Buckingham Palace has refuted allegations made by a woman that Prince Andrew was one of a number of rich and powerful men whom she was forced to have sex with by a wealthy American investor.
The Duke of York was accused in US legal documents of sexually abusing the then 17-year-old on multiple occasions whilst she was allegedly being used as a sex slave by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of the Duke, the Independent reported on Monday.
The woman, identified as Virginia Roberts, claimed that she was forced to have “sexual relations” with Prince Andrew in London, New York and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands during an alleged orgy with other underage girls.
Responding to the allegations, a Buckingham Palace spokesman was quoted as saying: “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts.
“The allegations made are false and without any foundation.”
Roberts’ claim is part of a legal action related to Epstein, a billionaire financier whose friendship with the Duke was the source of controversy following Epstein’s 2008 conviction of soliciting an under-age prostitute.
In the court documents, Roberts stated that she was invited to Epstein’s Florida mansion as a 15-year-old before becoming his “sex slave” from 1999 to 2002.
The woman claims she was passed around “politically connected and financially powerful people”, including Prince Andrew.
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