Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been served with a sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, according to New York federal court records.
Andrew is being sued in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York by Virginia Giuffre, 38, who alleges the duke sexually abused her on multiple occasions in New York, London, and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands between 2000 and 2002 when she was under the age of 18.
The duke has repeatedly denied having sex with Giuffre, most notably in a disastrous November 2019 BBC interview in which he attempted to defend himself, claiming to have never met her. Shortly after the interview aired, Andrew announced that he was “stepping back” from royal public duties.
The affidavit of service filed Friday states that a member of Andrew’s security team formally received notice of the lawsuit against him at his home, Royal Lodge on the grounds of Windsor Castle, on Aug. 27.
In the affidavit, Cesar Augusto Sepulveda said that it took him two days to deliver the documents because on his first attempt on Aug. 26, Andrew’s security team told him that they had been instructed not to accept service of any court process or “allow anyone attending there for the purpose of serving court process onto the grounds of the property.”
When he returned the next day, Sepulveda met with Andrew’s head of security, who told him he could leave the documents with one of the Royal Lodge guards and they would be forwarded to the duke’s legal team. The head of security refused to allow Sepulveda to serve Andrew in person.
The documents list London-based criminal defense attorney Gary Bloxsome as the duke’s lawyer. BuzzFeed News reached out to Bloxsome for comment on the affidavit of service and the document’s claim that his security team had been instructed not to receive court documents. He did not respond.
However, according to ABC News, Bloxsome reportedly questioned the legality of the service and called Giuffre’s legal team’s actions “regrettable” in a letter obtained by the network. In the document, which ABC News said was sent by Bloxsome to British judicial official senior master Barbara Fontaine on Sept. 6, the lawyer claimed that the way in which the lawsuit was served makes the service invalid under British law.
“Absent being satisfied of some very good reason to do so, our client is highly unlikely to be prepared to agree to any form of alternative service while the approach to service of these proceedings remains irregular and the viability of the claim remains open to doubt,” Bloxsome reportedly wrote.
The first pretrial conference will take place virtually via telephone on Monday. It is unclear whether lawyers representing Andrew will participate at all, as no documents have been filed in federal court in his defense.
Giuffre was one of many women to accuse Andrew’s longtime associate, Epstein, of underage sexual abuse.
Epstein, a prominent financier, killed himself in a federal detention center on Aug. 10, 2019, while facing charges of sexually trafficking and abusing dozens of underage girls, some as young as 14.
In her complaint against Andrew, filed on Aug. 9, Giuffre claimed that she was “compelled by express or implied threats” by Epstein, his then-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and Andrew himself to have sex with the duke. The complaint included a picture of 17-year-old Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, and Andrew, who has his arm around her waist.
Andrew, the complaint states, sexually abused her “knowing that she was a sex-trafficking victim being forced to engage in sexual acts with him.”
In a statement provided to BuzzFeed News on the day of the lawsuit’s filing, Giuffre said she was finally “holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me.”
Germany’s men’s Olympics football team left the pitch five minutes before the end of a warm-up match against Honduras after one of their players was allegedly racially abused.
The team faced Honduras in preparation for the 2020 Olympics, which begin next week.
The teams were tied at 1-1, with Germany equalising thanks to a goal from Felix Uduokhai.
The players walked off the field with five minutes left to play, with the team’s Twitter account claiming that the players decided to leave because defender Jordan Torunarigha had been racially insulted.
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Prince Charles is praising Team England soccer player Marcus Rashford.
On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales spoke to U.K.’s Radio 4 about sustainable farming and highlight the celebrated athlete’s work off the field.
“From field to fork, extraordinary work is being done to try and build a better food system for everyone, be it Jamie Oliver promoting education and a balanced diet, Henry Dimbleby’s ambitions for safe, healthy and affordable food, or Marcus Rashford whose mission off the football field is to tackle child hunger,” said the 73-year-old.
Rashford, 23, has strongly advocated for the British government to provide free school meals, especially during school holidays, to combat hunger for children in underserved families, People magazine reported.
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Prince Charles spoke to U.K.’s Radio 4 on Wednesday and highlighted Marcus Rashford’s mission to tackle child hunger off the field. (Getty Images)
And the cause hits close to home. The Manchester United forward was a recipient of free school meals when he was a child.
The outlet noted that this is the second time Charles has publicly supported Rashford. The first came on Monday when the royal shared an excerpt from his speech on Windrush Day 2020 in the U.K. The prince noted how “the rich diversity of cultures which make this country so special – and in many ways unique – lies at the heart of what we can be as a nation.”
Many saw the quote as Charles’s response to the racist abuse Rashford, along with England teammates Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho, endured racism after they missed penalty kicks in overtime, leading to Italy’s win in the Euro 2020 final.
That Clarence House post came shortly after Charles’s eldest son Prince William addressed the racism directly on Monday.
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Marcus Rashford of England looks on during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Ellis – Pool/Getty Images)
“I am sickened by the racist abuse aimed at England players after last night’s match,” said the 39-year-old in a post on Twitter. “It is totally unacceptable that players have to endure this abhorrent behavior. It must stop now and all those involved should be held accountable.”
Many Twitter users called William a hypocrite for supporting Sancho, Rashford and Saka while never publicly coming to the defense of his sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, who is biracial and faced racism in the U.K. while working as a senior member of the British royal family.
Markle, a former American actress, became the Duchess of Sussex when she married William’s younger brother, Prince Harry, in May 2018 at Windsor Castle. The couple welcomed a son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departures from royal duties began in 2020 over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star, 39. The family now resides in the coastal city of Montecito, Calif.
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Many Twitter users labeled Prince William (left) a hypocrite for not defending his sister-in-law Meghan Markle (center) against racism. (Photo by Eddie Mulholland – WPA Pool/Getty Images )
In the wake of quitting royal duties, they gave an explosive TV interview to Oprah Winfrey in March, in which the couple described painful comments about how dark Archie’s skin might be before his birth. The duchess talked about the intense isolation she felt inside the royal family that led her to contemplate suicide.
Buckingham Palace said the allegations of racism made by the couple were “concerning” and would be addressed privately. William also assured reporters directly at an event that “we are very much not a racist family.”
On June 4, the couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.
The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and his late mother, Princess Diana.
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Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka has spoken out for the first time since missing the decisive penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on Sunday. Following the Wembley showdown, Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho received a torrent of abuse on social media and have now all responded.
In an emotional statement across his social media accounts, Saka has thanked the masses of well-wishers for the support after his final heartbreak.
The 19-year-old also sent out a clear message to social media giants Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, urging them to do more to prevent the abuse he, Sancho and Rashford received on the back of Sunday’s clash.
He said: “I have stayed away from social media for a few days to spend time with my family and reflect on the last few weeks.
“This message won’t do it justice how grateful I am for all the love that I have received, and I feel that I need to thank everyone who has supported me.
“It was an honour to be part of an @England squad that leads by example, they are brothers for life and I’m grateful for everything that I have learnt from every one of the players and staff who worked so hard.
“To help that team reach our first final in 55 years, seeing my family in the crowd, knowing what they’ve given up to help me get there, that meant everything to me.
“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was with the result and my penalty. I really believed we would win this for you.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t bring it home for you this year, but I promise you that we will give everything we’ve got to make sure this generation knows how it feels to win.
“My reaction post match said it all, I was hurting so much and I felt like I’d let you all and my England family down, but I can promise you this.. I will not let that moment or the negativity that I’ve received this week break me.
“For those who have campaigned on my behalf and sent me heartfelt letters, wished me and my family well – I’m so thankful. This is what football should be about.
“Passion, people of all races, genders, religions and backgrounds coming together with one shared joy of the rollercoaster of football.
“To the social media platforms @instagram @twitter @facebook I don’t want any child or adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that me Marcus and Jadon have received this week.
“I knew instantly the kind of hate that I was about to receive and that is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages.
In an Instagram post to his 6.4 million followers, the Borussia Dortmund winger said: “I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new”. The 21-year-old added: “As a society, we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.
“Hate will never win.”
Sancho, who will join Manchester United this summer in a £73million move, praised the achievements of Gareth Southgate’s side.
He said: “I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.
“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger.”
The post was warmly received by Sancho’s followers.
One Instagram user replied: “Keep your chin up, made the whole country proud”.
Marcus Rashford said in response to social media abuse: “I will never apologise for who I am.”
He said he has been “overwhelmed” messages of support left at a vandalised mural of the Manchester United forward.
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The Leader of the Opposition accused Johnson of giving racism the “green light” and stoking a “culture war” over the decision taken by Southgate’s squad to take the knee before their Euro 2020 matches.
The Prime Minister met with representatives from large social media companies, including Instagram and Twitter, on Tuesday to discuss how to tackle abuse on their platforms.
Johnson said he “made it absolutely clear to them that we will legislate to address this problem in the Online Harms Bill” and suggested they could face fines of up to 10 percent of their global revenues if they fail to get hate and racism off of their platforms.
Jadon Sancho has written a lengthy and emotional statement addressing his penalty miss in England’s defeat by Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2020 final and the racist abuse that sadly followed.
Sancho was brought on by Gareth Southgate in the final moments of extra-time to take a penalty in the shoot-out at Wembley.
But alongside Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, the 21-year-old winger could not find the back of the net.
Despite two saves from Jordan Pickford, England were beaten 3-2 on penalties after the 1-1 draw to finish as the tournament’s runners-up.
In the aftermath of the defeat, England’s three young penalty-takers were targeted by cowardly racists online.
Their treatment by a minority of the public has triggered an outpouring of support from the wider footballing community and sparked a debate over how to deal with racism on social media.
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“My first thought before going into any football match is always “How can I help my team?, how am I going to assist ? how am I going to score ? how am I going to create chances ? And that’s exactly what I wanted to do with that penalty, help the team.
“I was ready and confident to take it, these are the moment’s you dream of as a kid, it is why I play football. These are the pressured situations you want to be under as a footballer. I’ve scored penalties before at club level, I’ve practiced them countless times for both club and country so I picked my corner but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.
“We all had the same ambitions and objectives. We wanted to bring the trophy home.
This has been one of the most enjoyable camps I’ve been part of in my career so far, the togetherness of the team has been unmatched, a real family on and off the pitch.
“I’m not going pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new. As a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.
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“Hate will never win. To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.
“I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.
“Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward. I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.
“It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger! Stay safe & see you soon.”
Twitter has moved to stamp out racist abuse directed at Black England players after the Euro 2020 final but in the face of widespread demand for social media platforms to act, is its approach enough?
The abuse was also posted on Facebook and comes after players and clubs boycotted social media entirely in April in protest at a growing wave of discrimination aimed at people in football.
Here are the steps being taken by social media platforms to tackle the problem and issues preventing further progress.
What is being asked for?
There are two major requests of the social media platforms.
The first is that: “Messages and posts should be filtered and blocked before being sent or posted if they contain racist or discriminatory material.”
The second is that “all users should be subject to an improved verification process that (only if required by law enforcement) allows for accurate identification of the person behind the account”.
What are the issues with filtering?
The challenge with the first request – filtering content before it has been sent or posted – is that it requires technology to automatically identify whether the content of a message contains racist or discriminatory material, and this technology simply doesn’t exist.
The filtering can’t be based on a list of words – people can invent new epithets or substitute characters – and existing racist terms can be used in a context that doesn’t spread hate, for instance a victim looking for support quoting an abusive message that was sent to them.
How do they filter other material?
The social media platforms have had successes in filtering and blocking terrorist material or images of child sexual exploitation, but these are a different kind of problem from a technological perspective.
There is fortunately a finite amount of abuse images in circulation. Tragically this number is growing, but because the vast majority of this media has been previously uploaded, it has also been fingerprinted making it easier to detect again in the future and automatically take down.
Fingerprinting an image and understanding the meaning of a message in the English language are very different technological challenges.
Even the most advanced natural language processing (NLP) software can struggle to consider the context that a human will innately comprehend, although many companies claim that their software manages this successfully.
What do the companies say?
Instead, both Twitter and Facebook say that they quickly removed abusive messages after they were posted.
Twitter said that “through a combination of machine learning-based automation and human review, we have swiftly removed over 1,000 Tweets and permanently suspended a number of accounts for violating our rules”.
A spokesperson for Facebook said: “We quickly removed comments and accounts directing abuse at England’s footballers last night and we’ll continue to take action against those that break our rules.”
They added: “In addition to our work to remove this content, we encourage all players to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs.”
Hidden Words is Facebook’s filter for “offensive words, phrases and emojis” in DM requests, but the shortcomings of this approach are described above.
What are the issues with requiring verified IDs?
The call for social media users to identify themselves to the platforms – if not necessarily to the public – has also been echoed by trade body BCS, the chartered institute for IT.
Anonymity online is valuable, as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recognised in a parliamentary debate, noting “it is very important for some people – for example, victims fleeing domestic violence and children who have questions about their sexuality that they do not want their families to know they are exploring. There are many reasons to protect that anonymity”.
Suggestions of an ID escrow – in which the platform knows the identity of the user, but other social media users do not – provoke questions about how trustworthy the staff inside the platforms are for “groups such as human rights advocates [and] whistleblowers” which the government has identified as deserving anonymity online.
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And if the companies were holding the real identities of these users in escrow then they could be exposed to law enforcement, with a number of undemocratic states known to target dissidents who speak freely against their government on social media.
It is also not clear what processes the social media platforms could have in place to verify these identities.
“Online abuse is not anonymous,” according to Heather Burns, policy manager at the Open Rights Group.
“Virtually all of the current wave of abuse is immediately traceable to the individuals who shared it, and social media platforms can hand details to law enforcement.”
“Government cannot pretend that this problem is not their responsibility. Calls for social media platforms to take material down miss the point, and let criminals off the hook,” Ms Burns added.
But transparency figures released by Twitter reveal that the company responds to fewer than 50 per cent of all requests for information from law enforcement in the UK relating to accounts on its platform.
What is the government going to do?
Oliver Dowden said: “I share the anger at appalling racist abuse of our heroic players. Social media companies need to up their game in addressing it and, if they fail to, our new Online Safety Bill will hold them to account with fines of up to 10 per cent of global revenue.”
The Online Safety Bill – a draft of which was published this May – introduces a statutory duty on social media platforms to address harm, but it doesn’t define what that harm is.
Instead, judgement about that will be left to the regulator Ofcom, which has the power to penalise a company that doesn’t comply with these duties with a fine of up to 10 per cent of its worldwide revenue.
The most significant challenge for British police when attempting to prosecute people based on tweets is Twitter’s extremely low compliance rate with information requests. As per the company’s transparency report, fewer than 50% get responses!
Notably, a similar power was available to the Information Commissioner’s Office to deal with data protection breaches, and the maximum fine has yet to be issued to any major platform.
In cases such as racist abuse, the content will be obviously illegal, but the language about the duty itself is vague.
As drafted, the platforms will be required to “minimise the presence” of racist abuse and the length of time that it remains online. It could be that Ofcom as the regulator thinks they are already doing this.
What do others say?
At its core, the issue is about who is responsible for tackling this content.
Imran Ahmed, the head of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), said: “The disgusting racist abuse of England players is a direct result of Big Tech’s collective failure to tackle hate speech over a number of years.
“This culture of impunity exists because these firms refuse to take decisive action and impose any real consequences on those who spew hatred on their platforms.
“Most immediately, racists who abuse public figures should be immediately removed from social media platforms. Nothing will change until Big Tech decides to drastically change its approach to this issue.
“So far, political leaders have only offered words, without action. But if social media companies refuse to wake up to the problem, the government will need to step in to protect people.”
Ms Burns countered: “Illegal racial abuse sent to England’s footballers must be prosecuted under existing laws.
“Government needs to ensure that police and the justice system enforce existing criminal law, rather than abdicating their responsibility by making this the social media platforms’ problem. Social media sites do not operate courts and prisons,” she added.
What else can be done?
Graham Smith, a respected cyberlaw expert at Bird & Bird, told Sky News he believed the government and police could make use of existing “online ASBO” powers to target the most egregious antisocial online behaviour.
In an interview with the Information Law and Policy Centre, he said the potential for using ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders – now known as IPNAs, or injunctions to prevent nuisance or annoyance) “has been largely ignored”.
IPNA’s “have controversial aspects, but at least have the merit of being targeted against perpetrators and subject to prior due process in court”, Mr Smith added, noting that “thought could be given to extending their availability to some voluntary organisations concerned with victims of online misbehaviour”.
The former glamour model, who first campaigned to tackle online abuse when she launched a petition to criminalise internet bullying in 2017, told her Twitter followers that the “vile racist abuse” directed towards England players “proves” her “petition is more important than ever”. Price, 43, has called on the Government to introduce new rules that would ensure social media accounts are linked to verified forms of identification. Proponents believe this will help “prevent anonymised harmful activity”, including abuse directed against Price’s teenage son Harvey.
Last month, Price took a 52-year-old man to court after he had shared a blackface video mocking Harvey, who suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome and autism, on his Twitter account.
The “track a troll” petition, launched in March 2021, has already received a response from the Government after it obtained ten thousand signatures.
The Government said: “User ID verification for social media could disproportionately impact vulnerable users and interfere with freedom of expression”.
“Anonymity”, the response continued”, “underpins people’s fundamental right to express themselves and access information online in a liberal democracy”.
However, following England’s heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat against Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, support for Price’s petition has increased to more than 650,000, the most of any open e-petition on the UK Government and Parliament website.
Marcus Rashford, 23, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Bukayo Saka, 19, all missed their spot kicks after England manager, Gareth Southgate, nominated them to take on the Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, in the penalty shoot-out on Sunday.
Research by Channel 4 News found that almost two thousand discriminatory and abusive comments were posted against the England trio and their teammate Raheem Sterling on Twitter, with an additional 167 posts considered to constitute “high risk” abuse.
Following a nail-biting game, England and Italy went head-to-head in a penalty shootout in a bid to win the Euro 2020 trophy. Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions unfortunately lost to their rivals after the final penalty, taken by Bukayo Saka, was saved.
His fellow teammates Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho also didn’t manage to get the ball in the goal.
Since England’s defeat, the three players have been subjected to racial abuse online.
Dan Walker, amongst other celebrities, have spoken out to condemn the behaviour on social media.
Taking to his Instagram page today, the BBC Breakfast star shared a picture of the England squad having a group hug following their loss.
“I know a lot has come from abroad. People who track those things have been able to explain that. But not all of it.
“It’s just not what we stand for. We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.
“We heal together as a team now, and we’re there for them, and I know that 99 per cent of the public will be as well.”
He added of his youngest player: “Bukayo in particular has been an absolute star in this tournament.
Gareth Southgate describes the racist abuse suffered by England’s attacking trio Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as “unforgivable” following their missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final last night. The three forwards were brave enough to step up and take a spot-kick but failed to score as Italy were crowned champions.
The Manchester United duo were summoned from the bench for the penalty shootout but failed to dispatch with the stakes high.
Rashford saw his penalty hit the post before Gianluigi Donnarumma denied Sancho after diving to his left.
Arsenal youngster Saka also saw his penalty saved after Jordan Pickford saved Jorginho’s tame effort to hand England a lifeline.
All three players were sent monkey emojis on social media following the penalty shootout with nobody being held accountable, once again.
Now Southgate has defended his players and highlighted how proud he is of their efforts.
“I’m not totally across everything but my first thoughts this morning are with the boys that have done so well for us. The players have had such a great togetherness and spirit and brought our country together,” he said.
“For some of them to be abused is unforgivable. Some of it has come from abroad, we have been told this, but some of it is from this country. We have been a beacon of light to bring people together and the national team stands for everybody.
“We felt the energy and positivity from the fans and i’m incredibly proud of that.”