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Epstein victims angered by ‘public rehabilitation’ of Prince Andrew – media — Analysis

Sex abuse victims say the Duke of York should have mourned his mother’s death in private

Lawyers who represented victims of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein told The Independent that their clients are angry and upset after seeing Prince Andrew – an associate of Epstein who was also accused of abuse – return to public life following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Andrew had his royal patronages and honourary military titles stripped earlier this year. This was after he settled the civil suit with Virginia Giuffre. She accused Andrew of sexually assaulting Virginia while she was just a child in 2001. Andrew refrained from public appearances after the settlement, but the disgraced royal has returned to the spotlight following the death of his mother, walking in the Queen’s funeral procession and standing vigil at her coffin in Westminster Hall.

“For the victims that are involved, seeing him in these types of public appearances and being praised by the public, it’s frustrating to them,” Spencer Kevin, a Florida-based lawyer who represented nine of Epstein’s victims, told The Independent.

These men see him as someone they consider disrespectful of the victims due to his friendship with a child pedophile. And for him to be lauded in public, as he’s doing, and to be praised by the public, which is what he’s seeking, is insulting.

Kevin suggests that Andrew might be trying to “rehabilitate his image in the public,”He said the Duke of York should not have been grieving in public. Mariann Wang, a New York-based lawyer who represented up to a dozen of Epstein’s victims, agreed, calling Andrew’s appearance in public “quite outrageous.”

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Epstein’s victims aren’t the only people upset at Andrew’s recent appearances. As the Queen’s funeral cortege made its way through Edinburgh last weekend, a young man was arrested after he called the prince a “sick old man.”

Epstein and Andrew were friends, and the British royal admitted to staying at Epstein’s properties even after the American financier had been jailed in 2008 for soliciting a child for prostitution. Epstein was again arrested in 2019, and accused of sexually exploiting dozens more girls underage. He was later found dead in Manhattan’s jail cell. Officially, his death was ruled suicide.

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