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Prosecutor’s pledge to ‘go after Jeffrey Epstein conspirators’

Close: Jeffrey Epstein with Ghislaine Maxwell in 2005 PICTURE: PATRICK McMULLAN/GETTY

PROSECUTORS in the US have said they will pursue ‘anyone who was complicit’ with the alleged crimes of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein following his apparent suicide in prison.

Epstein, 66, was found dead at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Facility on Saturday while being held on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy. He was supposed to be on suicide watch.

US attorney general William Barr said yesterday: ‘Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.

‘Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice — and they will get it.’ He is also demanding a thorough investigation into ‘serious irregularities’ at the jail.

‘Loaned out’: Ms Roberts with Andrew

It came after reports that Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is ‘target No.1’ for prosecutors. The 57-year-old, who is said to have been Epstein’s sometime girlfriend, has been accused of recruiting underage girls for him, which she denies.

One of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts, says she was 17 when he and Ms Maxwell forced her into prostitution. In a document, released by a US court, she alleges she was loaned out to Prince Andrew and that Ms Maxwell had taken part in sex sessions.

Buckingham Palace has ‘emphatically denied’ any suggestion the duke had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Roberts. In a deposition, it was recorded Ms Maxwell banged the table in frustration at Ms Roberts’s claims. ‘It’s borne out of years of feeling the pressure of this entire lie she has perpetrated,’ she is reported to have said.

Conspiracy theories have been raised since Epstein’s apparent suicide with many questioning how it could happen two weeks after a previous attempt.