Category Archives: Crimes Against Children

FLASHBACK: Text Messages Reveal Joe Biden and His Wife Colluded to Suppress HUNTER’S ACTIONS WITH A CERTAIN MINOR

Joe Hoft
April 8, 2022

(The Gateway Pundit first published this article on October 28, 2020 – a week before the 2020 Election.)

Yesterday we reported on former VP Joe Biden who snapped at a reporter who dared to ask him about his son Hunter.  But VP Biden can’t get out of this one.

Biden did not let WYOU reporter Andy Mehalshick get through his question before snapping during an event on Saturday.

“Questions and controversy continue today about Hunter Biden, your son,” Mehalshick began.

“There is no controversy,” he interjected. “That’s all a lie.”

“It’s a flat lie because the president has nothing else to run on.” Biden said.

Biden does not want you to believe your own eyes.

Of course, Biden is the one who is lying, as leaked emails have revealed deep levels of corruption and homemade porn of his son smoking crack with prostitutes is all over the internet.

But today we have more – much more…

Hunter Biden sent the following text to a family friend where he shares that someone is accusing him of being sexually inappropriate around her daughter.  This is why Hunter claims he is not allowed to be alone with that person:

In another text message from Hunter to a family friend, Hunter shares that his mother, Jill Biden, propagates the claims that Hunter is sexually inappropriate around the children and VP Joe Biden is aware as well:

In a text message sent to Hunter Biden from his Uncle Jim Biden, former Vice President Joe Biden’s brother, Uncle Jim shares that both he and former VP Joe Biden are upset with accusations of impropriety but they don’t believe them.  Jim and Joe Biden want to discuss with Hunter so they can all get their stories straight:

In an email to colleague and fellow board member on Burisma, the now felon Devon Archer, Hunter explains how he is not allowed to be around a certain person without his father, Joe Biden, being there:

And a fifth text message shows Hunter explaining to a certain person that her mom told former VP Joe Biden that she would call the police if Hunter tried to see that person:

These texts paint a horrible picture of what is going on behind the scenes in the Biden family.

What the hell was going on in the Biden household?  If a minor was involved, why did no one contact the police?  Why was this hidden from the public?  Was this because it would tarnish Joe’s political image?  Most importantly, is the child safe now?

VP Biden, this is no lie.  It’s not coming from President Trump.  This is not Russian disinformation.  It’s coming from your nuclear family. 

As an officer of the court, why didn’t you address this horrible and potentially criminal situation within your family?

Judge Denies Ghislaine Maxwell Request For New Trial

Cristina Laila
April 1, 2022

A federal judge on Friday denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s request for a new trial.

“Judge Alison Nathan said in her ruling that Maxwell’s lawyers had failed to satisfy the requirements for granting a new trial in a criminal case.” NBC reported.

In December Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on of 5 of 6 counts.

Important details about the case were sealed by the judge.

Maxwell worked as Jeffrey Epstein’s pimp for years and the DOJ knew they were running girls as young as 12 but they refused to act.

Maxwell pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from her role as Epstein’s ‘madam’ from 1994 to 2004.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys in January asked for a new trial after new revelations of one of the juror’s public comments on child sex abuse.

A judge on Friday upheld Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking conviction.

NBC reported:

A federal judge Friday denied granting a new trial to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who had argued that her conviction for procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein was tainted by the presence of a juror who failed to disclose he himself had been sexually abused as a child.

Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell’s lawyers had failed to satisfy the requirements for granting a new trial in a criminal case.

Nathan wrote in her ruling that the juror had credibly testified during a hearing in March that he “skimmed way too fast” over a questionnaire before Maxwell’s trial last winter that asked prospective jurors if they had been the victims of sexual abuse.

Maxwell’s lawyers said that Juror 50′s failure to answer that with a yes, instead of the no, as he did, violated her right to have a fair trial.

But Nathan wrote that based on Juror 50′s testimony last month, she believed that “he was not biased and would not have been stricken for cause” from serving on the jury “even if he had answered each question on the questionnaire accurately.”

It’s Been 80 Days Since Maxwell’s Conviction and Not a Single Child Rapist Client Has Been Arrested

By Matt Agorist

It has been nearly three months since a jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on 5 of the 6 counts of luring and grooming underage girls for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein and his pedophile cohorts.

Due to the nature of her charges, Maxwell could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

  • Count 1: Conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 2: Enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 3: Conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 4: Transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – maximum sentence of 10 years
  • Count 5: Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors – maximum sentence of five years
  • Count 6: Sex trafficking of minors – maximum sentence of 40 years

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan has stated that Maxwell will be sentenced on June 28 and we’ve heard nothing else since.

Despite the high-profile nature of Maxwell’s conviction, and the deep desire by those paying attention to see her customers held accountable, coverage of her situation in the mainstream media became non-existent. Instead, the talking heads went back to bashing their bogeymen to stoke divide. All the while, no one in the legacy media is asking the tough questions like “who the hell were her customers and why aren’t we going after them?”

While Ukraine coverage is certainly warranted, looming world war serves as a convenient distraction for the perpetrators of these crimes and the interest in exposing those who committed them.

While a US court has since ruled that the sex assault case against Prince Andrew can proceed, no other clients have been brought to light. The fact that many politicians who could be marching us to war right now, may be these clients, it of great concern to many.

Yet here we are.

It is almost as if Maxwell served as a sacrificial lamb to the federal government; and in exchange for her blood, any lights shining into the Jeffery Epstein pedophilia case would be turned off by the establishment — forever — and refocused back to fear mongering and distraction.

What’s more, documents were recently obtained under Freedom of Information Act requests that reportedly show the US Bureau of Prisons bent facts to support the Jeffrey Epstein suicide narrative.

Ironically enough, the only ones who reported on this corruption were the Russian media at RT who have since been banned throughout Europe and shut down here in the United States. The details of the documents reveal exactly why the establishment needs to maintain control over the narrative.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws by RT investigative unit The Detail include startling records revealing how the US Bureau of Prisons (BOP) moved to shut down any and all public debate about the cause of Jeffrey Epstein’s death. Along the way, evidence was distorted, material facts ignored, and key anomalies unexplored and unpublicized.

After being found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019, the records show that the Bureau issued statements to journalists and Epstein’s family categorically stating he’d committed suicide. The result was international news outlets universally and unquestioningly reporting that Epstein had taken his own life from the word go, despite Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson having reached no conclusion at that time, and making clear in a statement the next day that the investigation was open and ongoing.

It was not until August 16 that Sampson publicly declared Epstein’s death had been a suicide. The ruling was contested by leading forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, who’d been hired by the billionaire’s brother to monitor the autopsy process. Speaking to the Miami Herald two months later, he charged that “the autopsy did not support suicide,’’ and that the pathologist who conducted it had recorded this.

There are countless unanswered questions that plague the Maxwell/Epstein case, yet corporate media would have you believe that we need to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine to start nuclear war with Russia.

How is it that the public knows more names of victims of Epstein and Maxwell than they know clients? How’s that possible? Why are these pedophiles being protected and who is protecting them?

In 2015, Gawker leaked an alleged copy of Maxwell’s black book which contained over 1,000 names of elite politicians, actors, and billionaires including Prince Andrew, Alec Baldwin, Tony Blair, and Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Ted Kennedy, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, corrupt lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and scores of underage victims were all listed in this book as well and yet the case stops here with Maxwell’s conviction?

Prosecutors cited the book and the listing of the names of the girls as key evidence against Maxwell. “This book, Maxwell’s book, proves to you that Maxwell is guilty,” Assistant US attorney Alison Moe said during closing arguments.

But what about everyone else in it?!

“Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable,” tweeted victim Virginia Giuffre who recently settled a lawsuit with one of her alleged rapists, Prince Andrew. But no one else has.

In an article by Gaby Hinsliff from The Guardian, Hinsleff called for the spotlight to be turned to the rich men Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked girls for. That was 80 days ago and there has been no such spotlight. In fact, darkness now encompasses the entire case.

Source: The Free Thought Project

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Reports 35 Percent Increase in Child Pornography From 2020 to 2021

Cassandra Fairbanks
Published March 19, 2022

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has reported a massive increase in child pornography online.

The organization reports finding a 35 percent increase in suspected cases from 2020 to 2021.

“The number of reports went up in categories such as CSAM (possession, manufacture and distribution), child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, child sexual molestation, misleading domain name, online enticement of children for sexual acts and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child,” The Hill reports. “NCMEC sent reports to the police and was able to alert law enforcement to 4,260 potential new victims in 2021.”

In 2021, there were 29.3 million reports of suspected child sexual abuse online, the most ever in a single year.

The Intelligencer reports, “there were also 44,155 reports of suspected online enticement of children for sexual acts, 16,032 reports of suspected child sex trafficking and 12,458 reports of suspected child sexual molestation in 2021, according to NCMEC data, with each category seeing an increase over 2020.”

The report added that “NCMEC data shows that the number of videos of child sexual abuse surpassed still images in 2021, and the nonprofit wrote it expects reports of videos will continue to rise.”

“These reports concern the sexual exploitation of children around the globe. We share this data to continue building awareness of the insidious nature of child sexual exploitation occurring online,” Michelle DeLaune, NCMEC senior vice president and COO, said in a statement.

Reports of suspected child sexual exploitation can be sent to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at or by calling NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Disney Employees Among 108 Arrested in Major Human Trafficking, Child Predator Operation

Amber Crawford 
March 16th, 2022

On Wednesday, the Sheriff of Polk County held a press conference in which he discussed a massive six-day sting operation focused on human trafficking, prostitution, and child predators. The operation resulted in 108 arrests, including four Disney employees.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd reported that this undercover campaign, named “Operation March Sadness 2”, led to the arrest of 108 people, including “a retired judge from Illinois, a few restaurant managers, a man who works at FunSpot, and several who work at Disney.”

One of the individuals arrested was 27-year-old Xavier Jackson who worked at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort as a lifeguard. Jackson, from Kissimmee, Florida, was discovered to have sent sexual images and explicit descriptions of “what he wanted to do” to an undercover detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl. In Jackson’s communications with the undercover cop, he also bragged about working as a lifeguard at the Disney resort.

27-year-old Xavier Jackson

Another Disney employee implicated in this bust is a 24-year-old man from Orlando named Wilakson Fidele, who had worked at Disney for four years. He was working at the Cosmic Restaurant at the time of his apprehension.

24-year-old Wilakson Fidele

“This is huge,” Sheriff Judd said about the four apprehended Disney employees. “Four arrests of this magnitude is simply remarkable.”

66-year-old Daniel Peters was also arrested as a result of the operation and charged with soliciting a prostitute. Peters is a retired judge from Cook County, Illinois where he also worked as a special assistant for legal affairs for the sheriff’s office.

Retired Cook County judge, 66-year-old Daniel Peters

The ages of those arrested range from 17 to 67 years old. One apprehended female said she was a human trafficking victim. According to the sheriff’s office, the operation intended to “identify and free any victims who were being forced into prostitution (human trafficking)”.

Clinton-Connected Haiti Pastor Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges

Corrigan Clay, a U.S. pastor who moved to Haiti and adopted two orphans, has been indicted for child sex abuse after “engaging in illicit sexual conduct” with one of his children.

Clay is the co-founder of the “Apparent Project”, a non-profit charity organization established by his ex-partner Shelley Jean.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has visited and supported the group, who is also believed to have helped fund another of the pair’s entities, Papillion Enterprise, through Clinton Foundation grants.

Clay was arrested March 10th this year by federal agents, according to an unsealed indictment first released on Thursday by The Daily Beast.

He is being prosecuted by the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, documents filed in Pittsburgh federal court state.

Clay sexually abused the unidentified child from January 2014 to December 2017, the indictment states. No further details are provided in the filing, except that the alleged victim was under 18. But Clay’s ex-wife, with whom he had two biological children in addition to the pair they adopted, told The Daily Beast on Friday that the illicit conduct involved one of their own kids.

Shelley Jean Clay, who split from Clay more than a decade ago and now operates a Haitian-focused crafts market in Florida, declined to provide further details about the allegations, emphasizing that she was not involved and had no idea what was happening.

“It was my child, but I don’t think I am at liberty to talk about it because the court case is in process,” she told The Daily Beast. “I’m not opposed to the truth coming out, but I don’t want to jeopardize the case.”

The National Pulse discussed the Clinton connection:

Prior to this, Clay, Jean, and CEO Marilyn Monaghan founded Apparent Project, designed to “establish childcare for working parents, quality early education, and job skills that provide opportunities for the poor in Haiti.” As with Papillion Enterprise, the Apparent Project has been visited and supported by former president Bill Clinton, alongside various other celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Kim Kardashian, displayed in a now-deleted blog post from Clay in 2012:

“Donna Karan, The Gap, Macy’s, Chan Luu, and Disney have marketed our jewelry, and our celebrity clients have included Bill Clinton, Oprah, Rainn Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Maria Bello, Petra Nemcova, Ben Stiller, and Kim Kardashian.”

– Corrigan Clay, 2012

Clay’s now-deleted post also included a letter, dated 2016, from a deprived seventeen-year-old Haitian girl expressing her desire to “make love” with him in order to aid her sister with access to medical surgery. Though Clay had expressed in his blog post that he helped the teenage girl without the requirement of sexual deeds, he further admitted to lingering on her proposal due to personal loneliness.

The Clinton Foundation has long-boasted of its ties to Papillion and related groups over the past decade. It was announced in 2016 that Papillion had “grown from less than 100 employees and approximately $150,000 in annual revenues when we first started working with her, including a Foundation investment of $150,000, to now over 300 employees and over $1.2 million a year in revenues” – partly courtesy of the Clinton Foundation.

Biden-Backing Democrat Mayor Charged With Child Porn Possession.

Natalie Winters
March 6th, 202

A former Oregon Mayor who donated to Joe Biden’s campaign and collaborated with the Obama administration has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Dennis Doyle, 73, served as the Mayor of Beaverton, Oregon from 2008 until 2021, and during his time in office, allegedly “knowingly and unlawfully possessed digital material containing child pornography.”

The Department of Justice notes that the pornographic content Doyle possessed between November 2014 and December 2015 included “images defying minors under twelve.”

Doyle, who also served as a Beaverton city councilor for 14 years before becoming mayor, was a vocal proponent of combatting climate change through pursuing “green” development policies.

In an interview with Inside Climate News, Doyle reveals he was “pretty active” in environmental activism in the ‘60s while explaining his decision to join the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Challenge.

“This month, Beaverton became the first and only city of its size to join the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Challenge, which asks local governments and companies to cut energy and water use in their buildings by 20 percent by 2020,” explained the paper.

“We’ve had great support from the current [Obama] administration,” remarked Doyle in reference to his efforts to make Beaverton a more “sustainable” city.

Doyle also received the 2012 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award in the small city category, a joint initiative between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart.

Beyond collaborating with the Obama administration, Doyle has also financially supported several Democratic campaigns, including a $500 donation to President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign.

If convicted, Doyle faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and a life term of supervised release. He made his first appearance in federal court on March 4th for the case, which is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF).

Ghislaine Maxwell’s Family Fears For Her Safety After Death of Epstein Associate

Carmine Sabia
February 20th, 2022

OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s family is now concerned for her safety after a man who was known as Jeffrey Epstein’s pimp, was found dead in his prison cell of what has been called a suicide.

It is alleged that Maxwell, who was convicted of sex trafficking last year, introduced the deceased fashion designer, Jean-Luc Brunel , to Epstein, The New York Post reported.

“It’s really shocking,” Ian Maxwell, a sibling of Ghislaine, said to The Post. “Another death by hanging in a high-security prison. My reaction is one of total shock and bewilderment.”

He said that her family “fears for her safety” after the deaths of Epstein and Brunel.

“Despite the psychiatrist advising to the contrary, she was deemed a suicide risk and they are continuing to wake her up every 15 minutes in the night. It’s a complete violation of prisoner rights and human rights,” he said of her treatment in prison.

Maxwell insisted his younger sister is not suicidal, and said that it was “ironic” that Epstein and Brunel who died of apparent suicides were not on suicide watches in their respective prisons. Epstein had been taken off suicide watch shortly before his death in August, 2019.

Last month, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, officially requested a retrial after a juror in the case told media that he used his own experience of being sexually abused in order to influence his peers on the jury to reach a guilty verdict.

French modelling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who is alleged to have gotten more than a thousand women and girls for Epstein to sleep with, was found during a check around 1 AM in his cell, hanging, The Daily Mail reported.

Unfounded conspiracy theories began quickly.

“Nothing to see here. Merely coincidental. No, I know what you’re thinking. Another suicide, right? We’ll, take our word for it. And, no, we’re not going to show you any pathology reports or crime scene photos. Go away. Wait for the invasion. Just go,” culture commentator Lionel said.

“Jean-Luc Brunel has “committed suicide” He was accused of procuring young girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse Friend of Ghislaine Maxwell & named by Virginia Guiffre as one of her abusers He was awaiting trial in France for sexually abuse I’m no conspiracy theorist but..,” former prosecutor Nazir Afzal said.

It comes days after Prince Andrew, 62, agreed to settle Virginia Roberts’s lawsuit accusing him of sex abuse after they met through Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Roberts accused Brunel, 76, of procuring more than a thousand women and girls for Epstein to sleep with and he was awaiting trial in France for raping minors.

His death in an alleged hanging will fuel conspiracy theories around the Epstein affair after he also died in prison while awaiting trial in what authorities say was a hanging.

However video cameras were not running at the time he died in the cell he shared with another inmate.  

Prosecutors in Paris confirmed Brunel was found hanging in his cell in La Santé, in the south of the capital city, in the early hours of Saturday morning. It is not known whether Brunel was sharing a cell or whether there was any CCTV footage inside. 

“A night patrol found his lifeless body at about 1am,” a source set to The Daily Mail. “A judicial enquiry has been launched, and early evidence points to suicide.”

He was indicted in December 2020 after being interrogated by a magistrate and a specialist unit of anti-pedophile police for two days.

He was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport attempting to get on a plane to Dakar, Senegal when claiming he was heading on vacation.

“Brunel was suspected of having been part of a global underage sex ring organized by the late American multi-billionaire Epstein, who committed suicide in 2019, while awaiting trial for numerous sex crimes,” The Daily Mail said.

Meta-Facebook Manager of Community Development Staffer Caught In Hotel Child Sex Sting Operation

A Manager of Community Development at Meta/Facebook was busted in a Chris Hansen-style pedophile sting operation by independent journalists.

Andy Ngo reported,

Exclusive: High-level Facebook staffer allegedly caught in amateur child sex sting operation

A live stream video posted on YouTube on Feb. 16 by “Predator Catchers Indianapolis” purports to show Meta/Facebook Manager of Community Development Jeren Andrew Miles, of Palm Springs, Calif., being caught in a child sex sting in Columbus, Ohio.

Miles, 35, allegedly communicated sexually explicit texts with a person who said they were a 13-year-old boy. He allegedly made plans for the boy to meet him at Le Meridien Columbus hotel, which is how and where the “Predator Catchers” group interviewed him.

Miles serves on the board of directors for LGBTQ+ group, Equality California. He has since completely deleted his social media accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Miles previously worked as the Director of Community Affairs for Lyft, according to an archive on LinkedIn.

Eric Schmutte, the man recording the live stream and one-half of “Predator Catchers Indianapolis,” tells me

he is sending all the chat logs and evidence to law enforcement in Columbus, Ohio and Palm Springs, Calif., where Miles purportedly lives.

Jeren Miles’ Facebook and Twitter pages have been deleted, but his Facebook was archived.

Prince Andrew Reportedly Begging For Alleged Pedophile Kevin Spacey’s Help In Epstein Sex Trafficking Case

Richard Bledsoe, The Western Journal
Published February 3, 2022

The 1995 film “The Usual Suspects” presented an infamous yet insightful quote: “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Spoiler alert: The line in the movie was spoken by actor Kevin Spacey, who turned out to be the movie’s mysterious main villain in disguise, not the passive observer he pretended to be. Spacey’s life later took a dark turn, when he was faced with multiple accusations of sexual assault.

Now, in a bizarre twist, Spacey is once again being sought to play a potentially diabolical role. Britain’s Prince Andrew is hoping Spacey will be the unusual suspect who will deflect blame in a pending sexual assault lawsuit expected to come to court later this year, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.

The actor — who was famously branded an “alleged sexual predator” by the mother of one of his accusers in 2017 — and the prince both moved in the same elite circles as the late financier Jeffery Epstein. Epstein, who already carried a sex offense conviction from Florida in 2008, was arrested in New York on sex trafficking charges on July 6, 2019. He was found dead in his cell on August 10, 2019.

His companion and partner in crime, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested July 2, 2020, and convicted of five counts of sex trafficking-related charges on December 29, 2021.

Virginia Giuffre says she is another trafficking victim of Epstein and Maxwell. According to Giuffre, the debauched duo gave her to Prince Andrew for sex in 2001, even though she was only 17 at the time. Now Giuffre is suing the prince, alleging he sexually abused her.

Part of Prince Andrew’s problems in the case are photographs. In 2002, pictures were taken of Maxwell and Spacey getting an insider’s tour of Buckingham Palace organized by Andrew, according to the U.K. Sun. These snapshots could prove an intimate connection between Prince Andrew and convicted pimp Maxwell.

Prince Andrew hopes to use Spacey to explain Maxwell’s presence. According to The Sun, the prince will claim he invited Spacey, who brought Maxwell along as his guest.

That could distance Andrew from what could otherwise be damaging guilt by association to the Maxwell conviction.

The Sun quoted an “insider” saying, “The snaps go right to the centre of the claims against Andrew, and an image of Ghislaine Maxwell in the most private space within Buckingham Palace looks very damning.

“But if Kevin can convince a jury he was the crucial link with Ghislaine, rather than Andrew, it distances the prince from her somewhat — and that’s crucial.

“Andrew also believes such a gifted actor and public speaker could be a very compelling asset in front of a jury.”

By any normal standard, Kevin Spacey might be an odd choice to turn to for help for a man accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl.

Among the actor’s accusers are four now-adult men who allege he sexually abused them when they were underage — two were 14, two were 17 at the time of the alleged assaults. If those allegations are true, it would make Spacey not only an accused “predator,” in the words of a  victim’s mother, but an accused predator of children, to boot.

But then, very little has been normal about the entire arc of the Epstein case, from career rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, to his strangely lenient sentence on the 2008 sex conviction, to his death in what has been officially ruled a “suicide” in a federal prison in Manhattan.

And Spacey certainly has a curious hold on the public eye.

In 2018, with his career in ruins due to his scandals, Spacey released a strange, short video called “Let Me Be Frank.”

In the video, Spacey seems to be reprising his role as the corrupt politician Frank Underwood from the series “House of Cards.” He monologues in Underwood’s trademark southern drawl, breaking the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera, and therefore the viewer as well.

In the video, Spacey says, “I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honesty, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even though you knew you shouldn’t.”

Spacey punctuates this with a sip from a cup, and continues: “So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says.”

Eagle-eyed internet observers sought to track down the mug Spacey was drinking from. It appears to be a Queen Elizabeth II commemorative coronation cup, which features the quote: “Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”

In his moment of need, was Spacey sending a subtle signal to powerful friends? The talk of secrets and trust suggests an appeal, or even a threat.

Regardless, it’s hard to see Prince Andrew’s legal gambit as a successful strategy. It’s more like a desperate attempt at misdirection. And Spacey, still trying to give a tentative restart to his career, might be wondering what good there was in it for him, anyway.

Prince Andrew and Kevin Spacey might both need us to keep believing the devil doesn’t exist.