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Prince Andrew latest news – 'Disgraced royal has NO legal protection in US over Virginia Giuffre's sex abuse lawsuit'

PRINCE Andrew does not have diplomatic immunity that could protect him from a sex abuse lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

The 61-year-old is facing a new wave of trouble over his links to the disgraced paedo financier – and its believed his status as a Royal will not be able to help him.

It is the first time he has been subject to litigation over the allegations that Roberts, then 17, was forced to have sex with him after being trafficked by Epstein and his alleged "madam" Ghislaine Maxwell.

Andrew fiercely denies any allegations, says he has no memory of even meeting Roberts, and has said he had no suspicions of Epstein's wrongdoing during their friendship.

Roberts' new 15-page lawsuit – which is pursuing substantial damages over her allegations – is reopening the case to scrutiny as she claims she was "lent out for sexual purposes" and "compelled" to have sex with Andrew.

Read our Prince Andrew live blog below for the latest updates

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    HOW IS PRINCE ANDREW LINKED TO JEFFREY EPSTEIN?

    The Duke of York said he first met Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire financier, in 1999 with the now dead banker once describing him as his "best friend."

    That was also the year the UK press reported on the pair's friendship.

    The pair are thought to have flown together on Epstein's private jet to the US Virgin Islands.

    And in June 2000, Epstein and his Brit "madam" ex, Maxwell were both guests at a party hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    Prince Andrew also became close with Maxwell – pictured together that same year at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum in New York.

    Just over a month later, in December 2000, the then 40-year-old prince, threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, with Epstein among the guests.

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    ROYAL FIGHT

    Prince Andrew does not have diplomatic immunity that could protect him from a sex abuse lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    The 61-year-old is facing a new wave of trouble over his links to the disgraced paedo financier – and its believed his status as a Royal will not be able to help him.

    Members of the the immediate royal household are considered immune – but Andrew is not believed to be included in this bracket, especially after he stepped back from his duties.

    Bob Morris, a constitutional law professor at UCL, told The Sun Online in December 2019: “[Sovereign immunity] is a concept devised to protect the position of heads of state, but heads of state only, not the members of their family in their function as head of state. And you can’t have more than one head of the state.

    “So it doesn’t apply to the members of people’s families, there is no logic in doing so.

    “Andrew is in the same position as any other UK citizen.”

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    WHAT HAS VIRGINIA GIUFFRE SAID ABOUT PRINCE ANDREW?

    Virginia Giuffre, who lives in Australia, has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew in August 2021, she released a statement.

    She said:”I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.

    “The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions.

    “I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but one can reclaim her life by speaking out and demanding justice.

    “I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first.

    “I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates.”But I knew that if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

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    ANDREW ACCUSER SAYS SHE 'FEARED DEATH' IF SHE DID NOT SLEEP WITH HIM

    Virginia Roberts Giuffre has told how she "feared death" if she did not sleep with Prince Andrew in an explosive lawsuit.

    The 38-year-old victim of Jeffrey Epstein is now suing the Duke of York, almost two years exactly since the disgraced financier was found dead in a New York jail awaiting trial for conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

    Ms Giuffre claims she was abused by Prince Andrew at Epstein's Manhattan home, on his private Caribbean island, and at Ghislaine Maxwell's home in London.

    Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein's wrongdoing.

    But he is the only defendant named in the 15-page lawsuit, brought under New York state's Child Victims Act, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

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    ADVICE FOR ANDY

    Prince Andrew has been advised by the ex-lawyer of rapist Harvey Weinstein.

    The news emerged last night as sex accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre threatens to sue the royal.

    Blair Berk, 57, known for solving stars’ legal scrapes, was consulted by representatives of the Duke of York, 61, The Sun can reveal.

    She was hired by shamed film mogul Weinstein in 2017 before he was jailed for rape and sex assault following a string of #MeToo claims by film actresses.

    It is not known if she is still working on Andrew’s behalf.

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    STONEWALLED

    Since denying the allegations Ms Giuffre’s lawyers claim that they have made multiple attempts to contact the Duke and his legal team but have been ignored.

    According to her lawyer the latest letter sent to Prince Andrew was sent last month, and warned that a lawsuit could be filed.

    In a infamous Newsnight interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Andrew denied claims that he slept with Ms Giuffre and said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting her.

    He also said he has no memory of the well-known photograph of him with his arm around Ms Giuffre's waist at Maxwell's house, and has questioned whether it was his own hand in the image.

    The fallout from the interview saw the royal criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein's victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with disgraced financier.

    Andrew quit his royal duties and publicly promised to co-operate with US authorities investigating Epstein's crimes, though has since faced a war of words between his camp and American authorities over his availability to answer questions.

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    QUESTIONABLE CONNECTION

    Prince Andrew has been advised by the ex-lawyer of rapist Harvey Weinstein.

    The news emerged last night as sex accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre threatens to sue the royal.

    Blair Berk, 57, known for solving stars’ legal scrapes, was consulted by representatives of the Duke of York, 61, The Sun can reveal.

    She was hired by shamed film mogul Weinstein in 2017 before he was jailed for rape and sex assault following a string of #MeToo claims by film actresses.

    Ms Berk has also worked for Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan and acted for Mel Gibson after he unleashed an anti-Jewish tirade when stopped by traffic cops.

    It is not known if she is still working on Andrew’s behalf.

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    TIME TO TALK

    Ms Giuffre, 37, has until Saturday to lodge a multi-million-dollar lawsuit claiming she was “lent out to Andrew for sex” by his late US paedophile tycoon pal Jeffrey Epstein when she was under 18.

    Her lawyer David Boies said this week: “Time’s up.”

    The Prince emphatically denies her allegations.

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    CHASING ANDY

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.

    Andrew is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, brought under New York state’s Child Victims Act, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

    It is the first time he has been subject to a lawsuit over the case since the allegations against him were made public ten years ago.

    Ms Giuffre is seeking unknown amounts of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations.

    Questions are now swirling about what is next for Andrew – with the Duke not enjoying the same diplomatic immunity held by his mum, The Queen.

    US officials have previously said they are not seeking to extradite Andrew, and this may not apply to Ms Giuffre’s case as it is civil suit rather than a criminal prosecution.

    However, Andrew may avoid ever setting foot in the US again.

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    ANDREW SUED BY VIRGINIA GIUFFRE (CONTINUED…)

    According to reports the lawsuit is accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault and “intentional” emotional distress. 

    Ms Giuffre is also seeking unknown amounts of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations. 

    The lawsuit also states:  “Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW SUED BY EPSTEIN VICTIM VIRGINIA ROBERTS IN LAWSUIT ACCUSING HIM OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HER AS A TEENAGER

    VIRGINIA Roberts Giuffre has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew accusing him of sexually abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. 

    The 38-year-old is suing the Duke of York over allegations that he abused her once at the disgraced financiers Manhattan home and another location while she was under 18, according to court records. 

    Her lawsuit comes almost two years to the day that Epstein, 66, was found dead in a New York jail awaiting trial for conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.

    Her lawsuit also come just days before the expiration date of a New York state law which allows alleged victims of sexual abuse as kids to file civil claims that could be blocked by the statue of limitations. 

    Giuffre’s lawyers, Davide Boies told ABC News: “If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions. “And Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions.”

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    ROYAL FIGHT

    Prince Andrew does not have diplomatic immunity that could protect him from a sex abuse lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

    The 61-year-old is facing a new wave of trouble over his links to the disgraced paedo financier – and its believed his status as a Royal will not be able to help him.

    Members of the the immediate royal household are considered immune – but Andrew is not believed to be included in this bracket, especially after he stepped back from his duties.

    Bob Morris, a constitutional law professor at UCL, told The Sun Online in December 2019: "[Sovereign immunity] is a concept devised to protect the position of heads of state, but heads of state only, not the members of their family in their function as head of state. And you can't have more than one head of the state.

    "So it doesn't apply to the members of people's families, there is no logic in doing so.

    "Andrew is in the same position as any other UK citizen."

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    WHAT HAS JOHANNA SJOBERG SAID ABOUT PRINCE ANDREW?

    Johanna Sjoberg alleges Prince Andrew touched her breast in 2001 at the New York home of his pal Jeffrey Epstein, according to court papers.

    In the documents Sjoberg said: "I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap.

    "And so then I sat on Andrew's lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine," she said, saying it was done in a "joking manner".

     

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    WHAT HAS VIRGINIA GIUFFRE SAID ABOUT PRINCE ANDREW?

    Virginia Giuffre, who lives in Australia, has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew in August 2021, she released a statement.

    She said:"I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.

    "The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions.

    "I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but one can reclaim her life by speaking out and demanding justice.

    "I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first.

    "I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates."But I knew that if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down."

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    NEWSNIGHT DISASTER CONTINUED

    Andrew also claims he was at a Pizza Express in Woking on the night Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, alleges she had sex with him aged 17 and that he can’t sweat after she alleged he "sweated profusely".
    The Duke of York added he would testify under oath "if push came to shove" and described Epstein’s behaviour as "unbecoming".

    The fallout from the interview saw the royal criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein's victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with disgraced financier.

    Andrew quit his royal duties and publicly promised to co-operate with US authorities investigating Epstein's crimes, though has since faced a war of words between his camp and American authorities over his availability to answer questions.

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    WHAT DID ANDREW SAY TO NEWSNIGHT?

    In Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview with the BBC's Emily Maitlis in November 2019, he denied claims that he slept with Ms Giuffre on three separate occasions.

    He said: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever."

    The duke also said he has no memory of a well-known photograph of him with his arm around Ms Giuffre's waist at Maxwell's house, and has questioned whether it was his own hand in the image.

    He did say that he regrets visiting the sex offender in New York in December 2010 and said he went to end his friendship – when the infamous photo was snapped.

    But added that he only went on the visit to tell Epstein that the pair could no longer stay in contact and that he only stayed at his Manhattan home because it was "a convenient place to stay".

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    ADVICE FOR ANDY

    Prince Andrew has been advised by the ex-lawyer of rapist Harvey Weinstein.

    The news emerged last night as sex accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre threatens to sue the royal.

    Blair Berk, 57, known for solving stars’ legal scrapes, was consulted by representatives of the Duke of York, 61, The Sun can reveal.

    She was hired by shamed film mogul Weinstein in 2017 before he was jailed for rape and sex assault following a string of #MeToo claims by film actresses.

    It is not known if she is still working on Andrew’s behalf.

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    PRINCE ANDREW SUED BY EPSTEIN VICTIM VIRGINIA ROBERTS IN LAWSUIT ACCUSING HIM OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HER AS A TEENAGER

    VIRGINIA Roberts Giuffre has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew accusing him of sexually abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. 

    The 38-year-old is suing the Duke of York over allegations that he abused her once at the disgraced financiers Manhattan home and another location while she was under 18, according to court records. 

    Her lawsuit comes almost two years to the day that Epstein, 66, was found dead in a New York jail awaiting trial for conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.

    Her lawsuit also come just days before the expiration date of a New York state law which allows alleged victims of sexual abuse as kids to file civil claims that could be blocked by the statue of limitations. 

    Giuffre’s lawyers, Davide Boies told ABC News: “If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions. “And Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions.”

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    PRINCE ANDREW SUED BY EPSTEIN VICTIM VIRGINIA ROBERTS

    VIRGINIA Roberts Giuffre has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew accusing him of sexually abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. 

    The 38-year-old is suing the Duke of York over allegations that he abused her once at the disgraced financiers Manhattan home and another location while she was under 18, according to court records. 

    Her lawsuit comes almost two years to the day that Epstein, 66, was found dead in a New York jail awaiting trial for conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.

    Her lawsuit also come just days before the expiration date of a New York state law which allows alleged victims of sexual abuse as kids to file civil claims that could be blocked by the statue of limitations. 

    Giuffre’s lawyers, Davide Boies told ABC News: “If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions. “And Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions.”

  • John Hall

    CHASING ANDY

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein's wrongdoing.

    Andrew is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, brought under New York state's Child Victims Act, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

    It is the first time he has been subject to a lawsuit over the case since the allegations against him were made public ten years ago.

    Ms Giuffre is seeking unknown amounts of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations. 

    Questions are now swirling about what is next for Andrew – with the Duke not enjoying the same diplomatic immunity held by his mum, The Queen.

    US officials have previously said they are not seeking to extradite Andrew, and this may not apply to Ms Giuffre's case as it is civil suit rather than a criminal prosecution.

    However, Andrew may avoid ever setting foot in the US again

  • John Hall

    TIME TO TALK

    Ms Giuffre, 37, has until Saturday to lodge a multi-million-dollar lawsuit claiming she was “lent out to Andrew for sex” by his late US paedophile tycoon pal Jeffrey Epstein when she was under 18.

    Her lawyer David Boies said this week: “Time’s up."

    The Prince emphatically denies her allegations.

  • John Hall

    QUESTIONABLE CONNECTION

    Prince Andrew has been advised by the ex-lawyer of rapist Harvey Weinstein.

    The news emerged last night as sex accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre threatens to sue the royal.

    Blair Berk, 57, known for solving stars’ legal scrapes, was consulted by representatives of the Duke of York, 61, The Sun can reveal.

    She was hired by shamed film mogul Weinstein in 2017 before he was jailed for rape and sex assault following a string of #MeToo claims by film actresses.

    Ms Berk has also worked for Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan and acted for Mel Gibson after he unleashed an anti-Jewish tirade when stopped by traffic cops.

    It is not known if she is still working on Andrew’s behalf.

  • John Hall

    ANDREW SUED BY VIRGINIA GIUFFRE (CONTINUED…)

    According to reports the lawsuit is accusing Prince Andrew of sexual assault and “intentional” emotional distress. 

    Ms Giuffre is also seeking unknown amounts of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations. 

    The lawsuit also states:  “Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

  • John Hall

    PRINCE ANDREW SUED BY EPSTEIN VICTIM VIRGINIA ROBERTS IN LAWSUIT ACCUSING HIM OF SEXUALLY ABUSING HER AS A TEENAGER

    VIRGINIA Roberts Giuffre has launched a legal battle against Prince Andrew accusing him of sexually abusing her at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. 

    The 38-year-old is suing the Duke of York over allegations that he abused her once at the disgraced financiers Manhattan home and another location while she was under 18, according to court records. 

    Her lawsuit comes almost two years to the day that Epstein, 66, was found dead in a New York jail awaiting trial for conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein’s wrongdoing.

    Her lawsuit also come just days before the expiration date of a New York state law which allows alleged victims of sexual abuse as kids to file civil claims that could be blocked by the statue of limitations. 

    Giuffre’s lawyers, Davide Boies told ABC News: “If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions. “And Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions.”

  • John Hall

    CHASING ANDY

    Prince Andrew, 61, has always denied any allegations that he had sexual contact with Ms Giuffre or that he had any knowledge of Epstein's wrongdoing.

    Andrew is named as the only defendant in the 15-page suit, brought under New York state's Child Victims Act, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

    It is the first time he has been subject to a lawsuit over the case since the allegations against him were made public ten years ago.

    Ms Giuffre is seeking unknown amounts of compensation and punitive damages over the allegations. 

    Questions are now swirling about what is next for Andrew – with the Duke not enjoying the same diplomatic immunity held by his mum, The Queen.

    US officials have previously said they are not seeking to extradite Andrew, and this may not apply to Ms Giuffre's case as it is civil suit rather than a criminal prosecution.

    However, Andrew may avoid ever setting foot in the US again

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