A longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser from South Florida is suing Prince Andrew.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, filed a lawsuit against Prince Andrew, 61, in Manhattan federal court Monday accusing the royal of sexually assaulting her at Epstein’s homes when she was a “child.”
Giuffre, who is seeking unspecified damages for battery and infliction of emotional distress, said the embattled blueblood abused her at least three times while she was 17.
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Each time, Giufrre alleges, she was instructed by either Epstein or his alleged cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell, to engage in sex acts with the Duke of York.
Giuffre is the former Royal Palm Beach High School student who said she was turned into a sex slave by politically connected financier Jeffrey Epstein and traveled the world, recruiting other young women and servicing Epstein’s powerful friends, including Prince Andrew.
On one occasion detailed in the suit, Giufrre says she was forced to have sex with the prince at Maxwell’s London home.
“During this encounter, Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will,” the suit states.
She also was allegedly abused by the prince alongside another victim at Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion, according to the suit.
Giuffre claims she was trafficked to and sexually abused by the prince when she was a minor and her federal lawsuit seeks damages for battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and comes two years after Epstein took his own life in a jail cell.
Buckingham Palace has also “emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.”
“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation,” the royals have said.
If the prince decides to fight the suit and is deposed, then those depositions could end up being made public.
If he ignores the suit, he could be found guilty in absentia, which would be a public-relations disaster for the Royal Family.