Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex claims, denies involvement in ‘sex slave’ case, case related to banker Jeffrey Epstein

January 6, 2015 Comments Off on Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex claims, denies involvement in ‘sex slave’ case, case related to banker Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex claims
Prince Andrew denies involvement in ‘sex slave’ case: Read the claims and the full legal text
How A Famous Harvard Professor Got Caught Up In A Financier’s Sex Abuse Scandal
Dershowitz: ‘I’m an Innocent Victim of an Extortion Conspiracy’
Simon Danczuk: child abuse inquiry is being deliberately sabotaged by Government
Labour MP claims vested interested are seeking to protect ‘high profile’ abusers

Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex claims
Paul Lewis and James Ball  Saturday 3 January 2015

In case related to banker Jeffrey Epstein, woman alleges in court filing that she was forced to have repeated ‘sexual relations’ with duke

A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew.

The accusation against the Duke of York is contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week in connection with a long-running lawsuit brought by women who say they were exploited by Jeffrey Epstein, a multi-millionaire convicted of soliciting sex with an underage girl after a plea deal….

The woman, who filed the motion anonymously, alleges that between 1999 and 2002 she was repeatedly sexually abused by Epstein who, she also alleges, loaned her out to rich and influential men around the world.

The document – a motion to expand an ongoing lawsuit relating to prosecutors’ handling of Epstein’s case with two new plaintiffs – alleges that the woman “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.

The prince is not a named party to the legal claim, which is directed against federal prosecutors. He has not had any opportunity to respond to the allegations in the legal claim.

The woman is said to have been 17 at the time, considered to be a minor in Florida.

In a 2011 Vanity Fair article, Prince Andrew denied any sexual contact with young women associated with Epstein….

Another close associate of Epstein who is also accused in the lawsuit, Alan Dershowitz, told the Guardian that the woman’s accusations against himself were “totally false and made up”.

The Harvard law professor and esteemed criminal defence attorney who later advised Epstein on how to respond to the FBI’s investigation is accused in the court motion of having sexual relations with the woman when she was a minor and of witnessing the abuse of other minors….

In 2006, the FBI opened an investigation into allegations that Epstein had been paying for sex with underage girls at his Palm Beach mansion for years. By the following year federal prosecutors said they had identified 40 young women who may have been illegally procured by Epstein.

In 2008, however, the federal inquiry was dropped after Epstein negotiated a deal with prosecutors in which he agreed to plead guilty to a relatively minor state charge relating to soliciting paid sex with a minor – a 14-year-old girl. He served 13 months of an 18-month sentence and is now a registered sex offender.

Many of his alleged victims have since reached out-of-court settlements with Epstein, who was once considered among the wealthiest investment bankers in the world.

However, two of Epstein’s alleged victims, referred to in court documents as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, have brought a lawsuit arguing that federal prosecutors violated a victims’ rights statute by failing to consult them over Epstein’s secret deal.

The pair won a significant legal victory in July last year entitling them to see previously confidential documents from the plea bargain discussions between Epstein’s lawyers and federal prosecutors….
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/02/prince-andrew-named-us-lawsuit-underage-sex-allegations

Prince Andrew denies involvement in ‘sex slave’ case: Read the claims and the full legal text
The Independent Tuesday 06 January 2015

Below is the full text of the legal document detailing the allegations of the alleged Epstein ‘sex slave’ scandal which is claimed to have involved Prince Andrew. It has been edited only to remove legal jargon and other legal references.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson has strongly denied that the Duke of York had and involvement or knowledge of such matters.

First, the paragraph in which Prince Andrew is mentioned:

Perhaps even more important to her role in Epstein’s sexual abuse ring, Maxwell had direct connections to other powerful individuals with whom she could connect Epstein. For instance, one such powerful individual Epstein forced Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was a member of the British Royal Family, Prince Andrew (aka Duke of York). Jane Doe #3 was forced to have sexual relations with this Prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical locations: in London (at Ghislaine Maxwell’s apartment), in New York, and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands (in an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls). Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the Prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse. Maxwell facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse by acting as a “madame” for Epstein, thereby assisting in internationally trafficking Jane Doe #3 (and numerous other young girls) for sexual purposes.

Ghislaine Maxwell has strongly and consistently denied procuring girls for Epstein….

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 08-80736-Civ
JANE DOE #1 and JANE DOE #2 v. UNITED STATES
JANE DOE #3 AND JANE DOE #4’S MOTION PURSUANT TO RULE 21 FOR JOINDER IN ACTION….

As the Court is aware, more than six years ago, Jane Doe #1 filed the present action against the Government, alleging a violation of her rights. She alleged that Jeffrey Epstein had sexually abused her and that the United States had entered into a secret non-prosecution agreement regarding those crimes in violation of her rights. At the first court hearing on the case, the Court allowed Jane Doe #2 to also join the action. Both Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 specifically argued that the government had failed to protect their rights (inter alia) to confer, to reasonable notice, and to be treated with fairness. In response, the Government argued that the rights did not apply to Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 because no federal charges had ever been filed against Jeffrey Epstein….

Epstein also sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe, making her available for sex to politically-connected and financially-powerful people. Epstein’s purposes in “lending” Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information.

One such powerful individual that Epstein forced then-minor Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was former Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a close friend of Epstein’s and well-known criminal defense attorney. Epstein required Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with Dershowitz on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition to being a participant in the abuse of Jane Doe #3 and other minors, Deshowitz was an eye-witness to the sexual abuse of many other minors by Epstein and several of Epstein’s co-conspirators. Dershowitz would later play a significant role in negotiating the NPA on Epstein’s behalf. Indeed, Dershowitz helped negotiate an agreement that provided immunity from federal prosecution in the Southern District of Florida not only to Epstein, but also to “any potential co-conspirators of Epstein”. Thus, Dershowitz helped negotiate an agreement with a provision that provided protection for himself against criminal prosecution in Florida for sexually abusing Jane Doe #3. Because this broad immunity would have been controversial if disclosed, Dershowitz (along with other members of Epstein’s defense team) and the Government tried to keep the immunity provision secret from all of Epstein’s victims and the general public, even though such secrecy violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act….

Perhaps even more important to her role in Epstein’s sexual abuse ring, Maxwell had direct connections to other powerful individuals with whom she could connect Epstein. For instance, one such powerful individual Epstein forced Jane Doe #3 to have sexual relations with was a member of the British Royal Family, Prince Andrew (aka Duke of York). Jane Doe #3 was forced to have sexual relations with this Prince when she was a minor in three separate geographical locations: in London (at Ghislaine Maxwell’s apartment), in New York, and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands (in an orgy with numerous other under-aged girls). Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the Prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse. Maxwell facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse by acting as a “madame” for Epstein, thereby assisting in internationally trafficking Jane Doe #3 (and numerous other young girls) for sexual purposes….
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/prince-andrew-denies-involvement-in-sex-slave-case-read-the-claims-and-the-full-legal-text-9954942.html

How A Famous Harvard Professor Got Caught Up In A Financier’s Sex Abuse Scandal
Erin Fuchs  Jan. 5, 2015
One of America’s most famous lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, is being accused of having sex with an underage girl who was allegedly being exploited by one of his clients.

Dershowitz — a professor emeritus at Harvard Law who’s famous for defending O.J. Simpson — refutes those allegations, which were made as part of a lawsuit filed by lawyers including Paul Cassell (a former federal judge) on behalf of women who were allegedly sex trafficked as minors by the financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Two women are suing the federal government for striking a plea agreement with Epstein gave him 18 months in prison for pleading guilty to child sex crimes. The women (known only as Jane Doe) claim the government violated the Crime Victim Rights Act by failing to notify them of the deal for Epstein, who was a financial adviser to billionaires.

Here’s where Dershowitz comes in. Last week, Cassell and another lawyer for the Jane Does, Bradley Edwards, filed a motion asking the court to add two more Jane Does to the case. That motion stated that a girl known only as Jane Doe #3 had been forced to have sex with “powerful people,” including Dershowitz, who had represented the financier….
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-alan-dershowitz-got-involved-in-jeffrey-epstein-case-2015-1

Dershowitz: ‘I’m an Innocent Victim of an Extortion Conspiracy’ Jan 2, 2015  By Jacob Gershman
Attorney Alan Dershowitz is swinging back at what he describes as fabricated claims, alleged in a U.S. court document, that he was involved in a prostitution ring connected to the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal….

“It’s a completely, totally fabricated, made-up story,” Mr. Dershowitz told Law Blog in an interview Friday. “I have never had sex with an underage woman. They made up this story out of whole cloth. I’m an innocent victim of an extortion conspiracy.”….
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/01/02/dershowitz-im-an-innocent-victim-of-an-extortion-conspiracy/

Simon Danczuk: child abuse inquiry is being deliberately sabotaged by Government
Labour MP claims vested interested are seeking to protect ‘high profile’ abusers

By Rosa Prince, Online Political Editor 22 Dec 2014

The Government is deliberately sabotaging the inquiry into historic claims of child abuse to protect “high profile figures,” a Labour MP has claimed.

Simon Danczuk, the backbencher who has led the calls for an inquiry into allegations of abuse dating back decades, said the problems which had dogged the probe set up last summer appeared to have been “quite deliberate mistakes by people in central Government.”

A letter leaked at the weekend showed that Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is considering abandoning the current panel, amid a catalogue of problems including the resignations of two chairman.

A victims’ representative said the only people who wished to see the inquiry fail were the abusers themselves.

Asked if he thought Theresa May, the Home Secretary, was responsible for a deliberate cover-up, Mr Danczuk said he was confident she wanted to get to the truth.

But he warned that victims could engage in “direct action” unless they began to see justice….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11307460/Simon-Danczuk-child-abuse-inquiry-is-being-deliberately-sabotaged-by-Government.html

Politics had no role in Sandusky probe, Friedman Sex Abuse Conviction

June 25, 2014 Comments Off on Politics had no role in Sandusky probe, Friedman Sex Abuse Conviction

Report: Politics had no role in Sandusky probe
By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press June 23, 2014

HARRISBURG — A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.

The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.

“The facts show an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator,” said Kane, who had vowed to conduct a review of the investigation while running for office. “The report documents that more investigative work took place in just one month in 2011 than in all of either 2009 or 2010.”

Moulton said his review, including internal emails by state prosecutors, “revealed no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the Sandusky investigation.”….

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a long prison sentence….
http://www.tribune-democrat.com/latestnews/x1396897838/Report-Politics-had-no-role-in-Sandusky-probe

 

Jesse Friedman, Who Pleaded Guilty To Child Abuse In 1988, Fights For Exoneration June 24, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A man portrayed in an Oscar-nominated documentary about a notorious 1988 sex abuse case has launched another attempt to clear his name.

Jesse Friedman and his attorney filed a motion Tuesday in Nassau County Court. They want a judge to hold a hearing to review evidence in the case.

Friedman and his father, Arnold Friedman, pleaded guilty in 1988 to abusing 13 children during a computer class that the elder Friedman taught at their Great Neck home. But Jesse Friedman has maintained that he was coerced into confessing….

Last year, Rice determined that Friedman was properly convicted.

“By any impartial analysis, the re-investigation process prompted by Jesse Friedman, his advocates and the 2nd Circuit, has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender,” Rice’s report  stated.

About a half-dozen prosecutors, supplemented by an independent review team that included noted defense attorney Barry Scheck, investigated claims that police used flawed interview techniques, employed hypnotism to elicit victims’ memories and took advantage of a moral panic that was sweeping the country in the late 1980s.

It also examined whether Friedman had caved to pressure from a county court judge and prosecutors to plead guilty, and methodically addressed that and all the other criticisms.

The report said during the first two weeks of the investigation, at least 35 children were interviewed by a team of 12 detectives working in two-person teams. No single detective dominated the investigation and different teams obtained incriminating statements from different victims, the report said.

The review team also said it found no credible evidence that hypnosis was used by investigators on any child….
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/24/jesse-friedman-who-pleaded-guilty-to-child-abuse-in-1988-fights-for-exoneration/

Rice: No Reason To Overturn Friedman Sex Abuse Conviction
Friedman Claims There’s ‘Nothing But Lies In The Report’ June 24, 2013

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – There is no reason to overturn the conviction of a man in a notorious 1980s sex abuse scandal, New York prosecutors announced Monday after a three-year review….

But Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice released a 168-page report Monday that concluded there was strong reason to investigate and prosecute both Friedman and his father, Arnold, when the scandal erupted in 1987. The new inquiry also concluded that the two abused young boys taking computer classes in the basement of their Great Neck home….

Friedman, speaking at a news conference on Monday, said he’s disappointed in the DA’s report but added he’ll continue his battle to clear his name….

“By any impartial analysis, the re-investigation process prompted by Jesse Friedman, his advocates and the 2nd Circuit, has only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender,” the report stated….

The panel also noted that after his guilty plea, Friedman went on “The Geraldo Rivera Show” against his attorney’s advice and re-affirmed his guilt and discussed the abuse he and his father inflicted on the children.

The panel also re-interviewed parents of some of the victims and found none “have any reason today to disbelieve that their sons were victims of the Friedmans.”

The parents described their children having emotional problems, including bed wetting, defecating in their clothing, sleeplessness, nightmares, stuttering, a decline in school performance, separation anxiety and an overwhelming sense of fear….
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/06/24/rice-no-reason-to-overturn-friedman-sex-abuse-conviction/

Capturing the Friedmans
http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/ctf/1.html

Deconstructing the Myths Advanced by the Film “CApturing the Friedmans”
http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/ctf/myths.html

In Their Own Words:  Jesse’s Victims Speak Out
http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/ctf/vict.html

Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ ‘knew Jimmy Savile liked young girls’ and thought ‘good luck to him’ , Jimmy Savile investigation lands at unnamed school in West Bridgford, Queen Elizabeth and Cameron issued warrants for a paedophile ring?

January 25, 2014 Comments Off on Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ ‘knew Jimmy Savile liked young girls’ and thought ‘good luck to him’ , Jimmy Savile investigation lands at unnamed school in West Bridgford, Queen Elizabeth and Cameron issued warrants for a paedophile ring?

Dave Lee Travis trial: DJ ‘knew Jimmy Savile liked young girls’ and thought ‘good luck to him’
Jennifer Cockerell Friday 24 January 2014

Veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis told police after his arrest on suspicion of sexual offences that he would have reported fellow BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile if he had known he was a paedophile.

Travis said he knew that Savile liked young girls and thought “good luck to him”.

But he told police that he did not think the girls were under-age, jurors at London’s Southwark Crown Court heard.

Reading extracts from interviews with police after Travis’s arrest in November 2012, junior prosecutor Teresa Hay said that, although the defendant denied the offences, he described such groping behaviour as the “norm” during the 1970s.

Ms Hay told jurors: “He said if he had touched someone’s breasts he would admit it as it was considered to be a bit flirtatious at the time and no-one thought that much about it….

68-year-old Travis from Buckinghamshire, denies 13 indecent assaults and one sexual assault, dating back to 1976 at the height of his fame….
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/dave-lee-travis-trial-dj-knew-jimmy-savile-liked-young-girls-and-thought-good-luck-to-him-9083169.html

Jimmy Savile investigation lands at unnamed school in West Bridgford
By Nottingham Post January 25, 2014
LAWYERS acting for victims in the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal are now looking into the activities of the disgraced DJ at a Notts secondary school.

The school in West Bridgford has not been named but it is understood that the BBC presenter hosted roadshows there in the 1970s….

Eight sex abuse complaints, made to Notts Police in light of Operation Yewtree – set up by the Metropolitan Police in the wake of the scandal – have been referred to the Met, although not all necessarily relate to Savile himself….
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Did-Savile-strike-70s-visits-Notts-school/story-20499130-detail/story.html

Queen Elizabeth and Cameron issued warrants for a paedophile ring?
Judy Byington Saratoga Springs Child Abuse Examiner
January 25, 2014

Today Queen Elizabeth and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were issued arrest warrants. The two were charged with sexual crimes against children as part of an international pedophile ring.

“We have enough evidence to prosecute and hold both the Prime Minister and Queen of England” said ex-Royal Military Policeman Matt Taylor….
http://www.examiner.com/article/queen-elizabeth-and-cameron-issued-warrants-for-a-paedophile-ring

UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal, More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal ‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out, Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims

January 18, 2014 Comments Off on UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal, More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal ‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out, Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims

UN slams Vatican for ‘efforts to cover up’ pedophile priests in sex abuse scandal

By Alexander Smith, NBC News contributor  1/16/2014

The Vatican faced blistering criticism from a United Nations committee Thursday over allegations it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims in what constituted a worldwide sex abuse scandal.

It was the first time representatives of the Holy See were questioned in public on cases of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy around the world.

The U.N. committee’s main human rights investigator, Sara Oviedo, led the most intense grilling the Holy See has received on the issue, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Given the “zero tolerance” policy of the Vatican, she asked, why were there “efforts to cover up and obscure these types of cases?”….
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/16/22324032-un-slams-vatican-for-efforts-to-cover-up-pedophile-priests-in-sex-abuse-scandal

More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims in wake of Jimmy Savile scandal
Jan 12, 2014
By Keith Perry

….More than 20 schools face compensation claims from alleged abuse victims after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

They include fee-paying institutions Caldicott, in Farnham, Bucks, where Deputy PM Nick Clegg went and Ashdown House, East Sussex, London Mayor Boris Johnson’s prep school.

The allegations span from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Jessica Standley, of lawyers Slater & Gordon, said since Savile there had been “an increase in victims reporting abuse at institutions”….
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-scandal-more-20-3013389

‘Savile scandal made mum tell cops about Roache rape’ Alleged victim’s son speaks out

THE son of a woman accusing Bill Roache of rape has said she wouldn’t report him as she “didn’t want to cause a rift in his family”.

17th January 2014

The man, who was not identified, added that he only became of his mum’s experience after the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Giving evidence, the alleged rape victim’s son said he recalled a conversation with her about the time the Jimmy Savile and Cyril Smith cases emerged in 2012….

The man told his mum that she should go to the police as there may be more women out there and that “sometimes it takes that one person to have the strength to come forward”.

“She really didn’t want to. She was telling me straight away that some things are just best left alone in the past.

“She didn’t want to cause a rift between his family and on top of that she desperately didn’t want anyone to find about it.”

He said that remained the case and some members of her family still don’t know.

Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies the rapes and five counts of indecent assault involving the four other complainants aged 16 and under on dates between 1965 and 1971….
http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/361003/Bill-Roache-trial-Humiliated-rape-victim-only-told-cops-after-Jimmy-Savile-scandal

Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex abuse claims
The comedian was first arrested over a year ago by detectives from Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal

By Hayley Dixon 14 Jan 2014

Freddie Starr has been arrested for a third time by police investigating the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

The comedian, 71, was told that he faces a further allegation of sexual offences when he attended a police station in Warwickshire by appointment.

Starr was first arrested more than a year ago by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched in the wake of claims against Savile….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10572394/Freddie-Starr-arrested-for-third-time-over-sex-abuse-claims.html

BBC TV chiefs ‘knew of Jimmy Savile’s sex abuse,’ says MP

December 13, 2013 Comments Off on BBC TV chiefs ‘knew of Jimmy Savile’s sex abuse,’ says MP

BBC TV chiefs ‘knew of Jimmy Savile’s sex abuse,’ says MP
AN MP last night called for former BBC chiefs Mark Thompson and Helen Boaden to be hauled before Parliament to fully account for who knew what over the Jimmy Savile sex scandal.

By: Giles Sheldrick
Published: Thu, December 12, 2013

Tory Rob Wilson demanded action after a tape recording released yesterday suggests the disgraced DJ’s deeds were known by senior staff but this crucial evidence was omitted from the findings of an official investigation.

The five-minute edited recording of a conversation between former news executive Nick Pollard and an unnamed journalist was posted on the Guido Fawkes political blog.

Mr Pollard led a review into the sequence of events surrounding Newsnight’s shelved report into Savile’s activities which eventually led to a crisis at the corporation.

The Pollard review cost a staggering £2.8million but there were calls last night for a re-examination of the evidence surrounding the scandal.

In the recording Mr Pollard explains that he did not include in his review a claim by the BBC’s former director of news Helen Boaden that she had told then-director-general Mark Thompson that a proposed Newsnight report was looking into sex abuse allegations against late DJ Jimmy Savile – something that Mr Thompson denies….
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/448170/BBC-TV-chiefs-knew-of-Jimmy-Savile-s-sex-abuse-says-MP

BBC stands by report on dropped Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile abuse
12 Dec 2013  By Sam Adams

Questions were raised about the report’s validity after Nick Pollard, who led the review, was taped discussing his failure to include certain evidence

The BBC has stood by the findings of a report into the dropped Newsnight investigation into the activities of paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile.

Questions were raised about the report’s validity after Nick Pollard, who led the review, was taped discussing his failure to include certain evidence.

But Pollard has said he stands by the conclusions of the report and was tonight backed by the corporation’s Trust, which insisted the findings were “robust”.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-bbc-stands-report-2917780

Jimmy Savile scandal: The Pollard tape in full
The Telegraph publishes full tape recording of Nick Pollard suggesting that former BBC boss Mark Thompson lied when giving evidence about Jimmy Savile scandal
11 Dec 2013
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/10511706/Jimmy-Savile-scandal-The-Pollard-tape-in-full.html

Lord Patten warns Tory MP over Savile scandal evidence
Lord Patten warns Tory MP he risks legal action if he publishes evidence calling into question BBC’s handling of Jimmy Savile scandal
By Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent
11 Dec 2013

Lord Patten, the chairman of the BBC Trust, has warned a Conservative MP that he risks legal action if he publishes evidence calling into question the corporation’s handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Robert Wilson, Tory MP for Reading East, has obtained an audio recording in which the author of an independent inquiry into the scandal at the BBC reportedly undermines his own findings.

He is planning to publish the audio recording today but Lord Patten has written to him warning that he should be “weighing up the legal liabilities that might arise”. ….
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10509720/Lord-Patten-warns-Tory-MP-over-Savile-scandal-evidence.html

Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims

October 29, 2013 Comments Off on Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims

Penn State to pay $59.7M to 26 Sandusky victims
John Bacon, USA TODAY October 28, 2013

Penn State will pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the school said Monday.

The terms of the settlements include confidentiality agreements, the school said in a press release. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are signed and three are agreements in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks.

“The Board of Trustees has had as one of its primary objectives to reach settlements in a way that is fair and respects the privacy of the individuals involved,” Keith Masser, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “This is another important milestone in accomplishing that goal.”

University President Rodney Erickson called the agreements “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State.”….

Sandusky, 69, was convicted in June 2012 of 45 criminal counts involving abuse over a 15-year period….

In July, a Pennsylvania judge ordered three former Penn State officials, including ousted former president Graham Spanier, to stand trial on criminal charges related to an alleged coverup that temporarily shielded Sandusky from law enforcement scrutiny….
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/28/sandusky-penn-state-abuse/3287619/

Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal, Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show, John Paul II close to sainthood

July 5, 2013 Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal, Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show, John Paul II close to sainthood

– Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal
Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show
– New York Times editorial calls allegations against Cardinal Timothy Dolan “shocking”
– John Paul II close to sainthood

Cardinal Dolan and the Sexual Abuse Scandal
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD July 3, 2013

Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago in order to protect the money from damage suits by victims of abuse by priests.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has denied shielding the funds as an “old and discredited” allegation and “malarkey.” But newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.

“I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability,” Cardinal Dolan wrote rather cynically in his 2007 letter to the Vatican. The letter was released by the Milwaukee Archdiocese as part of a bankruptcy court fight with lawyers in 575 cases of damage claims. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011. The law bars a debtor from transferring funds in a way that protects one class of creditors over another.

The release of about 6,000 pages of documents provided a grim backstage look at the scandal, graphically detailing the patterns of serial abuse by dozens of priests who were systematically rotated to new assignments as church officials kept criminal behavior secret from civil authority….

The documents showed how the Vatican slowly took years to allow dioceses to defrock embarrassing priests. Yet the same bureaucracy approved Cardinal Dolan’s $57 million transfer just days after the Wisconsin court allowed victims’ damage suits.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/opinion/cardinal-dolan-and-the-sex-abuse-scandal.html

Dolan Sought to Protect Church Assets, Files Show
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN July 1, 2013

Files released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday reveal that in 2007, Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan, then the archbishop there, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has emphatically denied seeking to shield church funds as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. He reiterated in a statement Monday that these were “old and discredited attacks.”

However, the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show….

Cardinal Dolan has been regarded by many Catholics as part of the solution. In public appearances, he has expressed personal outrage at the harm done to children, apologized profusely and pledged to help the church and the victims heal.

But the documents lift the curtain on his role as a workaday church functionary concerned with safeguarding assets, persuading abusive priests to leave voluntarily in exchange for continued stipends and benefits, and complying with Rome’s sluggish canonical procedures for dismissing uncooperative priests who he had long concluded were remorseless and a serious risk to children. In one case, the Vatican took five years to remove a convicted sex offender from the priesthood….

In his letter, Archbishop Listecki said the documents showed that 22 priests were “reassigned to parish work after concerns about their behavior were known to the archdiocese,” and that 8 of those “reoffended after being reassigned.”….
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/02/us/dolan-sought-vatican-permission-to-shield-assets.html

New York Times editorial calls allegations against Cardinal Timothy Dolan “shocking”
Claims “church officials kept criminal behavior secret from civil authority” in Milwaukee
By JAMES O’SHEA, IrishCentral Staff Writer Thursday, July 4, 2013

The New York Times has launched a strong attack on Cardinal TImothy Dolan over his alleged shifting of $57 million in funds when he ran the Milwaukee diocese to avoid paying off child abuse victims.

The New York Times editorial called the Cardinal’s actions “shocking” and stated Milwaukee “church officials kept criminal behavior secret from civil authority,”citing evidence newly available in 6,000 pages of documents.

The hard hitting editorial states “Tragic as the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church has been, it is shocking to discover that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Milwaukee, moved $57 million off the archdiocesan books into a cemetery trust fund six years ago in order to protect the money from damage suits by victims of abuse by priests.”

Cardinal Dolan, has denied the allegation and described the charges as “old and discredited” allegation and “malarkey.”

However The Times says the new documents make clear “he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.”….
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/New-York-Times-editorial-calls-allegations-against-Cardinal-Timothy-Dolan-shocking-214266971.html

John Paul II close to sainthood
Wednesday, July 3, 2013  By Gary J. Remal
Word leaked from the halls of St. Peter yesterday that Pope John Paul II needs only a final OK from current Pope Francis to become a saint, and a Boston College expert said the effort would never have gotten this far unless the pope was ready to sign off….

Although some of the Holy See’s deep-seated problems — clerical sex abuse, dysfunctional governance and financial scandals at the Vatican bank — date from John Paul II’s tenure, his supporters say people are canonized, not pontificates. Bretzke said saints are not expected to be perfect….
http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/07/john_paul_ii_close_to_sainthood

 

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