The UK police have decided not to further investigate sexual assault allegations filed against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre.
The Met has said they spoke to Giuffre and have decided not to take further action on her claims. It has not been confirmed whether they spoke with her directly. The announcement comes after the force was able to assess a document released in August as part of her lawsuit.
Scotland Yard also said it will not take further action over Giuffre’s claims against Jeffrey Epstein, the late disgraced financier and convicted pedophile.
Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of sexual assault when she was underage. The civil suit in the US claims that she was forced to have sex with the royal at the home of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in London in 2001, and was trafficked to the UK by Epstein. She has also said that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in New York, at Epstein’s mansion, and on Epstein’s private islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In August, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that the UK police would monitor developments in the lawsuit and review its previous stance against opening an investigation into the allegations. When asked about the lawsuit in August, she said she instructed officers to review the allegations connected to Epstein. The Met also has said it has completed its review into Maxwell, and also decided on no further action.
The UK police have reviewed Giuffre’s allegations twice since 2015, but has never actually opened an investigation. They claim it is for US authorities, despite one of the locations of the abuse happening in London.
Giuffre’s lawsuit continues in the US. In its current stage, the lawsuit has formally been served to the royal, and Prince Andrew has until Oct. 29 to formally respond to the lawsuit.