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The girls silenced by Andrew’s friend the sex abuser

The girls silenced by Andrew's friend the sex abuser

The sheer scale of the alleged cover-up of under-age sex crimes by Prince Andrew’s paedophile friend can be revealed today.

Jeffrey Epstein made extraordinary efforts to stop the young girls he abused from speaking to the FBI, court papers claim.

He is said to have tracked them down and promised to ‘look after’ them if they kept quiet.

Those who did not cooperate were apparently harassed or warned ‘bad things’ would happen to them if they helped federal investigators.

The files became public yesterday as the Duchess of York sprang to the defence of her ex-husband, who has been accused of having sex with Epstein’s under-age ‘sex slave’.

Yet vital evidence that could put Andrew in the clear is likely to remain secret. The Mail can reveal that 13,000 secret documents containing crucial testimony have been locked away by US prosecutors.

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