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British police say they will take “no further action” against Prince Andrew, after a recent lawsuit accusing the royal of sexual abuse sparked an investigation.
The Metropolitan Police Service announced their decision to close the investigation in a statement, obtained by CNN, after reviewing numerous documents including those released in connection with the lawsuit filed in August by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
“This review has concluded and we are taking no further action,” police said.
Giuffre accused Prince Andrew of sexually abusing her as a minor on three separate occasions while she was in the company of Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, according to the lawsuit previously obtained by Oxygen.com.
Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick vowed to review the allegations laid out in the civil lawsuit in an interview with U.K. talk radio station LBC.
“No one is above the law,” she said at the time, adding that authorities had already reviewed previous allegations against Epstein—who died in custody in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges—in the past and opted not to pursue the case.
Giuffre has said she was forced to “have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” in London, after traveling to the country with Epstein and Maxwell. She also accused the prince of sexually abusing her in New York and again on Epstein’s private island.
“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she said in a statement to Oxygen.com after filing the lawsuit. “The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.”
Prince Andrew has vehemently—and repeatedly—denied the allegations against him, saying in a 2019 interview with the BBC that he did not remember ever meeting Giuffre.
“I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatsoever,” he insisted at the time.
While the Metropolitan Police have closed their investigation into the allegations, they said the department “continues to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who lead the investigation into matters related to Jeffrey Epstein,” NBC News reports.
The police agency’s decision has not sat well with some in the public, who took to social media using trending hashtags #abolishthemonarchy and #PrinceAndrew as they accused the public safety agency of failing to pursue the matter because of Prince Andrew’s position within the monarchy.
Prince Andrew stepped away from his royal duties in 2019 in the wake of increased public scrutiny.
Metropolitan Police said they had also concluded their investigation into Maxwell after allegations surfaced in a British television show in June accusing her of sexually trafficking, grooming and abusing girls in the U.K.
"We also reviewed information passed to us by a media organization in June 2021. This review is complete and no further action will be taken," police said, according to CNN.
Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial in the United States on federal sex trafficking allegations, has continued to proclaim her innocence.
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