The Royal Family’s Prince Andrew is the latest to settle in the sex trafficking cases related to Jeffrey Epstein. In light of the allegations against him, Prince Andrew has been stripped of all military titles and awards granted by the Royal Family. The allegations against him come from Virginia Giuffre, who alleges he had sexually abused her on multiple different occasions and locations while she was underage. Although Prince Andrew continues to deny the allegations, he reached an undisclosed settlement for Ms. Giuffre and delivered an apology while maintaining his innocence.
The History of Abuse
Prince Andrew was a longtime friend of Epstein, much like former presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. Epstein committed suicide in federal prison before he was able to be tried for the charges relating to sex trafficking. Although, other close confidants of Epstein, like Ghislaine Maxwell, have been convicted of trafficking charges. These abuses by Epstein carried on with countless young girls for many years before charges were ever brought about for Epstein or his many high-profile friends, like Prince Andrew.
Child Victims Act
The lawsuit against Prince Andrew was brought under the Child Victims Act, which is a New York state statute enacted in 2019 to temporarily revive and expand the statute of limitations for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, statutes of limitations can prevent adult victims or adult survivors of child sexual abuse from bringing their claim if too much time passes under the applicable state law.
Laws in Michigan and Ohio are much more limited than in other states, including New York.
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Financial compensation is recoverable for victims and provides an opportunity to get medical help and therapy to heal from trauma. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault, please contact one of our experienced team members today for a free and confidential consultation to see how we might be able to help you.