Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

For Jeffrey Epstein's accusers and their quest for justice, what now?

For Jeffrey Epstein's accusers and their quest for justice, what now?

Virginia Giuffre's husband woke her early on Sunday to tell her Epstein had been found dead in his NY jail cell, where he was being held accused of orchestrating a sex trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14.

The documents are connected to a 2015 defamation case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims Epstein kept her as a teenage "sex slave" and an associate of his facilitated it. The act, signed into law in February, gives adult survivors of child sexual abuse one year from Wednesday to sue an abuser for offenses in NY, no matter how long ago the abuse allegedly occurred.

Virginia Giuffre, now Roberts (center) with Prince Andrew and Maxwell inside Prince Andrew's London home.

"Epstein's death should not let them off the hook".

The multimillionaire hedge fund manager's death from an apparent suicide Saturday in his cell ends the criminal case against him, but what does that mean for his accusers' quest for justice?

"And so then I sat on Andrew's lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine". "Royals rally round" read a caption in the Sun, a right-wing tabloid.

The Duke of York's eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, also joined them in what is being taken as a show of solidarity for the scandal-hit royal.

Prince Andrew (59) is said to have groped in 2001 in Epstein's Villa, the then 21-year-old Joanna Sjoberg.

He served 13 months of his 18 month sentence and was registered as a sex offender. She later said it was a "gigantic error of judgment". "In fact, his many co-conspirators who may have been fearful to speak out against him have been relieved of that excuse; this is their last chance to speak up". "I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you".

The prince and Ferguson - also widely known here as Fergie - Wednesday in 1986 and had two daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, before divorcing in 1996.

Buckingham Palace said this weekend that any "suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue" and that the new allegations that came out this weekend stemmed from a court case "to which the Duke Of York is not a party". A number of British lawmakers are now calling for a new investigation of Prince Andrew's ties to Epstein.

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