Duchess of York got loan from wealthy US pedophile

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Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to two prostitution offenses in Florida, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a further year under house arrest. Prosecutors said Epstein paid several girls younger than 18 for naked massages that sometimes became sexual encounters.

Much of the controversy in Andrew’s life has involved his marriage to Sarah in 1986 and their divorce 10 years later. They have two daughters. A key moment in the break up was the publication of photographs of a topless Sarah being kissed by a boyfriend.

Since then, the duchess has made and lost large sums of money, and she got into more trouble last year after an undercover newspaper reporter filmed her apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband in return for 500,000 pounds ($724,000).

In Monday’s interview, she said with Andrew’s help she had settled all of her debts, which had been estimated at around 5 million pounds ($8.1 million).

“I have made another huge error in my life in order to get debt free but the duke and I are a united front on all that has happened over the last few days,” the Evening Standard quoted her as saying. “He, my girls and I are a unit who will always stick together even though we live separate lives.”

The duchess said she had made “a terrible, terrible error of judgment” in accepting help from Epstein, though she said she had no direct contact with him.

“Once again, my errors have compounded and rebounded and also inadvertently impacted on the man I admire most in the world _ the duke (Andrew),” she said. “He has supported me and come to my rescue again and again and there is absolutely nothing that I would not do for him.”

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