A British court this Wednesday validated the complaint for sexual abuse, filed in New York (USA) by one of the alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, businessman accused of the same crime, against Prince Andrew of England, son of Queen Elizabeth II.
The complaint was officially delivered on August 27 at Windsor Castle, near London, in the absence of Andrew, who, according to local newspapers, is at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.
However, the prince’s lawyers challenged the procedure, as well as New York’s jurisdiction, at a hearing on the case on Monday.
The Supreme Court of Justice, having ruled in favor of the prince, finally validated the notification after the presentation of “additional information” by the defense of the alleged victim, Virginia Giuffre, who filed a lawsuit against André on August 9 in federal court. of Manhattan.
Virginia Giuffre had publicly accused the Duke of York of sexual abuse more than 20 years ago, when she was a minor, with the help of American businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who died in jail in 2019.
According to the complaint, Prince André is “one of the powerful men” to whom Virginia Giuffre was “delivered for sexual purposes”, having been a victim between 2000 and 2002, when she was 16 years old, of the widespread sex trafficking for which Jeffrey Epstein was indicted and arrested.
André, 61, who is often cast as Isabel II’s favorite and forced to withdraw from public life, refutes the charges.
The prince has doubts about the authenticity of a photograph that shows him along with Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, a close friend of Jeffrey Epstein, who remains in detention and is scheduled to be tried on November 29 in New York.
Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in federal court in Manhattan, where she will be tried in November.
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, a hedge fund investor, was formally charged with child sex abuse and child sex trafficking in July 2019. Less than a month later, on August 10, 2019, the millionaire was found dead in his cell, in a New York prison, in what authorities concluded was a suicide. The death led to the dismissal of the court case, but civil cases remain open.
As part of the investigation into Epstein and the encounters with women and teenagers, Manhattan attorneys formally asked to speak with Prince Andrew.
On June 8, 2020, Prince Andrew’s lawyers revealed that Queen Elizabeth II’s son had volunteered to help the US Department of Justice (DOJ) three times as a witness in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein.