The Prince Andrew was recently notified at his home near London of the complaint filed in New York by an American woman who accuses him of sexual abuse with the help of the financier who died in prison Jeffrey Epstein, when she was a minor, according to US court documents.
The complaint was delivered to him on August 27, in his absence, at the royal home of Windsor where Queen Elizabeth’s second son resides. According to other documents consulted by AFP, a first procedural hearing, which Prince Andrew is not required to attend, is scheduled for Monday in this embarrassing case for the British royal family.
Contacted by AFP, the services of Prince Andrew, known as the” favorite son ” of Elizabeth II, did not wish to comment.
Virginia Giuffre, who had already publicly accused the Duke of York, filed a lawsuit on August 9 in Manhattan federal court.
Victim… at 16 years old
According to this complaint, the Duke of York is “one of the powerful men” to whom she was “handed over for a sexual purpose” when she was the victim between 2000 and 2002, from the age of 16, of the vast sex trafficking for which the financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged and incarcerated, before killing himself in a Manhattan prison, in the summer of 2019.
Prince Andrew, who had previously rejected these allegations, is accused in the complaint of having “sexually assaulted” Ms. Giuffre, then a minor, on three occasions : in London at the home of a very close to Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and at the businessman’s properties in New York and the Virgin Islands.
The 61-year-old Prince Andrew had already “categorically” denied such accusations in a calamitous interview with the BBC in November 2019, where he did not express a single regret for his friendship with Epstein or the slightest empathy for his victims.
He had in particular expressed doubts about the authenticity of a high-profile photo showing him with Virginia Giuffre and, in the background, Ghislaine Maxwell, who remains incarcerated and whose trial is scheduled to begin on November 29 in New York.
Despite his denials, his association with the American businessman had plunged him into turmoil and forced him to retire from public life.