Do these pictures prove Prince Andrew assaulted Virginia Roberts?
At this point, it’s going to take a lot for the public to be convinced that Prince Andrew is innocent. The duke was first accused of sexual assault in 2015 and he’s been digging his own grave ever since. From botched interviews to shifty memory, Prince Andrew has been unable to prove his clear conscience to the world. However, what seems to have sealed his fate were numerous pictures, revealing a past too sordid for a royal.
According to a new court filing in Manhattan today, the prince has finally reached a settlement with his alleged victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre. No matter the money he spends to quiet down the case, his public image has already been tarnished beyond repair. View the infamous pictures for yourself and see if you can still believe in his innocence.
Swears they never even met
It was already bad enough the world knew that Prince Andrew & sex trafficking criminal Jeffrey Epstein were good friends. It only takes a simple Google search to find pictures of the prince with convicted sexual assault predators Jeffrey Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell.
Virginia Giuffre, who was a victim of Epstein & Maxwell, has alleged that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was only seventeen years old. She claims that the Duke of York was fully aware of her underage status and had sexually assaulted her multiple times.
How does Prince Andrew respond to the allegations? He publicly asserts that he’s never even met Giuffre. Except, there’s one problem. She quickly unveiled this picture of the prince with his arm around her waist, with a looming Ghislaine Maxwell in the background. His response? He alleged that the picture must’ve been photoshopped.
Dignified prince or certified party animal?
Even besides this fairly damning picture, is a newly released set of photos of a young Prince Andrew tearing up the dancefloor with socialite Chris Von Aspen. Although the photos from 2007 show the pair practically all over one another, some witnesses at the party claim that the prince had behaved predatorily.
One source claimed, “He followed her everywhere she went, even to the bathroom, and at one point he gave her a head massage.” These pictures reveal Aspen biting Prince Andrew’s neck and licking his face. Although these images don’t prove he’s a sexual predator, they definitely don’t convey the image of a refined British royal.
Prince Andrew & Virginia Giuffre reach a settlement
The presumably substantial amount that Prince Andrew will pay Giuffre is confidential, the parties said in a combined statement attached to the latest court filing. The prince also “intends to make a substantial donation” to a charity “in support of victims’ rights,” the statement declares.
The settlement deal occurred just weeks before Prince Andrew was scheduled to sit for a deposition, in which he would have been questioned under oath by Giuffre’s lawyers. The duke did not admit to any of Giuffre’s claims against him in the statement.
Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit had caused serious turmoil within the British Royal Family just as Queen Elizabeth was set to mark her 70th year on the throne. As a result of the allegations, Prince Andrew was forced to drop his military titles and royal charities. He also is no longer able to use the title “His Royal Highness,” and was “not to undertake any public duties,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement last month.
In the court statement on Tuesday, Prince Andrew said it was “known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years,” and that he “regrets his association with Epstein and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others.”
Do the numerous pictures prove his guilt? Is it fair that the prince can simply reach a financial settlement with no criminal charges? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.