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(MANHATTAN) Court Report: Prince Andrew failed to persuade a US judge to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was underage, and being trafficked by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.13: In a decision made public on Wednesday, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Ms Giuffre, 38, was entitled to pursue claims that the royal battered her and intentionally caused her emotional distress.

#AceDailyNews Court UPDATE Report: US judge rejects Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit Judge Kaplan said it was also too soon to decide whether Ms Giuffre and Epstein “clearly and unambiguously” intended to release people like Prince Andrew through a 2009 settlement agreement resolving Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against the late financier according to Reuters…

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Prince Andrew speaks to press during an interview in Windsor, England, in April 2021.
A New York Judge has rejected a motion brought by lawyers for Prince Andrew to dismiss a sexual assault civil suit against the Royal.(AP: Steve Parsons/Pool)

The judge said it was premature to consider Prince Andrew’s efforts to “cast doubt” on those claims, though the 61-year-old royal could do so at a trial.

Virginia Giuffre stands on a balcony with Cairns harbour behind her.
Judge Kaplan said it was also too soon to decide whether Ms Giuffre and Epstein “clearly and unambiguously” intended to prevent further legal action against third parties.(ABC News: Brendan Mounter)

Lawyers for the Duke of York and Ms Giuffre did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The decision keeps Ms Giuffre’s case against Prince Andrew on track for a trial that Judge Kaplan has said could begin late this year.

While the claims have not been proven and the Prince is not accused of criminal wrongdoing, his ties to Epstein have damaged his reputation and cost him many royal duties.

A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Judge Kaplan’s decision.

Prince Andrew has denied Ms Giuffre’s accusations that he forced her to have sex more than two decades ago at a London home of former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at Epstein’s properties in Manhattan and the British Virgin Islands.

Lawsuit allowed to continue

In his 44-page decision, Judge Kaplan said the “muddled” language in Ms Giuffre’s and Epstein’s 2009 settlement agreement suggested that they may have arrived at “something of a middle ground” on whether to shield the Prince or others from future lawsuits.

“We do not know what, if anything, went through the parties’ minds,” Judge Kaplan wrote.

“The parties have articulated at least two reasonable interpretations of the critical language. The agreement therefore is ambiguous.”

Settlement agreements can restrict plaintiffs like Ms Giuffre from pursuing further litigation, even against third parties.

Ms Giuffre was awarded $500,000 in the 2009 settlement.

Judge Kaplan also rejected Prince Andrew’s claim that letting Ms Giuffre sue violated his due process rights under New York’s constitution.

Ms Giuffre had sued the Prince in August, less than a week before the expiration of a state law giving accusers a two-year window to bring claims over alleged child abuse occurring long ago.

Judge Kaplan called that window, which was extended by a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, “a reasonable measure for remedying injustice to victims” of child sex abuse.

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: An agreement between Virginia Giuffre and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, which could be key to a civil case involving the Duke of York, made public for the first time below: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: The 2009 settlement between Epstein and Ms Giuffre is to be released on Monday after an order by judges in the US……..Prince Andrew’s lawyers believe it could release him from liability in the case brought by Ms Giuffre, who accuses him of sexual assault when she was 17……..He has consistently denied the claims.

#AceDailyNews says according to latest media report: Virginia Giuffre: Prince Andrew accuser’s deal with Jeffrey Epstein released below from Oct.29: 2021:

Document #32, Attachment #1

District Court, S.D. New York

Docket Number: 1:21-cv-06702

Date Filed: October 29th, 2021

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***SELECTED PARTIES*** MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 30 MOTION to Dismiss or in the Alternative for a More Definitive Statement. Request for Judicial Notice. Document filed by Prince Andrew, Virginia L. Giuffre. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Release Agreement), # 2 Exhibit B (Epstein Complaint), # 3 Exhibit C (Stipulation of Dismissal), # 4 Exhibit D (Order of Dismissal), # 5 Exhibit E (Order Denying Joinder), # 6 Exhibit F (Maxwell Complaint), # 7 Exhibit G (Dershowitz Amended Complaint), # 8 Exhibit H (Stipulation of Dismissal), # 9 Exhibit I (Motion for Joinder), # 10 Exhibit J (Daily Mail Article 3/2/2011), # 11 Exhibit K (Daily Mail Article 3/5/2011), # 12 Exhibit L (Manuscript), # 13 Exhibit M (Daily Mail Article 1/3/2015), # 14 Exhibit N (NY Daily News Article))Motion or Order to File Under Seal: 29 .(Brettler, Andrew) (Entered: 10/29/2021)

By George Bowden: BBC News:

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts, now Giuffre, and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

Andrew B Brettler, who represents the duke, had argued at a previous hearing that the “settlement agreement” would end Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrew.

The settlement was reached between Ms Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts, and the prince’s former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019.

Mr Brettler had previously told a New York hearing the agreement “releases Prince Andrew and others from any purported liability arising from the claims Ms Giuffre asserted against Prince Andrew here”.

US District Judge Lewis A Kaplan, who is presiding over the civil case, is due to hold a video teleconference on Tuesday when a request by the duke’s legal team to dismiss the case will be heard.

Ms Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually assaulting her in London, New York and the Virgin Islands when she was a teenager.

She is seeking unspecified damages, but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars.

She claims she was trafficked by disgraced financier Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17 and a minor under US law.

Andrew, 61, has denied all the allegations, telling BBC Newsnight in 2019: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

Judge Kaplan last week denied a motion from Andrew’s lawyers to halt the civil proceedings while the issue of where Ms Giuffre, now 38 and thought to be residing in Australia, lives is dealt with.

Last week, Ms Giuffre’s lawyers said they were seeking proof of Andrew’s claim he had an inability to sweat, which he said showed a “problem” with her account of an evening with the duke.

“I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falklands War when I was shot at and it was almost impossible for me to sweat,” he told Newsnight.

Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend and Andrew’s friend, faces the rest of her life in jail after she was convicted last week of helping to procure teenage girls for the disgraced financier to sexually abuse.

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(MANHATTAN, N.Y.) Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Report: British socialite has been convicted of 5 of counts of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by American financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.30: Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of six counts.

#AceDailyNews says that Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty: The verdict capped a month-long trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.

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Sketch of a woman standing trial in the court room, with the judge in the background.
Ghislaine Maxwell was accused by four women during the trial.(Reuters: Jane Rosenberg)

She was convicted of conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and sex trafficking of minors, the last of which carries a statutory maximum of 40 years in prison.

Jeffrey Epstein wraps his arms around Ghislaine Maxwell while holding a phone to his ear
Maxwell was convicted of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.(Supplied: US Attorney’s Office SDNY)

She was acquitted of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison for the five charges she was convicted of.

US District Judge Alison Nathan did not say when she would be sentenced.

She also faces two perjury counts that will be tried separately.

As the verdict was read, Maxwell appeared to show little reaction behind a black mask.

She stood with her hands folded as the jury filed out, and glanced at her siblings as she herself was led from the courtroom.

Maxwell, 60, has vehemently denied the charges through her lawyers.

She declined to take the risk of testifying, telling the judge: “The government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt so there is no reason for me to testify.”

“The road to justice has been far too long. But, today justice has been done. I want to commend the bravery of the girls now grown women who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made today’s result, in this case, possible.”

Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the road to justice had been far too long but “justice has been done”.

“I want to commend the bravery of the girls, now grown women, who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom,” he said. 

“Their courage and willingness to face their abuser made today’s result, in this case, possible.”

Maxwell had jetsetting lifestyle

Ghislaine Maxwell kisses Jeffrey Epstein's cheek while they stand on a street in Europe
Maxwell dated Epstein for several years in the 1990s, when the pair attended high society parties and travelled on luxurious private jets.(Supplied: US Attorney’s Office SDNY)

The defence had insisted Maxwell was a victim of a vindictive prosecution devised to deliver justice to women deprived of their main villain when Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial in 2019.Witness testifies he drove girls to Epstein’s homeA man has testified at Ghislaine Maxwell’s criminal sex abuse trial on Wednesday that he drove teen girls to the Florida mansion of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and saw them leave with hundred dollar bills.Read more

Robert Glasman, lawyer for one of Maxwell’s accusers known as Jane, said “the justice system got it right”.

“The verdict screams loud and clear — if you make it easier for another to sexually abuse children, you, too, will be held accountable for your role in that abuse,” he said.

During the trial, prosecutors called 24 witnesses to give jurors a picture of life inside Epstein’s homes — a subject of public fascination and speculation ever since his 2006 arrest in Florida in a child sex case.

A housekeeper testified he was expected to be “blind, deaf and dumb” about the private lives of Epstein, a financier who cultivated friendships with influential politicians and business tycoons, and Maxwell, who had led a jetsetting lifestyle as the favourite child of a media mogul.

Pilots took the witness stand and dropped the names of luminaries — Britain’s Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump — who flew on Epstein’s private jets.

A scetch shows Jeffrey Epstein's massage table being unfolded in court.
The massage table was recovered from Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach home.(AP: Elizabeth Williams)

Jurors saw physical evidence like a folding massage table once used by Epstein and a “black book” that listed contact information for some of the victims under the heading “massages”.

There were bank records showing he had transferred $30.7 million to Maxwell, his longtime companion, one-time girlfriend and, later, employee.

‘You are such a good girl’

A court room sketch shows people looking at a monitor with photos.
Four women testified that they were victimised by Maxwell and Epstein at tender ages.(AP)

The core of the prosecution was the testimony of four women who said they were victimised by Maxwell and Epstein at tender ages.

Three testified using first names or pseudonyms to protect their privacy: Jane, a television actress; Kate, a former model from Great Britain; and Carolyn, now a mother recovering from drug addiction.

The fourth was Annie Farmer, a psychologist who chose to use her real name after being vocal about her allegations in recent years.The billionaire, the socialite and the ‘little black book’Sixteen months after FBI agents swooped in on her remote hideaway to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell on sex abuse charges, the trial of the British socialite is beginning in New York.Read more

They echoed one another in their descriptions of Maxwell’s behaviour: She used charm and gifts to gain their trust, taking an interest in their adolescent challenges and giving them assurances that Epstein could use his wealth and connections to fulfil their dreams.

They said the script would darken when Maxwell coaxed them into giving massages to Epstein that turned sexual, encounters she played off as normal.

After one sexual massage, Kate, then 17, said Maxwell asked her if she’d had fun and told her: “You are such a good girl.”

Carolyn testified that she was one of several underprivileged teens who lived near Epstein’s Florida home in the early 2000s and took up an offer to give massages in exchange for $100 bills, which prosecutors described as “a pyramid of abuse”.

Maxwell made all the arrangements, Carolyn told the jury, even though she knew the girl was only 14 at the time.

Ghislaine Maxwell wearing long earrings talks in front of a blue background.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sex trafficking and other crimes.(AP via United Nations: Rick Bajornas)

Jane said that in 1994, when she was only 14, she was instructed to follow Epstein into a pool house at his Palm Beach estate, where he masturbated on her.

The lone count on which Maxwell was acquitted applied only to Jane.

“I was frozen in fear,” she told the jury, adding that assault was the first time she had ever seen a penis.The enigma of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trialGhislaine Maxwell’s trial has revealed her deeply weird and luxurious former life, but the mystery at the core of this saga may never be solved. Read more

She also directly accused Maxwell of participating in her abuse.

Maxwell’s lawyer asked Jane why it had taken so long to come forward.

“I was scared,” she said, choking back tears.

“I was embarrassed, ashamed. I didn’t want anybody to know any of this about me.”

The last to testify, Farmer, described how Maxwell touched her breasts while giving her a massage at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch and how Epstein unexpectedly crawled into bed and pressed himself against her.

Maxwell will return to Brooklyn’s notorious Metropolitan Detention Center, where she has been held in isolation since July 2020.

Reuters/AP/7News/

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(NEW YORK) Jeffrey Epstein Report: Ghislaine Maxwell will challenge claims that she groomed underage girls for the convicted #paedophile to sexually abuse #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.15: According to a letter by her lawyer, the British socialite’s defence will say her accusers might have faulty memories: The letter says that leading experts in psychiatry and memory would be brought in to testify in her defence.

#AceDailyNews says according to the latest BBC US/Canada Report: Ghislaine Maxwell is to challenge ‘accusers’ memories in a letter, written by Ms Maxwell’s lawyer Jeffrey Pagliuca, gives a first glimpse at what her legal team are hoping to use to defend her in court.

A courtroom sketch of Ghislaine Maxwell appearing in court
Ms Maxwell’s criminal trial will begin on 29 November and is expected to last six weeks

Ms Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.

She has been in a New York jail since her arrest in July last year, awaiting the trial which will begin on 29 November and last six weeks.

Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist specialising in false memory, is one of the experts they are hoping to call. She has testified in more than 300 trials, including those for high-profile defendants such as Harvey Weinstein, Ted Bundy and OJ Simpson. 

According to her profile on the UCI School of Social Ecology, Ms Loftus’ research has revealed how memories can be changed by things we are told and information we subtly absorb after an event.

“She will describe scientific research showing that false memories can be described with confidence, detail, and emotion, just like true memories,” the letter reads.

Another expert the defence wants to use is leading forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who has 40 years experience and has been part of more than 1,000 evaluations of allegations of sexual abuse, according to the letter.

Mr Dietz would testify that building the trust of the accusers did not automatically imply they would be abused: Panorama: The Prince and the Epstein Scandal

He would also argue that there is no consistent definition for the term “grooming”, and therefore no empirical evidence that Ms Maxwell committed “grooming-by-proxy” by allegedly arranging sexualized massages for Epstein.

Mr Dietz would testify that Epstein, “like many people who achieve great power and wealth” created and exploited a “halo effect to surround himself with people who would serve his needs”. 

A hearing on admitting expert testimony is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ms Maxwell, the daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell, has been accused of helping to recruit and groom four underage girls for Epstein to abuse from 1994 to 2004, and also charged with sex trafficking. 

Epstein killed himself in a New York prison cell on 10 August as he awaited his trial on sex trafficking charges.

Ian Maxwell says his sister Ghislaine “is losing her hair” in prison

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(LONDON) UK’s Financial Conduct Authority Report: Jeffrey Epstein: The chief executive of British bank Barclays has stepped down following an investigation by regulators into his links with convicted sex offender #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.03: The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority investigated Jes Staley’s links to the dead financier after they were handed emails between the two men.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC/ABC Report: Barclays CEO Jes Staley steps down over report into links with Jeffrey Epstein: Mr Staley was Epstein’s private banker in a previous job: Barclays said it had been made aware of the conclusions of the probe on Friday: It said Mr Staley would contest them, as he was not aware of any crimes committed.

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Jes Staley says he will contest the investigation’s preliminary conclusions.(Reuters: Lucas Jackson)

The FCA and PRA said in a statement they could not comment further.Jeffrey Epstein’s death, the anger and the theories surrounding itThe mysterious Jeffrey Epstein’s life and crimes had already been the subject of intense debate, but his death has prompted a slew of new conspiracy theories.

“In view of those conclusions, and Mr Staley’s intention to contest them, the Board and Mr Staley have agreed that he will step down from his role as Group Chief Executive and as a director of Barclays,” the bank said in a statement.

“It should be noted that the investigation makes no findings that Mr Staley saw, or was aware of, any of Mr Epstein’s alleged crimes, which was the central question underpinning Barclays’ support for Mr Staley following the arrest of Mr Epstein in the summer of 2019.”

Board ‘disappointed’ with outcome

Barclays Bank
The bank’s share price has fallen 9 per cent since Mr Staley became CEO.

Barclays said last year that Britain’s financial regulators were probing links between Mr Staley and Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking offences in New York in 2019.

Mr Staley has previously said his relationship with Epstein ended in late 2015, and that he regretted having any ties with him.

“The board is disappointed at this outcome. Mr Staley has run the Barclays Group successfully since December 2015 with real commitment and skill,” the bank said in a statement.

UK regulators launched their investigations into links between Mr Staley and Epstein after JPMorgan provided them with emails the two exchanged when Mr Staley was the head of JPMorgan’s private bank, the Financial Times reported last year.

Barclays’ share price has fallen 9 per cent since Mr Staley became CEO.

Barclays fought off a campaign launched by activist investor Edward Bramson in 2018 to have Mr Staley removed. Mr Bramson sold his stake earlier this year.

Britain’s financial regulators and Barclays fined Mr Staley a combined 1.1 million pounds ($1.82 million) in 2018 after he tried to identify a whistleblower who sent letters criticising a Barclays employee.

CS Venkatakrishnan, Barclays’ head of global markets, will replace Mr Staley with immediate effect.

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(LONDON) Prince Andrew Case Report: His public image and royal career is already all but ruined………..But with fresh legal action in the United States, is he now in trouble legally? #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says with another case looming the PR disaster around Prince Andrew has taken a legal twist — what does this mean for the royal family? In November 2019 he stood down from royal duties “for the foreseeable future” over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal (and a disastrous TV interview to try and tell his side of the story). As Prince Andrew is making headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

The story so far

A man and two women stand in a house looking at the camera.
Virginia Guiffre, pictured in 2001 when she was 17, claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, a claim he denies..(Supplied)

The prince had a friendship with the late paedophile Epstein that dated back more than 20 years. He was first named in the Epstein scandal in 2015, when Virginia Giuffre claimed she had been forced to have sex with the prince, which he denies.

Allegations re-emerged in 2019 that Prince Andrew had been a willing participant in sexual liaisons organised by Epstein’s then-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell (whose affairs continue to be probed by US prosecutors).

Guiffre said she had been a victim of Epstein’s sex trafficking and abuse from 2000 to 2002, starting when she was 16. The prince says he has “no recollection” of ever meeting her. In November 2019 Scotland Yard reviewed the matter and announced it was not going to open a formal criminal investigation, as it “would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK”.

Jeffrey Epstein hugs Ghislaine Maxwell at a party, with an arm around her shoulders
Sexual liaisons were allegedly organised by Jeffrey Epstein’s then girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.(Supplied)

A new, civil claim

Matters took another turn last week when Giuffre (now living in Australia) filed a civil claim in a New York court under its Child Victims Act, accusing Prince Andrew of the torts of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Virginia Giuffre stands on a balcony with Cairns harbour behind her.
Virginia Giuffre now lives in Cairns.(ABC News: Brendan Mounter)

The legal suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. It has been made possible because the act gives claimants a generous time frame in which to commence new claims on the basis of historical allegations.

A consequence of the civil action will be that Prince Andrew will be called, formally, to answer questions under oath. As Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies says:

It’s one thing to ignore me. It’s another thing to ignore the judicial process of the state of New York and the United States […] If Prince Andrew does not take seriously the rule of law in this country, he is being very ill-advised.

Legal trouble?

Clearly, the headlines are very bad PR. But is there legal trouble for the prince? To examine this, we need to look at three associated questions.

  • how does Giuffre’s claim differ from Scotland Yard’s suspended review of the allegations of criminal behaviour?
  • can the royal family be sued?
  • is a legal judgement in the United States enforceable against a British citizen living in England?

What’s different this time?

The key issue here is that the standard of proof required for a civil claim is not as high as the requirement of proof “beyond reasonable doubt” that would guarantee a criminal conviction.

One can succeed in a claim alleging battery and emotional distress if a court determines that it was “more likely than not” the prince had a sexual liaison with Giuffre.

The most notorious example of the difference between criminal and civil proceedings is found in the case against former actor and football star OJ Simpson.

In 1997, a year after Simpson had been acquitted of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, their families filed a civil suit alleging wrongful death. A civil jury awarded them US$33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages, by implication finding Simpson responsible for the crimes.

Suing the royal family

While the Queen enjoys what is referred to as “sovereign immunity”, members of the royal family are not above the law when it comes to matters such as these.

Typically a formal letter of request would be issued by the New York court, asking the prince to give evidence under a mechanism called “mutual legal assistance”. Because it’s a civil case, not a criminal one, the prince cannot be extradited to the US.

The High Court of Justice in England would then appoint a master of their court to oversee a private hearing. Prince Andrew could seek to have the mutual legal assistance request stopped as an abuse of process if he were able to establish that it was being undertaken vexaciously.

If the hearing proceeds, Prince Andrew would be entitled to legal representation as anyone else would. Questions would be put to him by lawyers representing Giuffre. He could refuse to answer these questions — and would not be in contempt if he remained silent.

The New York court would then make a determination according to the evidence presented. That could add months to the process.

US judgments in England

Do American rulings apply to citizens living in England? The answer is yes, but it’s complicated. This field of law is governed by the international rules regarding the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Interestingly, there is no treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom facilitating the enforcement of successful civil judgements across the Atlantic. So, if Giuffre’s suit is decided in her favour (which becomes more likely if the prince refuses to be involved) the judgement would form the basis of a completely new debt recovery legal action in England.

That could add another significant delay to the entire episode, as this new proceeding would be defended by the prince’s legal team. The legal costs to both sides would be eye-watering, although it is possible the Giuffre lawyers are being retained on a “contingency” basis (no-win, no-fee).

According to media reports, the prince has been staying at Balmoral with the Queen, while talking with his lawyers.

We can only assume these calls will become more frequent in the weeks to come.

Rick Sarre is Emeritus Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at University of South Australia. This piece first appeared on The Conversation.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.19: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Melinda Gates, whose ‘people’ are undoubtedly trying to distance her from Bill’s controversies, was reportedly ‘furious’ after the couple had an uncomfortable 2013 meeting with Jeffrey Epstein – who by then was a convicted pedophile #AceNewsaDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.09: According to said ‘people’, the 2013 meeting would “prove a turning point for the Gates’ relationship with Epstein,’ with Melinda telling friends after the encounter how uncomfortable she was to be hanging around the wealthy sex offender.

ZeroHedge: Furious’ Melinda Gates Warned Bill Over Jeffrey Epstein Escapades: People ‘familiar with the matter’ tell the Daily Beast, the previously unreported meeting was held at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion in September, 2013, the same day the couple was awarded the Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service award at the Pierre Hotel, where they were photographed with then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

According to the New York TimesGates and Epstein met at least six times, including visits to Epstein’s New York mansion on ‘multiple occasions,’ staying at least once into the night.

So – the Gates’ had no problem traveling across the country to meet with the convicted pedophile – who named Gates adviser Boris Nikolic as a fallback executor in a will Epstein amended just days before his August 2019 death in a Manhattan jail cell. 

Now, eight years later, Melinda apparently had a problem with it.

Gates thought Epstein’s lifestyle was “kind of intriguing” 

In a 2011 email to colleagues, Gates wrote: “His lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me.”

A spokeswoman or Gates, Bridgitt Arnold, said he “was referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence — and Epstein’s habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates,” adding “It was in no way meant to convey a sense of interest or approval.” Perhaps Gates was taken aback by Epstein’s “main hallway that was covered with rows of artificial eyeballs from England that had been made for wounded soldiers” (via the Daily Mail)

Also contradicting Gates’ distancing are flight records, which reveal that “Gates flew with Epstein from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach on March 1, 2013,” on Epstein’s private jet – “one of the few flights that year where pilot Larry Viskoski recorded the name of a passenger,”According to the Daily Mail.

Gates hilariously claimed that he wasn’t aware it was Epstein’s plane!

In March 2013, Mr. Gates flew on Mr. Epstein’s Gulfstream plane from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Palm Beach, Fla., according to a flight manifest. Ms. Arnold said Mr. Gates — who has his own $40 million jet — hadn’t been aware it was Mr. Epstein’s plane. –New York Times

Meanwhile, employees of the Gates foundation also visited Epstein’s mansion on multiple occasions, while Epstein also “spoke with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase about a proposed multibillion-dollar charitable fund — an arrangement that had the potential to generate enormous fees for Mr. Epstein,” according to the Times

In late 2011, at Mr. Gates’s instruction, the foundation sent a team to Mr. Epstein’s townhouse to have a preliminary talk about philanthropic fund-raising, according to three people who were there. Mr. Epstein told his guests that if they searched his name on the internet they might conclude he was a bad person but that what he had done — soliciting prostitution from an underage girl — was no worse than “stealing a bagel,” two of the people said.

How Gates and Epstein met, according to the New York Times

Two members of Mr. Gates’s inner circle — Boris Nikolic and Melanie Walker — were close to Mr. Epstein and at times functioned as intermediaries between the two men.

Ms. Walker met Mr. Epstein in 1992, six months after graduating from the University of Texas. Mr. Epstein, who was an adviser to Mr. Wexner, the owner of Victoria’s Secret, told Ms. Walker that he could land her an audition for a modeling job there, according to Ms. Walker. She later moved to New York and stayed in a Manhattan apartment building that Mr. Epstein owned. After she graduated from medical school, she said, Mr. Epstein hired her as a science adviser in 1998.

Ms. Walker later met Steven Sinofsky, a senior executive at Microsoftwho became president of its Windows division, and moved to Seattle to be with him. In 2006, she joined the Gates Foundation with the title of senior program officer.

At the foundation, Ms. Walker met and befriended Mr. Nikolic, a native of what is now Croatia and a former fellow at Harvard Medical School who was the foundation’s science adviser. Mr. Nikolic and Mr. Gates frequently traveled and socialized together.

Ms. Walker, who had remained in close touch with Mr. Epstein, introduced him to Mr. Nikolic, and the men became friendly.

Mr. Epstein and Mr. Gates first met face to face on the evening of Jan. 31, 2011, at Mr. Epstein’s townhouse on the Upper East Side. They were joined by Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, a former Miss Sweden whom Mr. Epstein had once dated, and her 15-year-old daughter. (Dr. Andersson-Dubin’s husband, the hedge fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, was a friend and business associate of Mr. Epstein’s. The Dubins declined to comment.)

The gathering started at 8 and lasted several hours, according to Ms. Arnold, Mr. Gates’s spokeswoman. Mr. Epstein subsequently boasted about the meeting in emails to friends and associates. “Bill’s great,” he wrote in one, reviewed by The Times.

“I didn’t go to New Mexico or Florida or Palm Beach or any of that,” claims Gates. “There were people around him who were saying, hey, if you want to raise money for global health and get more philanthropy, he knows a lot of rich people.” 

And it looks like Gates was one of Epstein’s “rich people.” According to the report, Gates donated $2 million to MIT’s Media Lab, which university officials described as having been “directed” by Epstein.

According to Arnold, Gates’ spokeswoman, “Over time, Gates and his team realized Epstein’s capabilities and ideas were not legitimate and all contact with Epstein was discontinued.” 

Perhaps ‘Gates and his team’ should have steered clear of the known pedophile in the first place?

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