The prince and his advisers have blocked all attempts to settle this case for the past five years, said the woman’s lawyer, David Boies.
American Virginia Giuffre (Roberts), who claims that the British Prince Andrew committed sexual violence against her 20 years ago, filed a lawsuit against him in the United States on Monday. This was reported to Sky News by her lawyer David Boies.
“In our country, no one, whether he is president or prince, can stand above the law, and no one, no matter how weak and helpless he may be, can be deprived of the protection of the law,” Boies said.” Prince Andrew and his advisers have blocked all attempts to settle this case without bringing it to trial for the past five years. It is high time to call him to account.”
Giuffre, who now lives in Australia with her husband and three children, claims that she was a victim of American businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly brought her to the prince. She claims that the son of Elizabeth II entered into a sexual relationship with her three times against her will in 2001 when she was only 17 years old. She demands compensation from the 61-year-old prince for the physical and moral damage received.
The Duke of York himself has repeatedly denied allegations of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. He has never met Giuffre, and the photo in which they are depicted together in the company of Epstein’s mistress Ghislaine Maxwell is a fake.
In November 2019, the prince was forced to abandon his official duties amid Giuffre’s claims that he was among several men with whom Epstein and Maxwell forced her to have sex. Epstein was detained by law enforcement agencies of the state of New York in July 2019. He was charged with sexual violence and involving minors in prostitution. The prosecutor’s office said there was evidence that in 2002-2005 he organized visits to his home in the New York City borough of Manhattan by dozens of underage girls, the youngest of whom was 14 years old. The criminal prosecution of the financier in the United States was terminated after his suicide in a prison cell on August 10, 2019.