A sexual abuse claim against Prince Andrew was documented by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s claimed sex trafficking preys in the United States and has urged London’s Metropolitan Police Bureau to study its case files about the British royal.
In her current civil filing in a New York federal court, Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleged that Andrew, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s four children, sexually harassed and mauled her when she was 17 years old. Andrew has not reacted to the claim. He has announced he has no reminiscence of ever confronting the accuser, who uttered to the press about her apparent past clashes with the prince and Epstein after the late financier perished in prison in 2019 at age 66 while expecting trial on sex trafficking charges.
In statements made to British radio station LBC on Thursday, Aug. 12, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick explained that no examination against Andrew has been unlocked. However, she said, “I’m aware that currently, there is a lot more commentary in the media and an apparent civil court case going on in America and we will, of course, again, review our position.”
When inquired if the Met Police are studying its case about Andrew, she said, “Absolutely. It’s been reviewed twice before. We’ve worked closely with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service). We are, of course, open to working with authorities from overseas. We will give them every assistance, if they want, if they ask us for anything, within the law. As a result of what’s going on, I’ve asked my team to have another look at the material. No one is above the law.”
Virginia classified her lawsuit against Andrew on Monday, Aug. 9 and explained in testimony to E! News, “As the suit lays out in detail, I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him. 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.”
The accuser had confided the BBC in a 2019 consultation that starting up at age 17, she was forced to have sex with Andrew on three occurrences, confessing they met at a nightclub in 2001. In her lawsuit, she claimed that the events took place on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein, in his New York City estate and in the London home of his affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell, who is now in jail awaiting prosecution over her sex trafficking tolls, to which she has pleaded not guilty, and has not noted on the accusations.
“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,” the objection states. “During each of the aforementioned incidents, [Giuffre] was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority.”
In 2019, the prince notified the BBC in his interview, “I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened,” adding, “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.” He also said he continues to “unequivocally regret my ill-judged association” with Epstein.
Soon after the interview, Andrew withdrew from royal duties and many companies and charities turned away from him.
“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support,” Andrew explained in a statement at the time. “Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission.”
Buckingham Palace has retained the prince’s virtue. “It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts,” a palace representative said in a proclamation to numerous portals after Andrew’s 2019 interview. “Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.” The palace has also stated that any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors by the duke was “categorically untrue.”