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A lawsuit has been filed in the United States alleging that Prince Andrew sexually abused a woman named Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
Giuffre alleges that she was trafficked by Jeffery Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to meet with Prince Andrew on three separate occasions when she was just 17. Prince Andrew has denied the accusations and refused to cooperate with investigations into Epstein and Maxwell’s crimes by US prosecutors.
David Boies, who is serving as Giuffre’s lawyer, confirmed that a lawsuit has been issued against Prince Andrew for allegedly sexually abusing Giuffre.
Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, released a statement to Sky News:
In our country, no person, whether President or Prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection.
Over the past five years, Prince Andrew and his advisors have stonewalled every attempt to resolve this matter without litigation. It is now long past the time for him to be held to account.
According to previously made statements, the lawsuit ‘would be based on her being lent out to Prince Andrew for sex by Jeffrey Epstein and [her] being under 18,’ Boies told the MailOnline. ‘To use a common phrase here in the United States: time’s up.’
Boies suggested that claims made by Giuffre would include ‘improper sexual violations’ as well as ‘physical and emotional distress.’
Giuffre also released a statement, outlining how the lawsuit is issued under the Child Victims Act and that she was allegedly sexually abused by Prince Andrew:
I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and 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 to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.
I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first – and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates – but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.
Giuffre was granted a chance to file this lawsuit outside of the existing statute of limitation, as was awarded under the New York Child Victims Act. She has now filed the lawsuit a week before the deadline on August 14.
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