Prince Andrew of the British Royal Family is in legal trouble again. He has been sued in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by one of Jeffrey Epstein‘s victims Virginia Giuffre. Giuffre, who was previously known as Virginia Roberts, says that she was a victim of a sex trafficking ring run by late financier Jeffrey Epstein. In this civil complaint, Virginia alleges that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted and battered her 20 years ago when she was just 17 years old. Here is what we know so far.
Prince Andrew, who is the second son of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth, denied all such allegations in 2019 in an infamous interview with the BBC. The 61-year-old is one of the most prominent names linked with Jeffrey Epstein, along with Bill Gates and Bill Clinton. Manhattan federal prosecutors also charged the Prince with sexually exploiting dozens of girls and women back in 2019 as well. A representative of Giuffre said:
Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.
In another statement, Giuffre said:
I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.
What Virginia Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of
Giuffre was one of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein and part of his sex trafficking ring from 2000 to 2002. She met him when she was just 16 years old, and during those years encountered Prince Andrew too. She alleges that the Prince forced her to have unwanted intercourse at the home of Epstein’s associate, Ghislaine Maxwell. Moreover, she also alleges that Prince Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion and his private island in the US Virgin Islands. The complaint included:
Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her.
Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer advises the Prince to not ignore the case
David Boies, who is representing Virginia Giuffre, had some important advice for Prince Andrew. Despite his immense wealth and power, Boies believes the Royal Family member can no longer avoid the case. Because if he does, he risks a “default judgment”. The lawyer told BBC:
It would be very ill-advised for Prince Andrew to ignore judicial process. If he does, it will be a default judgment against him that will be, in effect, enforced not only in the United States, but in virtually every civilised country in the world.
So far, Prince Andrew has not responded to any of the proceedings. Moreover, his legal representatives have not released any statements to the media.