″Powerful are not above the law″, says alleged victim of Prince Andrew

Virginia Giuffre, alleged victim of Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse, said Friday that “the powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable”, welcoming the decision not to close the court case against the Duke of York.

“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable,” wrote Virginia Giuffre on Twitter.

The alleged victim of Prince Andrew said that she only intends to “seek justice” against those who hurt her and “so many others [vítimas]”. In addition to showing gratitude to her “extraordinary legal team” (led by prestigious lawyer David Boies), Virginia Giuffre said she feels accompanied: “I’m not walking this path alone, but with countless survivors of abuse and sex trafficking.” .

The woman, who is now 38 years old, maintained that Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17 at least three times, in different homes, which US magnate Jeffrey Epstein (who died before the trial) made available to the son of the mother. Queen Elizabeth II.

André always denied the accusations and said he did not know Virginia Giuffre, despite the press having released an old photograph in which he appears clinging to the young woman’s waist. In the background of the photograph can be seen Epstein’s former partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, who was found guilty in December of sex trafficking in Manhattan federal court and is now in danger of being sentenced to dozens of years in prison for collaborating in the grooming. of minors for sexual activities.

The case of the British monarch’s son is not helped by the fact that there are photographs that confirm the closeness between André, Epstein, Maxwell and Giuffre.

The trial against Prince Andrew has yet to be set, as rumors grow in Britain that the Duke of York, who renounced his military titles on Thursday, could seek an out-of-court settlement to avoid the humiliation of a public trial.

However, Virginia Giuffre’s lawyer told British public television BBC in recent days that her client is not seeking financial compensation. “A simple financial arrangement is not something she is interested in. I think the important thing is that this resolution [judicial] do him justice and do justice to his complaint,” he said.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has renounced his military titles, Buckingham Palace announced Thursday, after the US court refused to close the civil complaint for sexual abuse against the member of the British royal family. “With the Queen’s consent and approval, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. The Duke of York will remain in no public office and defend himself in this matter as a private citizen,” the Palace said in a statement. .

Since 2020, the Duke of York has resigned from his official duties and is away from public life.

Virginia Giuffre, a 38-year-old American who now lives in Australia, publicly accused André several years ago, but only last summer decided to take the case to court.

The prince’s lawyers filed a 2009 settlement in court, in which Virginia Giuffre pledged not to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein, as well as “other potential defendants”, for which she received $500,000. But in a 46-page decision made public on Wednesday, Judge Kaplan found the agreement “far from a model of clarity and precision in its wording”, calling it “ambiguous” and refusing to dismiss the complaint. .

If all appeals are denied and there is no agreement between the parties, this trial could be held between September and December 2022.

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