Andrew’s ‘arrogance’ prevented earlier settlement
US attorneys representing victims of Jeffrey Epstein have hailed Tuesday’s settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre as a “victory”, however one lawyer has claimed that The Duke’s “arrogance” stood in the way of settling sooner.
“It’s another banner day for the survivors,” Robert Lewis, a New York-based lawyer for Sarah Ransome, who was abused at the age of 22 and settled a lawsuit with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2018, told the Guardian.
Lewis also said he felt the victims had “been heard, and were no longer silenced” after Maxwell was convicted in December.
However, Lewis said he was surprised the prince had not settled the case sooner. When questioned if there had been “any element of arrogance” in the prince’s delay in settling, Lewis said: “That’s absolutely the case.”
“It’s true for Epstein, it’s true for Maxwell, it’s true for the Catholic church, it’s true for the prince … they think the law on some level applies only to everybody else.
“The settlement does not surprise me. What does surprise me is that he and his advisers and lawyers didn’t see this earlier and come to terms with it much earlier.”
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