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Old 08-17-2019, 12:07 AM
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Looks like the London police will not look as Andrew's conduct in London

https://www.channel4.com/news/exclus...e-andrew-photo

They are not even going to try. Talk about bad optics. It looks like the palace had a word.
Do you really think that the palace could have any real influence on New Scotland Yard in this matter? I seriously doubt it. What has happened is that they've looked at what was put in front of them, studied it and weighed the possible validity of the information and deemed that there was not enough to open a full investigation.

Its not bad optics at all. Its professionalism and doing the job they're given to do.
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Old 08-17-2019, 12:47 AM
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If the woman is not saying anything happened with Andrew in the UK, there is no case to be opened there.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:24 AM
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The legal age of consent in the UK is 16 and Virginia was 17 at the time. As a result unless she made it clear sex wasn't wanted there is no crime committed. The police also ask whether a conviction is possible and having sex with a 17 year old who didn't say 'no' isn't going to get a conviction in the UK - as much as many people would like to see it differently.

This investigation - by the way - was 10 years ago and they found 'no case to answer' probably because Virginia was 17 at the time of any alleged sex in the UK which is not a crime.

Different jurisdictions have different ages of consent and that will be a factor. I believe the age of consent in New York state, for instance is 17 while in Florida it is 18.
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Old 08-17-2019, 03:41 AM
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The legal age of consent in the UK is 16 and Virginia was 17 at the time. As a result unless she made it clear sex wasn't wanted there is no crime committed. The police also ask whether a conviction is possible and having sex with a 17 year old who didn't say 'no' isn't going to get a conviction in the UK - as much as many people would like to see it differently.



This investigation - by the way - was 10 years ago and they found 'no case to answer' probably because Virginia was 17 at the time of any alleged sex in the UK which is not a crime.


Legal age of consent is also 16 in the Netherlands. However, if prostitution is involved (even if the woman wants to) legal age of consent doesnít matter. The person involved is still underaged. Iím not sure what UK law says about this though. Here age of consent only applies if no one pays.
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:53 AM
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The Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein Controversy (2010-2019)

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I was going to mention these facts but you beat me to it. Well said Osipi.



So Andrew and the Queen smiling on the way to or from Church is a sign of what, guilt, anticipation, relief, skullduggery? Oh please, you will read anything you want regardless of the "facts" of the matter and try to make them fit your opinion.



In effect, you demand HM dismiss him from the family regardless of whether he may be guilty or innocent as if that doesn't matter. But you see, Queen Elizabeth II is a stalwart example to the UK and Commonwealth of the importance of integrity, of common decency, traits you seem to find inconvenient.



You seem to have no idea what Prince Andrew may have done, and still does for that matter, that might have resulted in the award of the KCVO, and I suspect if you did it would not matter. But in reality, it matters a lot and I am the first to say I am grateful not to be living in a land and under a generation of autocratic despotism.



A land where the people are stripped of their rights, their names defamed, and where a person is no longer innocent until proven guilty but rather guilty until they can prove they are innocent. It is no wonder that the Cinemas are filled with ugly, dystopian films portraying ever-increasing depression, desperation and complete hopelessness. What a sad life to live.


Iím not sure why you quoted my post, as it seems this rather unpleasant reply was aimed more at Rob than me.

However, Iíll just be clear: nowhere was I suggesting that Andrew smiling was due to whatever reasons you suggested. I was simply saying that it doesnít reflect well on him, is all. No need to be so harsh.

I might back out of this thread because it seems to be getting rather heated. Iíd rather just read the posts and make up my own mind rather than bracing myself each time I post. Call me overreacting, over sensitive or demanding or whatever, but could we please have a civil discussion without such personal attacks? This is an online discussion forum. There will be opinions one disagrees with, but we should do so in a polite manner IMO. When we are mostly all using TRF in general to wind down and relax, I highly doubt most of us want personal attacks. Once again, I apologise for hijacking the thread because of an issue such as this - everyone probably is annoyed by me now, but I personally believe that we should all have good and interesting discussions, even if we disagree with one another. And if you donít like a particular posterís posting style, the ignore button is always useful.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:29 AM
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I don’t think this particular thread would be most people’s choice for relaxing reading. The subject matter is more important than critiquing an outfit, guessing a tiara, discussing a baby or a wedding, or guessing who will attend an event.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:40 AM
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I donít think this particular thread would be most peopleís choice for relaxing reading. The subject matter is more important than critiquing an outfit, guessing a tiara, discussing a baby or a wedding, or guessing who will attend an event.


Thatís very true, I donít think any sane person would find this relaxing - but that wasnít what I was getting at: *in general* we tend to use this forum to wind down, and even in the more serious discussions we can still be civil towards one another and disagree with someone without getting personal or jumping down their throat. I guess thatís more what I was trying to say.
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Old 08-17-2019, 01:30 PM
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New on the Epstein case


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7365911/Jeffrey-Epsteins-lawyers-not-satisfied-coroners-ruling-committed


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7366717/FBI-investigators-zero-Jeffrey-Epsteins-8-000-acre-Zorro-Ranch-


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7366717/FBI-investigators-zero-Jeffrey-Epsteins-8-000-acre-Zorro-Ranch


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7366649/Sarah-Ferguson-shoulder-cry-Prince-Andrew-Spanish-villa.html




This is from DM but there are multiple stories all over and some how Andrew's name gets pulled in. Seriously what is the palace's strategy? Andrew's ride along with the queen to church didn't go down well with a lot of people and I don't think never complain never explain will work here. Will Andrew be part of future events with the BRF like Remembrance Day without reminders of his involvement with Epstein? The press is going to tail Andrew and Sarah. I think the BRF and specifically Andrew needs to get in front of this especially with members of Parliament are demanding explanations. This is not going away.
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Old 08-17-2019, 02:58 PM
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I think hed' be better to keep a low profile and NOT be seen with the queen etc in public...
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:05 PM
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Andrew may not have committed a crime, but he has definitely shown poor judgment by his continued association with Epstein.
Some of that mud will stick.

Also, I would be interested to know about that retainer Epstein paid Fergie.
What was that about?
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Old 08-17-2019, 04:30 PM
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It looks like Epstein courted almost everyone who was rich and/or famous, which is a ploy used by many who enjoy a high profile amongst VIPs. It builds a cloak of respectability that assures people it's OK to be seen with or visit this person's homes because XYZ have also visited or been photographed with him or attended his events etc. We saw all this in the UK with notorious sex offender Jimmy Savile who was hiding his crimes 'in plain sight' for decades. Savile also targeted politicians & the BRF to assist in creating the facade of a decent, charity fundraiser. Meanwhile, under the radar he was an abusive monster.

There will be a great many people who have links with Epstein over the years who must be truly horrified at what was uncovered previously & dread what is still to come. These are the innocents who were part of his superficial life without having any idea of the dark interior. This group of people havenít socialised with Epstein since his conviction in 2008 but their names will crop up as part of his life and those who wish to exploit that for personal or political gain will keep publicising those links, however unjust it is to do so.

Thereís another group who might be innocent of sex offences themselves & might not have had a clue about Epsteinís crimes but for reasons only known to them, remained in social contact with Epstein after 2008. This is the group we might hope includes Prince Andrew but even if it does, he must still be held to account for his continued association after that conviction & he must answer for his actions at this time.

Then there are those who knew at least some of what Epstein was doing but said nothing. If they are powerful people then they should be shamed but some of this group could be employees or victims who feared retribution to themselves or their families.

Another group were engaged in crimes themselves and must be churning inside at what might be uncovered in evidence still to be found. Prince Andrew has been accused of being in this group but has refuted the claims.

The evidence so far indicates that Epstein lived on several levels from superficial decency down to systematic, criminal abuse of vulnerable girls & young women. Everyone who is linked with him is somewhere in those levels & the international focus now should be to find the evidence that places people where they were: from entirely innocent to deeply guilty. Once thatís established, those who are innocent should be totally exonerated and those who have committed crimes must be exposed & face the consequences. I hope there are enough brave journalists & lawyers to ensure that justice is served for everyone & those powerful people currently living a similar life will find no place to hide.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:37 PM
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Legal age of consent is also 16 in the Netherlands. However, if prostitution is involved (even if the woman wants to) legal age of consent doesnít matter. The person involved is still underaged. Iím not sure what UK law says about this though. Here age of consent only applies if no one pays.
Yes if prostitution was involved. Guiffre described her life as a "sex slave". In Florida, the age of consent is 18. Consensual sexual contact between a 16 or 17 year old is allowed as long as the male is under 24 years old. Otherwise, it is statuory rape
The legal age for marriage for women is 16 in Florida, with parents' consent
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:12 PM
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How could we respect HRH the Duke of York for his Epstein Friendship and Sarah for Epstein paying her Debts.
How could we see this Duke wearing a Poppy on November 11 and Remembrance Day?
The Firm lost its Glory because of these 2.
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:37 PM
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Suicide? Very suspicious considering the ever changing circumstances. Prince Andrew and Fergie have shown they can make a lot of big bad choices. Part of the glue that holds them together.
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:40 PM
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The latest from the Daily Mail. Not a good headline.

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Andrew is pictured inside paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million mansion of depravity nine years ago... so how did he miss signs of the billionaire's sexual deviance?
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Old 08-17-2019, 06:55 PM
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Probably because he didn't miss the signs.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:20 PM
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It really looks to me like guilt by association is winning hands down when it comes to Andrew and his association with Epstein. Some are even suggesting that The Duke of York slink off into a hole somewhere in shame and disappear from public forevermore. The Daily Mail isn't helping matters much either, it seems. What gets me is that there is absolutely no concrete allegations that have come to light against Andrew that would warrant prosecuting him for.

Are we perhaps judging Andrew only on his association with Epstein and deeming him not fit to be his mother's son, a prince of the UK and father of two beautiful women? Are we going to push aside the work that Andrew does for the "Firm"? In the last few tallies that Iluvbertie has done, Andrew ranks the *third* highest in events and duties and engagements behind Charles and Anne. Should all those organizations such as Pitch@Palace go to the scrap heap because old allegations have resurfaced again?

People love a good scandal and backyard, over the fence gossiping and too easy throw someone under a bus because of what *may* have been. Where the Queen and Andrew were heading that day when their picture was snapped was to a place where they knew was the One they worship that knows them best of all and loving and compassionate to His children. This is what they believe and they practice it. I can't fault that.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:25 PM
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Oh I agree with you Osipi. I want to see evidence and proof before I make up my mind.

Until then innocent until proven guilty.
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Old 08-17-2019, 07:47 PM
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He was A Loyal friend to a pervert and predator who procured raped and Sold 14 year olds. He refused to stop associating with the person( I canít call Epstein a man). He Refused to stop vacationing with this person. He Invited this person to his mothers home.


Letís say he never laid a hand on one of these victimized girls. Fine. But HE KNEW. He DID NOT Care.Andrew is guilty by Association and that destroys his character and morals and judgment in my mind.

One can make all the arguments they want to excuse The Duke but facts are facts.
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Old 08-17-2019, 08:05 PM
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Oh I agree with you Osipi. I want to see evidence and proof before I make up my mind.

Until then innocent until proven guilty.
What kind of evidence do yíall want to see? Full length videos of Prince Andrew doing the horizontal mambo with the young girl? The clothes he and the girl were wearing that day?
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