Police in London have confirmed that they received an allegation of sex trafficking against Prince Andrew in 2015—but they decided they weren't the ones who should deal with it. Scotland Yard spokesman Alex Murray said Thursday that the force decided not to launch a full investigation because it determined the inquiry "would be largely focused on activities and relationships outside the UK" and decided it "was not the appropriate authority to conduct enquiries in these circumstances," the Guardian reports. Virginia Giuffre, who says she was trafficked from the US to Britain at age 17 by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the prince, has accused the force of corruption.
Giuffre tweeted earlier this week that Scotland Yard initially told her they were going to forensically examine the London home of Maxwell, who allegedly procured underage girls for Epstein, but "next thing I hear, just like the FBI, they were not allowed to pursue the investigation." She says she was forced to have sex with the prince three times in 2001 and 2002. The prince was photographed with his arm around Giuffre in 2001. He denied the allegations in a "disastrous" TV interview, but he has stepped back from public duties amid a backlash over his friendship with Epstein. In a BBC interview that will be aired in full next week, Giuffre says: "He knows what happened, I know what happened. And there's only one of us telling the truth." (The Queen has scaled back the prince's 60th birthday party.)