A US woman claims that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew after being given to him by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The Prince, who is the son of Queen Elizabeth II and brother of Prince Charles has denied the accusations, which were made in connection with an ongoing US lawsuit against Epstein.
The Royal Family says the charges are “categorically untrue” and denies that the prince had “any form of sexual contact or relationship” with her.
The lawsuit is being brought by an anonymous alleged victim of Epstein, who says she was sexually abused by the billionaire investment banker and his friends around the world.
She is not the first to sue Epstein, who has already had 17 out-of-court settlements, but is the first to implicate Prince Andrew. Although, it is important to note that the Prince is not party to the proceedings, and is merely named as part of the evidence.
A court motion filed with the lawsuit alleges that the woman “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” in London, New York, and on a private island owned by Epstein. The alleged victim is joined by three other women who also claim to be victims of abuse.
Back in 2006, the FBI began investigating allegations that Brian Epstein, Jeffrey Epstein’s brother, had been having sex with underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach. The investigation was dropped in 2008 when Epstein took a plea deal for the lesser charge of soliciting paid sex with a minor, who was 14 years old. He was sentenced to 18 months, of which he served 13.
The current motion alleges that Epstein would have female friends recruit young girls for his sex trafficking ring. Among the alleged ‘recruiters’ is Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of late British media kingpin Robert Maxwell.
“Epstein also sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe, making her available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people,” the court document states.
“Epstein’s purposed in ‘lending’ Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political, and financial gain, as well as to obtain potential blackmail information,” the documents say.
A US lawyer and friend of Epstein, Alan Dershowitz, was also implicated as participating in the sexual abuse of several minors in the court documents.
“There is no more strenuous denial than the one I am giving. I never met her. I don’t know her. I have never had sex with an underage person,” Dershowitz said last week.
“This person has made this up out of cloth, maliciously and knowingly in order to extort money from Mr. Epstein.”
“These types of aggressive attacks on me are exactly the reason why sexual abuse victims typically remain silent and the reason why I did for a long time,” the alleged victim said.
“That trend should change. I’m not going to be bullied back into violence.”
The Prince has been criticized previously for his friendship with Epstein. After a photograph of them together in 2010 surfaced, the Prince publicly apologized for their friendship and stepped down as the UK special representative for trade and investment after spending ten years in the role.