Prince Andrew update
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Prince Andrew was sued in New York by the victim of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who claimed that she was forced to have sex with the royal family when she was a minor.
Lawyers for one of Epstein’s most famous plaintiffs, Virginia Giuffre, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court in Manhattan on Monday. They did so after trying to get Prince Andrew to sign a “fee” agreement to suspend the statute of limitations for Giuffre’s claim.
“I want Prince Andrew to be responsible for what he did to me,” Jufrey said in a statement, adding that she “made this decision not lightly.”
Prince Andrew He had previously stated that he did not remember meeting Giuffre and denied her public allegations.
A photo in the suit shows the prince with his arms around the waist of young Jufrey. Gisline MaxwellThose who are awaiting trial for allegedly buying underage women for Epstein are shown aside.
The prince announced in 2019 that after a disastrous performance, he will withdraw from official duties. BBC interview He worked hard to resolve Giuffre’s claims or justify his relationship with Epstein.
Giuffre met Maxwell at the age of 16, when she worked as a spa attendant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. She claimed that Epstein and Maxwell subsequently sexually abused her and forced her to have sex with other men.
According to the complaint, she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew between 2000 and 2002 (when she was under 18 years old) at Maxwell’s London home, Epstein’s New York City mansion and his private Caribbean island, St. James.
“In each of the above incidents, the plaintiff was explicitly or implicitly threatened by Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew, and was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, fearing death or bodily injury,” the lawsuit states.
Epstein, once a financier in the limelight, Was found dead In August 2019, he was in a cell in New York City, waiting for a criminal trial for allegedly trafficking in underage girls.
Prince Andrew’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The complaint includes a letter sent by Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies to the Prince’s lawyer in July 2019. Among them, Boies proposed to sign a fee agreement to protect the legal rights of its customers.
He also pointed out that his efforts to meet with Prince Andrew or his lawyer failed, “to discuss whether the negotiated solution is appropriate. We continue to be interested in this approach.”