Two media reports have attracted attention in the case of allegations against Prince Andrew of involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein abuse scandal. King Charles III's brother According to information from the British tabloid "Sun", he wants to take legal action against allegations.
He will argue that he never met his alleged victim Virginia Giuffre and that a photo showing the two together more than 20 years ago was fake, the paper reported on Monday. The American Virginia Giuffre had accused Andrew of repeatedly abusing her as a minor. Before going to trial, Giuffre and Andrew settled out of court. In return, the prince reportedly paid several million pounds.
Now convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell, who is also in the photo, spoke out from prison. The picture was fake, she said in an interview scheduled to air Monday night on Britain's Talk TV. Maxwell, the longtime confidante of US multimillionaire Epstein, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the summer of 2022 for playing a central role in setting up a ring to sexually abuse girls.
"Andrew has always insisted that he is innocent and finally wants to prove it in a US court," the Sun quoted a "royal source". He said he was pressured to settle the case so as not to overshadow his mother Queen Elizabeth II's 70th birthday in June 2022. The Duke of York paid a high price, both personally and professionally. He has hardly appeared in public for years and had to give up his honorary military titles.
US lawyers representing several victims of the convicted and now deceased sex offender Epstein told the Mirror newspaper that the 62-year-old must stand by the agreement. His chances are extremely slim. "Andrew should be thankful he's not in prison," said attorney Spencer Kuvin.