Virginia Giuffre has filed a civil lawsuit towards Britain’s Prince Andrew, claiming he sexually abused her in London and New York.
Giuffre filed the lawsuit in a Manhattan federal courtroom on Monday, stating it was introduced beneath the Youngster Victims Act. She alleges she was trafficked and sexually abused by Andrew when she was 17.
Giuffre asked for “punitive damages” towards the royal, calling for a “trial by jury.”
“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she stated in a press release. “The highly effective and rich usually are not exempt from being held liable for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is potential to not reside in silence and worry, but to reclaim one’s life by talking out and demanding justice.”
Andrew’s representatives had no touch upon Giuffre’s lawsuit. He denies the alleged abuse.
“It didn’t occur. I can absolutely categorically inform you it by no means occurred. I have no recollection of ever meeting this woman, none in any way,” he informed BBC Newsnight in 2019.
Giuffre is a long-time accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and informed the BBC in 2019 she was pressured to carry out intercourse acts with Andrew. She stated she was trafficked by Epstein when she was underage and coerced into having sex together with his associates, including the prince. Epstein was discovered lifeless in a federal jail in Manhattan in 2019.
Manhattan federal prosecutors have beforehand requested a meeting with Andrew as a part of the investigation into Epstein’s abuse of girls and teenage women. Braw Edwards, a lawyer representing several of Epstein’s victims, stated the prince has failed to return forward despite providing his help in an interview on Sky Information.