The accuser who claims she was trafficked to Prince Andrew and other prominent men won’t be part of the case.

U.S. prosecutors chose not to bring charges in connection with Virginia Giuffre, who says Epstein and Maxwell flew her around the world when she was 17 and 18 for sexual encounters with billionaires, politicians, royals and heads of state.

She isn’t expected to be called as a witness in Maxwell’s trial, either.

Prosecutors will focus instead on four other women who say they were recruited by Maxwell as teenagers to be abused by Epstein. None has alleged the type of abuse by powerful international figures that Giuffre has detailed in interviews and court filings.

Besides Andrew, Giuffre has said she was sexually trafficked to former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, former U.S. senator George Mitchell, the noted lawyer Alan Dershowitz, the French modelling scout Jean Luc Brunel and the billionaire Glenn Dubin, among others.

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David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who’s not involved in the case, said making Giuffre part of the Maxwell case could have complicated matters unnecessarily.

“There is no reason to give the defence anything to work with that can sow the seeds of reasonable doubt,” Weinstein said.

Giuffre’s lawyers declined an interview request, but she has stood by her allegations and repeatedly shown a willingness to go into civil court to prove them, sitting in depositions and assembling a legal team that includes one of America’s most influential lawyers, David Boies.


Published by HOLR Magazine