Britain’s Prince Andrew (61) has been sued in a New York court on Monday, August 9 by a woman who claims that he sexually assaulted and battered her at the Epstein’s Manhattan mansion when she was just 17-years-old.
According to Reuters, Virginia Giuffre says she was human trafficked for sex by the late financier, Jeffrey Epstein and filed a civil complaint against, Andrew (the second son of Queen Elizabeth) in the U.S District Court in Manhattan.
“Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account,” the lawsuit states.
Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre sues Prince Andrew https://t.co/WfVqaHROSg
— Kurt Knispel (@Ghostzapper2021) August 9, 2021
Ms Roberts Giuffre who is now 38-years-old, lives in Australia and is holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he has done to her, reports INews.
“The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but one can reclaim her life by speaking out and demanding justice,” Giuffre said, via her lawyers, in a statement to ABC News.
Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyer confirmed that they have made multiple attempts to engage with Andrew or his advisors about her allegations to avoid any litigation, but these efforts were ignored, ABC News adds.
A spokesperson for Andrew, Duke of York, declined comment.
The prince claimed in an interview with the BBC in 2019 that he has no remembrance of meeting with Ms Giuffre and denied all claims of sexual abuse.
“I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened,” Andrew said. “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”
On Monday, August 7, the administrator of a fund to pay Epstein’s victims confirmed that has already completed a pay out of $121 million dollars to 138 people.