Epstein Accuser Virginia Giuffre Sues Prince Andrew for Sexual Abuse

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 9 against Prince Andrew of Britain for sexual abuse.

In the lawsuit filed in a federal court in New York, Giuffre alleged that the British prince sexually abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan, at the home of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell in London, and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island.

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and the rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions,” Giuffre said, via her lawyers, in a statement to ABC News.

Giuffre added that she “did not come to this decision lightly” and that she knew it would subject her to “further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates.”

“If she doesn’t do it now, she would be allowing him to escape any accountability for his actions,” Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies told ABC News.

A United Kingdom-based spokesperson for Andrew said that that there would be no comment on the lawsuit, ABC News reported.

Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabth II, has consistently denied Giuffre’s allegations.

Giuffre filed the lawsuit under New York’s Child Victims Act days before it is set to expire. The law permits alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse to file civil claims despite the potential block that might otherwise be imposed by statues of limitations.

The lawsuit also came nearly two years to the day Epstein committed apparent suicide in a New York jail while awaiting trial on conspiracy and child sex trafficking charges.

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