Queen Elizabeth II’s 2nd child, Prince Andrew, was taken legal action against in a New York court on Monday for declared sexual assault of a lady who states she was “lent out” for minor sex by late United States investor Jeffrey Epstein.
The filing at the United States district court in Manhattan stated Virginia Giuffre was the complainant in the event versus the accused, called as “Prince Andrew, Duke of York.”
Giuffre declared in the filing that she “was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes.
“One such effective guy … was the Defendant, Prince Andrew.”
According to the complaint, Giuffre said Andrew sexually abused her at the London home of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell more than 20 years ago, when she was under 18.
“Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew required (the) Plaintiff, a kid, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew versus her will,” it said.
Andrew, 61, has vehemently denied claims he had sex with Giuffre, and said he has no recollection of meeting her, but the allegations threaten to damage the British royal family.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the lawsuit and a public relations company representing Andrew e-mailed a ” no remark” response to AFP on Tuesday.
The allegations have dogged the British monarchy for years.
The centuries-old institution was also rocked in March by a US television interview in March involving the 95-year-old Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan.
The couple, who moved to California last year, raised allegations of racism and bullying in Britain’s most famous family, prompting denials from the palace and promises of an inquiry.
Andrew, a divorced father of two and former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew in the 1982 Falklands War against Argentina, was forced to step back from frontline royal duties in late 2019.
That followed a furore at a rare television interview he gave to this medium, in which he defended his friendship with Epstein, a multi-million-dollar hedge fund manager.
Andrew — who as a young man was considered one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors and was dubbed “Randy Andy” in the tabloid press — later issued a statement in which he said he ” unquestionably” regretted his ” ill-judged association” with Epstein.
But he has made few public appearances since, although joined other senior royals for the funeral of his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Castle in April.
Epstein, who befriended celebrities including former president Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking minors.
Giuffre, now 38, also claims Andrew abused her at Epstein’s New York mansion and on Little St. James, Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
She is suing Andrew under the Child Victims Act as she was 17 at the time.
The court papers included a photograph alleged to show Andrew and Giuffre at Maxwell’s London home before one incident of sexual abuse.
Maxwell in April pleaded not guilty in court to charges of recruiting underage girls for Epstein.
She allegedly befriended girls with shopping and movie theater outings, and later coaxed them into giving Epstein nude massages during which he would engage in sex acts.
Giuffre, who has previously made her claims in television interviews, is suing Andrew for ” excellent, and compensatory damages.”
” I am holding Prince Andrew liable for what he did to me. The effective and the abundant are not exempt from being delegated their actions,” she said in a media statement.
” I did not concern this choice gently. As a mom and a spouse, my household precedes. I understand that this action will subject me to additional attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates.”