Ian Halperin is at it again. The muckraking Montreal writer, who has taken on a host of celebs with controversial, unauthorized bios, is ruffling royal feathers in his new exposé on Prince Andrew and his connection to deceased convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Claims, depicting the prince as a serial womanizer, make up most of the first volume of Halperin’s six-volume Controversy: Sex, Lies and Dirty Money by the Word’s Powerful Elite.
Also included in the first two instalments of this first volume — now available on Amazon — are references to Epstein’s younger days, allegedly trolling underage girls in Montreal. These revelations come from interviews done with Epstein for Halperin’s 2002 book, Bad and Beautiful, on the sordid side of the world of modelling.
“When I first met Epstein, he told me Montreal was where he first started,” recalled Halperin, now based in Miami. “He said: ‘If not for Montreal, I would never have gotten into all this.’
“Epstein said he was a nerd, a piano prodigy. He took his first trip to Montreal in 1970 and went on a sex rampage with underage girls. He said he made many subsequent trips, and Montreal was one of his favourite cities. He talked about how beautiful the Montreal women were. He said: ‘(Montreal) is where I honed my skills at a very young age.’ He obviously took that to another level.”
Epstein was 17 when he first visited here. And prior to Halperin’s claims, this appears to be the first time an Epstein/Montreal connection has been made.
Epstein’s views on Montreal are further corroborated by another of his acquaintances, Claude Pepé, based on two interviews Halperin conducted with the French citizen.
“Pepé once came to a Grand Prix in Montreal with Epstein, and, he, too, said Epstein really loved Montreal,” Halperin recalled.
Great. Just the kind of recognition the city needs.
“Epstein turned out to be one of my few sources for Bad and Beautiful. I spent hours with him in 1999 and 2001, and met him years later at several tennis events. I had no idea back then that he’d become such a prolific sociopath, a man who’d become the most notorious child sex-trafficker in the world. That’s because he had been such a prominent figure in upper New York society,” Halperin said.
“What I remember most is that he was so open in talking about underage girls, about how it should be decriminalized, about how he lived in the wrong time and that in other times in history it was perfectly acceptable. He didn’t really try to hide his addiction to underage girls.”
Halperin’s primary focus in the first volume of Controversy is Prince Andrew. While he has had many contentious moments in dirt-digging probes on Scientology, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion and Guy Laliberté, his detailing of the alleged sexual predilections of the Queen’s widely reputed preferred son will probably top them all. And it’s likely Halperin will again be sleeping with one eye open.
“Always, it’s part of the territory. But the only people close to giving me a headache like the Royal Family has is the Church of Scientology,” Halperin said.
“Just minutes before Controversy was slated to be published, I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. But I’ve been through this rodeo before and I stand my ground with all the necessary documentation.”
In this case, that includes testimony from Royal Family staffers and other eyewitnesses.
Halperin also met the now-incarcerated Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged partner in crime.
“She introduced Andrew to Epstein. She was a high-society pimp … but she wasn’t the main person in Epstein’s child sex-trafficking,” Halperin claimed.
But here’s the kicker: Halperin asserts that while Andy is one randy fellow, he is not a child rapist, based on Halperin’s evidence that the prince’s chief accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, was 18, not 17 and therefore not a minor.
Regardless, this by no means exonerates the prince from allegedly engaging in abusive sexual behaviour, regardless of the age of the victim. Giuffre claims to have been trafficked three times by Epstein and forced to have sex with the prince, saying she was 17 at the time.
“I’m not saying Giuffre is fabricating it, but what I prove is that she got the timeline wrong. I have incontrovertible proof Prince Andrew did not sleep with underage girls. The book portrays him as a serial womanizer, although my mission here had really been to nail Prince Andrew. After interviewing 600 people (but not Andrew) and as the case progressed, I came up with the smoking gun.
“Actually, I think the Royal Family will be pleasantly surprised by the book.”
Wouldn’t bet on that. Halperin’s Controversy well may make Netflix’s The Crown look like a jovial Sunday picnic in the park with the Queen and her corgis.