Prince Andrew in “difficult situation”, according to royal correspondent
Prince Andrew is awaiting a decision on his candidacy to have Virginia Giuffre’s civil sexual assault lawsuit against him dismissed in court.
Ms Giuffre says she was forced to have sex with friends of ex-financier Jeffrey Epstein – including the Duke of York, when she was 17.
He denies all of the allegations made against him and says he does not recall meeting Ms. Giuffre.
It comes as Carolyn Andriano, another alleged victim of Epstein, says Ms Giuffre confided in her at the time and told her that she slept with Andrew in 2001. She made these claims in a interview with The daily mail.
Last Tuesday, a New York judge said he would rule “very soon” on whether Ms Giuffre can continue her civil case. Judge Lewis Kaplan is weighing whether a settlement agreement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre offers Andrew protection from lawsuits.
Last month, the Duke’s former friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of recruiting and trafficking underage girls to be abused by Epstein.
What were the Duke’s links with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein?
Prince Andrew’s presence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was most keenly felt in a photograph in which he did not appear.
Government exhibit GX-347 showed a photo of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein on a porch bench in the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands.
The photo was taken during a trip the couple made to the Royal Mansion in 1999 as a guest of Prince Andrew.
It was among 19 images released to the jury of Epstein and Maxwell in exotic-looking places that seem very amorous that were found on CDs taken from a 2019 FBI raid on Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.
Bevan Hurley reflects on their relationship with the prince.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 9:59 PM
What the Maxwell verdict means for the Prince Andrew case
The Duke of York’s accuser who claims she was trafficked into having sex with the king says “others must be held accountable” after conviction of predatory socialite Ghislaine Maxwell
Virginia Giuffre, who has brought a civil action against Andrew and is featured in an infamous picture with the Duke and his friend Maxwell, has “faith” that others will be brought to justice.
Maxwell, 60, who has been labeled “dangerous” by prosecution, risks rest of her life in prison for helping lure vulnerable teens to the various estates of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein for sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Attention will now focus on the damages claim brought by Ms Giuffre who is suing the Queen’s son for alleged sexual assault.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 9:22 PM
Duke title in question, report says
Prince Andrew could be asked to relinquish his title if he loses Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him, according to a report.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 8:29 PM
Report: The sale of the chalet is progressing
Prince Andrew has found a buyer for his Swiss ski chalet in a deal valued at an estimated £ 1million, Online Mail reports.
Sources close to the Duke of York confirmed to the publication that the sale of the chalet in the seaside resort of Verbier was continuing after a mystery shopper agreed to take his hands off him.
The prince is able to sell the property after settling a £ 6.6million debt to French socialite Isabelle de Rouvre who sold it to him and Sarah Ferguson in 2014.
It was reported last week that the prince was rushing into the sale to cover his legal bills.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 7:59 PM
Witness Maxwell: Giuffre told me she slept with Prince Andrew
Carolyn Andriano, who testified on the trail of sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell last month, claimed in an interview with Daily mail that Ms. Giuffre, then 17, had entrusted to him at the time of the incident.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 7:31 PM
No doubt what the word “reports” means
The judge at Prince Andrew’s hearing appeared to take an unexpected sideways blow to a former US president, although he did not specify which one.
Lawyers for Prince Andrew are currently working to postpone a sexual assault trial against Virginia Giuffre, who claims convicted sex criminals Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell “forced” her to “have sex” with the Duke of York – an accusation Andrew categorically denies. .
In Tuesday’s proceedings, the prince’s lawyers argued that the language was not detailed enough, but Judge Lewis Kaplan disagreed.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 6:32 PM
Challenging judge questioning throws dismay over Prince Andrew’s sacking attempt
Prince Andrew’s lawyers were questioned last week by the judge who ruled whether Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse trial should be allowed to stand trial.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 5:35 PM
Newsnight interview ‘breathtaking’, says Maitlis
BBC reporter Emily Maitlis took behind the scenes what she called a “jaw-dropping” interview she conducted with Prince Andrew in 2019.
It comes as a New York judge decides whether or not to allow Virginia Giuffre, the trafficked victim of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, to continue her civil action against the Duke of York.
In a BBC article published on Tuesday evening, the Newsnight The presenter explained how the prince told him in advance about some of the claims from the 2019 interview – including when he said he was unable to sweat.
“At the time, the details seemed almost comical,” Ms. Maitlis said. “But now, all of a sudden, they’re feeling deadly serious.”
Laurie Churchman reports.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 4:45 PM
Duke sells Swiss chalet to cover legal fees
Prince Andrew is reportedly trying to rush the sale of his £ 17million Swiss chalet as bills mount in his legal battle against Virginia Giuffre.
Olivier o’connellJanuary 10, 2022 3:55 PM
Judge assesses deal between Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre
The confidential deal that Andrew Virginia Giuffre’s accuser made with Jeffrey Epstein, who she says tricked her into having sex with the Duke, was released early last week.
The document details how Giuffre received a payment of $ 500,000 in 2009 and agreed to “release, discharge, satisfy and discharge forever” the disgraced financier Epstein and “any other person or entity who may have been included as a potential defendant. “.
The Duke’s lawyer said of Ms Giuffre’s claim for damages: “It’s unfair, it’s unfair, it should be dismissed.”
Laurie ChurchmanJanuary 10, 2022 3:00 PM