Virginia Giuffre stated, "I am holding Prince Andrew responsible for what he did,"
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A woman claims she was forced to have sex as a child with Prince Andrew while she was under the financial control of Jeffrey Epstein. She is now suing the Duke of York in federal courts. Virginia Giuffre, a woman who claimed she was abused by the prince on two separate occasions, in London and New York, as well as at Epstein's private island in US Virgin Islands, filed a lawsuit Monday before the US District Court for New York. She said that the incident occurred between 2000 and 2002 when she was 18 years old. Giuffre stated in a statement to BuzzFeed News that she was holding Prince Andrew responsible for the abuse he committed to her. She said that she expected her decision "to sue the British monarch [will] subject [her] further attacks." She said that she knew her decision to sue the British royal "will subject [her] to further attacks." It also includes the famous photograph of Giuffre, 17, and the Duke with his arm around her waist.
Courtesy Boies Scheiller Flexner LLP. From left: Prince Andrew and Giuffre in 2001.
BuzzFeed News reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment but they did not respond immediately.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's second-born son, has denied ever having sex in public with Giuffre. He also claimed that he didn't know Epstein was abusing and trafficking girls, despite being on a private jet and one of his most prominent friends who stayed at home and on an island. Epstein, who was facing charges of trafficking in dozens of girls under the age of 18 for sex, committed suicide in Manhattan's federal detention center on August 2019.
Giuffre was first to publicly accuse Andrew of sexually assaulting her in 2015. She has since sworn to the story in court deposition. She also claimed that Andrew had sex with her in a London house before they went to a club where Andrew was seen dancing on the dance floor.
Bebeto Matthews / AP Giuffre 2019