Prince Andrew sued in American federal court for alleged sexual abuse

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Prince Andrew “could settle sex abuse case out of court to avoid trial”
Prince Andrew “could settle sex abuse case out of court to avoid trial”. image: Twitter

Prince Andrew sued in American federal court for alleged sexual abuse by Virginia Guiffre.

An alleged victim of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has actioned a lawsuit against Prince Andrew, and accused the 61-year-old royal of sexually abusing her at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and elsewhere when she was under the age of 18, according to the complaint filed with the court and a report from ABC news.

Prince Andrew sued in American federal court for alleged sexual abuse
“I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew said. “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.” image: Twitter

The lawsuit, filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in the Manhatten federal court of New York, comes almost two years to the day that Epstein died in a New York jail while he was awaiting trial on conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

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“Twenty 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 lawsuit states.

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. It is possible not to live in silence and fear but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.” Giuffre said in a statement.

“I’ve said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever,” said Prince Andrew, who denied the allegations in a 2019 interview with the BBC.


“If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions, and Virginia is committed to trying to avoid situations where rich and powerful people escape any accountability for their actions,” said Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller Flexner, speaking to ABC News.

The legal action also comes just days before the expiration date of a New York state law that permits alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil claims that might otherwise be barred by statutes of limitations.

 



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