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British police say they will not investigate Prince Andrew over Epstein charges


British police said on Friday that an investigation into Prince Andrew had not been launched after an anti-monarchy group filed a complaint based on recently released US court documents detailing people associated with suspected sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. It was announced that there was no.

A New York judge on Wednesday began revealing the identities of people included in documents linked to Epstein, the disgraced US financier who committed suicide while awaiting trial in 2019.

In it, Andrew, officially known as the Duke of York, is accused of molesting a woman, which he denies.

The Republic, which seeks to elect Britain's head of state, said in a statement Thursday that it had “just reported Mr. Andrew to the police.”

Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer, a former state prosecutor, also said on Friday that police should “consider” the new allegations.

However, the Metropolitan Police Department announced on Friday that “an investigation has not begun.”

“We are aware of the release of court documents regarding Jeffrey Epstein,” the statement said.

“As with any issue, if new and relevant information comes to our attention, we will assess it,” the force added.

Mr Andrew stepped back from senior royal duties at the end of 2019 following public backlash over a BBC television interview in which he defended his friendship with Mr Epstein.

In February 2022, the former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, 63, settled a US civil lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who claimed he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old.

Soon after, Andrew's mother, the late Queen Elizabeth, stripped him of his honorary military title and patronage, effectively banning him from royal life.

He has consistently denied sexual assault and even denied meeting Giuffre.

In October 2021, the Metropolitan Police announced that it had completed its review of Giuffre's claims in the U.S. civil case and would “take no further action.”

Source: guardian.ng

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