In newly filed court documents, prosecutors refuted Ghislaine Maxwell's claims that she is being scapegoated, noting that the socialite "was an adult who made her own choices" when she engaged in the sex trafficking for which she was convicted.
Artist Rina Oh has accused Virginia Giuffre of "sexually abusing" her alongside Jeffrey Epstein in the massage room at Epstein's New York townhome in 2001, claims which Giuffre has denied through her attorney.
In response to a set of appeals from Ghislaine Maxwell's legal team, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan upheld her conviction a second time but concluded that three of the charges on which she was convicted should be consolidated into one charge.
Federal Judge Alison J. Nathan refused to order a new trial for Ghislaine Maxwell, convicting of child sex trafficking charges, despite the presence of a juror who told reporters after the trial that he had been a victim of child sexual abuse.
In addition to an undisclosed monetary settlement for Virginia Giuffre, Prince Andrew also “intends to make a substantial donation to Ms. Giuffre’s charity in support of victims’ rights," according to a joint filing in the case.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace said in an announcement Thursday, adding that he will defend himself against the lawsuit as a "private citizen."