Virginia Giuffre, alleged victim of the millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, filed a lawsuit in federal court in New York on Monday against British Prince Andrew for sexual assault. The 38-year-old woman said the lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of trafficking and abusing her when she was a minor was brought under the Child Victims Act. The American has been talking for years about the alleged rapes, but the third child of Queen Elizabeth II claims not to remember having met her and having had some kind of intimate relationship with her.
“What I do is demand that Prince Andrew account for what he did to me,” the plaintiff said in a statement. “The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held accountable for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to recover life by speaking and demanding justice,” he added. “Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position and connections allowed him to abuse a frightened and vulnerable girl who was not protected by anyone. It’s time to be accountable.”
The lawsuit seeks damages, the amount of which is not specified. Giuffre, who currently lives in Australia, accuses Andrew of sexually assaulting and intentionally causing him emotional distress.
She was one of nearly 30 women who told a judge how they were abused by Epstein, formally charged in 2019 with child sex trafficking and conspiracy. A month later, he was found dead in his cell. The millionaire led for more than a decade a pedophilia scheme through which he recruited dozens of girls for sexual exploitation. He was a friend of the Duke of York, the most troubled member of the British royal family.
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According to the lawsuit filed by Giuffre’s lawyers in federal court in Manhattan, Prince Andrew sexually abused her several times when he was under 18 years old. The prosecution maintains that one of the abuses took place at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, believed to be the madam of Epstein. Accused of running the underage network and recruiting the girls, Maxwell will be on trial in November. On another occasion, always according to court records, Elizabeth II’s son abused her at Epstein’s New York mansion.
Prince Andrew had to abandon his foundations and activities within the Windsors when the Epstein affair broke out. In an interview with the BBC at the end of 2019 in which he tried to clear his name, the Duke of York stated that he was willing to collaborate in the investigation against his friend “if that is the direction of my legal advisors”. He has not yet responded to the New York Attorney General’s questions.
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