The Metropolitan Police mentioned in a press release obtained by Fox Information early Monday that it’ll not take any “additional motion” into intercourse abuse claims towards Prince Andrew and Jeffery Epstein.
The assertion from the police solely named Epstein, who was 66 when he killed himself in a federal jail in Manhattan in 2019 whereas in custody on intercourse trafficking prices. In August, Virginia Giuffre, certainly one of Epstein’s longtime accusers, sued Prince Andrew claiming that he sexually assaulted her when she was underage on the London dwelling of Ghislaine Maxwell.
The prince, who has been relieved of his duties, has denied the declare. In late 2019, he instructed the BBC that he didn’t have intercourse with the girl, saying, “It didn’t occur.”
The Guardian newspaper reported that Met officers dropped their investigation on Sunday. The choice reportedly got here after they reviewed at the very least one doc tied to Giuffre’s civil declare towards the prince.
Police mentioned within the assertion that they had been contacted in January 2015 by a 3rd social gathering regarding Epstein. About 4 months later, police mentioned they had been contacted by representatives of a person who made “non-recent” sex-trafficking allegations towards the wealthy financier and a British girl.
The assertion mentioned the division appeared into claims about alleged intercourse trafficking in central London courting again to 2001, and decided that the probe can be largely centered outdoors the U.Ok.
“Officers subsequently concluded that the MPS was not the suitable authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances and, in November 2016, a call was made that this matter wouldn’t proceed to a full felony investigation,” the assertion learn.
The assertion mentioned that it took a brand new take a look at the choice after Epstein’s suicide and had the identical conclusion. A couple of 12 months later, one other unnamed particular person introduced up intercourse assault allegations towards Epstein however “the particular person didn’t make a proper assertion or want officers to pursue the allegations. No investigation was commenced.”
The division mentioned it’s going to proceed to “liaise with different legislation enforcement businesses who lead the investigation.”
Sigrid McCawley, the lawyer fo Giuffre, instructed the Sunday Occasions, “Given the clear and compelling proof implicating Prince Andrew, the Metropolitan police ought to reopen its investigation and stand by their assertion that nobody is above the legislation.”