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If You're Not Paying Attention to This Alleged Sex Scandal, You're Missing a Doozy

The Prince and the lady The Prince and the lady

That would be the alleged underage sex scandal swirling around convicted felon Jeffrey Epstein and a host of famous names, including Britain's Prince Andrew, Harvard lawyer Alan Dershowitz and, of course, former president Bill Clinton. From -- where else? -- Britain's Daily Mail, which asks: "Is she telling the truth?" --

It is the most extraordinary story of sex, power, influence and the abuse of young girls and it has already sent Jeffrey Epstein, one of the richest men in America, to jail.

And today this sordid saga erupted once again with Prince Andrew sensationally forced to deny having any sexual contact with the woman whose claims have dogged him for years. Last week, the Prince was accused of abusing ‘Jane Doe 3’ – an anonymous name used in American court papers – at an orgy where she was being used as a sex slave. Jane Doe 3 is Virginia Roberts, whose story was first uncovered in 2007 by The Mail on Sunday following a painstaking investigation by our reporter Sharon Churcher, who tracked her to Australia.

The story Miss Roberts told was extraordinary – how she spent three years as an under-age ‘sex slave’ working for billionaire Epstein, a friend of the Prince, and paid to give erotic massages to the tycoon and his associates. She also claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, acted as Epstein’s ‘madame’.

The allegations by Miss Roberts are threatening the reputation of the Queen’s second son. The Palace has emphatically denied that the Prince has had relations with underage girls.

You can find details about the alleged romps with one of the scions of the House of Saxe-Coburg und Gotha courtesy of the Mirror, which helpfully divulges some alleged toe-licking piquancies, as well as the possibility that some of the amorous encounters may have been filmed. Buckingham Palace has just issued its second denial of the story, calling the allegations "false and without any foundation." Lest you think this just another Brit tabloid story, though, there's more from the Wall Street Journal:

A British royal and a famed U.S. lawyer have each vigorously denied an anonymous claim that they were involved in the sex scandal that led to jail time for Jeffrey Epstein, a Florida financier who pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute. The claims against Prince Andrew, the son of Queen Elizabeth II, and Alan Dershowitz, one of the most recognizable names in American law, surfaced this week in a civil lawsuit over a deal that U.S. prosecutors struck with Mr. Epstein in 2008.