Jeffrey Epstein, the notorious and now dead child sex trafficker and sexual abuser, is back in the news today, but this time, he is not the one being accused. Instead, one of his high profile friends, Prince Andrew of Britain, is facing allegations and now a lawsuit.
Virginia Giuffre is claiming that Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, as well as on Epstein’s property in the US Virgin Islands, and on the property of Epstein’s long-time partner, Ghislane Maxwell, in London. Charges were filed today in the Manhattan federal court. Giuffre made these allegations back in 2019, to which Prince Andrew responded, “It didn’t happen.” She chose to file the charges now to avoid the crimes falling under the statute of limitations that limits people from charging abusers with sexual assault after a certain number of years. Giuffre’s attorney, Davis Boise, whose name you might recognize from defending former Epstein buddy Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault trial and representing Elizabeth Holmes in the Theranos proceedings, said in a statement to ABCNews, “Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions.” Prince Andrew and his team have not commented on the lawsuit, and it does not seem they have any plans to.
Epstein died in 2019 of an apparent suicide while awaiting his trial on multiple charged os child sex trafficing and conspiracy. Ghislane Maxwell is in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges in Manhattan federal court. Prince Andrew continues to deny all allegations.
Written by Marianna Pecora