Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Duchess of York spent nine months negotiating with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein to pay off her debts

07 Mar 2011

In her first interview since the scandal broke, the Duchess apologised for a \"gigantic error of judgement\" in accepting the money from Jeffrey Epstein, a New York financier convicted for soliciting a 14-year-old girl for prostitution.

Epstein paid £15,000 to the Duchess\'s former personal assistant, Johnny O\'Sullivan, to cover the cost of his unpaid wages and other bills.

She said: \"I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me. I abhor paedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know that this was a gigantic error of judgement on my behalf.

\"I am just so contrite I cannot say. Whenever I can I will repay the money and will have nothing ever to do with Jeffrey Epstein ever again.\"

In an interview with The Evening Standard the Duchess appeared to say that the Duke handled the negotiations with Epstein on her behalf. In a subsequent statement, however, she said Epstein made a \"number of offers\" directly to her.

Mr O\'Sullivan was owed £78,000 by the Duchess, but accepted £15,000 from Epstein which then allowed a wider restructuring of the Duchess\'s £5 million debts to take place.

The Duchess said: \"The Duke sorted out my debts and he and his office have been more than marvellous.

\"I cannot state more strongly that I know a terrible, terrible error of judgement was made, my having anything do with Jeffrey Epstein. What he did was wrong and for which he was rightly jailed.

\"I had no idea of the string of other allegations and court cases against him and I am distraught that I should have allowed myself to get out of debt with any help from him when my judgement was clouded.

\"Once again my errors have compounded and rebounded and also inadvertently impacted on the man I admire most in the world, the Duke.

\"He has supported me and come to my rescue again and again and there is absolutely nothing that I would not do for him.

\"This make it even more painful for me that what happened has been used by people to make his life more difficult.\"

This morning David Cameron\'s official spokesman said that the Prime Minster still has \"full confidence\" in the Duke as trade envoy, despite reports that his position is under review.

Later, the Duke visited the Canary Wharf offices of the Crossrail project, where he was confronted by dozens of waiting photographers and journalists.

He smiled as he stepped from his chauffeur-driven Bentley, which had a personalised number plate ending in D0Y - for Duke of York.

As he was greeted by Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan, the Duke did not respond as a member of the press shouted: \"Are you an embarrassment to the Royal Family?\"

News From: http://www.7StarNews.com

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