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UK Police Drops Prince Andrew Sexual Assault Investigation

London police announced that they would take no further legal action against Prince Andrew over Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s sexual abuse case after conducting two reviews into allegations against the royal.

Giuffre had sued the royal in a United States court, claiming that she had been trafficked by sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke of York in 2001, when she was 17 years old and a minor under US current law.

But the second son of Queen Elizabeth II repeatedly denied the allegations, saying he did not know Giuffre. “It didn’t happen,” he said in a 2019 interview.

In August, London’s Metropolitan Police Service started reviewing Epstein-related allegations, including the documents filed for Giuffre’s civil lawsuit in US court. Back then, Police Chief Cressida Dick said that no one was “above the law.”

However, the force decided to drop the investigation, saying in a Sunday statement: “This review has concluded and we are taking no further action.”

On Monday, a source close to the royal family said the Metropolitan Police’s announcement was not surprising, considering that authorities had reviewed sexual assault allegations against Prince Andrew three times.

“Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation. The Duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so,” the source added.

The force also said it would take no action on allegations, first reported by London-based Channel 4 News in June, that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls for over a decade alongside her alleged accomplice Epstein.

Maxwell is in a US jail awaiting trial for sex trafficking but has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Metropolitan Police also stated that it would continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies leading the investigation related to Jeffrey Epstein.

Although the UK’s force ended its investigations into the allegations against the Duke of York, he has yet to face trial in the United States.