New Friends

A Sex Offender’s Royal Ties

These two make for interesting bedfellows: Prince Andrew and wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein were spotted promenading around New York City's Central Park, says News of the World. Epstein was jailed for 18 months in June 2008 after pleading guilty to prostitution charges, and was subsequently registered as a U.S. sex offender. The case began in 2005, when a young woman told police she gave massages to Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion when she was only 14 years old, leading to an investigation which revealed that Epstein had sexual relations with minors. He was also under investigation for sex-trafficking and molestation (charges which Conchita Sarnoff explored in articles on The Daily Beast), but ended up pleading guilty to a single charge of soliciting teenage prostitutes. It remains unclear why Prince Andrew has found a new friend in the businessman.