An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has actually taken legal action against Prince Andrew in an US court for alleged sexual abuse.Virginia Giuffre claims that the Queens 61-year-old son sexually abused her at Epsteins New York estate and 2 other locations when she was under the age of 18. Ms Giuffre submitted her case in New York federal court simply days before the expiration date of a state law that allows declared victims of childhood sexual abuse to file claims that would otherwise be avoided by statutes of limitations.Her attorney stated that his client was figured out to take action versus Prince Andrew.”In her previous court declarations, submitted in a case to challenge Epsteins 2008 deal with federal prosecutors, Ms Giuffre alleged that Epstein and his previous enthusiast Ghislaine Maxwell directed her to have sex with Prince Andrew on three events in 2001. Prince Andrew and his attorneys have been totally non-responsive,” he said.The lawsuit states that Ms Giuffres attorneys sent Prince Andrews legal team a letter last month, in which they cautioned that they would submit a suit unless he entered into discussions for an alternative resolution.”If she had actually simply stopped working to take legal action against now, it would have verified the stonewalling techniques that Andrew and his advisors have actually utilized,” included Mr Boies.Ms Giuffres suit comes nearly 2 years after Epstein passed away by suicide in a New York jail while he was awaiting trial on conspiracy and kid sex-trafficking charges.Prince Andrew provided an interview to the BBC in November 2019 in which he denied Ms Giuffres allegations.In it he declared that a 2001 picture, in which he had his arm around the then-17-year-olds waist, might have been doctored.
An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein has sued Prince Andrew in a United States court for supposed sexual abuse.Virginia Giuffre declares that the Queens 61-year-old boy sexually abused her at Epsteins New York mansion and two other locations when she was under the age of 18. Ms Giuffre filed her case in New York federal court just days before the expiration date of a state law that permits declared victims of childhood sexual assault to file claims that would otherwise be avoided by statutes of limitations.Her lawyer stated that his customer was determined to act versus Prince Andrew.”If she doesnt do it now, she would be permitting him to get away any responsibility for his actions,” Ms Giuffres lawyer, David Boies told ABC News. “And Virginia is dedicated to trying to prevent circumstances where abundant and powerful people get away any accountability for their actions.”The claim accuses Prince Andrew of sexual assault and deliberate infliction of emotional distress, and looks for undefined countervailing and punitive damages.”Twenty years ago, Prince Andrews wealth, power, position, and connections allowed him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable kid with no one there to safeguard her,” court papers state.”It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”Ms Giuffre, 38, now lives in Australia and initially made her allegations against Andrew in 2014 court filings in a case brought by Epsteins victims versus the Department of Justice. (AP)”I was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him,” Ms Giuffre said in a statement.”I am holding Prince Andrew liable for what he did to me. The effective 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, however one can reclaim her life by speaking out and demanding justice.”I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mom and an other half, my household comes initially. I know that this action will subject me to more attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates. “But I knew that if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims all over down.”In her previous court statements, submitted in a case to challenge Epsteins 2008 deal with federal district attorneys, Ms Giuffre alleged that Epstein and his previous fan Ghislaine Maxwell directed her to make love with Prince Andrew on 3 occasions in 2001. She claimed that this took location in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, where Epstein owned a personal island.Those claims were strongly rejected by Buckingham Palace.”It is absolutely rejected that [Prince Andrew] had any type of sexual contact or relationship with [Giuffre] The allegations made are incorrect and with no foundation,” the Palace statement said.Mr Boies stated that Ms Giuffres legal team has been trying to discuss the case with prince Andrew given that 2015 but had received no response.”We have actually provided him every chance to provide any description or context that he might have. Weve attempted to reach a resolution without the necessity of lawsuits. Prince Andrew and his legal representatives have been totally non-responsive,” he said.The lawsuit states that Ms Giuffres legal representatives sent out Prince Andrews legal team a letter last month, in which they alerted that they would submit a suit unless he got in into conversations for an alternative resolution.”If she had actually just stopped working to sue now, it would have validated the stonewalling strategies that Andrew and his consultants have actually used,” added Mr Boies.Ms Giuffres claim comes nearly 2 years after Epstein died by suicide in a New York prison while he was waiting for trial on conspiracy and child sex-trafficking charges.Prince Andrew provided an interview to the BBC in November 2019 in which he rejected Ms Giuffres allegations.In it he declared that a 2001 picture, in which he had his arm around the then-17-year-olds waist, may have been doctored.”I do not believe that picture was taken in the manner in which has actually been suggested,” he stated.”I think its, from the examinations that weve done, you cant show whether that picture is faked or not, due to the fact that it is a photograph of a photograph of a photograph. Its very tough to be able to show it, but I do not keep in mind that picture ever being taken.”He likewise stated that he had an alibi for the date in question, when the photo was supposedly taken by Epstein at the London home of Ms Maxwell.”I was at home. I was with the kids, and I d taken Beatrice to a Pizza Express in Woking for a celebration at, I expect, sort of 4 or 5 in the afternoon,” he stated.”And then, because the Duchess was away, we have an easy rule in the family that when one is away the other one is there. I was on terminal leave at the time from the Royal Navy, so therefore I was at home.”The Independent has actually reached out to Buckingham Palace for remark.