The Met Police has dropped its investigation into Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.
Authorities took the choice after talking with accuser Virginia Roberts. The drive determined to take no additional motion over her allegation that she was trafficked to London as a 17-year-old and compelled to have intercourse with Andrew.
Scotland Yard has additionally determined to take no additional motion over claims that billionaire financier Epstein groomed and abused different younger girls in Britain.
The Duke of York, 61, is going through a civil lawsuit within the US after Miss Roberts accused him of ‘rape within the first diploma’, and mentioned she was abused by him in London after a go to to Tramp nightclub in Mayfair. Andrew has all the time vehemently denied the claims and his authorized staff is searching for to get the US case thrown out.
The Met had beforehand examined Ms Giuffre’ allegations towards the duke however didn’t open a full investigation, saying the case was a matter for the US authorities.
After the civil lawsuit was filed in New York, Met Commissioner Cressida Dick mentioned she had requested her officers to evaluate the declare, including: ‘No one is above the legislation.’
But a Met spokesman mentioned final night time: ‘As a matter of process, MPS officers reviewed a doc launched in August 2021 as a part of a US civil motion. This evaluate has concluded and we’re taking no additional motion.’
The resolution comes after the Duke of York’s siblings – Charles, Edward and Anne – are mentioned to have had a ‘closed the door’ on the prospect of him making return to public life;
Sources say Prince William, who’s ‘no fan of Uncle Andrew’, branded him a ‘menace to the royal household’;
Prince Andrew is privately making ready handy over ‘private paperwork’ for a civil case filed in New York towards him by Virginia Roberts-Giuffre;
A US District Judge granted permission for the duke’s attorneys to obtain a duplicate of a confidential settlement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre.
The doc referred to is the civil lawsuit filed by Miss Roberts in a New York court docket on August 9, through which she accused Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
It was acknowledged within the lawsuit that she was pressured to have intercourse with him at socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in Mayfair.
Miss Roberts additionally claims she was pressured to have intercourse with Andrew at Epstein’s mansion in New York and on Little St James, his personal island within the Caribbean.
She alleges she was ‘trafficked’ to London in March 2001, the place she was photographed subsequent to Andrew in Maxwell’s home.
Andrew has repeatedly denied her account of occasions.