Prince Andrew could be ordered to pay £14MILLION if he loses sex abuse case
EXCLUSIVE: Earlier this week Virginia Giuffre – a victim of Jeffrey Epstein – said she was suing the Duke of York and accused him of sexual abuse. Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick has ordered a new review into the claims
Prince Andrew could be ordered to pay £14m if he loses sex abuse case
- 21:36, 12 Aug 2021
- UPDATED10:23, 13 Aug 2021
Last night American lawyers also warned that due to “huge legal hurdles” facing accuser Virginia Giuffre, a hearing may be five years away.
That would mean the Queen, 95, would be more than 100 by the time her son faced trial, creating the possibility Charles would be on the throne.
Details of the potential payout came as Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick ordered a new review into the abuse claims made against Andrew in London by Ms Giuffre.
The Met boss said: “No one is above the law. It’s been reviewed twice before. As a result of what’s going on, I’ve asked my team to have another look at the material.”https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.474.0_en.html#goog_1159577777 PRINCE ANDREW: VIRGINIA GIUFFRE BRINGS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST DUKE
Ms Giuffre has repeatedly blasted the Met’s refusal to launch a formal probe into her claims that paedophile Jeffrey Epstein “loaned her out” to Andrew in London in 2001.
On Monday, in a New York court, she accused the Prince of raping and sexually abusing her when she was 17.https://da6ea4991f9a764382d684153593d2b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369
Andrew, worth an estimated £32.5m, has repeatedly denied her allegations and says he has no recollection of meeting her.Charles and William ‘increasingly concerned’ about impact of Andrew’s lawsuit on the Queen
Given the severity of the claims, Ms Giuffre’s legal team will be seeking punitive damages – restitution that reflect a person’s wealth.Leicester v Wolves prediction, tips and free betsRead moreADVERTISEMENT
If the court finds in her favour, any damages Andrew pays would effectively have to come from taxpayers.
The Sovereign Grant – money the royals get from the Government – has funded his lifestyle for decades.
Andrew stepped down from royal duties following his 2019 car crash BBC interview about his friendship with Epstein.
Virginia says she was taken to Prince Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein ( Image: BBC/AFP via Getty Images)MOST READ
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And although he has reportedly now been stripped of the £250,000 a year he received from the Grant, the Queen is thought to be still giving her son money from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate.
Leading US civil lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represents several of Epstein’s victims, said there is no limit to possible damages.https://da6ea4991f9a764382d684153593d2b1.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369
He said: “To punish someone worth a billion dollars you have got to hit them in their pockets and punish them accordingly. Damages against Andrew could range in excess of £14million. Easily.”
Mr Kuvin, who handled actions against disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby and Epstein, then detailed the difficulty of the case.
He said: “There are going to be huge legal hurdles in the federal court before they will be able to even begin the process of litigating.
“It would not surprise me if it took a minimum five years to appear before a jury and that is if Andrew’s legal team do not get the case dismissed.Prince Andrew pictured with the Queen ( Image: UK Press via Getty Images)It has been alleged that Prince Andrew sexually abused Virginia Giuffre ( Image: ITV)
“It is likely the controversy surrounding the Duke will continue long after the Queen passes away. Then Andrew’s brother will have to decide how to deal with it.
“I cannot stress how many barriers Ms Giuffre’s legal team have to overcome. I do not doubt she and her lawyers understand the almost-impossible task they’re going to have.
“But regardless of that, I applaud her and I applaud them. Making a claim itself and speaking out against your abuser is really what this is about.Terrifying photo shows how couple came unwittingly close to death during country walk
“She is willing to stand up in court, under penalty of perjury, and swear that this happened to her. Now I would hesitate to say Prince Andrew is willing to do the same.” Ms Giuffre is suing over claims that she was “loaned out” to the Prince, 61, by Epstein and his alleged “recruiter”, ex-socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 59.
In her most shocking claim, Ms Giuffre, 38, says she feared for her life if she didn’t have sex with him.
According to papers filed in court in New York: “[Giuffre] was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew and feared death or physical injury to herself or another, and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority.”A photograph of Prince Andrew, Virginia and Ghislane Maxwell ( Image: Collect Unknown)
Andrew, who is staying with the Queen at Balmoral, has 21 days to respond once served with the suit.
The papers warn: “If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.
“You also must file your answer or motion with the court.”
Ms Giuffre says she was handed to the Duke for sex on three occasions, including in New York and London.Prince Andrew pictured with the Queen ( Image: UK Press via Getty Images)DON’T MISS
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In a statement she said: “I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did. The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible.”
Most of Andrew’s wealth is tied up in multimillion-pound properties, including the Swiss ski chalet he bought with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson in 2014. His 30-room mansion in Windsor Park, Royal Lodge, is owned by the Crown Estate but the Duke spent £7.5m on its refurbishment.
Previously, the father-of-two was given the Sunninghill Park estate, in Berkshire, when he married in 1986.Dame Cressida Dick has ordered a review into the new claims ( Image: PA)
It was bought in 2007 by Timur Kulibayev, son-in-law of the ex-president of Kazakhstan, for £14.4m.
US courts have no jurisdiction in the UK, so were Ms Giuffre to win she would need to apply in Europe or Britain to have any damages enforced.
If Andrew refused to pay, an American judge could not issue an arrest warrant for a civil case, meaning he would be free to travel to the US. Despite appearing not to have earned tens of millions and now aided only by a £20,000 naval pension, the Duke is well known for living like a billionaire.Attorney Spencer Kuvin previously said Prince Andrew should ‘man up’ and face questioning over the claims ( Image: Internet Unknown)
He was dubbed Air Miles Andy after using taxpayers’ money to fund his extensive international travel.
Many believe it will be the Swiss chalet that will be sacrificed first if he has an award for damages enforced against him in an English court.
His beloved cars may also be in jeopardy. He left Prince Philip ’s funeral in his new £220,000 Flying Spur Bentley. It was blue when delivered but he had it resprayed racing green. Andrew is one of many powerful people linked to Epstein, who US prosecutors charged in July 2019 with sexually exploiting dozens of girls.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mirror.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fuk-news%2Fprince-andrew-could-ordered-pay-24749771%3Futm_source%3Dmirror_newsletter%26utm_campaign%3Droyal_family_newsletter2%26utm_medium%3Demail%26pure360.trackingid%3D&cre=bottom&cip=57&view=web
The registered sex offender killed himself aged 66 in jail while awaiting trial. Prosecutors later said that Andrew provided “zero co-operation”.
Maxwell, who is set to go on trial in November for allegedly recruiting underage girls for the disgraced financier, has pleaded not guilty.Covid cases on the rise again across England and in all but one age groupBrits fear booking summer holidays more than job interviews and moving houseFollow @DailyMirrorMORE STORIESTen Early Warning Signs Alzheimer’s Disease WELLADDED|SPONSOREDRead MoreHere Is What Happens To Your Body When You Start Eating 2 Eggs Every DayALLDELISH|SPONSORED
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