information to “blackmail” the royal.
She further claims she was sex-trafficked to “many other powerful men, including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well known Prime Minister, and other world leaders”.
Prosecutors believe Epstein, who enjoyed watching other people have sex, had cameras fitted at his other residences across the world.
Prince Andrew – who was photographed with Roberts during a party in New York –was holed up in a luxury ski chalet in Switzerland on Saturday.
Buckingham Palace repeated his strongly-worded denial of the allegations.
Prince Andrew holidayed with Epstein in Thailand in 2001 and was snapped surrounded by topless women on a yacht.
A handyman who spent 11 years working for the tycoon claimed Prince Andrew often had massages when he was a guest at his Palm Beach mansion.
Juan Alessi said the Prince enjoyed daily massages from young women and often emerged “smiling” after rub-downs.
He said the massages were carried out in a private part of the mansion only Epstein and selected guests could access.
Alessi also told how he witnessed parties at the waterfront mansion at which the Prince was present while young girls frolicked in the nude.
Despite his friend’s 2008 conviction for child sex offences, Prince Andrew continued to see him and the pair were pictured together in Central Park, New York.
The ensuing furore led to him quitting his role as Britain’s trade envoy.
Epstein served 13 months before he was released.
Jane Doe’s claims against the Prince come after she joined three women in a lawsuit against prosecutors, claiming they broke the law by failing to consult them before signing a plea deal for the tycoon.
It is understood that without the agreement he would have faced up to 15 years in jail.
The ongoing lawsuit was filed by Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell and names the US Government as the defendant.
The lawyers say Epstein’s treatment was “contrary to the Government’s normal approach in prosecuting federal sex offences”.
The US State Attorney’s office in Florida still has the vile haul of images from Epstein’s Palm Beach home, which were captured on devices hidden in walls inside guest bedrooms.
A spokesman said: “These matters are subject to ongoing litigation. We have no comment.”
Ghislaine Maxwell branded claims against her as “untrue”.
Her spokesman said: “The allegations… against Ghislaine Maxwell are untrue. The original allegations are not new and have been fully responded to and shown to be untrue.
“Each time the story is retold it changes with new salacious details about public figures and world leaders.
“[The woman’s] claims are obvious lies and should be treated as such. Ghislaine Maxwell’s original response to the lies remains the same. [She] strongly denies allegations of an unsavoury nature… and reserves her right to seek redress.”
Buckingham Palace has denied “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by Prince Andrew. -The Mirror (UK)