Prince Andrew, by far the most degenerate of the royals, probably thought he got off scot-free when Scotland Yard closed its investigation into him and his connection to Epstein, which might have involved sex with a minor.
As background, one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Giuffre, has accused Prince Andrew of being one of the sick, twisted men that Epstein set up to have sex with her when she was a minor.
However, though she presented evidence that seems reasonable enough to at least warrant a serious investigation, if not a trial, Scotland Yard dropped its investigation into Andrew remarkably quickly.
Despite that suspicious dropping of charges, one that reeks of Andrew being given special privilege as a royal to engage in depraved activities, his name continues to come up, most recently at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial.
And not all arms of law enforcement are as willing to bend to Andrew as Scotland Yard; an American judge just delivered a double-setback to Andrew and allowed Ms. Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrew to proceed. As the Guardian reported:
Two of Prince Andrew’s efforts to prevent or stall the progression of Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s sex assault lawsuit against him were blocked on Saturday when a US federal judge ordered the prince’s lawyers to turn over key legal documents, increasing pressure to settle claims before a crucial court hearing this week.
Judge Lewis A Kaplan, in a written order, told the prince’s lawyers they must turn over documents on the schedule that has been set in the lawsuit brought by Guiffre who claims she was abused – aged 17 – by the prince on multiple occasions in 2001 while she was being sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Kaplan also rejected arguments by the prince’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, on jurisdiction grounds after they argued last week that the lawsuit should be dismissed because Giuffre, a US citizen, no longer lives in the US. Brettler has called the lawsuit “baseless”.
The importance of that ruling was noted by ZeroHedge, which remarked that:
The judge’s decision comes ahead of a critical hearing in the case that’s set for Tuesday. Also, the details of a 2009 settlement agreement between the now-deceased Epstein and Giuffre that lawyers for Prince Andrew had hoped would protect him from Guiffre’s claims are expected to be released on Monday. Among other things, the judge will decide Tuesday whether Giuffre’s claims against the Prince are solid enough to merit a trial. All of this could greatly increase pressure on the Prince’s lawyers to settle.
So, though a criminal investigation into Andrew in Great Britain might have been stymied by Scotland Yard, for now, at least, Andrew isn’t in the clear.
Ms. Guiffre, whose lawyers claim she has six witnesses that can link Andrew to her, still has a chance to make Andrew pay for his (alleged) crimes against her.