Prince Andrew in the spotlight after Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction

But the fact that jurors found her guilty in five out of six matters related to her role in Jeffrey Epsteins sexual abuse of underage girls can hardly be good news for the British royal family.

Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, in which she claims she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends – including the prince – and that Andrew was aware that she was a minor (17 ) in USA.

Prince Andrew vehemently denies the allegations.

Oral arguments in that case are set for January 4, when lawyers for the 61-year-old prince are expected to argue for the dismissal of the case.

Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell are seen at the Royal Ascot in the UK on 22 June 2000. (CNN)

If his lawyers do not succeed, or the case is not decided, the Royal may face a trial date between September and December 2022. The long-standing accusations against Andrew have already dramatically tarnished his public status, and he resigned from royal duties at the end of 2019.

U.S. judges have also ruled that a 2009 confidential settlement agreement between Mr Epstein and Mrs Giuffre, who may also have referred to Prince Andrew, should be made public next week.

Ms Maxwell chose not to testify in her own trial, saying there was no “need” as the prosecution “had not proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt”.

As a result, she was not cross-examined about her friendship with Andrew.

However, there is no guarantee that she will not take a position on an expected appeal of her verdict – or if the civil case against Andrew goes to court. She could also choose to cooperate with the authorities – by giving them any potentially incriminating information she may have about others – in an attempt to reduce her sentence, legal experts said.

“Maxwell may now have more to say on the whole subject, following her conviction,” Nick Goldstone, head of dispute resolution in the UK at international law firm Ince, told CNN, though those discussions may “take some time to unfold.” he added.

“If Maxwell has incriminating information and evidence regarding Prince Andrew or indeed any other person who engaged in illegal conduct in connection with Jeffrey Epstein, then I think the Prince and anyone else may very well have much to fear from a trial,” he said. he. Goldstone in an email.

FILE - On this Sunday, April 11, 2021, a file image, Prince Andrew of Great Britain speaks.  during a television interview in the Royal Chapel of All Saints at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, England, on Sunday, April 11, 2021. A lawsuit by an American claiming that Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17 could possibly be thrown out out because she no longer lives in the United States, the prince's lawyers said in a lawsuit Tuesday, December 28, 2021. (Steve Parsons / Pool Photo via AP, File)
Prince Andrew resigned from royal duties in late 2019. (AP)

“On the other hand, if Prince Andrew has done nothing wrong, he should have nothing to fear from Maxwell’s trial.”

Professor Felicity Gerry, a British barrister and international legal expert, told CNN that Maxwell’s appeal testimony was “unlikely as this would likely involve an examination of the trial evidence – similar to the Cardinal Pell trial in Australia.”

But, Mrs Gerry said, Andrew could have cause for concern if there is a trial in Mrs Maxwell’s case.

“Judgment hearing may occur if she decides to provide or has provided information,” Ms. Gerry said.

“This could involve a lot of people, including Prince Andrew. She certainly has nothing to lose now that she’s facing a significant sentence.”

Defendants have the greatest opportunity to cooperate before they are charged, and that’s how they come up with favorable pleas, said CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

“But it is possible in some circumstances to cooperate after sentencing, although (Maxwell) will have much less influence now,” he said.

“I suppose she will do what she can to reduce her punishment, and cooperation is the only option now. It obviously depends on what information she has.”

The government would, of course, be interested if it had any incriminating information about Andrew, Mr Toobin said – but there is no reason to believe she is doing so, he added, and Andrew has denied any inappropriate behavior.

“Now that she’s been convicted, she’s a less valuable witness to the prosecution because she can more easily be discredited as someone who’s just trying to reduce her sentence,” Mr Toobin said.

Giuffre: Maxwell did not act alone

Mrs Giuffre was not called as either a prosecutor or a defense witness in Maxwell’s trial, but her name was mentioned several times in court.

Lawyers acting for Mrs Giuffre welcomed Maxwell’s conviction in a statement late Wednesday.

“This is a great day for justice and for Mrs Maxwell’s survivors. The jury’s judgment confirms the courage and commitment of our clients, who against all odds for many years stood up against all odds to bring Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to justice,” he said. American lawyer. David Boies.

“They did not act and could not have acted alone. The extent and extent and duration of their sex trafficking crimes depend on many wealthy and powerful accomplices and accomplices. Nor are they above the law.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of five of the six charges against her. (New York Southern District)
Ms Giuffre also paid tribute to Wednesday’s verdict Twitter, and said, “My soul longed for righteousness for years, and today the jury gave me just that. I will always remember this day.”

She also expressed her sympathy for the “many other girls and young women who suffered” from Mrs Maxwell’s hands.

“I hope today is not the end, but rather another step in that justice is done. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I believe they will be,” she tweeted.

One of Mrs Maxwell’s prosecutors, who went by the pseudonym “Kate” during the trial, said during the Socialist trial that she was reluctant to cut off contact with Mrs Maxwell and Mr Epstein, “because I had witnessed how connected they both were. , and I was scared “.

“Kate” said she used to hear Mrs. Maxwell talk to her about the Socialist’s friends, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump.
It is no secret that Mrs Maxwell, daughter of the Czech-born newspaper magnate and former British legislator Robert Maxwell, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991, moved in exclusive circles in both Britain and United States.

A now infamous picture appears to show the prince with his arm around the waist of Mrs. Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, with Mrs. Maxwell in the background.

In a BBC interview in November 2019, Andrew said he did not remember meeting Mrs Giuffre and suggested that a picture of the two might have been processed.

A photograph turns out to show Prince Andrew with Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre and in the background Ghislaine Maxwell. (CNN)

Prince Andrew’s lawyers have fought hard to get the case against him dismissed. On Tuesday, they argued that the U.S. court hearing the civil lawsuit that Ms. Giuffre filed in August has no jurisdiction over the case.

A motion filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan says, “Ms Giuffre claims to be a citizen of the state of Colorado, the evidence shows that she actually resides in Australia, where she has lived in all but two of the past nineteen years.”

The filing also asks the court to “order Ms. Giuffre to respond to targeted written requests for discovery regarding her residence and submit to a two-hour remote deposit limited to the question of her residence.”

Goldstone told CNN that both the outcome and the timing of the Maxwell case seemed unhelpful to Andrew.

“Of course, the Maxwell judgments are potentially very bad news for Prince Andrew, especially as they come hard on the heels of his latest tactical move to argue for a very technical argument about the lack of jurisdiction of the New York Court to hear Mrs Giuffre’s claim on the basis of nationality and her current residence, “he said via email.

“I think it is beyond any doubt that Mrs Giuffre was a US citizen at the time of the alleged incidents, which is the subject of her complaint against the Prince, regardless of her current habitual residence.”

CNN has contacted lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Prince Andrew for a comment.

Ms. Giuffre brought her case under the Child Victims Act, a state law passed in New York in 2019, which extended the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse to give survivors more opportunities to seek justice.

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Goldstone said it would be “interesting to see what substantial defense Prince Andrew has against Mrs Giuffre’s claims, as all that has been put forward so far are technical and evasive views.”

In an earlier dismissal motion filed on Oct. 29, a lawyer for Andrew said he “unequivocally denies Ms. Giuffre’s false accusations against him.”

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