Following a review prompted by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims he sexually assaulted her, British police have announced that no action will be taken against Prince Andrew.
Virginia Giuffre claims Epstein trafficked her to have sex with Andrew in London in 2001, when she was 17 and considered a minor under US law. She has filed a lawsuit against the prince in a US court.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, denies the allegations. In a 2019 interview with the BBC, he stated that he never had sex with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”
The Metropolitan Police Service in London launched an investigation into allegations related to late convicted sex offender Epstein in August. Cressida Dick, the police chief at the time, stated that “no one is above the law.”
The police department issued a statement late Sunday stating that its “review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”
It also stated that it would take no action in response to allegations that Epstein’s alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell, trafficked, groomed, and abused women and girls in the United Kingdom, as first reported by Channel 4 News.
Maxwell, a British socialite, is awaiting trial in the United States on charges that she recruited teenage girls for Epstein to abuse.
The force stated that it is still in contact with other law enforcement agencies that are leading the investigation into Epstein-related matters.
After weeks of legal wrangling, Andrew’s lawyers acknowledged late last month that the prince had been formally served with Giuffre’s lawsuit. The prince has until Oct. 29 to respond to the claims.
A US judge agreed last week to allow Andrew’s lawyers to obtain a copy of a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein, which they believe will nullify the civil case against the prince.Brexit threats not helping to solve Northern Ireland’s problems: EU
Andrew, 61, has been barred from performing public royal duties as a result of the scandal surrounding his friendship with convicted pedophile Epstein, who was discovered dead in a federal detention center in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was determined to be a suicide.
Unless a person chooses to come forward publicly, such as Giuffre, the Associated Press does not usually identify people who claim to be victims of sexual assault.Read on AP