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Epstein Accuser Virginia Giuffre Sues Prince Andrew

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Epstein Accuser Virginia Giuffre Sues Prince Andrew

Virginia Giuffre has filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew, accusing the royal of sexually abusing her when she was under the age of 18.

Virginia - who says she is a victim of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein - filed the lawsuit on Monday in federal court in New York.

It claims that on one occasion, she was sexually abused at Epstein's mansion, as well as on his private island.

On a separate occasion, Virginia claims she was forced to have intercourse with the prince in London - at Ghislaine Maxwell's home.

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Prince Andrew has always denied any sexual contact or relationship with Virginia.

Virginia Giuffre has filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew (Credit: Shutterstock)
Virginia Giuffre has filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew (Credit: Shutterstock)

According to court documents, Virginia "was initially recruited to provide massages and, thereafter to engage in a variety of sexual acts, for Epstein".

Adding that she was "lent out [to] other powerful men for sexual purposes".

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"One such powerful man to whom plaintiff (Giuffre) was lent out for sexual purposes was the defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York," it claims.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday (Credit: PA)
The lawsuit was filed on Monday (Credit: PA)

"I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me," said Virginia.

"The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions.

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"I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one's life by speaking out and demanding justice.

"I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first - and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates - but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down."

Andrew has always denied the allegations (Credit: BBC Newsnight)
Andrew has always denied the allegations (Credit: BBC Newsnight)

Back in 2019, Andrew took part in a BBC Newsnight interview where he told Emily Maitlis that he had never had sex with Virginia.

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"I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened," he said, adding that he had 'no recollection of meeting her and suggested a photo of the pair together was edited.

Tyla has reached out to Andrew's representatives for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock

Topics: Jeffrey Epstein, News, Royal Family

Lucy Devine
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