Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Prince Andrew tours Manhattan with billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
Meet Manhattan's raunchy new odd couple -- the prince and the pervert.
Prince Andrew, the United Kingdom's special representative for international trade and investment, and convicted child-sex creep Jeffrey Epstein stroll through Central Park in December -- shortly after the hooker-loving hedge-fund honcho moved back to his $50 million Upper East Side town house from his Palm Beach, Fla., mansion.
But this was no official business chat between the longtime pals.
Following their sedate park stroll and walk around the East Side, the pair got down to the business they both apparently prefer -- partying.
Epstein served an 18-month sentence in 2008 in Florida under a plea deal in which he confessed to two counts of soliciting a minor for prostitution and soliciting prostitution.
He spent part of it in a vacant wing of a Palm Beach jail, and the rest under house arrest.
His victim was identified in court papers as a 14-year-old girl identified only as "Jane Doe."
Epstein, a Level Three sex offender, paid the youngster -- one of a string of girls who allegedly visited him -- $200 for a massage at his Palm Beach retreat in 2005.
She said he used a vibrator on her while he masturbated, according to the court papers.
During his New York visit, Randy Andy, 51, chilled for four days at Epstein's East 71st Street pad, where the 58-year-old businessman reportedly threw his own welcome-home bash for stuffed-shirt glitterati, including Katie Couric, Charlie Rose and George Stephanopoulos.
At the party, Page Six reported, the jet-setting prince -- dubbed back home as "His Buffoon Highness" -- jokingly compared himself to Prince Harry.
"Like Harry, I'm just the younger brother," the paper quoted Andrew, brother of Prince Charles, as saying.
And when asked by Woody Allen about his ex-wife, Fergie, the prince replied, "She's very well -- we live together."
A team of Royal Protection officers and private security arranged by billionaire Epstein was on hand for Andrew's whole stay, Britain's News of the World reported.
Neighbors told the paper they witnessed a parade of stunning beauties come calling at Epstein's door during the prince's stay, the tabloid reported.
And once, Andrew was even spotted kissing a glammy brunette on the doorstep.
The aging horndogs share a long history.
They were introduced around 2000 by a mutual friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell.
And Andrew -- who has come under scathing criticism at home for globetrotting on the taxpayer's dime -- has enjoyed frequent holidays with Epstein.
On one trip, Andrew was seen sunbathing with a bevy of topless women off the Thai coast.
In return, Epstein -- who famously rubbed elbows with ex-President Bill Clinton -- got invited to Queen Elizabeth's Norfolk retreat, Sandringham, for a weekend and was a guest at her birthday at Windsor in 2000.
The prince's decision to keep in touch with his party pal -- appearances be damned -- comes as British press questions some of his past moves, including the sale of the home he once shared with Fergie to a Kazakh billionaire for almost twice its value.
As for Epstein, his return has generated no less scrutiny -- and an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" inspired by his crimes aired on Feb 2.
The real Epstein made 16 out-of-court financial settlements with other girls who had leveled similar sexual allegations against him, Britain's Daily Mail said.