Prince Andrew “should be shaking in his boots” according to one of the lawyers involved in the Jeffrey Epstein case.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s recent conviction of sex trafficking and soliciting girls prompted Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom – an attorney for some of Epstein’s victims – to speculate that the jury wouldn’t be easy even with the real.
Maxwell, 60, could face a potential 65-year sentence, meaning the former socialite would spend the rest of his life in prison.
Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom warned that the Duke of York, 61, should be very worried about his future if Ghislaine chooses to name him.
“He should be shaking in his boots,” Bloom told the Daily Mail. “Because this shows that a jury is willing to return with a guilty verdict even if the accusers are not perfect, as no human being is,” he continued, although the lawsuit filed against Prince Andrea da Giuffre is civil and not criminal. .
Bloom added: “I think he should be very worried.”
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Maxwell and the Duke of York are thought to have first met nearly 20 years ago.
The convicted sex trafficker also allegedly introduced the father of two to his ex-boyfriend, American financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
With Maxwell now convicted, speculations continue to grow that she will try to strike a deal with the police and government over the broader investigation of Epstein’s super-wealthy social circle.
If this is the case, he will call the elite who may be involved in Epstein’s crimes to try and get a reduced sentence from the court judge.
Despite Bloom’s bold statements, US defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman isn’t convinced Maxwell’s potential attempts to name someone will be successful.
“It all depends on who he would cooperate against and what he has to offer,” the lawyer said.
Lichtman, who represented Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in 2019, added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he already tried to cooperate and failed.”
Additionally, former federal and state attorney Elie Honig tweeted that Maxwell’s cooperation in renouncing Epstein’s associates and any potential crime “is not particularly likely.”
“You would need (1) Maxwell to be willing and fully agreed, (2) SDNY to be fully convinced of its truthfulness, and (3) a realistic plan to use his information against others,” he said.
The civil suit alleges that Prince Andrew forced Virginia Giuffre to have sex with him more than two decades ago, when he was under 18 at the London home of Maxwell at the time, and abused her in two of Epstein’s homes in 2001.
She also claimed that Prince Andrew had sex with her without consent despite allegedly knowing how old she was and that she was a victim of sex trafficking.
The queen’s second son vehemently denies all claims.
This week his lawyers demanded that the civil suit in a Manhattan court be stopped or dismissed due to Giuffre actually living in Australia.
Giuffre’s team responded by calling Andrew’s lawyers’ action a “transparent attempt to delay the discovery in his own documents and testimony” in a court filing on Thursday, December 30.
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