This is scandalous, and so sad if true!
New claims have been made against Prince Andrew, Duke of York, alleging that the royal had sex with an underage girl. However, Buckingham Palace is denying this claim.
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The woman did several interviews with various newspapers, alleging that American financier Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew while she was still underage. She claims this happened at least three times between 1999 and 2002, in London, New York, and on Epstein's Caribbean island.
The Palace's spokesman called the claims "false and without any foundation. It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with (the woman)."
People are pointing out that royal officials usually don't give any comment about issues regarding members of the royal family, which makes this even more unusual.
No charges are being brought against Andrew though. This is all part of lawsuit against Epstein, who previously spent over a year in prison for soliciting prostitution. And Andrew has been linked to Epstein in the past. In fact, the Prince had to step down from being the U.K. trade ambassador in 2011, after he was photographed with the financier.
The woman who named Prince Andrew is known as Jane Doe No. 3, and joined two other women who are suing over a previous sexual abuse case with Epstein, alleging that it wasn't handled correctly.
Despite not being a defendant in the case, Prince Andrew already has a champion in attorney Alan Dershowitz, who is named in the suit as well, who said:
"If she believes she has been hurt by me and Prince Andrew, she should be suing us for damages. I welcome that lawsuit. I welcome any opportunity that would put her under oath and require her to state under oath these false allegations."
Yikes! Sounds like things are going to get nasty!
[Image via AP Images.]
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