Prince Andrew ‘doomed to a life of ridicule’ after $16m settlement with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre, lawyer says
PRINCE Andrew has been sentenced to a ‘life of ridicule’ over his $16million settlement with sex abuse accuser Virginia Giuffre, the lawyer who helped bring down Jeffrey Epstein has told The Sun.
Florida-based lawyer Bradley Edwards has described the Duke of York as “stupid” for maintaining contact with Epstein even after he became a convicted sex offender in 2008.
Mr Edwards – who is representing 69 victims of Epstein and played a key role in the financier’s jailing before his suicide in 2019 – was speaking publicly for the first time about the deal Andrew struck with Ms Giuffre in February.
It comes after it was revealed the disgraced 62-year-old royal would not be on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June.
Andrew has not publicly admitted any wrongdoing in connection with the deal and has always denied the allegations.
Mr Edwards exclusively told The Sun: ‘I think Andrew is going to have to live a life of ridicule for a long time.
“How stupid can you be to stay friends with Jeffrey Epstein after he was branded a sex offender and released from prison? Have you lost your mind?
“I imagine the Queen bent him on her knee a number of times.
“He paid a lot of money to settle a case and try to make up for what he would have done many years ago.
“I just wish that in the process, Virginia didn’t have to take the publicity stunt she did because he was trying to cover her own ass.
“He should have accepted responsibility and moved on.
“A lot of people hope the queen banished him, but if your own mother isn’t going to love you, then no one will.”
Mr Edwards was speaking at the Crimecon convention in Las Vegas before it was confirmed that Andrew would not be seen waving from the palace balcony next month with the rest of the family.
Andrew had already stepped down from royal duties before settling down with his accuser, Ms Giuffre, for an estimated fee of more than $16million.
The decision came after his disastrous BBC interview about his friendship with Epstein in November 2019.
Buckingham Palace said this week that the Queen had decided that balcony appearances for Jubilee celebrations would be limited to “working Royals”.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will travel to the UK with their three-year-old son Archie and 11-month-old daughter Lilibet for the celebrations, but will also not be on the balcony.
In her New York trial against Andrew, Ms Giuffre accused the Duke of sexually assaulting her when she was under 18.
She claimed the abuse took place at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, on his private island in the US Virgin Islands and at the home of now-convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in London.
Mr Edwards played a central role in the downfall of Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell after being arrested in 2019.
The former prosecutor spent more than a decade prosecuting Epstein, a wild roller coaster experience he wrote about in his book “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein.”
He first became involved in the case in 2008 when he was approached by Epstein victim Courtney Wild.
She left him shocked when she told him her story of being sexually abused at age 14 by a wealthy Palm Beach man named Jeffrey Epstein.
It was through his case that Mr Edwards learned of Epstein’s “love deal” with prosecutors.
As part of his 2008 guilty plea for soliciting an underage prostitute, Epstein was guaranteed he would not face federal charges.
The pact was made in secret and without informing the victims by US Attorney for South Florida and later Trump Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta.
By challenging that decision in court, Mr. Edwards and Ms. Wild helped expose Epstein and the web of corruption around him.
Mr Edwards says that during their 12-year standoff, Epstein ended up threatening him by talking about his “friends in high places” and putting his family under surveillance.
But in the end, it was Mr. Edwards who had the last word at Epstein’s expense.
When Epstein was arrested again on federal sex trafficking charges in July 2019, Mr Edwards traveled with his client, Ms Wild, to the bail hearing.
She then gave crucial and compelling testimony to U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman, warning him that he should not let Epstein go.
Visibly moved, Judge Berman decided to lock up the sexually deviant criminal mastermind with unbeatable relationships.
Sending him to prison where he will die, Judge Berman wrote, “Mr. Epstein’s dangerousness is considerable and includes sex crimes with underage girls and tampering with potential witnesses.”
The following month, Epstein was found hanged in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.
The Sun contacted a spokeswoman for Andrew for comment.