Following Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction (and despite her bid to overturn it) the next case spiraling out from the entire Jeffrey Epstein saga is moving forward. Virginia Giuffre has accused Epstein of trafficking her to multiple men, including attorney Alan Dershowitz and Britain’s Prince Andrew. Now her case will move forward — and Prince Andrew is already suffering the consequences.
According to CNN, Giuffre alleges she was forced to engage in sex acts with the royal son when she was 17 years old. He is approximately 22 years older than her.
With the case moving forward, Buckingham Palace has made an announcement: Prince Andrew is officially stripped of his military titles, as well as the official title the Duke of York, and royal sources say he’ll also no longer be referred to as “His Royal Highness” in any official capacity. This follows the 2019 announcement that he would be suspending public duties for the foreseeable future.
Typically referred to by his titles, Andrew’s full legal name is Andrew Albert Christian Edward.
Though Andrew had made an effort to have the case dismissed based on a 2009 deal Giuffre reached with Epstein, the BBC reports that Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled this week that there was no basis for dismissal and that the case could move forward.
It could reach courts before the end of this year.
Like the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein and the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, this case has supporters of sexual abuse victims on the edge of their seats, not only hoping for justice if allegations are proven, but that the proceedings could bring forth evidence against any other offenders that may have been connected to the reported sex trafficking ring, including certain high-profile U.S. names linked to Epstein.
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