Virginia Giuffre brings legal action against prince Andrew over alleged sexual abuse

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Jeffrey Epstein-accuser Virginia Giuffre has started legal action against the duke of York Andrew Windsor and said it was “past the time for him to be held to account” for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

Civil justice

Lawyers for Giuffre filed the civil suit seeking unspecified damages at a federal court in New York, where the court documents claim she was “lent out for sexual purposes” by convicted sex offender Epstein including while she was still a minor under US law.

Windsor is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, brought under New York state’s Child Victims Act, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

Giuffre’s lawsuit stated:

In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection.

Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.

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It’s alleged in the documents that Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, was sexually abused while aged under 18 by the queen’s second son at Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, at Epstein’s New York mansion, and at other locations including Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in Manhattan federal court, where she faces trial in November, while Epstein died in suspicious circumstances in a federal jail in the borough in August 2019, a month after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges.

Sex trafficking

The documents claim Giuffre “was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Windsor to engage in sexual acts with Windsor, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Windsor due to their powerful connections, wealth and authority”.

The duke engaged in the sexual acts without Giuffre’s consent, while aware of her age and while “knowing that she was a sex-trafficking victim”, the documents claim, adding the alleged assaults “have caused, and continue to cause her, significant emotional and psychological distress and harm”.

The lawsuit stated:

Prince Andrew’s actions, described above, constitute extreme and outrageous conduct that shocks the conscience

It added:

Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse of a child who he knew was a sex-trafficking victim, and when he was approximately 40 years old, goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is intolerable in a civilised community

Denials

In a “car-crashNewsnight interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Windsor denied claims that he slept with Giuffre on three separate occasions, saying:

I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.

The duke also said he has no memory of a well-known photograph of him with his arm around Giuffre’s waist at Maxwell’s house, and has questioned whether it was his own hand in the image. The photograph in question can be seen in the following tweet:

The Duke of York drives with Ghislaine Maxwell in the passenger seat
Ghislaine Maxwell is awaiting trial in the US (Chris Ison/PA)

The fallout from the interview saw the royal criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with a notorious sex offender.

Windsor quit his royal duties and publicly promised to co-operate with US authorities investigating Epstein’s crimes. US lawyers have since accused Windsor of:

falsely [portraying] himself to the public as eager and willing to cooperate with an ongoing federal criminal investigation into sex trafficking and related offences committed by Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.

The prince has not given an interview to federal authorities, has repeatedly declined our request to schedule such an interview, and nearly four months ago informed us unequivocally … that he would not come in for such an interview.

Stonewalling

Giuffre’s legal action requesting a trial by jury was brought after the duke “stonewalled” requests to co-operate, court documents said.

Undated handout screengrab issued by Crime+Investigation of Virginia Giuffre
Virginia Giuffre says she has taken the legal action after being ‘stonewalled’ by the duke’s representatives (Crime+Investigation/PA)

The PA news agency has seen a copy of the tolling agreement sent to lawyers for Windsor on 19 July which would allow any relevant statute of limitations to be temporarily suspended. Giuffre’s court documents state.

Again Prince Andrew stonewalled—ignoring (the) Plaintiff’s letter and emails without any reply or response, thereby making this action necessary now

It’s unclear what powers the court has to compel Windsor to appear, with then US attorney general William Barr saying in June 2020 there were no plans extradite the royal. Representatives for the duke have been contacted for comment.

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    1. Guffrie can have Andrew once Anne Sacoolas has been sent to Britain to stand trial. What’s more serious, a wealthy bloke possibly screwing a young girl that was set up by her Mossad pimp or a woman that killed a young man in a hit and run before leaving the country.

      A fatal hit and run is far more serious than being caught in a prostitution ring, even if it was being run by US criminals to entrap wealthy people for political or financial blackmail.

      The US won’t send Sarccolas to Britain to stand trial so Britain better stick two fingers up at the US. Actually they had better make that just the middle finger as two are too subtle for stupid, greedy, selfish Americans. Fu ck ’em.

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