British detectives are re-examining allegations Prince Andrew had sex with a teenage girl trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein – Scotland Yard’s top cop having warned Thursday that “no one is above the law”.
Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police, told LBC radio that she was “aware” of the civil lawsuit filed in New York on Monday by longtime accuser Andrew Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
She said her officers would “absolutely” re-examine the case after the trial accused the British king of sexual abuse and rape, which allegedly began in March 2001 at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell.
“No one is above the law,” Dick insisted when asked specifically about the Duke of York.
“As a result of what happens, I asked my team to review the material,” she said – repeating again, “No one is above the law.”
Dick confirmed that his force had received “more than one allegation related to Mr. Epstein”, the late pedophile who hanged himself in his Manhattan dungeon in August 2019.
However, she stressed that the latest review was simply to re-examine whether there was enough to launch a full investigation of those still alive rather than an official case.
The force has already faced intense pressure over its decision not to open a full investigation.
“It has already been reviewed twice, we worked closely with the [Crown Prosecution Service]”Dick told LBC.
“We will review our position, of course we will. But for the moment, there is no investigation “, she underlined.
The chief policeman also stressed that his force is “of course open to working with the authorities abroad, we will give them all the help if they ask us anything”, she said, stressing: “Within the framework of the law, obviously”.
Giuffre, now 38, sued Andrew in Manhattan federal court on Monday, claiming she was forced to have sex with him three times, starting in London and then also in New York. and on Epstein’s private island.
His lawsuit alleges that “Prince Andrew’s actions constitute sexual offenses” including first and third degree rape, citing the New York Criminal Code where the rape includes someone “by duress”.
Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damage” due to “extreme emotional distress, humiliation, fear, psychological trauma, loss of dignity and self-esteem, and invasion of her privacy.”
Andrew – who is currently staying with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II – has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, including in a BBC interview in which he insisted he had “no remember never having met this lady, none at all ”.
Neither he, his legal team, nor Buckingham Palace responded to the lawsuit.
Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage girls for Epstein. She pleaded not guilty.