An alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring has filed a lawsuit against Britain's Prince Andrew. The victim accused the Duke of York of performing sexual acts with her while she was still 17 years old.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre claimed, in her lawsuit, that Prince Andrew was aware of Epstein's sex trafficking operations. Giuffre claimed that Prince Andrew was just one of Epstein's many friends she was forced to have sex with when she was still underage.
Buckingham Palace issued a statement in response to the lawsuit filed Monday. The palace denied that Prince Andrew had any form of sexual contact with Guiffre. The statement said all of the accusations against the Prince were "false and without foundation."
During the investigation into Epstein's alleged sex trafficking of minors, a photo of Guiffre and Prince Andrew was uncovered. Prince Andrew claimed that he had never met Guiffre and suggested that their photo together may have been doctored.
In her lawsuit, Guiffre claimed that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three separate occasions by Epstein and his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. She said she was first sexually abused by Prince Andrew at Maxwell's home in London, then at Epstein's home in Manhattan, and finally on Epstein's private island.
Sigrid McCawley, the lawyer representing Guiffre, claims that Prince Andrew committed sexual assault and battery. He said the Prince's actions resulted in emotional distress, and they will be seeking damages determined by the Court as "just and proper."
McCawley said the lawsuit aims to prove that no one is above the law, even those with power and privilege. He said even a prince has to be held accountable for his actions.
Last year, federal prosecutors had sent several requests for an interview with Prince Andrew as part of their investigation into Epstein's alleged sex trafficking ring. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said the Prince had repeatedly declined to cooperate with their investigation.
Epstein was indicted for sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in the trafficking of minors in July 2019. A month later, Epstein was found dead inside a Manhattan federal detention cell. Maxwell was also charged for her involvement in grooming and sexually abusing girls as young as 14 years old.