Could the Maxwell Verdict Spell Trouble for Prince Andrew?
After a jury convicted former socialite Ghislaine Maxwell this week, one Jeffrey Epstein victim thinks the verdict could spell trouble for Prince Andrew.
The guilty verdict leaves Maxwell, 62, facing up to 65 years in jail for procuring, grooming, and trafficking underage girls for Epstein to abuse.
The jury’s decision comes days before Maxwell’s longtime friend Prince Andrew attempts to get a civil case dismissed.
In August 2021, Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Maxwell trafficked her to Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations and has said he doesn’t remember ever meeting Giuffre, despite a widely circulated photograph of him with his arm around her waist.
Though sources close to Andrew have insisted that the damning outcome of Maxwell’s case “shouldn’t affect the prospects of Andrew’s case at all,” those within the Giuffre camp see it differently.
“This verdict obviously makes his case a lot more difficult. His argument is essentially the same as Maxwell’s—that these young women made it all up for money, and they were all just friends, and there wasn’t any sex trafficking and the girls who are making these claims are liars and gold diggers,” a Giuffre source told The Daily Beast. “It’s all the same, blame-the-victim defense. This verdict demonstrates that you can’t obscure the overwhelming amount of evidence by these smokescreens, and that jurors are not prepared to blame the victim.”
“This can’t be good for Andrew,” the Giuffre source added. “But it’s hard to know what he takes on board and what he doesn’t. No sane person would have gone on television the way he did and just denied that photographic evidence, and shown a total lack of remorse.”
After the jury handed down Maxwell’s verdict, Giuffre said: “We were told constantly, you know, these people will never go to jail. They are too powerful. They are too rich. And we live in a new day. And it just goes to show that, you know, this is not the end. This is just the beginning.”
“Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable,” Giuffre tweeted.