Prince Andrew has agreed a £12m deal with Virginia Giuffre to avoid a civil sex abuse trial in the US. He is still understood as a ‘person of interest’ to federal investigators
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Legal experts say Prince Andrew could still be dragged into the FBI probe into Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and face being interviewed by investigators.
The Duke of York, who this week agreed a £12m deal with Virginia Giuffre to avoid a civil sex abuse trial in the US, is still understood to be a “person of interest”. for federal investigators investigating your friend’s crimes.
Attorney Dr Ann Olivarius, who specializes in civil litigation and sexual harassment cases, said: “There are no guarantees for Prince Andrew.
“It could be the end of his dealings with Virginia Giuffre, but if the US authorities want to talk to him, they will continue to pursue him. It remains a major diplomatic issue and so far Prince Andrew has not cooperated.”
In a disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019, the Duke promised to cooperate with law enforcement, but has so far thwarted US investigators who want to interview him as a potential witness.
Dr Olivarius said: “We know that in 2018-19 he was approached by the FBI and police and asked to cooperate.
“It was in the record that he refused to do so. It’s quite an extraordinary thing for a prince, coming from a country with which we have a special relationship that is said to not cooperate with the criminal investigation.”
She added: “It’s arrogance, it’s a slap in the face to the American justice system, and it doesn’t benefit the monarchy.”
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Maxwell, 60, a friend of Andrew’s for more than 30 years, was sentenced to 65 years in prison after being convicted last month of trafficking young girls for Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire pedophile who committed suicide. in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex charges.
Maxwell is pinning his hopes on an appeal after a juror in the case gave a media interview after the trial, revealing details of the jury’s deliberations.
Gloria Allred, who represents many of Epstein’s victims, said that as part of Andrew’s promise to tackle the “sex trafficking” that was included in his settlement with Ms Giuffre, he was should agree to be interviewed by federal agents or else he will say
“Nonsense” and a “face-saving public relations gesture”.
Despite agreeing to a settlement, Andrew denied Ms Giuffre’s allegation that she was forced to have sex with him in 2001 when she was 17 years old.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-could-still-quizzed-26263696 Prince Andrew could still be riddled with FBI in Epstein and Maxwell child abuse investigations