By: Julia Ordaz
In a case that seems all too familiar, we are witnessing a fall from wealth and status to a well marked child predator. Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s third son is facing jailtime with allegations of sexual abuse to a minor. Virginia Giuffre is responsible for bringing these truths to light with her claim that Andrew slept with her in 2001 when she was just 17.
Pictured above are Giuffre, Andrew, and Maxwell.
Giuffre is also arguing for charges of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
In light of the charges, Prince Andrew has had his title of His Royal Highness rescinded, and the Queen has taken over all of his duties and power that he held as the Duke of York. Buckingham Palace said that they would not comment on the situation.
Andrew has numerous photos and a proven friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, both convicted of sex trafficking. Many of Epstein’s friends have emerging proof of them having participated in his twisted sex schemes.
Giuffre is supported under the New York Child Victims Act and her attorney asserts that “All perpetrators of abuse should be held accountable.” Giuffre claims that the assaults happened in the U.S. Virgin Islands, London, and New York and that Andrew was well aware that she was a minor.
In 2009, Giuffre claimed that Epstein trafficked her and forced her to sleep with his friends. Epstein paid Giuffre $500,000 dollars to drop the case which she did, while also agreeing to a “general” release of claims against Epstein and others. In 2021, Andrew’s attorney filed a motion to dismiss his case. In a 46 page decision by Judge A Lewis Kaplan of the United States District for the Southern District of New York, Kaplan discusses the motion and claimed that the “defendant relies mainly, although not exclusively, on a 2009 agreement between Ms. Giuffre and Epstein that settled a different lawsuit, between Giuffre and Epstein that the defendant now argues releases him from any liability to Ms. Giuffre.” The appeal was denied.
Without his title and status, Andrew will go into trial as a “private citizen.”
Perhaps the last nail in the coffin was testimony during Ghislaine Maxwell’s case. Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy. In Kaplan’s report, the Judge states that Maxwell’s predominant role was “to identify and target vulnerable young girls in numerous settings, including “schools, spas, trailer parks, and the street.”
During Maxwell’s trial, witness Carolyn Andriano came forward with information about the claims against Andrew. Andriano revealed that Giuffre texted her in 2001 that she [Giuffre] was going to go out for dinner in London with Andrew, Epstein, and Maxwell when Giuffre was 17. Andriano then claims that Giuffre returned to Florida and showed Andriano (then 14) the photo of Giuffre with Andrew and Maxwell.
In describing Giuffre’s reaction to the night Andriano said, “She [Giuffre] said they had dinner and they had sex. She didn’t say anything about what they ate or where they were that’s not what we were talking about. It was just that she couldn’t believe she got to sleep with Prince Andrew.”
The vulnerability of the young girl was a given picture in Andriano’s testimony. Giuffre’s then disregard for the situation brings to light the grooming that the girls trapped in Epstein’s schemes faced. Over the course of years, girls were groomed for abuse and believed themselves to be participating in wealthy, extravagant games.
Will Andrew’s money be able to get him out of this lawsuit or will he face the consequences of his predatory behavior?