After reviewing the allegations made by Virginia Giuffre in her US case, London police decided not to pursue Duke of York. The latest developments in the controversy surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death, which was caused by his former friendship with the Duke of York, is this.
These are the facts.
Virginia Giuffre, according to court papers, claims that she was victim to sex trafficking from Jeffrey Epstein at the tender age of 16.
Her abuse included lending out money to others powerful men, such as Prince Andrew she claims.
Ms Giuffre alleges that she was sexually assaulted by the duke on three occasions while she was younger than 18.
In 2001, London was the first time she met Prince Andrew. She spoke out to the BBC in 2019 to say that Prince Andrew was her first introduction to him. Epstein, his ex-girlfriend and socialite Ghislaine Maxill took them to a club.
Ms. Giuffre relates that when she was 17, Ms Maxwell said to her, “Do for Andrew what you do for Jeffrey”.
She later claimed that she had sex upstairs with Ms Maxwell in Belgravia.
The second time, Prince Andrew is accused of abusing Ms Giuffre in Epstein’s New York home.
She claims that Epstein abused her three times on Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.
According to Ms Giuffre, she claims that she was forced to have sex because of explicit or implicit threats. She also fears the wealth, power, and authority of Epstein and Ms Maxwell.
She claims that the duke was aware of her age, and that she was a victim to sex-trafficking.
Prince Andrew has denied every allegation against him.
Interview with BBC Newsnight, 2019. He stated that Virginia Giuffre was the only person he remembers meeting. That their London encounter, nightclub visit and sexual rendezvous at Belgravia home “didn’t happen”.
According to the duke, on the day she claimed they met, he was caring for his children and took Princess Beatrice out to Pizza Express in Woking before returning home.
Prince Andrew claimed that he couldn’t explain the photo of himself with his arm wrapped around Virginia Giuffre (then known as Roberts), with Ms Maxwell behind.
The lawyers for the prince stated that Ms. Giuffre had agreed to not sue Epstein’s associates in 2009 when she settled her damages case against Epstein.
According to his lawyers, the agreement releases him and other parties from all possible liability.
Although the exact terms of the agreement were kept secret, Ms Giuffre and her lawyers consented to release it to Prince Andrew’s legal team. They called it “irrelevant to this case”.
In August 2021, Ms Giuffre filed in New York a civil lawsuit under New York’s Child Victims Act. This law allows victims of child sexual abuse to file a claim that would otherwise have been closed because it was too late.
Prince Andrew is accused of assaulting and batterying Ms Giuffre in a case that began when she was 17.
At 38 years old, she claims that three of the alleged incidents of abuse still cause her severe emotional and psychological pain and damage.
However, Metropolitan Police stated that there will be no criminal prosecution for the incident in London.
After the US civil lawsuit was filed, officers reviewed it and decided not to take further action.
Prince Andrew claims that Epstein was his first meeting as a hedge fund manager in a million dollars, through Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxiwell.
The duke claims that he invited Ms Maxwell, the daughter of Robert Maxwell, to Windsor Castle in 2000. Epstein was there as her “plus one”.
Later that year, the couple visited Norfolk’s Queen’s Sandringham Estate for a weekend of shooting.
Prince Andrew said to the BBC that he had traveled on Epstein’s private plane and visited Epstein’s private island. He also stayed in Epstein’s homes in Palm Beach, New York, and New York.
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In 2005, allegations against Epstein surfaced for the first time. The following year, an arrest warrant was issued for Epstein’s sexual assault of minor.
Prince Andrew invited Ms Maxwell, Epstein, and their daughter Princess Beatrice to celebrate the 18th anniversary of her birth in July 2006. However, he claims that he became aware about the allegations only later in 2006 and decided to end contact with them.
Epstein was sentenced to Florida prison in 2008 after he solicited and procured a minor prostitute. He was released under controversial plea agreements in 2010.
In December 2010, Prince Andrew visited New York City for four days. However, he stated that the visit was intended to end their friendship.
The scandalous revelation of Epstein’s secret plea bargain sparked anger. New York City brought out more charges, in which Epstein was accused of exploiting a network (with some girls as young at 14) of unmarried women for sex.
After a month of being held in jail, he was finally released in August 2019. The New York Medical Examiner declared it suicide.
Ghislaine maxwell, who was arrested July 2020 by FBI for allegedly helping Epstein to recruit and groom underage girls, has been charged. The FBI arrested her in July 2020. She pleaded not guilt and is now being held in New York prison awaiting trial.
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