How is Prince Andrew related to Jeffrey Epstein?


Prince of Brittany Andrew was recently stripped of his titles as he faces sexual abuse allegations. What has he been accused of and what is the case against him?

What are the allegations against Prince Andrew?

Virginia Giuffre has alleged that sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17. In one Interview with the BBC 2019, she alleged that Epstein and his girlfriend, socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, introduced her to Andrew in London in 2001. According to her account, they went to a nightclub, and afterwards, Maxwell”[told] me that I have to do for Andrew what I do for Jeffrey.” Giuffre said Andrew knew she was underage, and she alleges she was forced to have sex with him twice more at New York and on Epstein’s private island.In 2021, Giuffre filed a civil lawsuit against Andrew, accusing him of sexual assault.Andrew has not been criminally charged, meaning he cannot not be extradited to the United States.

How was Andrew related to Jeffrey Epstein?

Andrew acknowledged a past friendship with Epstein, whom he says he met through Maxwell in 1999. He confirmed in a 2019 BBC interview that he had invited Epstein to Windsor Castle and Sandringham, had visited Epstein’s homes and private island and flew in his private plane, but Andrew maintained he was unaware of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation. During the interview, he was confronted with his decision to invite Epstein to Windsor Castle after an arrest warrant was issued accusing him of sexually assaulting a minor and later visiting the mansion. ‘Epstein in 2010, even after Epstein had served time in prison for soliciting. a minor for prostitution. Andrew claimed he only went to Epstein’s mansion in 2010 to tell him he would cut contact over his conviction, but he admitted he shouldn’t have stayed with Epstein for several days. “Once he was sentenced, I stayed with him, and that’s why I kick myself on a daily basis,” Andrew said.

What did Andrew say about Giuffre’s allegations?

In his 2019 BBC interview, Andrew not only denied sexually assaulting Giuffre, but said he had “no memory of ever meeting her”. He said he could not explain why there was a photo of him with Giuffre and Maxwell, telling the BBC he did not remember taking it and suggesting it could have been doctored. Giuffre said in the Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich that this photo was taken just before Andrew sexually abused her. Andrew told the BBC that on the date Giuffre alleges they went to the nightclub and had sex, he took Princess Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a birthday party . After Giuffre recalled that Andrew was sweating at the disco, he also claimed it was impossible as he was unable to sweat at the time due to a medical condition. Giuffre’s attorneys have since asked Andrew to provide evidence of this as part of the civil case, along with any documents that may indicate he was at Pizza Express that day, according to CNN. Andrew’s lawyers said they could not provide such documents.

What was the fallout and how did the royal family react?

Andrew has come under scrutiny for his relationship to abuse allegations by Epstein and Giuffre, and his BBC interview has been widely criticized, particularly over his portrayal of Epstein as someone who “conducted himself in an unworthy manner”. After the interview aired, he announced that he would “retire from public duties for the foreseeable future” because his relationship with Epstein had “become a major disruption”. In 2019, Buckingham Palace said it “is categorically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with” Giuffre. But in January 2022, Queen Elizabeth II stripped Andrew of his military titles, with Buckingham Palace declaring he would no longer use his title of His Royal Highness and that he would “defend this matter as a private citizen”. Andrew’s official Twitter account has been deleted, although he has not lost his Duke of York title.

Where’s the deal?

After a dispute over whether Andrew had received legal documents correctly, Giuffre’s lawsuit continued and Andrew’s team fought to have it dismissed. They pointed to a 2009 settlement in which Epstein paid Giuffre $500,000 and she agreed she would drop a case against him and other “potential defendants”.[s]But Giuffre’s attorney argued that it was irrelevant to his claim against Andrew because the settlement didn’t mention it and ‘he didn’t even know about it’.

In January 2022, a New York judge ruled the case could proceed. The judge disagreed with Andrew that Giuffre’s claim was ‘legally insufficient’ but said it was not ‘open to the court now to decide’ what the 2009 settlement meant A potential trial date has not been set, but it is likely to begin in the fall of 2022 if Andrew does not settle the case out of court.

Giuffre’s lawyers are seeking testimony from Andrew’s former assistant and someone who claims to have seen Andrew at the London nightclub, and Giuffre’s lawyer has also suggested that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, could to be deposed because she “was a close associate of” Andrew. According to The New York Times, legal discovery must be completed by July 14.

What other fallout has there been since Epstein’s arrest?

In December 2021, Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking for recruiting young girls to be sexually abused by Epstein and others. She has yet to be convicted, and in January 2022 she requested a new trial after a juror revealed in post-trial interviews that he had been sexually abused, CNN reports.

Additionally, Giuffre alleged that Epstein forced her to have sex with lawyer and law professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz, who has defended Epstein, strongly denies his allegations, and in 2019 Giuffre sued him for defamation. Dershowitz later counterattacked Giuffre, accusing him of “lies, disparagement, defamation, harassment”. This case is still ongoing.

Several of Epstein’s accusers are also suing his estate, rolling stone Remarks. There are also others facing scrutiny for their links to Epstein, including Jes Staley, who resigned as CEO of Barclays after acknowledging a ‘professional relationship’ with the convicted sex offender , and billionaire Leon Black, who resigned from Apollo Global Management in 2021 after that. was revealed that he paid Epstein $158 million over five years for advice on tax savings. Black is currently suing a woman who accused him of rape for defamation. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was also confronted in a September 2021 interview about meeting Epstein multiple times, which he described as a “mistake”.


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