London — British police have decided not to take any further action against Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, after reviewing evidence presented to a U.S. court by an American woman who claims the royal sexually assaulted her as a minor. Over the summer, London’s Metropolitan Police looked at the evidence presented by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was forced to have sex with Andrew.
“This review has concluded and we are taking no further action,” the police said in a statement.
As CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, Prince Andrew has denied the allegations from the very beginning,bluntly that he had “no recollection of meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”
Giuffre says a now-familiar photo, of Prince Andrew with his arm around her as a young woman, is evidence to the contrary. Andrew has suggested the photo could have been faked.
Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the prince in Florida when she was 17 years old after being trafficked to the encounter by, a close friend of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein’s 2019 death in a New York jail cell was ruled a suicide. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other changes.
“He needs to be held accountable, we need to show the world that the rich and mighty can fall too,” Giuffre told CBS News last year of Prince Andrew.
The scandal has
He’s been withdrawn from his official duties and largely disappeared from public view. He was even conspicuously missing from the official family photos of his daughterin 2020.
Queen Elizabeth II is now 95 years old, and a widow after theearlier this year.
The royal family is working hard to ensure a seamless handoff to the next monarch, the queen’s first son, Prince Charles, with a prominent role for his son Prince William and his young family.
In an August radio interview, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dickthat “no one is above the law,” including Prince Andrew.
While Andrew, the Duke of York, appeared on Monday to be clear of any possible criminal investigation in his home country, he is still facing a civil suit brought by Giuffre in the U.S., claiming sexual assault.
Mark Stephens, a British lawyer who has followed the case closely, says the London police were aware that because it isn’t illegal in the U.K. to have sex with a 17-year-old, they would have had to prove that Andrew knew Giuffre was trafficked in order to prosecute the royal. He said the Met’s decision shows they apparently didn’t believe there was enough evidence to prove that.
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New Delhi: While some countries of the world have almost won the corona cases, there are still many countries where corona cases have started gaining momentum once again. After America, now the havoc of Corona is being seen in Russia too. In the last 24 hours, one thousand people died of corona in Russia.
The shameful act of the controversial restaurant, forcing the waitress to wear such a short skirt!
America’s famous restaurant chain Hooters is in controversy these days. Yes why not? This famous American restaurant chain has given a new dress code of Hooters to the waitresses working here. In this, she is being forced to wear extremely short skirts.
China forcing people to work 12 hours a day? Tencent, Alibaba, other tech giants’ employees complain
China has begun ‘996 work culture’, according to which, people are scheduled to work from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week. The culture is now facing backlash from locals in the country. To protest against the gruelling work hours, aggrieved Chinese office workers have initiated a ‘worker lives matter’ campaign, which asks everyone to share their work schedules on an open-access spreadsheet that is being circulated over the internet.
As per the updates on Thursday, the sheet had entries from over 4,000 people working in tech giants including Tencent, Alibaba and ByteDance.
This 996 culture had been publically praised by founders of China’s tech unicorns, including Jack Ma, who once reportedly said, “To be able to work 996 is a huge bliss.”
But the Chinese population, particularly the youth which emphasises on healthy living and a balance work trend with phrases such as “laying flat” and “feeling fish” being used as terms for slacking off among exhausted employees, is now protesting it, Taiwan News reported.
Besides, Chinese tech companies are also attempting to bring productivity-enhancing tools into everyday office life, worker’s efficiency is being channelized into squeezing more value from employees by using software-driven surveillance management and monitoring into their professional lives.
Despite fierce criticism over such aggressive practices and complaints from employees, they have had little impact on investor sentiment, reported Nikkei Asia.
Companies are running even more brutal working hours – ByteDance allows its employees a full weekend only every other week, while employees at Pinduoduo’s newer units are required to work at least 300 hours a month.
(With inputs from ANI)
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