London’s Metropolitan Police said they are not opening a new investigation following 2016 testimony accusing Prince Andrew of touching a woman’s breast., was between statements Seals related to Jeffrey Epstein were unsealed this week. The defamation case brought by Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, has now been settled.
what do the documents say
In the statement, Johanna Sjöberg alleged that Prince Andrew molested her in 2001 when she was 21 years old. The allegation is not new, and BBC News reports that Buckingham Palace has previously called her allegations “categorically untrue.”
Sjöberg says she met Andrew when she was brought to Epstein’s home in New York by Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001. Virginia Giuffre, whoseAn out-of-court settlement was reached in 2022, at which time he was still at home.
Sjoberg said he initially had no idea who the British royal was until Maxwell took him to pick up his caricature puppet from a BBC show. Then, she said, she sat on Andrew’s lap, while Giuffre sat next to her on the couch with the puppet in her lap. The group took a photo with the Prince Andrew puppet groping Giuffre’s breast, and Andrew himself groping Sjöberg’s breast.
In an excerpt from Maxwell’s statement released among the documents sealed this week, she confirmed the existence of the puppet — which she called “not a puppet.” I don’t know how you would describe it. A caricature of Prince Andrew was in Jeffrey’s house.” When asked about the incident described by Sjoberg, he said, “I don’t remember. I remember the puppet but I don’t remember anything around the puppet,” before saying again that this was “Andrew’s characterization.”
reaction in britain
“We are aware of the release of court documents regarding Jeffrey Epstein,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “As with any case, if new and relevant information is brought to our attention we will assess it. No investigation has been launched.”
Virginia Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of sexually assaulting her on three separate occasions when she was 17, details included in documents released this week. Prince Andrew denied the allegations and claimed that he had no memory of meeting Giuffre, although the two were photographed together when Giuffre was a teenager.
Graham Smith, CEO of the British anti-monarchy group Republic, said in a statement that he had reported Prince Andrew to the police.
Smith called on authorities to investigate the allegations against Prince Andrew, saying, “It appears that to date there has been no serious criminal investigation, no interviews of the accused or other witnesses and no action to be taken.” There is no apparent justification.”
He said, “Given the seriousness of the events, the conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell, the estimated £12 million payment by Andrew to Guiffre and the related allegations of other victims, there seems to be grounds for a full criminal investigation into these events and those involved.” Needed.” Said.