Labour ex-Cabinet minister Lord Mandelson grins at Jeffrey Epstein’s birthday party in photo ‘taken a YEAR after billionaire financier was charged with soliciting woman for prostitution’
Former Labour Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson was pictured with Jeffrey Epstein in his Paris home a year after the billionaire financier had been charged with sex crimes.
The photo was reportedly taken inside Epstein’s apartment in Paris’s Avenue Foch in August 2006.
This was after Epstein had been formally charged with soliciting a woman for prostitution in August 2006.
Whilst police at that point had uncovered evidence he had abused underage girls, a US grand jury refused to indict Epstein on charges of sexual relations with minors.
He eventually pleaded guilty to procuring a child for prostitution in 2008 – after he was pictured with Lord Mandelson.
However, before the image was taken, news articles had alleged that the tycoon had engaged in sex acts with minors.
There is no suggestion that Lord Mandelson was aware of the allegations about Epstein at the time the image was taken.
Former Labour Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson was pictured with Jeffrey Epstein in his Paris home a year after the billionaire financier had been charged with sex crimes
The previously unseen photograph, which has been published by The Sun , shows Tony Blair’s former spin chief at a party for the convicted paedophile (pictured above in 2005)
A source told The Sun: ‘This demonstrates how astonishingly close Peter Mandelson was to Jeffrey Epstein, even as his crimes were being exposed.
‘Peter undoubtedly has questions to answer over this.
‘It also shines a light on the cosy relationship Jeffrey, Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and Peter shared during this period.’
Lord Mandelson is seen in the photograph with a glass of wine in front of him. He is wearing a partially unbuttoned shirt.
Lord Mandelson has been approached for comment by MailOnline.
Lord Mandelson is seen in The Sun’s image smiling alongside Epstein as he watched him blow out candles on a large birthday cake at his apartment (pictured) in Paris’s Avenue Foch
At the time, he was the European Commissioner for Trade and went on to serve as Business Secretary in Gordon Brown’s government.
The politician had been introduced to Epstein by Ghislaine Maxwell, who also introduced Prince Andrew to the the billionaire financier.
Maxwell was found guilty last month of trafficking young girls to Epstein for him to abuse them.
In 2011, after Epstein had been convicted of child sex charges, it emerged that Lord Mandelson featured in the financier’s ‘little black book’ – a contacts file of powerful figures from the worlds of royalty, politics, business and celebrity.
Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Roberts claimed to have remembered seeing Lord Mandelson at the financier’s town house in New York.
Prince Andrew and Lord Mandelson also previously worked together, when the Duke was a special representative for trade and investment. Above: The pair in 2007
Andrew and Lord Mandelson also previously worked together, when the Duke was a special representative for trade and investment.
In 2019, an acquaintance of Lord Mandelson said he had met Epstein on ‘nor more than five or six occasions’.
Lord Mandelson stepped down as a Member of Parliament in 2004 after twice resigning from the New Labour government, including following a financial sleaze probe.