Duke was set for sex trial bombshell as leaked message from Ghislaine Maxwell appeared – What We Know!

A leaked email from the prince

Earlier than he settled out of court docket final night time, Prince Andrew was set to be dealt a significant blow in his US intercourse case because of Ghislaine Maxwell.

A leaked e-mail from the prince’s buddy and now convicted intercourse trafficker appeared to verify the authenticity of an notorious image of the duke standing together with his arm round his accuser, Virginia Roberts.

The {photograph}, stated to be taken in Maxwell’s London townhouse in 2001, had been questioned by Andrew and simply this week his authorized workforce had demanded Miss Roberts flip over the unique.

A leaked e-mail from the prince’s buddy and now convicted intercourse trafficker appeared to verify the authenticity of an notorious image of the duke standing together with his arm round his accuser, Virginia Roberts

Alan Dershowitz, who was Jeffrey Epstein's friend and lawyer, emailed Maxwell to ask her about the photo - and Maxwell said she believed it was authentic

Alan Dershowitz, who was Jeffrey Epstein’s buddy and lawyer, emailed Maxwell to ask her concerning the picture – and Maxwell stated she believed it was genuine

Epstein and Dershowitz are pictured together. The famed lawyer represented Epstein in 2008

Epstein and Dershowitz are pictured collectively. The famed lawyer represented Epstein in 2008

The duke’s authorized workforce had claimed it could be a faux, however an e-mail obtained by the Each day Mail exhibits that even Maxwell, who seems within the background of the picture, believes it to be actual.

Within the message, despatched in 2015, Maxwell says: ‘It seems actual. I believe it’s.’

On a dramatic day of developments yesterday, it was claimed that Miss Roberts had misplaced the unique copy of the picture.

However that was disputed by her authorized workforce, who stated the exhausting copy was with the FBI and that Miss Roberts misplaced a CD containing a replica of the picture.

The picture was set to be a key piece of proof in her claims for battery and infliction of emotional misery towards Andrew, 61, which he had denied.

In an email exchange seen by the Mail, the picture was discussed by Maxwell and Epstein's former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz

In an e-mail trade seen by the Mail, the image was mentioned by Maxwell and Epstein’s former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz

The duke’s legal professionals had lined up a picture knowledgeable to forged doubt on the veracity of the picture.

If Miss Roberts had not produced the unique, Andrew’s workforce may have argued copies couldn’t be admitted as proof as they might not be correctly examined.

Not having the ability to depend on the {photograph} as proof they met would have put a sizeable dint in his accuser’s case.

However in an e-mail trade seen by the Mail, the image was mentioned by Maxwell and Epstein’s former lawyer, Alan Dershowitz.

On January 10, 2015, Mr Dershowitz wrote: ‘Expensive G. Have you learnt whether or not the picture of Andrew and virginia is actual? You’re within the background.’

Prince Andrew pictured together with Ghislaine Maxwell at Ascot in 2000. The 2001 photograph is said to be taken in Maxwell's London townhouse

Prince Andrew pictured along with Ghislaine Maxwell at Ascot in 2000. The 2001 {photograph} is claimed to be taken in Maxwell’s London townhouse

Eleven minutes later, Maxwell replied: ‘It seems actual. I believe it’s.’

The timing of the trade is critical as a result of days earlier Miss Roberts claimed for the primary time in court docket papers that she had been pressured to have intercourse with each Andrew and Mr Dershowitz.

The allegation was struck out by a choose who branded it ‘impertinent’. But it surely triggered panic for Andrew and in emails beforehand reported by the BBC, he contacted Maxwell at 5.50am on January 3, 2015.

The duke wrote: ‘Let me know after we can speak. Bought some particular inquiries to ask you about Virginia Roberts.’

Maxwell replied: ‘Have some information. Name me when you’ve a second.’

Mr Dershowitz has vehemently denied having intercourse with Miss Roberts.

Final yr she dropped a battery allegation she filed towards him after he claimed a civil settlement she signed with Epstein in 2009 gave him immunity.

Miss Roberts is presently suing Mr Dershowitz for defamation, a case he’s combating.

His legal professionals didn’t reply to requests asking for remark.