Prince Andrew should be quaking in boots after Maxwell verdict, lawyer says

Prince Andrew “should be quaking in his boots” according to one of the lawyers involved in the Jeffrey Epstein case.

Ghislaine Maxwell’s recent conviction for sex trafficking and grooming girls has prompted Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom – a lawyer for some of Epstein’s victims – to speculate that the jury would also not go easy on the royal.

Maxwell, 60, could face a potential sentence of 65 years, meaning the former socialite would spend the rest of her life in prison.

Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom warned that the Duke of York, 61, should be very worried about his own future if Ghislaine chooses to name him.

"He should be quaking in his boots,” Bloom told the Daily Mail. “Because this shows that a jury is willing to come back with a guilty verdict even if the accusers are not perfect, as no human being is,” she continued, though the case brought against Prince Andrew by Giuffre is a civil case not a criminal one.

Bloom added: ”I think he should be very concerned.”

Maxwell and the Duke of York are thought to have first met almost 20 years ago.

The convicted sex trafficker is alleged to also have introduced the father-of-two to her ex-boyfriend, American financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who took his own life in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

With Maxwell now convicted, speculation continues to grow over whether she will try to make a deal with the police and government over the wider investigation into Epstein’s super-rich social circle.

If this is the case, she would be naming the elite who may be involved in Epstein’s crimes to try and secure a reduced sentence from the court judge.

Despite Bloom’s bold statements, American defence attorney Jeffrey Lichtman is not convinced Maxwell’s potential attempts to name anyone will be successful.

“It all depends on who she would be cooperating against, and what she has to offer,” the lawyer said.

Lichtman, who represented Mexican drug trafficker Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán in 2019, added: “I would not be surprised if she had already tried to cooperate and it had failed.”

What’s more, former federal and state prosecutor Elie Honig tweeted that Maxwell’s cooperation in giving up Epstein’s associates and any potential crimes is “not particularly likely”.

“You’d need (1) Maxwell to be willing and fully on board, (2) SDNY to be fully convinced of her truthfulness, and (3) a realistic plan to use her information versus others,” she said.

The civil suit alleges Prince Andrew forced Virginia Giuffre to have sex with him more than two decades ago when she was under 18 at Maxwell’s London home at the time, and abused her at two of Epstein's homes in 2001.

It also claimed Prince Andrew had sex with her without consent despite allegedly knowing how old she was and that she was a victim of sex trafficking.

The Queen’s second son vehemently denies all claims.

This week his lawyers called for the civil case at a Manhattan court to be halted or thrown out due to Giuffre actually living in Australia.

Giuffre's team have responded by calling the action by Andrew's lawyers a "transparent attempt to delay discovery into his own documents and testimony" in a court filing on Thursday, December 30.

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