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Jeffrey Epstein ‘threatened lawyer who was acting for billionaire’s sex victims’

Bradley Edwards claimed billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was friends with Prince Andrew, warned him that “somebody’s going to get hurt” when the lawyer tried to overturn a prosecution deal

A lawyer has told how Jeffrey Epstein threatened him while he acted for victims of the paedophile.

Bradley Edwards also claimed Prince Andrew’s billionaire pal placed his wife and children under surveillance in a bid to intimidate him.

He said Epstein became angry when he tried to overturn a deal the financier had brokered with ­prosecutors in 2008.

This protected those accused of helping him abuse dozens of girls.

Mr Edwards claimed Epstein warned: “Brad, if you keep prosecuting me in this way, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

The lawyer added: “He called me to tell me, ‘Look, I don’t like the way you’re prosecuting me, and I don’t like the way you’re trying to undo my immunity deal.

“You have to understand that I have friends in high places. I will drop my lawsuit against you if you will drop everything that you’re doing against me’.”

Mr Edwards held a string of meetings in a Starbucks at Boca Raton, Florida, with Epstein.

The sex offender later dropped a lawsuit against Mr Edwards and apologised in a letter read in court in 2018.

Epstein killed himself at the age of 66 in jail last year while awaiting trial for sex trafficking underage girls.

Mr Edwards was addressing the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children when he made his claims.

Epstein befriended Prince Andrew in the 1990s and they spent time together throughout the UK and US.

The Duke of York, 60, sparked ­embarrassment for Buckingham Palace after the pair were pictured in 2010 strolling through New York’s Central Park.

Just two years earlier, Epstein had pleaded guilty to procuring for ­prostitution a girl under 18.

One of his victims, Virginia Giuffre, alleges Andrew had sex with her when she was 17. He emphatically denies her claims.