Virginia Roberts Giuffre, sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victim, filed a complaint against Prince Andrew in federal court in New York on Monday.
Giuffre speaks to press in New York. Credits: NY Times
According to court records, she accused the British royal of sexually assaulting her when she was under the age of 18 in 2001 at Epstein's mansion in Manhattan and other locales. Prince Andrew has stated that he did not have intercourse with her.
According to news reports, Giuffre's attorney, David Boies, said, "If she doesn't do it now, she will be permitting him to avoid any consequences for his acts."
Unspecified damages are sought in the complaint. Andrew is accused of sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to Giuffre.
Prince Andrew insisted on BBC Newsnight in late 2019 that he never had intercourse with Giuffre, adding, "It didn't happen."
He stated that he has "no recollection" of ever meeting her and that "a number of things" about Giuffre's account, which claims the encounter occurred in 2001, are "false."
Andrew stated emphatically, "I can absolutely certainly guarantee you it never happened." The prince allegedly assaulted Giuffre when she was under the age of 18 on several occasions, according to the lawsuit.
The accusations claim he abused her in London at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell, when Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced her to have sexual intercourse with the prince against her will, according to the report. The lawsuit goes on to say that the plaintiff was also sexually abused by Prince Andrew in Epstein's New York residence on another occasion.