Duke of York, Prince Andrew is turning to embarrassed actor Kevin Spacey in a bid to clear his name.
It comes as the Duke tries to distance himself from Ghislaine Maxwell, who was recently found guilty of five counts of sex trafficking.
Since the 1980s, the Duke of York has been photographed with the disgraced socialite and ex-girlfriend of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The couple partyed and went on vacation with Maxwell, who also attended several royal residences, The Mirror reports.
However, responding to Virginia Giuffre’s accusations, the Queen’s second son dismissed any idea that the couple were close friends.
Images also surfaced of Maxwell sitting next to Spacey in the Buckingham Palace throne room 20 years ago in 2002.
Although Andrew arranged the VIP tour, he wants Spacey to tell the jury that it was he who invited his friend Maxwell, not the duke, a source told The Sun.
The source said: “If Kevin can convince a jury that he was the crucial link to Ghislaine, rather than Andrew, it distances the Prince from her a bit, and that’s crucial.
“Andrew also believes that such a talented actor and speaker could be a very compelling asset in front of a jury.”
The Duke of York has responded to allegations of rape and sexual assault made by his accuser Virginia Giuffre, who this month was granted the right to put the queen’s son on trial in the United States.
In his first official response to the court regarding the allegations against him last August, the Queen’s son issued 41 outright denials of Ms Guiffre’s allegations, as well as 40 instances where, his lawyers said, ” lacks sufficient information to admit or deny” the accusation. accusations.
Andrew, 61, has rejected all allegations of wrongdoing and demanded to have a “jury trial” as sources close to the duke told The Mirror he is “committed to clearing his name”.
Ms Guiffre, now 38, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions in 2001 when she was 17 and was trafficked around the world to be used as a “sex slave” by the pedophile friend of the Duke, the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. .
She said: “He must be held accountable. We need to show the world that the rich and powerful can fall too.”
In 40 other statements, Andrew suggested that he “lacks sufficient information to admit or deny” other allegations, including an infamous photo of himself with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts, as she was then known, at the home of his longtime. friend and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
A royal source said opting for a jury trial was “the last gamble”.
Media attorney Mark Stephens said Andrew will face detailed questions of a sexual nature when he testifies, either in person or via video link, at the jury trial in the fall.
Commenting on the lurid details that may emerge from the trial, Stephens said: “For example, Virginia Giuffre will be asked questions about the prince’s body, any markings, his performance, what positions were taken, every detail that can be asked and then that will be put on Andrew.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.