Public ‘will just have to decide who they believe’, US lawyer says
Gloria Allred, a US lawyer who represented several of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims, said Prince Andrew’s settlement with Virginia Giuffre now means that, without a jury trial, the public “will just have to decide who they believe”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Allred said: “This case will be dismissed, then each will go their own way and he will never end up testifying under oath, at least not this case, and the public will just have to decide who they believe.”
She added: “Lawsuits are war but a settlement means that both sides are seeking peace, and that’s what happened here. There will be peace now but this case will be remembered for many, many years to come.”
Suggesting that the “ship has sailed” now for Ms Giuffre to say any more about the duke – who has strongly denied her accusations – Ms Allred told Times Radio: “Are we now going to ever know the truth of what Prince Andrew did or did not do?
“I assume that people are probably going to believe whatever they believed before this settlement, and before they heard any testimony under oath because there’s been none so far. At least in this case. The people will draw their own conclusions in the court of public opinion, but it’s not going to happen in a court of law.”
Andy Gregory16 February 2022 08:56
Defence secretary discusses question of Prince Andrew’s military titles
The decision over Prince Andrew’s titles “rests obviously with the Palace in the future”, defence secretary Ben Wallace has said.
Asked if the Duke of York should be allowed to represent regiments, he told Sky News: “Well I don’t think he represents any of them at the moment, I think the Palace took a decision that those titles were to be removed from him, so I think he is effectively acting now as a private citizen in so far as both addressing the challenges and the allegations.
“There’s been a, obviously, a payment and I think that is where he currently remains, that the decision on titles rests obviously with the Palace in the future, but I think it’s been pretty clear that this settlement is a recognition that he wants to bring this to a close and also recognise as his statement says the suffering and the challenges that the victims have been through as a result of their allegations and their stand against the exploitation by Epstein.”
Andy Gregory16 February 2022 08:42
Prince Andrew’s losses ‘can never compare to those of trafficking victims’, Epstein accuser says
While Prince Andrew has been “publicly disgraced”, he will “still have a better life than anyone could dream of”, an accuser of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell has said.
“Whatever he lost as a result of this can never compare to what the victims of Epstein, Maxwell and the men that we were trafficked to have lost from our lives,” Liz Stein told BBC Breakfast.
‘Decisions have consequences’: Liz Stein on Prince Andrew’s settlement with Giuffre
The duke strongly denies the claims made against him by Virginia Giuffre in the US case settled this week.
Andy Gregory16 February 2022 08:27
York MP calls for Prince Andrew to give up his dukedom
Labour’s Rachael Maskell, who represents York Central, repeated a call made last month, saying Prince Andrew should give up his association with the city out of respect.
She said: “To demonstrate his seriousness in this endeavour, and his respect for those affected by abuse and the people of our city, I would ask that his first act of contrition is to confirm his support for the withdrawal of his ducal title.”
Although the parties have settled the case, the agreement is not an admission of guilt from the duke and he has always strenuously denied the allegations against him.
What do this morning’s papers say?
Here are some of England’s front pages this morning, in the wake of Prince Andrew’s settlement with Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
According to The Mirror, the duke’s deal was struck under the “Queen and Charles’s orders”, with palace insiders reported to have told the paper of “intense pressure from the very top” to stop the case going to trial.
The Sun’s headline calls the settlement “his final disgrace”, and suggests the duke could face a “lifetime of exile from royal duties”.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail branded his settlement a “grovelling climbdown” – claiming it amounts to “slamming the door on a royal return forever”.
Andy Gregory16 February 2022 07:52
Prince Andrew ‘forever tainted’ by sex abuse settlement and ‘unlikely to return as working royal’
The Duke of York is unlikely to ever return to public royal life having been “tainted” by the scandal of a civil sex assault claim against him, royal experts have said.
Language used in public court documents about an out-of-court settlement being agreed with his accuser Virginia Giuffre suggests Andrew has “finally been humbled”, one commentator said, while another added that there is “no going back” in terms of frontline duties for the Queen’s second son.
Stuti Mishra16 February 2022 07:01
Prince Andrew’s post-settlement statement about Virginia Giuffre is very different to what he said before
Perhaps Prince Andrew’s statement on his out-of-court settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre was the best anyone could have hoped for. Out-of-court settlements nearly always include the stipulation that there will be no admission of guilt, and Andrew certainly admits nothing concrete, writes Kathleen N Walsh.
In the statement, the disgraced prince acknowledges Giuffre’s victimhood, acknowledges that Jeffrey Epstein sex-trafficked young girls, and says that he regrets his association with Epstein, but does not admit to having sexually abused Giuffre, as she alleged.
Read more here:
Stuti Mishra16 February 2022 06:30
Prince Andrew facing renewed calls to lose dukedom after settling sex case
The Duke of York is facing a renewed call to give up one of his last remaining major titles after agreeing to settle the civil sex assault claim against him for what is widely reported to be a multimillion-pound sum.
Andrew, whose status as a member of the royal family was left in tatters last month after the Queen stripped him of his honorary military roles and he gave up his HRH style, has been urged to show “respect” by now losing his dukedom.
The Queen’s second son “regrets his association” with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, a letter submitted to the United States District Court stated.
Stuti Mishra16 February 2022 05:49
Epstein victims attorney praises Virginia Giuffre’s ‘stunning courage’
Bloom share a statement on Tuesday (15 February) after it was announced that Giuffre and Andrew have agreed to settle the lawsuit filed by Giuffre in August 2021.
“We hail Virginia’s victory today,” Bloom said. “She has accomplished what no one else could: getting Prince Andrew to stop his nonsense and side with sexual abuse victims. We salute Virginia’s stunning courage.”
Clémence Michallon has more:
Stuti Mishra16 February 2022 04:47
Piers Morgan calls Prince Andrew ‘a snivelling little coward’
Broadcaster Piers Morgan hit out at Prince Andrew, calling him a “snivelling little coward” in an editorial published in The Sun newspaper.
“We do know that by paying a massive cheque to avoid a showdown in court, he’s confirmed himself to be a snivelling little coward whose denials and demands weren’t worth the paper they were written on,” wrote Mr Morgan in a scathing editorial after Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre settled out of court in her civil sexual assault claim against him.
“And we also know that by doing so, he has destroyed what’s left of his shattered reputation,” he further wrote.
Stuti Mishra16 February 2022 04:15