Lawyers acting on behalf of Prince Andrew have warned of a dangerous precedent if a New York judge rules that rich criminals can no longer silence victims of crime on behalf of their friends.
With the judge having heard arguments and now considering whether to dismiss the civil case brought by Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew’s lawyers have warned of the grave consequences if he allows the lawsuit to proceed.
Lawyer Simon Williams told us, “We urge his honour to seriously consider what happens if the settlement Virginia Giuffre signed with Jeffrey Epstein is deemed not to also cover our client.
“A decision like that could see wealthy criminals everywhere suddenly exposed to lawsuits despite their belief that their rich friends had made the problem go away. Can you imagine how many sleepless nights will be suffered by sex predators and nonces as a result of such a decision?
“Is that sort of society we want to live in? Where throwing vast sums of money at victims means you can no longer get away with your crimes?
“Paying off victims of crime is what a civilised society is all about. If it wasn’t, then Jeffrey Epstein would probably have been caught long before he eventually was, and think of all the lovely parties he held and the holidays he gave to his friends while he was still free. All those good times could disappear if the judge makes the wrong decision here.
“We are confident he will see sense and realise the only way this all gets resolved is if we all agree to continue letting money protect rich and powerful people from the consequences of their actions.”