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Prince Andrew denies Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse allegations in motion to dismiss lawsuit

Prince Andrew has strongly denied Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse allegations, in a motion to dismiss her lawsuit against him.

In documents filed in a US District Court in Manhattan on Friday, the Duke of York slammed claims he sexually assaulted Virginia back in 2001 when she was 17-years-old.

Virginia, who has long claimed she was a victim of the late Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring in the early 2000s, filed the lawsuit against Prince Andrew in August.


In the suit, the 38-year-old alleged she was brought to the UK when she was 17 to “have sex” with the British royal.

Virginia claimed Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without her consent, knowing how old she was and “that she was a sex-trafficking victim”.

She claimed the alleged attacks took place at the London home of Jeffrey’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and at Jeffrey’s homes in Manhattan and Little St James in the US Virgin Islands.

The filing read: “In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection.”


“Twenty years ago Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account.”

In a motion to dismiss Virginia’s lawsuit on Friday, the Duke of York branded her claims as “baseless”.

According to the Daily Mail, the court documents read: “Virginia Giuffre may well be a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein…and nothing can excuse, nor fully capture, the abhorrence and gravity of Epstein’s monstrous behavior against Giuffre, if so.”

“However, and without diminishing the harm suffered as a results of Epstein’s alleged misconduct, Prince Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre.”

“He unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.”

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The motion also claims that “for over a decade, Giuffre has profited from her allegations against Epstein and others by selling stories and photographs to the press and entering into secret agreements to resolve her claims against her alleged abusers, including Epstein and his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell.”

“Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew.”

Speaking to NBC’s Dateline in November 2019, Virginia alleged that the late Jeffrey Epstein, who died three months prior, directed her to have sex with a number of powerful men – including Prince Andrew.

The Duke of York later denied her claims in a controversial Newsnight interview, in which he addressed his former friendship with Jeffrey.

In the interview, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip’s third child said: “It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever.”

In a later statement, the father-of-two said: “I continue to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure.”

“I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”


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