Off The Hook? London's Police Force 'Taking No Further Action' Against Prince Andrew After Review Of Abuse Allegations
It seems like Prince Andrew may be off the hook, as the investigation against him has been dropped, CNN reported.
"This review has concluded and we are taking no further action," London's Police Force said on Monday, October 11, in a statement emailed to the outlet.
The Metropolitan Police Service reviewed many documents, including Virginia Roberts' lawsuit, in which she sued the royal for alleging raping her when she was 17 years old.
"We also reviewed information passed to us by a media organization in June 2021. This review is complete and no further action will be taken," the Metropolitan Police said, referring to a Channel 4 News report which claimed "more than half a dozen claims that young women and girls are alleged to have been targeted, trafficked, groomed, or abused in the UK for more than a decade by [Jeffrey] Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell."
The force "continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein," the statement continued.
In the documents, which were obtained by The Royal Observer, Roberts claims that the royal "sexually abused Plaintiff in Epstein’s New York mansion in this District."
"On another occasion, Prince Andrew sexually abused Plaintiff on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Little St. James," the documents state. "During each of the aforementioned incidents, Plaintiff was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority."
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Prince Andrew has denied any wrongdoing in the past.
"Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation. The Duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so," a source said of the ongoing scandal.