The condemnation of the british, Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-lover and right-hand man of the tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, for sex trafficking of a minor in the United States, complicates the situation of Prince Andrew, according to the British media, who are analyzing the sentence pronounced on Wednesday by a jury in New York, agree to point out this Thursday.
Prince Andrew, who no longer performs official functions as a member of the British Royal Household, is facing a civil proceeding in that country presented by Virginia Giuffre, who accuses the son of Queen Elizabeth II of abusing her when she was a minor.
Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the late newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, was an ex-lover and right-hand man of businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019 after being convicted in the US of trafficking in minors.
The condemned woman, who has just turned 60, is a close friend of the Duke of York, and yesterday’s ruling may make the prince’s situation difficult when the process against him begins in early 2022 in the US, according to what the commentators from the press in the UK.
Giuffre, 38, maintains that she was the victim of sexual abuse by Prince Andrew, 61, when she was 17. The abuses occurred in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean, although the queen’s son has denied such allegations.
The British media today indicate that Andrew’s legal situation would be different if Maxwell had been exonerated.
Unlike Maxwell, Andrew faces a civil and not a criminal process.
Two judges of New York ordered this Wednesday that an out-of-court agreement signed between Virginia Giuffre and the late magnate Jeffrey Epstein be made public, dated January 3, that could exonerate Prince Andrew of England.
The defense of Prince Andrew has long demanded that these agreements be made public because it “relieves (the prince) of any potential responsibility,” said the prince’s legal representative, Andrew Brettler, in a preliminary hearing on September 13.
Giuffre, who has already accused the prince several times, has filed his lawsuit in New York under the Juvenile Victims Law of that city.
In an interview with the BBC in 2019, Prince Andrew categorically denied knowing the woman or having had sexual relations with her, despite the fact that they appear together in a photo published numerous times by the press.