Could Joe Biden finally prosecute Prince Andrew for his Epstein ties?
Britain’s Prince Andrew is one of the prominent names on the lips of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers. As the Trump administration wans, lawyers for the victims urge President-elect Biden to pursue the royal “more aggressively”.
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer who represents five of the women, said she hopes the new administration will “fully investigate” Prince Andrew the Duke of York. The royal, age sixty, has been accused of having sex with Virginia Giuffre three times but denies the claims.
Bloom told the Mirror, “I do have hope that the Biden-Harris administration will be more aggressive in standing with victims of sexual assault. It is essential that Prince Andrew cooperate with authorities, as he said he would, so that they can fully investigate him and all others accused of enabling prolific predator Jeffrey Epstein.”
The victims have voiced concerns over President Donald Trump’s old friendship with Epstein and his alleged “madam” Ghislaine Maxwell had hampered any probe. Trump previously said of the billionaire financier, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Trump changed tact after Epstein was arrested last year, adding, “I had a falling out a long time ago with him. I don’t think I’ve spoken to him in fifteen years. I was not a fan of his.”
The victims’ plea comes after the U.S. Department of Justice cleared Alex Acosta and his team of prosecutors of misconduct but said they showed “poor judgement” with the sweetheart deal they gave Epstein in 2008. Former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta created the deal that gave Jeffrey Epstein only thirteen months in prison for soliciting underage girls for prostitution and allowed him to go to work at his office every day.
Prince Andrew in purgatory
For nearly a decade, Prince Andrew has been under scrutiny for his association with Epstein and the subject of state and federal investigations since the mid-2000s for allegedly recruiting underage girls for illicit massages & sex.
In December 2014, Virginia Roberts Giuffre stated in court filings that she had been recruited by Epstein’s longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, for a job as a traveling masseuse for Epstein. She further claimed that she’d been told by Epstein & Maxwell to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions: an orgy in London, a rendezvous at Epstein’s New York home, and another at his private Caribbean island.
Included in her filings was a photograph, now widely distributed, of Prince Andrew with his arm around her waist, while Maxwell smiled in the background. That photo first came to light in a 2011 Daily Mail story.
In August 2019, the MailOnline published an old video reportedly showing Prince Andrew hanging out at the billionaire’s Upper East Side townhouse. In the video, allegedly filmed on December 6, 2010, Epstein and an unidentified young woman can be seen leaving the townhouse. Then a man, identified by the Mail as Prince Andrew, can be seen waving farewell to a woman from behind the home’s partially closed front door.
In December 2019, Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre – previously known as Virginia Roberts – told the BBC’s Panorama that when she was seventeen years old she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew. Giuffre also accused the prince, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, of lying about their encounter.
“I’m calling BS on this, because that’s what it is,” Giuffre told the BBC. “He knows what happened. I know what happened, and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”