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Britain’s Prince Andrew sues over alleged sexual abuse of Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew told the BBC in 2019 he had no recollection of meeting the complainant (FILE)

New York:

Britain’s Prince Andrew was sued on three occasions for allegedly sexually abusing a woman who he claimed was trafficked for sex by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

In a civil complaint filed in US District Court in Manhattan, Virginia Giuffre accused Andrew of abusing her nearly two decades ago, when she was under the age of 18.

According to the complaint, Giuffre said Andrew forced her to have sex against her will at the London home of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

A spokesperson for the prince could not be immediately reached for comment outside working hours.

Andrew told the BBC in November 2019 that he had no recollection of meeting Giuffre, and could not have sex with her at Maxwell’s house as he returned to his home after a children’s party that night.

The complaint said Andrew abused Giuffre at Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and on a private island owned by Epstein in the US Virgin Islands.

Giuffre has said that Epstein hired her as a “sex slave” with Maxwell’s help, telling the BBC’s “Panorama” that Epstein brought her to London to meet Andrew.

Her complaint, signed by her attorney David Bois, accused Andrew of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

Giuffre sued Andrew under the Child Victims Act, a New York state law.

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” Giuffre said in a statement. “The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held accountable for their actions. I hope other victims will see that it is not possible to live in silence and fear, but to regain their lives by speaking up and demanding justice.”

Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Maxwell is not a defendant in the lawsuit.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in a Manhattan prison on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. A fund to compensate victims of Epstein’s sexual abuse has completed a payment process, giving more than $121 million to nearly 138 people, the fund’s administrator said Monday.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to involvement in sex trafficking and for Epstein to frame underage girls for abuse. His trial in Manhattan could begin in November.

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