The Queen's son Prince Andrew has been sued by Virginia Giuffre. She alleged that the royal sexually abused her as a minor at Jeffery Epstein's mansion, resulting in another controversy for the palace.
The Royal family is yet again embroiled in another controversy, and this time Prince Andrew is at the forefront of it all. Andrew, who has been linked to late sex offender Jeffery Epstein was recently sued by an accuser.
On Monday, Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's trafficked victims, filed a lawsuit against the Duke of York, alleging that he sexually abused her when she was under 18 years old.
Prince Andrew at a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England | Photo: Getty Images
DETAILS OF THE LAWSUIT
Giuffre, an advocate for sex trafficking victims, claimed that Prince Andrew sexually abused her at Epstein's mansion in Manhattan and other locations back in 2001.
She alleged that she was forced to have relations with him under Epstein's instruction. In the lawsuit, the 38-year-old accused Andrew of sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress and sought an unspecified amount of damages.
The lawsuit claims the incident happened when the royal was 40 years old and alleged that Andrew intentionally abused Giuffre despite knowing she was a sex trafficking victim.
The royals have been embroiled in numerous controversies starting with King Edward VII's abdication to recent happenings.
It also claimed that Andrew was among the powerful men involved in Epstein's scheme. However, the document was careful to note that Andrew was not acting in any role for the Royal family or the UK government.
Giuffre's lawsuit was filed under the New York law that allows people who were sexually abused as kids to sue the perpetrators regardless of the statutes of limitations that might be applied. She filed it on her 38th birthday.
PRINCE ANDREW'S EPSTEIN SCANDAL
The Epstein scandal goes back to 2015 when Prince Andrew was named in a court filing by Guiffre, who was anonymous at the time and joined a civil case against the late Epstein.
Guiffre, now a mother-of-three, has levied allegations of sexual abuse against the 61-year-old, but this is the first time she has actively sued the duke. She claimed that he knew her age at the time but went ahead to abuse.
Despite her claims, Prince Andrew had vehemently denied the allegations. During a BBC Newsnight appearance to address the issues, the duke stated that he never even met Guiffre talk less of abusing her.
SARAH FERGUSON DEFENDS HER EX-HUSBAND
Amid the allegations, Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has stood up for him in public, describing him as a "thoroughly good man" who is a doting father to their daughters and a wonderful grandfather.
Although the Duchess of York didn't directly address the Epstein scandal, she praised her ex-husband for being of good character. Ferguson was linked with Epstein when it was found that she spent time in his mansion in 2010.
In 2011, when the Epstein scandal broke out, Ferguson apologized publicly for her affiliation with the financier and expressed regret. She then spoke out against the sexual abuse of minors.
Prince Andrew's lawsuit is the latest scandal to plague the British Royal family. The royals have been embroiled in numerous controversies starting with King Edward VII's abdication to recent happenings.
Some noteworthy scandals that have rocked the royals include Princess Diana BBC Panorama bombshell interview and her controversial death in 1997. Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey also makes the list.
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