British police won’t act against Prince Andrew over abuse claim

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British police have announced they will not take any action against Prince Andrew, following a review by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser who claims he sexually assaulted her.

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Virginia Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Epstein to have sex with Andrew in London in 2001, when she was 17 years old and a minor under US law. She is suing Prince in a US court.

Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, Andrew, has denied the allegations. He told the BBC in a 2019 interview that he never had sex with Giuffre, adding: “It didn’t happen.”

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In August, London’s Metropolitan Police Force began a review of charges involving the late convicted sex offender Epstein. Police Chief Cressida Dick said at the time that “no one is above the law.”

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The force said in a statement late Sunday that its “review has ended and we are not taking any further action.”

It also said it would not act on allegations, first reported by Channel 4 News, that Epstein’s alleged partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.

Maxwell, a British socialite, is awaiting trial in a US prison on charges that he recruited teenage girls to abuse Epstein.

The force said it continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies that are leading investigations into the Epstein-related cases.

After weeks of legal wrangling, Andrew’s lawyers acknowledged late last month that the prince was formally served with Giuffre’s trial. Rajkumar will have to file a reply to the claims by October 29.

Last week, a US judge agreed for Andrew’s attorneys to obtain a copy of a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein, which they believe will quash the civil case against Prince.

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Andrew, 61, was removed from public royal duties amid scandal over his friendship with pedophile Epstein, who was found dead at a federal detention center in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His death was ruled a suicide.

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to publicly come forward, as Giuffre has done.

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