(New York) The American who accused Prince Andrew of sexual abuse under the influence of financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was a minor filed a complaint against this member of the British royal family in New York on Monday, according to her lawyer.
Posted on Aug 9, 2021 at 8:46 pm
The complaint, viewed by AFP, alleges that the Duke of York, the second son of the Queen of England, was “one of the powerful men” to whom Virginia Giuffre was given “for sexual purposes” when she was the victim between 2000 and 2002 , aged 16, for the massive sex trafficking for which financier Jeffrey Epstein was tried and jailed before he committed suicide in a Manhattan prison in the summer of 2019.
Prince Andrew, who had already denied these allegations, is accused in the complaint of having “sexually abused” the then underage Mrs. Giuffre three times: in London near Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and in the businessman’s real estate in New York and on the Virgin Islands.
“I blame Prince Andrew for what he did to me. The powerful and the rich are not exempt from accountability. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, ”said Virgnia Giuffre in a statement sent to the media.
The now 61-year-old Prince Andrew “categorically” rejected such allegations in an interview with the BBC in November 2019. In particular, he had expressed doubts about the authenticity of a high-profile photo showing him with Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine in the background Maxwell, who remains in the Epstein case.
Despite his denial, his association with the American businessman had thrown him into an uproar and forced him to retire from public life.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Manhattan federal court under New York State Juvenile Victims Act, which provides a one-year time limit for filing a sexual abuse lawsuit with no statute of limitations. This law, which came into force in August 2019, leaves potential victims a few days to act.