Prince Andrew has lost his bid to dismiss an abuse case that has been brought against him and, now, he’s been stripped of his military titles.
TW: This article contains details that some people may find upsetting.
The Queen’s second son’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen.
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Now Jeffrey Epstein, who made a name for himself with elite investment bank Bear Stearns, before founding his own investment firm, was first convicted for a range of crimes in 2005.
Then, in 2008, he was convicted of running an underage p*********** ring connected to a number of high-powered individuals. Epstein served just thirteen months for this conviction.
From there, it got worse…
On July 6th 2019, Epstein was arrested again for trafficking minors in the states of Florida and New York and was held awaiting trial in a New York prison.
This was a huge breakthrough for many of his victims.
Epstein had managed to get away with vile and criminal acts for the majority of his life, most likely a result of his money and social clout. For his victims, there was finally hope of justice being done.
And many believed his conviction could uncover other high profile and wealthy sex offenders.
Epstein had numerous friends in high places, many of which were known to travel to his elusive island, where the majority of his crimes took place.
One of them, controversially, being Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family.
Of course, all of Epstein’s high-profile friends have denied any involvement in this scandal, but people aren’t too convinced.
However, before Epstein could dish the dirt on his friends…
He was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell, apparently as a result of hanging.
It was ruled as suicide, though some people aren’t convinced by that.
But because of the nature of his crimes, plus the connections Epstein had to the political and social elite, some have other suspicions about what really happened.
Anyway, in the months following his death, the investigation fell silent.
Progress seemed to be sparse, but then, the release of Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich on Netflix catapulted the whole thing back into the spotlight.
Victims spoke out about what they had endured.
They each gave detailed similar, yet horrifying tales of being assaulted while giving Epstein and his friends “massages.”
It also outlined the involvement of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and close friend…
Now, in the months following Epstein’s death, Maxwell remained firmly hidden and out of the public eye…
And, at that time, she wasn’t reprimanded or publicly questioned for her involvement in the scandal.
But, it was reported in July 2020 that Maxwell had finally been arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire.
She was taken to a hearing where she was described as a flight risk, so was therefore ordered to remain in custody while being transferred to New York for a detention hearing.
Maxwell was charged with the crimes of enticement of minors and trafficking of underage girls.
She also faced many other charges including repeatedly lying about her involvement in the trafficking ring during a 2016 deposition.
As you’d expect, Maxwell’s time in prison hasn’t been an easy one.
The former socialite’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, argued that Maxwell is facing tougher jail conditions than inmates convicted of murder or terrorism.
Sternheim said Maxwell is effectively being kept in solitary confinement and is “excessively and invasively” monitored twenty-four hours a day.
Along with video surveillance in her cell, cameras also follow her movements when she is allowed to leave it.
Last year, her lawyer spoke out about her jail condition in the hopes that it could gain her some sympathy.
Though it didn’t work as effectively as he’d hoped.
During a court hearing just 2 week prior, Sternheim renewed Maxwell’s request for bail ahead of her trial on November 29th 2021.
In the court documents, she described Maxwell’s jail as “inappropriate,” Yahoo reported.
“The surveillance rivals scenes of Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s incarceration despite the absence of the cage and plastic face guard,” she wrote.
The Guardian added that Sternheim also said that “Maxwell’s conditions of detention for the past 16 months continue to be reprehensible and utterly inappropriate for [a] woman on the cusp of turning 60 with no criminal record or history of violence,” when speaking of her time at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.
“It is unwarranted, unrelenting, and utterly inappropriate,” Sternheim wrote.
“[She] has been subject to physical and emotional abuse by the correction officers, poor and unsanitary living conditions, insufficient nutrition, difficulties reviewing the millions of legal discovery documents in the case against her, and sleep deprivation.”
Maxwell also spoke out herself.
Maxwell reportedly told the Daily Mail: “I used to take a shower every day but I’ve stopped because of the creepy guards who stand close and stare at me the whole time. I used to go to the loo with an open sewer drain and a friendly rat would regularly visit.”
“I told the guards, but nothing was done until the rat popped out and charged a guard who screamed in terror.”
“Finally, the sewer drain was covered.”
Maxwell has repeatedly appealed for bail…
All have been rejected.
And so, the opening arguments of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial began.
And she appeared to be pretty relaxed about the situation.
Although she wore a mask throughout the proceedings, Maxwell could be seen laughing and chatting to her defence lawyers…
Which included Leah Saffian, Christian Everdale, and Bobbi Sternheim, who she talked to during the hearing.
At one point Ghislaine even waved to her sister Isabel Maxwell, who was sitting behind her, up in the public gallery.
Her actions have caused many to feel as though she’s remorseless for the crimes she’s been charged with.
From trial drawings, many people also noticed not just Maxwell’s actions but her appearance.
It was noted that Maxwell entered the court with freshly dyed hair while wearing a jumper, black trousers, and heels – an outfit that is a far cry from her orange prison attire.
The trial was well underway and many horrifying revelations were emerging.
From pictures of the inside of Epstein’s house to a booklet of rules that staff were made to follow.
Another shocking revelation was made, too.
And it involved recent photos that were shared during Maxwell’s trial…
The pictures, which were later posted on social media, show Maxwell and Epstein enjoying an affluent life together…
Pictured jet setting, on vacation, and holding each other in a warm embrace, clearly not what Maxwell wanted the court to see.
Over a dozen photos of the pair together were revealed by the prosecution, set to show the deep connection the pair had together…
That ultimately led to the unthinkable.
Take a look at some of the pictures below…
Prosecutor Alison Moe said: “These photographs show their close relationship throughout time. Given the change in hairstyles, the people in the photographs are clearly ageing.”
But then, a decision was finally made…
The court found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on all but one count.
She will be charged up to sixty-five years in prison meaning she could be 125 years old by the time she sees freedom again.
And with Maxwell now found guilty, the attention has turned to Prince Andrew.
Prince Andrew, along with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, is among those who had quite a bit to do with both Epstein and Maxwell.
Virginia Giuffre has previously came out about being trafficked by Epstein, and allegedly assaulted by Prince Andrew.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre came out about the sexual assault she faced on the Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich miniseries on Netflix.
She said she was trafficked at least 3 times to Prince Andrew, one of the Queen’s sons.
In 1 instance when Giuffre was just seventeen, she was allegedly told by Maxwell to: “Do for Prince Andrew what you do for Epstein.”
This happened while they were in Maxwell’s London apartment.
However, in an interview with the BBC, Prince Andrew denied all claims.
He said: “I can absolutely categorically tell you that it never happened.”
And in talking about a photograph that was taken of him with the then seventeen-year-old girl, he said that he had “no recollection” of it being taken.
In the interview with the BBC, he tells the reporter that he doesn’t know if “that’s his hand” or not when talking about the photograph of him and Giuffre.
And after reporter Emily Maitlis asked why he stayed at Jeffrey Epstein’s home in New York after he had been convicted the first time, Prince Andrew said: “It was a convenient place to stay.”
Then, when asked by Maitlis if he had sex with Giuffre on the 3 different occasions in which she talked about in a US deposition, he said: “No. Absolutely no to all of it.”
Prince Andrew is currently facing a sexual abuse lawsuit that has been brought against him by Giuffre.
Giuffre claims in the lawsuit that she was trafficked to Prince Andrew by Epstein when she was seventeen-years-old, UNILAD reports.
In 2019, Epstein paid Giuffre $500,000 with the condition that she would not sue anyone connected to him who could be described as a “potential defendant.”
Prince Andrew had requested that the lawsuit by Giuffre be dismissed…
However, a judge has dismissed that request today.
According to the outlet, Prince Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, requested the dismissal of the case during a video teleconference that was held today, January 12.
His lawyers have tried to use the 2009 agreement between Epstein and Giuffre in their argument for the dismissal of the case.
Despite Prince Andrew not being mentioned by name in the agreement, his lawyers have argued that it protects him from being sued.
The agreement reportedly states that it serves to “remise, release, acquit, satisfy and forever discharge” parties and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant.”
During the conference, Andrew’s lawyer, Brettler used the agreement to argue that a potential defendant could be “someone who can be named as a defendant in the lawsuit but was not,” the outlet reports.
However, the judge who presided over today conference, Lewis A Kaplan, said the term “potential defendant” has “two or more” interpretations.
Kaplan said that one of those interpretations could be that the term was intended to be used narrowly, consequently meaning Andrew would not be exempt from the lawsuit.
Kaplan also highlighted that the agreement says it is not to be used “by any other person in any other case” and like Andrew’s lawyers were trying to do.
Giuffre’s laywer, David Boies, also argued: “There’s no allegation that Prince Andrew fell into category of people who was doing trafficking.”
“He was someone to whom the girls were trafficked,” he said, the outlet reports. “So we think for two reasons he is not a potential defendant.”
The lawsuit will now move to the next stage.
Buckingham Palace has announced that The Duke of York will return his military titles to the Queen.
And he will not undertake any public duties going forward.