Prince Andrew's Sex Abuse Allegations to Be Reviewed by Police: 'No One Is Above the Law'

Police in the U.K. will look again at Prince Andrew sexual abuse allegations after a Jeffrey Epstein accuser filed a lawsuit against him.

The Duke of York has been accused of sexual assault and battery by Virginia Giuffre in a court filing submitted in New York this week.

She says she was made to have sex with Queen Elizabeth II's second son in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands when she was aged 17.

Britain's biggest police force will now review the available evidence for a third time—after previously declaring the U.S. should lead any investigation.

Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, told U.K. radio station LBC: "No one is above the law. It's been reviewed twice before, we've worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service, we are of course open to working with authorities overseas, we will give them every assistance if they ask us for anything within the law obviously.

"As a result of what's going on, I've asked my team to have another look at the material."

Giuffre's attorney David Boies filed the civil case in New York this week, stating his client was loaned out by Epstein and his former lover Ghislaine Maxwell to Prince Andrew.

A court filing says Giuffre feared for her life if she refused their instructions after being flown to London to meet Andrew in 2001. Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations.

Giuffre has made such allegations before, including in an interview for Netflix documentary Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich and in a lawsuit she brought against Maxwell in 2015.

The Metropolitan Police commissioner's words echo the language of Boies' court filing, which goaded U.K. authorities by declaring that "in this country" no-one is above the law.

Boies wrote: "In this country no person, whether President or Prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law's protection.

"Twenty years ago Prince Andrew's wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account."

The development comes as Prince Andrew entered his third day of silence over the lawsuit with his team having so far declined requests for comment.

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) statement released to Newsweek states: "In January 2015 the MPS was contacted by a third -party following media reports concerning Jeffery Epstein. The MPS reviewed and considered the information provided.

"In May 2015, the MPS was contacted by representatives of a person who made allegations of non-recent trafficking for sexual exploitation against a US national, Jeffrey Epstein, and a British woman relating to events outside of the UK and an allegation of trafficking to central London in March 2001.

"Officers assessed the available evidence, interviewed the complainant and obtained early investigative advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. Following the legal advice, it was clear that any investigation into human trafficking would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK.

"Officers therefore concluded that the MPS was not the appropriate authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances and, in November 2016, a decision was made that this matter would not proceed to a full criminal investigation.

"That decision was reviewed following the death of Jeffrey Epstein in August 2019 and in November 2019 the MPS confirmed that it would remain unchanged."

Prince Andrew has denied the allegations against him and in November 2019 told the BBC: "I can tell you categorically I don't remember meeting her at all.

"I do not remember a photograph being taken and I've said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever."

Prince Andrew at Ascot
Prince Andrew on day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2019, in Ascot, England. British police will review allegations he had sex with a Jeffrey Epstein trafficking victim. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse