If you’ve been popping popcorn for what promised to be a salacious Manhattan trial of Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, who has long accused him of sexually abusing her as a teenager, you’re in for a disappointment: Giuffre and the fallen Royal have reached an unexpected, out-of-court settlement.
According to Reuters, a joint agreement for an undisclosed amount was filed in Manhattan federal court and includes a “substantial donation” by Prince Andrew to Giuffre’s victims’ rights charity.
Giuffre’s and Andrew’s names have figured prominently in the sordid saga of the late Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted of a sweeping sex trafficking ring involving underaged girls and a slew of high-profile celebrities and politicians.
"Flight logs for Mr. Epstein’s planes, made public through civil litigation, show that the passenger list often included prominent politicians, academics and Hollywood celebrities."https://t.co/CLM72VSNbl
— Ⓜ️Ⓜ️ Lauren Ash Davis – OG Meidas Mighty 😷🏴☠️🌊 (@Meidas_LaurenA) November 29, 2021
In the agreement, Prince Andrew reportedly admits no wrongdoing, which, while consistent with his years of public denials, is being seen by many as yet another example of a two-tiered justice system that always favors the rich and powerful. Had Giuffre’s case gone to trial, Andrew would have been forced to testify under oath in answer to Giuffre’s claims that he had repeatedly raped her in Maxwell’s London home, in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, and on the infamous Epstein Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands when she was just 17 years old.
“The rich can simply pay their way out of crimes it seems, while the poor almost always go to jail for them,” wrote one Twitter user.
“So it’s all about $$ and not justice?!” wrote another.
And Juanita Broaddrick, who has for decades publicly alleged she was raped by Bill Clinton in 1978, asked, “So… will all the Rapists with deep pockets just go free?”
The rich can simply pay their way out of crimes it seems, while the poor almost always go to jail for them. https://t.co/qiq3g1VDdK
— Duane Storey (@DuaneStorey) February 15, 2022
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre reach an out-of-court settlement in the sex abuse lawsuit filed in the US.
So it’s all about $$ and not justice?! pic.twitter.com/UOaYISwb6Y
— 𝓑𝓾𝓫𝓫𝓵𝓮 ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ (@BubbleCovfefe) February 15, 2022
“Prince Andrew has never intended to malign Ms. Giuffre’s character, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks,” the filing reads.
“It is known that Jeffrey Epstein trafficked countless young girls over many years,” it continues. “Prince Andrew regrets his association with Epstein, and commends the bravery of Ms. Giuffre and other survivors in standing up for themselves and others. He pledges to demonstrate his regret for his association with Epstein by supporting the fight against the evils of sex trafficking, and by supporting its victims.”
“The statement represented a marked departure from a 2019 BBC interview in which Andrew, who is Queen Elizabeth’s second son, failed to show sympathy toward Epstein’s victims and refused to apologize for his friendship with the financier,” Reuters reported.
The agreement is certainly convenient for Buckingham Palace, which is doing its best to focus Great Britain on the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen, who turns 96 in April, became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee this month, marking 70 years of service.
📸 In this picture, Queen Elizabeth celebrates the start of the Jubilee during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House, WPA Pool pic.twitter.com/Pv4B7V8b6W
— Scottish Express (@ScotExpress) February 14, 2022
After a picture showing Epstein and Maxwell at the Queen’s vacation home resurfaced on social media late last year, and when a trial of Prince Andrew seemed imminent, the Queen stripped Andrew of his “military titles and royal patronages,” in an attempt to get ahead of a certain PR nightmare at the palace.
A photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein lounging in the Queen's Balmoral log cabin has been shown at her trial in NYC today, Dec 8. The image (circa 1999, when Prince Andrew hosted Epstein there) was presented alongside others to illustrate the pair's close relationship. pic.twitter.com/Nb7sOELBuP
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) December 8, 2021
According to British royal biographer Penny Junor, the settlement was “prudent” for the royal family, but there’s little chance Andrew’s reputation can be salvaged.
“I fear there is no chance he will come back to public duties,” Junor said. “A question mark will always hang over him.”
And if the Queen thought the whole mess was done with, she may be mistaken.
Reports are already circulating that the Queen is bailing her son out to the tune of $12 million, as calls mount for him to be stripped of his remaining Duke of York title.
The Telegraph is reporting that The Queen is personally going to be paying towards Prince Andrew's reported £12 million pay off to Virginia Guiffre. pic.twitter.com/OybJgRapOx
— UNN (@UnityNewsNet) February 15, 2022
Calls to strip Prince Andrew of Duke of York title https://t.co/QhAFfd8ZXn
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 14, 2022
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