Prince Andrew: Met Police to take ‘no further action’ after review of Epstein sexual assault allegations

Virginia Guiffre is suing the Queen’s third oldest child for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager

The Metropolitan Police will not take any further action following a review of allegations connected to Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Guiffre is suing the Queen’s third oldest child for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

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The force has assessed a document released in August 2021 as part of Ms Giuffre’s US lawsuit against the Duke of York.

At a glance: 5 key points

  • The Met Police will take no further action following a review prompted by Jeffrey Epstein accuser, Virigina Giuffre. In August, the Met said it would review its decision not to investigate when Epstein committed crimes in London.
  • Ms Giuffre is suing the Duke of York for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was teenager. The claims say the assaults took place at three locations - London in 2001, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean. 
  • In August, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force would review the decision. In reference to the claims about Prince Andrew, she had said "no one is above the law".
  • A civil claim against Prince Andrew is still taking place in the US, where Ms Giuffre is accusing the Duke of York of rape. 
  • The Met has also confirmed it had completed its review into allegations of trafficking, grooming and abuse of women and girls in the UK by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell - Epsteins’s former girlfriend. 

What’s been said?

In a statement, the Met said: “As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”

The force also said while its review is “complete”, it will continue to “liaise with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein”.

Prince Andrew has “absolutely and categorically” denied having sex with Ms Giuffree. Buckingham Palace has called the claims “ false and without foundation”.

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