Prince Andrew received “daily massages” during long stays at Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida home according to the billionaire’s former housekeeper, court documents have revealed.
In a video-taped interview under oath in 2009, Mr Alessi faced questions on Epstein’s relationship with the Duke of York and his former wife, Sarah Ferguson.
Mr Alessi said he believes the Duchess of York visited the Florida estate “only once and for a short time” but identified Andrew as someone who “spent weeks with us”.
When asked if he would “frequently have massages”, Mr Alessi replied: “I would say, daily massages.”
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Andrew stepped down from public life after the furore over his friendship with Epstein, and paid millions to settle a civil sexual assault case with Virginia Giuffre, a woman he claimed never to have met.
He was cast out of the working monarchy and no longer uses his HRH style after Ms Giuffre, who was trafficked by Epstein, accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.
The duke strenuously denies any wrongdoing.
A US judge ordered hundreds of documents to be unsealed as part of Ms Giuffre’s previously settled civil claim against Maxwell, which was filed in 2015.
In an email from Maxwell’s counsel Philip Barden shortly after a claim was filed against her, the UK lawyer said that “saying nothing is reputational suicide”, adding: “I can see why (Epstein) doesn’t want this as it may not suit him but he is already toast.”
Another email exchange between Maxwell and Epstein saw the former describe an allegation that Ms Giuffre was asked to have a baby and sign it off to the pair as “bullshit”.
She shared a draft statement with Epstein from Mr Barden, which read: “At no point in Ms Maxwell’s life has she ever contemplated, thought or wanted to bring up someone’s child as her own and or ask the mother to sign her rights away to the child.
“In fact the mere idea of such a suggestion is abhorrent. Further, the idea that Ms Maxwell would contemplate an arrangement with someone who abused drugs and alcohol contemporaneously and who was living with her fiance beggars belief.
“No document has ever been contemplated, created nor lawyer nor other approached to write such a document at any time.”
In the interview with Mr Alessi, lawyer Katherine Ezell asked: “Were Prince Andrew and Princess Sarah friends of Ms Maxwell?”
Mr Alessi replied: “Both of them”
Ms Ezell continued: “Both Ms Maxwell and Mr Epstein?”
The lawyer went on: “Did they ever have massages when they were there?”
Mr Alessi replied: “Prince Andrew did.
“I think Sarah was there only once and for a short time. I don’t think she slept in there. I cannot remember.
“I think she was visiting Wellington and she came to the house and we met her.
“But Prince Andrew, yes, Prince Andrew spent weeks with us.”
Ms Ezell then asked: “Where would he sleep?”
Mr Alessi said: “In the main room, the main guest bedroom. That was the blue room.”
The lawyer then said: “And, so, when he would come and stay, during that time would he frequently have massages?
Mr Alessi replied: “I would say, daily massages.”
Asked if it was sometimes more than one a day, Mr Alessi said: “I can’t remember if he had more than one, but I think it was just a massage for him.
“We set up the tables and…”
Ms Ezell interjected: “Do you have any recollection of (Virginia Giuffre) coming to the house when Prince Andrew was there?”
Mr Alessi replied: “It could have been, but I’m not sure.”
This comes as Andrew has been reported to the Met Police over the alleged sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl in London.
Her claims were repeated in the newly released court documents.