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♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight, battle royale. virginia giuffre suing and accusing prince andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager. the prince denying the claims to the bbc. >> i don't recollect that photograph ever being taken. >> now her lawyer on the search for accountability. >> she'll be able to prove her case, in part through her own testimony, and in part through photographic evidence. >> how the accusations may damage the monarchy. >> this is the last thing that the queen wants to deal with, with her much-beloved son. because he is her son, but at the same time with the monarchy, we've all watched "the crown." the crown comes first. scoring brownie points. the gourmet pastry chef behind
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facing more fallout from the allegations of sexual assault surrounding prince andrew. the latest chapter of the royal scandal involves virginia giuffre, the woman now suing the prince for what she says happened when she was a teenager and was allegedly sex trafficked by jeffrey epstein. britain's prince andrew is embroiled in scandal once again. >> a developing headline involving prince andrew. >> facing a new lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse -- >> reporter: virginia roberts giuffre, one of jeffrey epstein's accusers, has filed a lawsuit against the 61-year-old prince, claiming he sexually abused her on multiple occasions when she was a teenager. >> making an allegation in the court of public opinion is one thing. actually filing a lawsuit is another. there's no doubt this is an escalation for both virginia giuffre and for prince andrew. >> reporter: the suit which was filed in federal court in new york outlines three incidents in which the prince allegedly sexually assaulted giuffre. two of those occurring on the properties of deceased sex offender epstein, and once in
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the london home of epstein's longtime associate, ghislaine maxwell. >> this brings everything back to the fore, for prince andrew, who has tried to live i think beneath the fray of late. >> reporter: the lawsuit saying 20 years ago, prince andrew's wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. it is long past the time for him to be held to account. the allegations against the prince are perhaps one of the greatest threats to the image of the british royal family. >> the royals live and die by the court of public opinion. and andrew has lost that. >> reporter: just today a headline in the british paper "the times" citing a source close to prince charles. in a statement to abc news through her lawyers, giuffre writing, i know that this action will subject me to further attacks by prince andrew and his surrogates, but i knew that if i did not pursue this action, i would be letting victims everywhere down. >> the hope is that by requiring
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prince andrew to appear in court to answer for these charges, she'll take a step towards making sure that what happened to her doesn't happen to other young girls in the future. >> reporter: giuffre, now a 38-year-old mother living in australia, first accused the prince of sexual abuse in public court filings in december of 2014. in a case brought by alleged epstein victims against the u.s. department of justice. they were suing because of epstein's lenient deal with federal prosecutors in 2008. in a 2019 interview with the bbc's "panorama," buy 48 detailed her allegations against the prince. >> ghislaine tells me that i have to do for andrew what i do for jeffrey. and that made me sick. i just didn't expect it from royalty. >> reporter: prince andrew has denied all of giuffre's allegations. in a rare television interview
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with the bbc that same year, he maintained he has no recollection of her and that he never had sex with her. >> i can absolutely, categorically tell you, it never happened. >> reporter: giuffre says this picture of the two of them together backs up her account. >> he knows what happened. i know what happened. and there's only one of us telling the truth. and i know that's me. >> nobody can prove whether or not it -- that photograph has been doctored, but i don't recollect that photograph ever being taken. >> reporter: for nearly a decade, the prince has been under scrutiny for his association with epstein, a multimillionaire financier and the subject of state and federal investigations that started in the mid-2000s for allegedly recruiting underage girls for illicit massages and sex. but the prince has said he never witnessed any of the criminal conduct that epstein was convicted of or accused of.
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>> we don't really know what kind of personal relationship they enjoyed, but certainly prince andrew was a frequent visitor to jeffrey epstein's homes, not only in manhattan but also on his private caribbean island. and we know that the two had traveled together and traveled in similar circles. thanks mainly to ghislaine maxwell, who was jeffrey epstein's partner for a long time. >> reporter: giuffre, who alleges she was also a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by jeffrey epstein, says that's how she came to know prince andrew. in the lawsuit she says she was compelled by express or implied threats by epstein, maxwell, and or prince andrew to engage in sexual acts with prince andrew and feared death or physical injury and other repercussions for disobeying. david boies is one of the attorneys representing giuffre. >> we reached out to prince andrew and his lawyers several times over the last five years to try to resolve this issue without the necessity of litigation. they have just consistently
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stonewalled. >> reporter: giuffre is now seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, arguing that the prince intentionally caused her emotional distress. abc news reached out to prince andrew for comment on this lawsuit, but a uk-based spokesperson said there would be none. >> as the plaintiff, she still has the burden to prove that it happened. and even if you believe that prince andrew and virginia giuffre knew each other, she still has to prove that these acts occurred. >> she'll be able to prove her case in part through her own testimony, and in part through photographic evidence, in part through the testimony of other individuals. >> how big a hit reputationally is this to the crown? >> these allegations against prince andrew are the worst that have ever happened to a member of the royal family in my lifetime. >> reporter: the backlash from that bbc interview so severe that he was forced to give up his royal duties and reportedly moved his offices out of
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buckingham palace. there is a real understanding that prince andrew may never return to public royal life. >> prince charles now really is head of the family. he wants the monarchy to survive. there is no way back for prince andrew. there can be no way back. >> reporter: next year is the queen's platinum jubilee. what does this mean in the runup to that celebration? >> it's a dark cloud over it. this is the last thing that the queen wants to deal with, with her much-beloved son, because he is her son. at the same time, with the monarc monarchy, we've all watched "the crown." the crown comes first. >> reporter: giuffre's lawsuit comes almost two years to the day that epstein died by suicide in a new york city jail while awaiting trial on conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges. prosecutors from the u.s. attorney's office in new york alleged from about 2002 to 2005, epstein sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in manhattan, new
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york, and palm beach florida, among other locations, using cash payments to recruit a vast network of underage victims, some of whom were as young as 14 years old. michelle la cotta says she was just 16 when she was recruited by another high school girl to give epstein a massage. >> he kept saying, like god, you're just so beautiful and sexy and gorgeous. it was making me feel really uncomfortable. >> reporter: licata told investigators in a police interview at the time that epstein sexually assaulted her. >> he wanted me to rub his back, asking me to go lower and lower. kind of talking to me and trying to get me to talk about sex. >> reporter: because of epstein's death, many of his alleged victims never saw justice served. epstein's one-time girlfriend and associate, ghislaine maxwell, now also behind bars, currently awaiting trial on charges that she aided epstein's alleged abuse of four underaged girls.
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>> she has pleaded not guilty and denied it all throughout. >> she's facing the possibility of decades behind bars if convicted. >> reporter: maxwell denies giuffre's claims that she recruited her for sexual activities or instructed her to have sex with prince andrew or other men. she has not been charged in connection with giuffre's allegations. as for prince andrew, he initially said he would aid law enforcement with their epstein investigation. >> despite his public assertions that he's willing to help investigators in the united states unravel jeffrey epstein's conduct, it does not appear that prince andrew has actually followed through. the u.s. attorney at the time, jeffrey burman, stood in front of jeffrey epstein's then mansion and declared that he wanted to talk to prince andrew and had reached out to the british government to try and make that happen. >> prince andrew has provided zero cooperation. >> reporter: prince andrew's lawyers, blackfords llp, denied this, issuing a statement in june 2020 saying the prince had
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offered his assistance as witness to the doj several times. today the head of london's metropolitan police was asked about the new lawsuit against prince andrew on lbc, a british radio station. >> is he above the law? >> no one is above the law. >> reporter: boies says he hopes at the very least the lawsuit leads to prince andrew finally answering questions under oath. >> she wants to set an example here. people, no matter how rich or powerful, no matter who their family is or what their connections are, can't avoid being called to account in a court of law for allegations of sexual abuse. coming up, covid cravings. why the pandemic has people reaching for cannabis edibles. is struggling to manage your type 2 diabetes knocking you out of your zone? lowering your a1c with once-weekly ozempic® can help you get back in it. oh, oh, oh, ozempic®!
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ingredient. liquid cannabis. >> i love our guava tamarind jellies. those are cbd and thc. i love our salted toffee blondies as well. it depends on my mood. >> do you have somebody that's doing taste testing? >> i mean, that's not a hard position to fill. >> reporter: she launched her company, kaneh, six years ago after medical marijuana became legal in california. when pot was legal for recreational use, kaneh expanded. >> i didn't have experience baking with cannabis, but my partners had a lot of knowledge. they came with the business sense, the cannabis experience, then i brought the baking piece to the table. >> reporter: with products like cannabis-infuseds, chocolate candies, triplechocol surprise business is booming in the last couple years, edible
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sales are around 5% or 6% of total cannabis sales. in 2020, that was up to 10%. edibles are a really easy entry point for the industry to grow their consumer base. >> reporter: 18 states and washington, d.c. currently allow cannabis to be sold for recreational consumption. >> our latest products are the truffle bars. and i'm obsessed with this. >> you're obsessed with this? >> yes. >> reporter: while many of us were in covid-19 lockdown, california's cannabis industry was classified as essential. >> to be considered an essential worker was an interesting feeling, to say the least. >> reporter: rachel's factory ramping up production with demand increasing more than 20% throughout 2020. >> i think that people were dabbling more. they didn't have to go to work every day so they figured, i'll try this. >> reporter: sales of cannabis edibles rose even more nationwide with an estimated 45% increase in 2020. >> we started with five employees. now we have about 50 employees. >> what has the pandemic really
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done for your business, would you say? >> i mean, we've definitely thrived during this period. >> describe to me what these new marijuana users are like. >> i mean, they could be you or me. it could be young moms. it could be grandmas or grandpas. >> new consumers like edibles for a number of reasons. it's discreet. edibles in legal markets have very specific dosage information. so let's say it's 2.5 milligrams or 5 milligrams of thc. that's the active ingredient. you know exactly what you're going to get with that. >> reporter: but you may not feel it right away. the effects of some edibles can take up to two hours. what does it mean when all of a sudden you find yourself deemed an essential business, but restaurants all around you are closing down? >> i had a little bit of survivor's guilt. because i see chefs that i worked with, cooks that i've worked with, and they're at home without a job. >> you're giving them a lifeline. >> they gave me a lifeline too, right? because they had skills and i
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needed people. >> reporter: one of those new hires, cameron jacob, a 20-year hospitality worker who lost her job in the pandemic. she's now kaneh's sales director. >> can you tell me what you've seen from a sales perspective? >> i feel the majority of people i talk to, friends and family, is the common theme. they may not have ever felt comfortable saying they smoked a joint at a function, but to say, oh, i tried one of your edibles, it really helped me sleep. we hold ourselves to the highest standards, but we're also held to the highest of high standards. >> reporter: to comply with state law, every batch of kaneh's edibles are sent to a nearby lab for testing. >> edibles and any cannabis product are tested very strictly. in california in particular, cannabis products have to be tracked seed to sale. even if the edible is a gummy, a gelatin cube, whatever it may be, the regulators, the cannabis control board, should know exactly what seed produced the
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thc that was used to produce that gummy. >> this is scientific scale measures up to one thousandth of a gram. >> reporter: making sure the precise amount of cannabis goes into every batch of edibles. >> when i started this company i was a driver. wanted to get my foot in the cannabis store, worked my way up the ladder, been here almost five years now. >> wow. has working here changed how you consume cannabis at all? >> i consume cannabis much less now. >>. >> reporter: state law prohibits rachel from selling her edibles directly to her customers. instead, she's required to sell them only at licensed dispensaries. like this one in west hollywood called the artist tree. where anyone aged 21 and up can walk in and do some shopping. >> utterly delicious. >> reporter: with more and more states legalizing recreational
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marijuana, rachel is dreaming by. what does the future hold for you? >> we are soon to be opening up in arizona. so that's exciting. very close to us. ultimately, i'd love to be in every state. >> do you ever see yourself having a bakery where someone can come in and sit down and eat a brownie right there? >> i used to get to serve people desserts and see their reactions. man, i would love that. >> our thanks to kayna. up next, when man's best friend is in need, you call in the reinforcements. we finally found the perfect house. yeah, we couldn't believe the deal we got. just lucky i guess. (sfx: airplane flying overhead) we're a little closer to the airport than we thought... (sfx: airplane grounded outside the house) at least geico makes bundling our home and car insurance easy. saving us so much money. -hi. -how was your flight? -good. -good. morning, ted.
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