Prince Andrew MUST face trial, says Jeffrey Epstein rape victim

Prince Andrew MUST face criminal trial, says Jeffrey Epstein rape victim who once sued ‘evil’ socialite Ghislaine Maxwell

  • Jennifer Araoz, 34, says she was raped by Epstein when she was just 15 years old
  • The charity worker attended Maxwell’s trial in NY to help support the victims 
  • She says that following the conviction: ‘Prince Andrew needs to be investigated’
  • Aroaz said the Duke’s Panorama interview ‘didn’t come across very well’
  • Andrew has consistently denied wrongdoing and isn’t facing prosecution in US 
  • Prince Andrew must face criminal trial, according to a rape victim of Jeffrey Epstein who once sued Ghislaine Maxwell.

    Jennifer Araoz, 34, said she fell into Epstein’s ‘sadistic web’ and was raped by the financier when she was just 15 years old.

    Ms Araoz sued the Epstein estate and Maxwell but dropped the case last year. It could suggest that she received a pay out.

    The charity worker, who attended Maxwell’s trial in New York to support the accusers, said that now Epstein’s other former associates needed to face justice.

    ‘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,’ Ms Aroaz said.

    Prince Andrew, 61, has consistently denied any wrongdoing and is not facing a criminal prosecution in the United States – but was named twice during the Maxwell trial including by a pilot as one of the passengers flown on Epstein’s private jet, the so-called ‘Lolita Express’ because it was used to ferry victims around the globe. 

    The Duke of York has previously insisted that ‘at no stage’ during his friendship with Epstein did he ‘witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest.’

    Jennifer Araoz, 34, said she fell into Epstein's 'sadistic web' and was raped by the financier when she was just 15 years old.

    Jennifer Araoz, 34, said she fell into Epstein’s ‘sadistic web’ and was raped by the financier when she was just 15 years old.

    Prince Andrew riding at Windsor on December 9

    Prince Andrew riding at Windsor on December 9

    Epstein standing in front of jet in a never-before-seen picture shown at Maxwell's trial

    Epstein standing in front of jet in a never-before-seen picture shown at Maxwell’s trial

    Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City on Wednesday

    Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell sits as the guilty verdict in her sex abuse trial is read in a courtroom sketch in New York City on Wednesday 

    In an interview with The Sun, Ms Aroaz said of Andrew: ‘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.’ 

    Ms Aroaz, who now runs the Survivors Initiative to help other victims of sexual abuse, said she hoped that Maxwell would spend the rest of her life in jail.

    Maxwell, 60, was labelled a ‘dangerous’ predator as she was convicted of helping to entice vulnerable teenagers to Epstein‘s homes for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.  

    Ms Aroaz told The Sun: ‘The fact that Ghislaine is a woman hurts a little bit more. She was older – she should have been more nurturing and caring towards the girls. In a way, she was just like Epstein – if not even worse.

    ‘The fact that she was directly wanting to find young girls who were lost in life, who didn’t really have much going on financially, who were easily able to fall into this web of evil.

    ‘It’s sadistic. Ghislaine is evil – as are all of the other people involved. Ghislaine should spend the rest of her life in jail.’  

    Andrew’s US lawyers reportedly held emergency talks after Maxwell’s conviction last night, with legal experts telling MailOnline that the guilty verdicts are ‘not good news’ for the Duke of York.

    Lawyers in the US believe the Queen’s ‘favourite’ should now be ‘quaking in his boots’ as his old friend faces spending the rest of her life behind bars unless she flips and ‘names names’.

    Experts also believe that the Duke’s chances of defeating the legal action brought against him by Virginia Roberts Giuffre will now be even harder. 

    Maxwell, a friend of Andrew’s for many years who decided not to give evidence at her trial, could now try to cut a deal to reduce a sentence that would see her die in prison.   

    Andrew’s lawyers spoke after yesterday’s verdicts to discuss the fallout – but also believe the decision not to call Mrs Giuffre as a witness was ‘disastrous’ for her credibility, the Mirror has claimed, describing them as emergency talks.

    Today royal experts have said the Duke of York’s reputation is now ‘a busted flush’ because of his friendship with billionaire paedophile Epstein and now-convicted sex trafficker Maxwell.

    And the Queen’s continued and unwavering support for her son, including reportedly spending millions of pounds privately funding the Duke of York’s defence case against allegations of sexual abuse, risks bringing the Royal Family into disrepute, critics have claimed.

    Robert Jobson, author of Prince Philip’s Century, told MailOnline: ‘Whatever way you look at the Maxwell verdict it is not good news for the Duke of York. Not only has he admitted a judgement failure regarding his friendship with the dead convicted paedophile Epstein, but it is known that he also enjoyed a longer friendship with convicted sex trafficker Maxwell’. 

    A photograph of Epstein and Maxwell was shown at the trial of them relaxing on a bench at the Queen’s secluded log cabin in Glen Beg, Balmoral, after Andrew personally invited them to stay.

    Mr Jobson said: ‘Prince Andrew may well be innocent and his accuser’s allegation baseless, as he claims. But in the court of public opinion his association with these convicted criminals calls his own character and lack of judgement into question. Why did he spend so much time with them? What did he know of their debauched behaviour?

    The infamous photo of Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell was taken at Maxwell's home in Belgravia. Legal experts believe Maxwell's conviction 'doesn't bode well' for the Duke of York

    The infamous photo of Virginia Roberts, Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell was taken at Maxwell’s home in Belgravia. Legal experts believe Maxwell’s conviction ‘doesn’t bode well’ for the Duke of York

    Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom (left) said the conviction of Epstein’s madame for sex trafficking brought Prince Andrew (right) one step closer to facing a jury over claims he had sex with a 17-year-old girl trafficked by Maxwell

    Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom (left) said the conviction of Epstein’s madame for sex trafficking brought Prince Andrew (right) one step closer to facing a jury over claims he had sex with a 17-year-old girl trafficked by Maxwell

    Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom (left) said the conviction of Epstein’s madame for sex trafficking meant Prince Andrew (right) should be shaking in his boots 

    Prince Andrew strongly denies Ms Giuffre’s (pictured at court in New York on August 27, 2019) allegations that he slept with her as a 17-year-old sex slave after she claimed to have been trafficked to him at the London house

    Prince Andrew strongly denies Ms Giuffre’s (pictured at court in New York on August 27, 2019) allegations that he slept with her as a 17-year-old sex slave after she claimed to have been trafficked to him at the London house

    The sixth count - sex trafficking of an individual under the age of 18- carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison

    A sleazy haul of never-before-seen photos unearthed in an FBI raid and introduced as evidence showed Ghislaine Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein foot rubs on his private jet dubbed Lolita Express 

    One of the pictures brought in as evidence showed Epstein and Maxwell relaxing at Balmoral, the Scottish home of Queen Elizabeth. Her son, Prince Andrew, is one of the men who was said to have flown on Epstein's plane

    One of the pictures brought in as evidence showed Epstein and Maxwell relaxing at Balmoral, the Scottish home of Queen Elizabeth. Her son, Prince Andrew, is one of the men who was said to have flown on Epstein’s plane

    ‘At the moment this is a civil case again the Duke of York, but I am sure the authorities will be watching the developments in this case very closely. Unless he is cleared his position as a working royal representing the Queen going forward is untenable unless the Queen is prepared to bring the institution into disrepute.’

    Andrew’s biographer Nigel Cawthorne told Newsweek: ‘The verdict does not help Prince Andrew at all in the court of public opinion. The famous picture is now seen in a whole new light. 

    ‘Now we have Ghislaine Maxwell, sex trafficker, standing there next to a woman who says she was trafficked, next to Prince Andrew who says he wasn’t there.

    ‘If Maxwell was acquitted that would have helped him, indeed they could have called her as a defense witness. Things are looking a bit more bleak for him now.’

    On January 4, a New York judge will decide whether to throw out Andrew’s accuser Mrs Giuffre’s civil lawsuit over the Prince’s argument that she lives in Australia and cannot justify her claim to be a Colorado resident. If the royal’s challenge fails, he then faces the increasingly uncomfortable prospect of a trial in the US in front of a jury who are unlikely to be sympathetic to a British prince after Maxwell’s conviction.     

    Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: ‘Andrew was barely mentioned in Maxwell’s trial. Yet the photograph of him, Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre and Maxwell, taken in 2001, remains unexplained and is constantly reproduced.

    Prince Andrew is just days from a crucial hearing in the US as his old friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of trafficking young women and enticing them to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein

    Prince Andrew is just days from a crucial hearing in the US as his old friend Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of trafficking young women and enticing them to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein

    ‘He has not fulfilled his promise to help the FBI, who are attempting to trace Epstein’s accomplices. The conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell adds yet another name to the list of notorious friends of his. Every appearance in public ends up with photographs which are bad publicity and at 61, he has no foreseeable role of any sort.

    ‘His hopes obviously rest on either having the case against Virginia Roberts Giuffre dismissed, or ultimately in winning it. He might eventually have to settle, if the case against him goes ahead this would be extremely damaging to the monarchy.

    ‘Even if he were to win, his close friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell will leave him tainted’.  

    One of the five charges Maxwell was guilty of related to Andrew’s own accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre. She claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times after being trafficked by Maxwell and Epstein. 

    New York defence attorney Bradley Simon, a former federal prosecutor, said that Andrew could face trouble because the required burden of proof in a criminal trial is higher than a civil case. He said: ‘Every jury is different and the facts will be different – but it does not bode well for the prince.’ 

    Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom, who represented eight victims of Epstein, said: ‘He [Andrew] should be quaking in his boots. Because this shows that a jury is willing to come back with a guilty verdict even if the accusers are not perfect’.

    Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five of six counts of sex trafficking minors for Epstein and now faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison. Epstein and Maxwell in a vacation picture in Europe

    Maxwell, 60, was found guilty of five of six counts of sex trafficking minors for Epstein and now faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison. Epstein and Maxwell in a vacation picture in Europe

    Carolyn, one of Ghislaine Maxwell's accusers, claimed she had seen a picture of her nude and pregnant. Though that picture was never introduced as evidence, another of Epstein cradling Maxwell's belly was

    Carolyn, one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers, claimed she had seen a picture of her nude and pregnant. Though that picture was never introduced as evidence, another of Epstein cradling Maxwell’s belly was

    Mrs Giuffre is suing the duke for alleged rape, which he strenuously denies. Piling the pressure on Andrew in the minutes after the Maxwell verdicts came in, she tweeted:  ‘I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.’ 

    She added: ‘My soul yearned for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always. Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed’.

    The duke’s lawyers say her civil action is ‘baseless’. They have also convinced District Judge Lewis Kaplan to take into account a 2008 financial settlement deal between Giuffre and Epstein, which Andrew and his team believe will discredit her claim against him. 

    The jury’s confirmation that Maxwell was the willing accomplice for the late Epstein will serve to place Andrew beyond the pale for his elder brother Prince Charles, who already saw him as a liability for the Royal Family, with a return to any royal duties now highly unlikely.   

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