A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims says Prince Andrew should “tremble in his boots” over Ghislaine Maxwell’s guilty verdict.
Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom, who represented eight victims of the billionaire pedophile, said the sex trafficking conviction of Epstein’s madame moved her and her clients to tears and brought the queen’s favorite son one step closer to facing a jury on allegations that he had sex with a 17 year old girl traded by Maxwell.
60-year-old Maxwell has been found guilty of five out of six minor sex trafficking cases for Epstein and faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison.
Right on the heels of the verdict is a hearing on Jan. 4 to determine whether Andrews Prosecutor Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit cannot justify the Prince’s argument that she resides in Australia and her claim to be in Colorado should be rejected.
Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom (left) said the sex trafficking conviction of Epstein’s Madame brought Prince Andrew (right) one step closer to facing a jury for alleged sex with a 17-year-old girl, Maxwell’s was traded
Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts, 17 years old, in Ghislaine Maxwell’s townhouse in London, Great Britain, on March 13, 2001
Jeffrey Epstein’s associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, sits while the guilty verdict in her sexual abuse trial is read in a court sketch in New York City on Wednesday
If the judge takes Giuffre’s side, the case could go to jury in autumn 2022.
Bloom said after Maxwell’s conviction she believed the prince’s technical objections “won’t fly”.
“He should be shaking in his boots,” the Epstein victim’s attorney told DailyMail.com. “Because it shows that a jury is ready to come back with a guilty verdict, even if the accusers are imperfect like no one is.
“Even if there were reasons for cross-examination that were there, they went to the heart of the story and found that Ghislaine Maxwell was guilty of the sex trafficking.”
Bloom said that when the case goes to court, Andrew’s attorney Andrew Brettler will likely try to trip Giuffre by pointing out inconsistencies in her testimony – but the tactic would be ineffective now with a jury.
“In his case, I think he’s hoping his attorneys can cross-examine Virginia and lead her to some of the previous statements and mistakes she made. And I just don’t think this will fly. I think he should be very worried, ”she said.
The attorney added that Wednesday’s ruling now makes Prince Andrew an avowed close friend of a child sex dealer – after admitting his friendship with Maxwell in a car accident interview with BBC journalist Emily Maitliss.
Right on the heels of the verdict, there will be a hearing on Jan. 4 to determine whether Andrews Prosecutor Virginia Giuffre’s (left) civil lawsuit over the Prince’s argument that she lives in Australia and her claim to be a Colorado resident cannot justify being rejected. If the judge takes Giuffre’s side, the case could go to a jury in autumn 2022. Bloom (right) said after Maxwell’s conviction that she believed the prince’s technical objections “won’t fly”.
Virginia Giuffre, perhaps Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s most vocal accuser, responded on social media after Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking and other charges Wednesday
She added: “I hope that today is not the end, but another step towards justice. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be ‘
“He clearly had a relationship with Jeffrey Epstein,” said Bloom. “And an even closer relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell. I mean, he said it himself in the interview he gave that he was actually closer to Ghislaine. And she’s now a convicted sex trafficker. So that brings us one step closer to Prince Andrew. ‘
Attorney Brad Edwards, honored last month by the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for his central role in representing the victims and in the abolition of Epstein, told DailyMail.com that Prince Andrew was his “hope in the.” Victory of Evil ‘has been denied’.
“That sure doesn’t help Ghislaine’s buddy Andrew. He had plenty of opportunities to come forward and help, but unfortunately he chose to stand in the shadow of Team Ghislaine and Jeffrey and hope for Evil’s victory, ”he said.
“Well, that didn’t work out so well. Perhaps he will regret it and give you information now. ‘
Prince Andrew could face another bomb before his January 4 hearing after Manhattan Federal Judges Lewis Kaplan and Loretta Preska ruled that a 2009 settlement agreement would be reached between Epstein and Giuffre directly related to Giuffre’s civil suit, in which Britain’s Prince Andrew is publicly accused of sexual abuse early next week.
60-year-old Maxwell has been found guilty of five out of six minor sex trafficking cases for Epstein and faces a maximum sentence of 65 years in prison. Epstein and Maxwell in a vacation photo in Europe
Kaplan leads Giuffre’s lawsuit against the prince for allegedly forcing her to have sex with him in Maxwell’s London house and molesting her in two of Epstein’s mansions.
Brettler will argue at the upcoming hearing that Giuffre has lived in Australia for a long time and cannot support her claim of being a Colorado resident.
“They’re trying every kind of loophole they can come up with because he clearly doesn’t want the case to be resolved,” said Bloom. “He doesn’t want her to come through the courthouse door and have a trial. And that’s what she fights for.
“It’s very disappointing that he wants to take her day to court. If he is innocent, he should want a lawsuit that will exonerate him, and yet he will do whatever he can to fight it.
Virginia Roberts’ testimony on the Maxwell judgment
My soul longed for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will always remember this day.
After experiencing the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who have suffered under their hands and whose lives she has ruined.
I hope that today is not the end, but another step towards justice. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.
“I wouldn’t advise him because I’ve been 100% on the victims’ side for four years now,” added the lawyer. “But if I advised him I would tell him to apologize and cooperate with law enforcement as he said, and then he never did.
‘Stop hiding behind your lawyers and let’s get to the bottom of this.’
One of Bloom’s clients, just named Kiki, said the verdict meant Maxwell would get a glimpse of how she and other victims were feeling.
“No punishment or punishment will remove the trauma we all had to endure through her hands, but now she has to live with what she did, just as survivors have to live with it every day of our lives,” Kiki said.
“What she and Jeffrey did for their own sadistic amusement has sentenced all of their victims to their own metaphorical prisons. I fight every day to escape those four walls that trapped me the day I was molested and now she will know how it is for all the girls she’s damaged her entire life. ‘
“No matter how rich or powerful you are, if you choose to exploit and abuse, your day will come,” said Edwards.
“When I heard from Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell 13 years ago, I made a decision not to stop until justice is done to all victims. Today is another big step. But it’s not over yet. Everyone else who played a role knows who they are. ‘