Woman who accuses Prince André of sexual abuse proceeds with court case

One of the alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, a businessman accused of sexual abuse in the United States, sued Prince Andrew of England, son of Queen Elizabeth II, for having sexually assaulted her when he was 17 years old.

Lawyers for the alleged victim, Virginia Giuffre, filed a lawsuit Monday against Prince Andrew in federal court in Manhattan.

In a statement quoted by the AP agency, Virginia Giuffre noted that the lawsuit was filed to prove that she was trafficked and sexually abused by a member of the British royal family.

“I’m holding Prince Andrew responsible for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held accountable for their actions. I hope other victims see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear and recover one’s life by demanding justice”, highlighted.

I didn’t take this decision lightly. As a mother and wife, my family comes first, I know this action will subject me to more attacks from Prince André, but if I didn’t I would be disappointing all the victims.” added.

Queen Elizabeth II’s second son defended himself during a BBC interview in late 2019, rejecting any inappropriate behavior, but ended up resigning from his official duties and withdrawing from public life.

Prince André said he “has no memory” of having met her and stressed that “there were a number of things wrong” in Giuffre’s testimony at the alleged meeting in 2001.

According to the indictment, which involves an undisclosed claim for damages and punishment, the prince abused Giuffre on several occasions when she was under 18 years old.

And she reports that, on one occasion, the sexual abuse took place in London, at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell, when Epstein, Maxwell and Prince Andrew forced her to have sex with the prince against her will.

On another occasion, the prince will have sexually abused Giuffre in Epstein’s mansion in New York, when Maxwell forced Giuffre and another victim to sit on Prince Andrew’s lap while he was touching her, stresses the process.

The prosecution further alleges that André sexually abused Giuffre on a private island of Epstein in the Virgin Islands.

During each of the alleged acts, Giuffre received “express or implied threats” from Epstein, Maxwell and/or André to engage in sexual acts with the prince, it reads.

The process also points out that Prince André knew the age of the victim at that time and that he nevertheless proceeded “with the purpose of satisfying his sexual desires”.

Ghislaine Maxwell, 59, pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in federal court in Manhattan, where she will be tried in November.

Jeffrey Epstein, 66, a hedge fund investor, was formally charged with child sex abuse and child sex trafficking in July 2019. Less than a month later, on August 10, 2019, the millionaire was found dead in his cell, in a New York prison, in what authorities concluded was a suicide. The death led to the dismissal of the court case, but civil cases remain open.

As part of the investigation into Epstein and the encounters with women and teenagers, Manhattan attorneys formally asked to speak with Prince Andrew.

On June 8, 2020, Prince Andrew’s lawyers revealed that Queen Elizabeth II’s son had volunteered to help the US Department of Justice (DOJ) three times as a witness in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein.

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