Ghislaine Maxwell, the 60-year-old former girlfriend of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found guilty on five out of six charges yesterday, relating to four girls between 1997 and 2004
Prince Andrew was left alone in Windsor last night after Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on sex trafficking charges, as his family jetted off without him for a winter ski break.
With the Duke of York holed up in Windsor his accuser’s lawyers have warned him of justice.
Maxwell, the 60-year-old former girlfriend of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was found guilty on five out of six charges yesterday, relating to four girls between 1997 and 2004.
The Sun reports that after the verdict the prince was holed up in the royal residence at Windsor alone because his former wife Sarah Ferguson and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie jetted off without him for a winter ski break.
Now, a New York Court will decide on Tuesday if the royal’s accuser Virginia Giuffre’s civil sexual assault claim can go to trial.
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The 61-year-old has always denied any wrongdoing.
Lawyers in the US warned Andrew “will face justice regardless of power.”
Sigrid McCawley, who represents Ms Giuffre and Maxwell victim Annie Farmer, told The Telegraph : “This verdict told the American public that regardless of power, or privilege, whether you’re a president or a prince, you will be held accountable.
“What we saw at the trial is a mention of Prince Andrew and people of his stature.
“The jury looked at Ghislaine, who has summered at the Queen’s homes and lived a life of incredible privilege associating with those types of people, and yet they disregarded all that. I see a real change in the legal landscape.”
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Chauntae Davies, a victim of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein, said of Andrew: “He could be feeling very, very uncomfortable right about now.”
Ms Giuffre, 38, welcomed the jury’s verdict in the Maxwell case and spoke out about living with the “horrors of Maxwell’s abuse.”
She is suing Andrew for unspecified damages in a civil claim, alleging he sexually abused her three times in 2001 when she was 17.
She claims she was trafficked to London, where she says she was forced to sleep with Andrew as a “teen sex slave” of his friend Epstein.
The Prince has “absolutely and categorically” denied her allegations.
The news comes as Jennifer Araoz, just 15 when she says she was raped by Epstein, demanded the royal be investigated.
Make-up artist Jennifer, now 34, told The Sun: “The authorities should have been investigating other people a long time ago.
“Prince Andrew needs to be investigated for any women who were involved with him.
“The TV interview he had to ‘prove his innocence’ didn’t come across very well in my opinion.
“If the authorities haven’t investigated other people by now, it’s hard to see if they will.
“But I have a lot of faith in the justice system. If they feel like they need to go further then they will.”
Last night lawyers for Maxwell’s victims said Andrew should be “quaking in his boots”.
Lisa Bloom, who represents eight of paedophile Epstein’s victims, said that Wednesday’s court verdict makes the Prince a self-confessed close friend of a child sex trafficker.
Ms Giuffre said after the Maxwell verdict: “Now I can start really working past Maxwell and thinking about the others who need to be held accountable.
“Epstein and Maxwell took a part of my childhood that I’ll never get back. But let’s just say, it wasn’t just them who participated in this.
“Justice to me looks like holding all of these people involved in the sex ring, those who greased its wheels, named and shamed.”
However, a friend of Andrew said the prince has nothing to worry about.
“This was Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, not the Duke’s,” they said. “Nothing new of any substance has been raised in relation to the Duke.
“Any mentions have been glancing blows, not body blows.”