Prince Andrew faces ‘disaster’ no matter how he responds to sex accuser’s lawsuit

Prince Andrew can’t be extradited to reply sex accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s damning lawsuit — however possible faces a closing reputational wreck no matter how he responds, in accordance to authorized specialists.

The 61-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth II was sued in Manhattan federal court docket Monday by Giuffre, who for years mentioned late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell made her have sex with the royal three times, beginning when she was “a child.”

Giuffre advised The Post Monday that she “did not come to this decision lightly,” however insisted her authorized motion would show that she “was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.”

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she mentioned in a press release.

“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” she mentioned.

But whereas Giuffre mentioned she hoped to present it was doable “to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice,” it was removed from apparent precisely how her court docket motion would play out.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001.
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001.
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Because Andrew faces a civil swimsuit, and never prison expenses, he can’t be compelled to come to New York to reply it, authorized specialists be aware.

The 2003 extradition treaty, introduced in by George W. Bush, says UK residents can solely be extradited for felonies “punishable by imprisonment or other form of detention for more than one year or by the death penalty,” neither of which, in fact, apply for Andrew.

“This is not about whether or not Prince Andrew will go to jail — he has no criminal exposure from this particular case,” Melissa Murray, professor of regulation at New York University, stressed to the BBC.

That safety was highlighted by Andrew’s skill to repeatedly keep away from speaking to the feds about his late pal Epstein, with then-Attorney General William Barr confirming final summer time that there have been no authorized strikes into getting him handed over.

But these makes an attempt to interview him might show an added incentive for Andrew to avoid the US, no matter what occurs with Giuffre’s swimsuit — with the FBI extra possible to find a way to drive him to discuss if he got here, The Telegraph noted.

Lawyers for Epstein accusers have additionally beforehand warned that they’d subpoena him the second he stepped foot right here.

While protected against extradition, Andrew’s standing as a British royal wouldn’t, nonetheless, give him full immunity from the case, or any others within the scandal.

Prince Andrew
Queen Elizabeth II’s Sovereign Immunity doesn’t apply to Prince Andrew.
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While his 95-year-old mom, the queen, has Sovereign Immunity beneath UK regulation, that doesn’t apply to her youngsters. Any makes an attempt to use royalty as a protection would even be weakened by the truth that he was not on official enterprise the trio of instances that Giuffre alleges she was made to have sex with him, in London, New York and Epstein’s island.

Still, royal commenter Richard Fitzwilliams told MailOnline that he sees “no conceivable chance” of Andrew agreeing to seem in a Manhattan court docket on condition that he didn’t even help the FBI.

“I see absolutely nil chance,” he insisted.

His authorized staff would possible additionally need to keep away from Andrew having to testify, given how his interview attempting to justify his friendship with Epstein and Maxwell ended so disastrously, The Telegraph famous.

“His performance on Newsnight was one of the great car crash interviews and a grilling by a skilled New York attorney risks a terrifying humiliation,” the UK paper famous.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park.
Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in Central Park.
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The options have equally unappealing outcomes, nonetheless.

If he settles out of court docket — even whereas denying legal responsibility — it will “seriously damage” his already scarred status, and certain make it inconceivable for him to ever return to royal duties, The Telegraph famous.

If he simply ignores it, he may very well be discovered responsible in absentia — which “would be catastrophic for the Prince because then a court would be officially labeling him a child sex abuser,” the UK paper famous.

His solely actual hopes can be for the case by no means to make it to court docket, together with by Andrew getting it switched to the High Court in London and struck out on grounds of lack of proof, The Telegraph famous, with out suggesting why Giuffre’s authorized staff would settle for that possibility.

Adding to Andrew’s woes, the lawsuit comes at a “really unfortunate time,” together with his socialite pal Maxwell due to stand trial in November for her alleged function within the sex-trafficking ring, NYU professor Murray advised the BBC.

“With this civil suit pending and her about to go to trial on these criminal charges, there may be even more pressure — and indeed temptation — for her to co-operate with federal prosecutors,” Murray instructed.

Maxwell would then “perhaps provide more information about all of the individuals who were in the orbit of Jeffrey Epstein and that could, allegedly, include the prince himself,” the professor mentioned.

No matter what occurs, authorized and royal watchers warn that the lawsuit might spell catastrophe for Andrew.

“This case will bring more embarrassment for him and for the royal family — as is anything to do with Andrew and Epstein,” royal commenter Fitzwilliams advised MailOnline.

Sarah Ransome and Virginia Roberts Giuffre comfort each other as they speak about abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein.
Sarah Ransome and Virginia Roberts Giuffre consolation one another as they talk about abuse by the hands of Jeffrey Epstein.
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Andrew and Buckingham Palace have all the time vehemently denied Giuffre’s allegations.

 “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew advised the BBC, insisting, “I’ve no recollection of ever assembly this woman, none in anyway.

Neither he nor his authorized staff have commented on the lawsuit.

Andrew does have no less than one loyal supporter, nonetheless — ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, who told the Financial Times final week that she “100 percent” believes her ex’s model of occasions.

“No question. I know everything about him. I think he is an extraordinary person,” she advised the UK paper. “It’s just, I know who he is,” she mentioned.

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