ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO: Lawyers warn Prince Andrew could be FBI's 'next target' after Ghislaine Maxwell

ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO: Lawyers warn Prince Andrew could be FBI's 'next target' after Ghislaine Maxwell
Prince Andrew was reportedly a close associate of convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell (inset) (Paul Kane and Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for helping convicted pedophile and trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in abusing young girls. This development has led to US lawyers calling for associates of Epstein and Maxwell to face further investigations.

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Among the associates of the sexual offenders, Prince Andrew is one high-profile individual. Attorney Brad Edwards, who represented Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre in her now-settled claim against the Duke of York, has called on the FBI to push on with the investigation. "Let’s hope [those linked with Epstein and Maxwell are] the next target. If we have anything to do with it, they will be," he told Mirror.

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Lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who has represented several of Epstein and Maxwell's victims, agreed and said, "Obviously, Andrew is one of the targets they will be looking into. He should definitely be concerned, but... if he did nothing wrong, then come forward and tell the full story to the FBI, not the media."

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Meanwhile, Los Angeles lawyer Lisa Bloom said, "We call upon the FBI to fully investigate Prince Andrew. Virginia Giuffre's civil case should be just the beginning. Everyone associated with Epstein and Maxwell should be carefully investigated." She told Daily Mail, "He should be quaking in his boots. Because this shows that a jury is willing to come back with a guilty verdict even if the accusers are not perfect, as no human being is."

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"I think in his case, he's hoping that his lawyers can cross-examine Virginia and get her on some prior statements that she’s made and mistakes that she's made. And I just don't think that's going to fly. I think he should be very concerned," the attorney added. Royal correspondent Richard Palmer feels that Prince Andrew will be "tainted forever" because of Maxwell's 20-year prison sentence.

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Journalist Vicky Ward said, "Their reputations and their very lives depend on the truth never getting out. So remember that as Ghislaine Maxwell goes down. She's going down for herself, yes. But she's also going down for them. And, well, that's a problem," as per Geo News. In January 2020, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman had said, "To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."

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Meanwhile, Paul Page, a former palace police officer, said, "The Duke of York described in his ill-fated interview with BBC Newsnight in 2019 how he met Ghislaine when she was a student at Oxford University. She graduated with a degree in modern history with languages from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1985. At the time, he was in the Royal Navy."

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Maxwell's sentence comes six months after a jury found her guilty of luring teenage girls for Epstein. At her trial, the 60-year-old was convicted of sex trafficking minors, conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.


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