Underage sex claims against Prince Andrew is false: Buckingham Palace
London, Jan 4: Buckingham Palace has denied for the second time that Prince Andrew had sexual contact with an underage woman, labeling the allegations “false and without any foundation”.
It is the second time that the Buckingham Palace has come up with a statement to defend Prince Andrew after the British royal was embroiled in claims of sexual impropriety with an underage woman.
In the second statement since the claims surfaced, officials “emphatically denied” that the 54-year-old Andrew had “any form of sexual contact or relationship” with a woman who claimed that she was forced to have sex with the royal in London, in New York and on a private Caribbean island when she was under the age of 18.
The claims, made in a filing to a Florida court in US last week, were submitted as part of a lengthy lawsuit against American financier Jeffrey Epstein. The woman wasn’t identified by name.
In the first statement, the palace had stated that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”.
The woman’s claim is part of a lawsuit in connection with the American billionaire and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew’s former friend.
The woman has claimed that between 1999 and 2002 she “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor” in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.
The accusation is reportedly contained in a motion filed in a Florida court this week which is part of a lawsuit over how federal prosecutors handled the case of Epstein, who was jailed for 18 months in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
In the US court papers, Epstein is alleged for repeatedly abusing the woman, now said to be in her 30s, on his private jet and luxury homes in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the US Virgin Islands.
The court document reads, “Epstein also sexually trafficked the then minor Jane Doe (a name used in US legal proceedings for people with anonymity), making her available for sex to politically connected and financially powerful people.
The Oslo Times