Virginia Giuffre – the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 – could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The British socialite was this week convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her billionaire paedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein.
Although a number of accusers did not give evidence at the trial, the women will instead be given the chance to make a plea to Judge Alison Nathan, according to the Telegraph.
One of them is said to Ms Giuffre – known before her marriage as Virginia Roberts – who alleges having sex with Andrew three times in 2001, at a time when she was a teenager and under the control of Epstein. The Prince has denied the claims.
Victim impact statements are testimonies presented to the court which outline the effects of an offender’s actions.
While guidelines and reports are what are primarily used to determine the length of sentence, a judge should also consider victim impact statements.
Sigrid McCawley, who represents Ms Giuffre, told the paper: ‘At the sentencing, I anticipate that there will be a lot of testimony from many, many other women who were not able to be heard at the trial, who will come forward and bring information about their suffering at the hands of Ghislaine Maxwell.
‘I believe this will be considered by the court before Judge Nathan renders her decision on the length of time Ghislaine will serve behind bars.’
Senior royal insiders said the duke operated with ‘impunity’ as a member of the Royal Family because staff were ‘too scared’ to stand up to him. Pictured: Prince Andrew
Virginia Giuffre – the woman who claims she was forced to sleep with Prince Andrew when she was 17 – could be set to give a victim impact statement to a New York judge for the sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell
It comes amid claims that Buckingham Palace ‘sleepwalked’ into the Prince Andrew crisis and has been paralysed with indecision over to how to handle things.
Senior royal insiders said the duke operated with ‘impunity’ as a member of the Royal Family because staff were ‘too scared’ to stand up to him.
And they say the idea he could still return to public life, despite the swirling controversy around his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, must be quashed.
The comments came as Andrew suffered two setbacks in his US sex case, admitting he has no proof over his infamous claim he cannot sweat and also seeing the judge throw out an attempt to stall the case.
Lawyers for his accuser, who is suing the prince for damages in a New York civil case, have demanded he hand over evidence he does not perspire, as he said in a car crash Newsnight interview two years ago when denying her allegations.
But his legal team said ‘no documents exist in his possession, custody or control’ to back the claim.
And the judge denied Andrew’s requests to delay the case after he claimed Miss Giuffre cannot sue in the US on the grounds that she lives in Australia.
The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle.
In his Newsnight interview he also told interviewer Emily Maitlis that on the date Miss Giuffre says they slept together in London, he was at a Pizza Express in Woking. He has been told to prove this too.
Miss Roberts, now Giuffre, claims she slept with Andrew three times in 2001, at a time when she was 17 and under the control of Epstein.
The prince was seen in public yesterday for the first time since his friend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her boyfriend Epstein, driving himself to Windsor Castle. Pictured: Prince Andrew and Maxwell in 2000 at Ascot
The prince vehemently denies the accusations. But pressure has increased on him this week following Maxwell’s conviction.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior former royal adviser stressed that while there was no knowledge of the extent of the duke’s friendship with Epstein and Maxwell to anyone outside of the prince’s private office, the ‘Andrew problem’ was a long-running issue for the royal household in general.
‘Anyone who even dared to offer their professional advice that maybe his way wasn’t the right one was met with a decisive ‘f*** off out of my office’,’ the source said.
The account is backed up by other former royal staff, all of whom claim the prince acted as if he ‘didn’t have to answer to anyone’ and was allowed to ‘go rogue’.
Pictured: Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001
Particularly troublesome, it was said, was Andrew’s role as a roving trade ‘ambassador’, which saw him repeatedly criticised for cosying up to highly controversial world leaders and businessmen.
A former Buckingham Palace staff member recalled how it was an ‘impossible job’ to persuade the prince or his advisers to take any instruction. ‘The duke made clear that the only person he answered to was the Queen,’ they said.
‘He wouldn’t take advice from anyone. [He] acted with total impunity and staff were just too scared to stand up to him as a member of the Royal Family. Her Majesty almost always backed him and he fully exploited that.
‘There’s an element of Buckingham Palace sleepwalking into his whole crisis. Andrew would tell his family that it was all untrue and it would all go away.’
Andrew (pictured) stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview. But the insiders said it was it was ‘unsatisfactory’ the option of his return to public life remained open
Andrew stepped back from official duties following the Newsnight interview. But the insiders said it was it was ‘unsatisfactory’ the option of his return to public life remained open. ‘It would be better for all concerned to lance that boil now, once and for all,’ they said.
On Tuesday, Andrew will try again to have the case brought by Miss Giuffre thrown out.
But in court papers filed yesterday, her legal team made it clear they would test his Newsnight alibi, when he disputed her claim he was sweating while they danced together in a London nightclub by saying he had a ‘peculiar medical condition’ which made it ‘impossible’ for him to perspire. Lawyers want the court to order him to hand over proof about his ‘alleged medical condition of anhidrosis’.
And they could ask for his former police bodyguards to testify about the duke’s whereabouts at the time Miss Giuffre says they were having sex. Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.
What is Andrew accused of?
The formal allegations are battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bringing the New York case under her married name of Giuffre, Virginia Roberts alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 and a ‘sex slave’ to his friend, paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Unlike the Ghislaine Maxwell trial in Manhattan this is a civil case. Miss Roberts is seeking damages, probably totalling millions of pounds. Andrew cannot be jailed.
Where are we at?
The case was filed in August and is still at the early stages. On Tuesday, the judge will rule on a new Andrew application to dismiss it. If it continues there will be the taking of depositions – formal statement given under oath.
Who could be deposed?
Miss Roberts’ lawyer David Boies has said he will seek to depose the duke and possibly his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, among others. Andrew’s side will depose his accuser and her associates, and perhaps her lawyers.
Judge Lewis Kaplan has set a tentative trial date for September, with the case to be decided by a jury made up of a dozen members of the public.
Will Andrew testify?
He can refuse to give a deposition but it could result in a default judgment against him. If he attends the trial, he can decline to give evidence in person, or ‘take the fifth’, refusing to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating himself.
What evidence will be heard?
Miss Roberts will tell her account and bring witnesses she says back up her claims. It is thought she will use flight logs from Epstein’s private jets showing her being flown to locations she claims to have had sex with the duke. Evidence from Maxwell’s trial could also play a part, including testimony from the victim known only as Carolyn, who says she was pulled into Epstein’s sphere by Roberts herself.
What about the FBI wanting to speak to Andrew?
That is separate from this case. The FBI have been looking to speak to Andrew as a possible witness for at least the last two years as they continue to investigate Epstein’s global sex ring. A request filed with the Home Office under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty is currently gathering dust and has not been actioned.
STEPHEN GLOVER: Legal tricks won’t wash any more. Prince Andrew is jeopardising the monarchy
Can Prince Andrew save himself? Or are his reputation and good name about to be dragged further into the gutter, damaging not only him but the monarchy as well?
No one can yet answer these questions definitively because no one other than Prince Andrew and a handful of people know whether he is wholly innocent of allegations made by Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) that he sexually abused her in London and New York and on a Caribbean island in 2001 when she was 17.
If he is blameless, as he vehemently insists that he is, it is obviously in his interests and those of the Royal Family for him to strain every sinew to convince the world of his innocence. This he has so far not done.
The spotlight is shining much more powerfully on Prince Andrew writes STEPHEN GLOVER
Until this week the prince had just about got away with a combination of stone-walling, evasion and obfuscation, though at enormous cost to his credibility. The conviction of his friend Ghislaine Maxwell as a child sex trafficker demands an entirely new approach on his part. Things have suddenly got an awful lot worse for him.
The spotlight is shining much more powerfully on Andrew partly because we now know that the woman whom he invited to Balmoral, Windsor Castle and Sandringham is both depraved and wicked.
So that famous photograph of a smiling Prince Andrew with his arm wrapped around the bare midriff of Virginia Giuffre, as Ghislaine Maxwell beams in the background inside her house, inevitably takes on a deeper significance.
What exactly happened that night? What on earth was the 41-year-old prince doing with his arm around a 17-year-old girl who was part of a sex trafficking ring of underage girls nurtured by Maxwell for her friend, the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein?
Prince Andrew pictured during his interview with BBC’s Newsnight in 2019
Virginia Roberts’ statement on Maxwell verdict
My soul yearned for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always.
Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed.
I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.
The spotlight also homes in on Andrew because the allegations of Maxwell’s and Epstein’s victims have now been believed and upheld by a jury, though Virginia Giuffre herself was not called as a witness during the trial.
Can the prince seriously believe that his previous policy of bobbing and weaving – he told BBC’s Newsnight in a disastrous interview in 2019 that he couldn’t even remember meeting Giuffre – is remotely sustainable following Maxwell’s conviction?
Just look at the way he and his lawyers have conducted themselves over recent months. Andrew was accused of trying to ‘dodge, duck, run and hide’ in his mother’s palaces to avoid legal papers being served on him after Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit against him. He should have accepted them like a man.
His aggressive US attorney, Andrew Brettler, attempted to argue simultaneously that Giuffre’s claims were ‘baseless and potentially unlawful’ whilst also saying that the court papers had not been properly served. Judge Lewis Kaplan reasonably responded: ‘Let’s cut out all the technicalities and get to the substance.’
In October, the prince’s lawyers changed tack by branding Giuffre as a ‘money-hungry sex kitten’ who had ‘initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday’.
Their latest swerve was to suggest earlier this week that Virginia Giuffre was pretending to be a US citizen but lives in Australia, and therefore the American court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case. The judge will consider the arguments on Tuesday.
Whether in relation to Giuffre’s lawsuit, or to other charges that may lie along the road in the wake of Maxwell’s conviction, Prince Andrew is going to have to stand and defend himself. If he declines to do so, the world will increasingly conclude that he is guilty – with possibly calamitous consequences for the monarchy.
The prince has hitherto conducted himself as though the accusations against him are entirely his business. He apparently believes that if he wishes to give an interview and shoot himself in the foot, or duck court papers, or unleash attack-dog lawyers who use abusive language, it is only a matter for him.
Prince Andrew strongly denies Ms Giuffre’s (pictured at court in New York on August 27, 2019) allegations that he slept with her after she claimed to have been trafficked to him
Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City on Wednesday
It’s not, of course. Andrew’s reputation is on the line, and he has so far managed to guard it in a spectacularly clod-hopping way. But there is something infinitely more important at stake – the position of Her Majesty the Queen as she approaches the 70th anniversary of the start of her reign.
If the entitled and haughty prince continues to give the impression that he believes there is one set of laws governing the behaviour of people like him, and another for the rest of us, the monarchy is certain to suffer lasting damage.
That is why he must not go on running the show in such an incompetent and haphazard fashion. He should give a proper account of himself, and attempt to explain his close relationship with the child trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, and with the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein who killed himself in a jail cell.
An innocent man should have nothing to fear from the law. The prince has every right to insist on a fair hearing, but once that right has been granted, evading very serious charges becomes shaming, contemptible and destructive.
He is a foolish man who kept bad company, and is accused of doing bad things. Few people give a fig for him, but millions of us cherish the monarchy. Prince Andrew must not be allowed to bring it to ruin.
Lawyers for Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser Virginia Giuffre claim they have up to ‘six witness’ willing to testify in a US civil court that she met the Duke of York – as judge throws out his legal team’s bid to stall the lawsuit
Lawyers acting for Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser Virginia Giuffre claim that they have six witnesses who will say that the two met.
David Boies, who represents the 38-year-old, said several witnesses were willing to state that the Duke of York and Ms Roberts – who is suing the Prince for rape under her married name of Virginia Giuffre – had met.
In a car-crash Newsnight interview in November 2019, Prince Andrew said he could not recall meeting Ms Roberts. He also claimed he could not have had sex with her in 2001 because he was out with his daughter at Pizza Express in Woking.
The Duke further said a medical condition after being shot at during the Falklands War left him unable to sweat – although Ms Roberts, who was 17 at the time, claimed that they danced together in a London nightclub and he had been ‘sweating profusely’.
‘We have four or five or six witnesses who will place them together,’ Mr Boies said in an interview with The Sun.
Among them are Florida hairdresser Johanna Sjoberg; and Steve Scully, who worked for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Lawyers acting for Prince Andrew’s sex assault accuser Virginia Giuffre, claim that they have six witnesses who will say that the two met. David Boies (above with Ms Giuffre), who represents the 38-year-old, said several witnesses were willing to state that the Duke of York and Ms Roberts – who is suing the Prince for rape under her married name of Virginia Giuffre – had met
‘We have four or five or six witnesses who will place them together,’ Mr Boies said in an interview with The Sun . Among them are Florida hairdresser Johanna Sjoberg (left); and Steve Scully (right), who worked for paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew is seen for the first time on Friday since his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of child sex trafficking
Ms Giuffre claims that she was forced, at the age of 17, to have sex with Prince Andrew three times, including at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London mews house where they were pictured together.
Speaking of the photo showing the Duke with her, Mr Boies added: ‘If Prince Andrew is even a little reflective, he’ll understand that the idea you can deny what numerous witnesses testified to, what photographs show, what plane logs demonstrate . . . the idea that you can blame and shame a victim to distract attention for your own conduct, doesn’t work.’
Ms Sjoberg was lured by Maxwell into Epstein’s ‘pyramid of sexual abuse’ as a college student 20 years ago – and says that within days, she met Prince Andrew at the tycoon’s Manhattan mansion.
Now 41, she alleges it was there that the Queen’s second son groped her in an incident during which a latex Spitting Image puppet of the Duke was used to abuse Miss Roberts with Maxwell in attendance.
Andrew vehemently denies Ms Giuffre’s assertions and says he cannot recall meeting Miss Roberts, despite the picture of them together at Maxwell’s London home in March 2001. (Above, the infamous photo of Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell was taken at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia)
According to legal documents, the alleged inappropriate conduct did not end there.
Ms Giuffre, now a mother of three, claims that after the Spitting Image incident, she and Andrew slept together in a massage room at Epstein’s house dubbed ‘the dungeon’.
Andrew vehemently denies her assertions and says he cannot recall meeting Miss Roberts, despite the picture of them together at Maxwell’s London home in March 2001.
Meanwhile, Steve Scully claims to have witnessed the Duke of York kissing and grinding against a blonde woman wearing a bikini – whom he insists was Andrew’s sex accuser – by a swimming pool on Epstein’s ‘Paedo Island’ Little Saint James between 2001 and 2004.
Mr Boies said that his legal team might also get Maxwell’s youngest victim, ‘Jane’, who was just 14, to testify.
During Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, she told how she flew on billionaire Epstein’s plane, the ‘Lolita Express’, with Andrew.
The news comes as Prince Andrew broke cover for the first time today and appeared to be visiting his mother the Queen having been holed up at his Windsor lodge over Christmas with his ex-wife and children now going on a ski holiday without him.
Prince Andrew leaves sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s home as they stroll together through New York’s Central Park. Taken in 2011
On Friday, a US judge threw out the Duke’s legal team’s bid to halt proceedings in the sex abuse lawsuit against him.
The Duke of York’s lawyers had wanted Ms Giuffre to sit for a two-hour deposition to discuss where she was ‘domiciled’ as she now lives in Perth, Australia.
However, District Judge Lewis Kaplan denied the bid, saying the civil case could continue.
The under-fire royal was seen for the first time since Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, his friend of many years, was convicted of multiple counts of child sex trafficking for her billionaire paedophile boyfriend Epstein.
Andrew looked serious as he drove himself and a bodyguard towards the castle in a top of the range Range Rover at around 12.40pm, suggesting he may have been seeing his mother for lunch, because she always eats at 1pm sharp.
The isolated son of the Queen is in his lodge close to his mother’s Windsor Castle home today while his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson flew off to see in 2022 on a skiing holiday with their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
Despite staying silent since Maxwell’s conviction in New York, friends of Andrew insisted he had suffered ‘no body blows’ during the trial and is confident Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s civil case against him will be thrown out on January 4.
However, Epstein and Maxwell’s victims, and US lawyers, believe the ninth in line to the throne should be ‘quaking in his boots’ and ‘feeling very, very uncomfortable right now’.
On Tuesday, the Duke of York’s legal team urged an American court to rule it has no jurisdiction to hear Virginia Giuffre’ sex claims against him since the royal and his accuser both lived outside of the US.
Andrew has accused Ms Giuffre of pretending to be a US resident when she lives in Australia.
Earlier this week, the Duke’s lawyers filed a five-page motion saying the court does not have jurisdiction over Mrs Giuffre’s claims because she says she is a citizen of the US state of Colorado when she actually lives in Perth in a £1million home with her husband and children.
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