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January 14, 2022

Prince Andrew Stripped of Military Titles Amid Sexual Assault Lawsuit

Prince Andrew has been stripped of his military titles and royal patronages, the Buckingham Palace announced, one day after it was revealed a civil case in the U.S. over alleged sex crimes would proceed.

“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen,” the palace said in a statement.

According to the BBC, Andrew will no longer be referred to as “His Royal Highness.”

The announcement comes a day after U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled against Andrew’s bid to dismiss a federal lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged that he sexually abused her when she was 17 years old.

Giuffre accuses Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell of sex-trafficking her to Andrew, which the prince has repeatedly denied.


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Prince Andrew is stripped of his royal patronages and military titles

January 2, 2022

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.


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Ghislaine Maxwell Verdict Could Spell Big Trouble for Prince Andrew

December 31, 2021

BREAKING: Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty

In a New York federal court, a 12-person jury found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts stemming from her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s serial abuse of minor girls.

Maxwell was convicted on five federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three related counts of conspiracy. The 60-year-old British socialite was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

Prosecutors argued that Maxwell groomed and trafficked underage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein. They accused Maxwell of conspiring with Epstein to coordinate a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico, and the Virgin Islands.

After a month-long trial, the jury deliberated for roughly 40 hours across six days before handing down their verdict. The charges relate to testimony from four women who say Maxwell facilitated and occasionally participated in their sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams praised the victims for their testimony after experiencing “one of the worst crimes imaginable.”

“I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made this case, and today’s result, possible,” Williams said in a statement.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison. Judge Alison Nathan did not set a sentencing date.

The defense had argued that prosecutors were using Maxwell as a scapegoat because Epstein died before he could stand trial.

“The charges against Ghislaine Maxwell are for things that Jeffrey Epstein did,” one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Bobbi Sternheim, told the jury. “But she is not Jeffrey Epstein and she is not like Jeffrey Epstein.”

However, the four accusers who testified had a much different opinion of Maxwell’s involvement.

“I am so relieved and grateful that the jury recognized the pattern of predatory behavior that Maxwell engaged in for years and found her guilty of these crimes,” said Annie Falmer, the only publicly identified accuser. “She has caused hurt to many more women than the few of us who had the chance to testify in the courtroom.”

Maxwell also faces two pending perjury charges stemming from a 2016 civil deposition.

The testimonies

Falmer said Maxwell massaged her bare chest at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch in 1996 when she was 16 years old. The three other women testified using first names or pseudonyms.

Jane, a television actress, said Maxwell organized sexual massages with Epstein and sometimes participated in the abuse.

Maxwell’s lawyers asked Jane, who was 14 at the time, why it had taken so long to come forward.

“I was scared,” she said. “I was embarrassed, ashamed. I didn’t want anybody to know any of this about me.”

Carolyn, now a mom in recovery from drug addiction, testified that when she was 14, Maxwell touched her breasts, hips, and buttocks and told her she “had a great body for Epstein and his friends.”

Kate, a former model from Great Britain, testified that Maxwell invited her over and trained her how to give Epstein a sexual massage. Kate said Maxwell often spoke of sexual topics and asked Kate to invite other young girls for Epstein.

All four women described how Maxwell charmed them and gave them gifts to gain their trust, assuring them that Epstein’s wealth and connections could fulfill their dreams. But, they said, things took a dark turn once Maxwell coaxed them into giving Epstein massages that turned sexual — which Maxwell normalized. After one such massage, Kate, 17 at the time, said Maxwell asked her if she had fun and told her: “You are such a good girl.”

Prosecutors called 24 witnesses during the trial, including a housekeeper who said he was expected to be “blind, deaf, and dumb” about Epstein and Maxwell’s private lives.

The jury saw physical evidence as well, such as a folding massage table once used by Epstein and a “black book” that listed the victims’ contact information under the heading “massages.” Additionally, bank records showed Epstein transferred $30.7 million to Maxwell.

“Maxwell was a sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing,” prosecutor Alison Moe told the jury in closing arguments last week. “She manipulated her victims, and she groomed them for sexual abuse.”

Maxwell’s legal battles continue

Maxwell’s defense team indicated that they intend to appeal the conviction.

“We firmly believe in Ghislaine’s innocence. Obviously, we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started working on the appeal and we are confident that she will be vindicated,” Sternheim said.

In addition to the two pending perjury charges, Maxwell faces a lawsuit from another Epstein accuser. Virginia Giuffre, who was not involved in the trial, says she was coerced into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has denied the accusation.

In a new interview with The Cut, Giuffre said Maxwell is “worse than Epstein.”

“She was the devil’s right-hand man. She made these appointments for him, she actively went out there and scouted for new girls. She was part of the sexual encounters at times. To paint herself as just the ‘house manager’ is a load of crock,” Giuffre told the outlet.

“She’s definitely worse than Epstein. She used that charm, that wit, that smile to come off as somebody you want to trust. Epstein did a whole bunch of really bad stuff, acting on his sick urges. One victim said it perfectly: Jeffrey had to ejaculate like you and I have to breathe. It’s organic to him. But Ghislaine facilitated it. She was the one out there bringing the girls in for him and participating in some of the sexual events. She’s worse to me, more evil than Epstein. What Ghislaine did to so many of us, it’s unforgivable.”


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Jury finds Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of sex trafficking a minor for Jeffrey Epstein and four other charges
Ghislaine Maxwell convicted in Epstein sex abuse case

September 11, 2021

Prince Andrew served court papers in Epstein victim’s sexual assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew has been served with a lawsuit from a woman alleging he had sex with her when she was underage.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre first filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court in early August. The lawsuit claims that while convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her, she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.”

Giuffre claims Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who is now in jail, directed her to have sex with Prince Andrew in multiple locations between 2000 and 2002.

“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” Giuffre said in a statement. “I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates — but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

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Prince Andrew served court papers in sex-assault lawsuit after attempts to avoid them

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