Woman says forced as minor into sex with Prince Andrew; allegations denied
By Letitia Stein
Jan. 2, 2015
(Reuters) - Buckingham Palace on Friday denied allegations by a woman
who said in Florida court documents that she was forced as a minor to
have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other high-profile figures
linked to a wealthy U.S. businessman.
The woman, referred to as "Jane Doe #3" in legal papers filed this
week in the U.S. Southern District of Florida, said financier Jeffrey
Epstein made her have sex with the Duke of York in London, New York
and on a private Caribbean island, as part of "an orgy with numerous
other under-aged girls," according to the filings.
"Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the Prince
whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on
the details of the sexual abuse," the documents said.
Her accusations came as part of an ongoing civil case brought against
the U.S. government by several women who say they were abused by
Epstein, who served jail time on state child sex charges but was not
prosecuted in federal court as part of a plea agreement.
The accuser is seeking to join litigation dating back to 2008, in
which several women who say they were victimized by Epstein claim that
federal prosecutors violated their rights as crime victims.
Prince Andrew has not been named as a direct party in the lawsuit.
"However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety
with underage minors is categorically untrue," said Buckingham Palace
spokeswoman Meryl Walter.
The unnamed accuser said Epstein kept her as his "sex slave" between
1999 and 2002.
She also said she had sex on private airplanes and in multiple
locations in the United States with Alan Dershowitz, a professor
emeritus at Harvard University and prominent American attorney who had
Dershowitz called the woman's claims "completely false."
"The story is completely and totally made up," said Dershowitz, adding
that he planned to file a complaint seeking to have her lawyers
disbarred. "I will not rest until the truth comes out."
A Florida-based attorney representing the woman did not immediately
respond to a request for comment.
Epstein is no longer jailed and listed St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin
Islands as his permanent residence in 2013, his most recent Florida
sex offender filing.
The scandal has long dogged Andrew, 54, the divorced second son of
Queen Elizabeth. He publicly acknowledged he made a mistake after a
photograph of him with Epstein in New York was published in a British
tabloid in December 2010. The former investment banker was then a
registered sex offender.
Between 2001 and 2011, Andrew traveled the world as the United
Kingdom's Special Representative for International Trade and
Investment. He has not commented on newspaper reports that the
association with Epstein prompted him to step down.
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