Epstein’s accuser, Virginia Giuffre is suing Prince Andrew for sexual assaults when she was underage.
She had previously made public claims against Prince Andrew, including that he had sexually assaulted her when she was only seventeen.
Giuffre says she is holding the prince responsible for what he did to her from 1999 to 2002.
“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions. I hope that other victims will see that it is possible not to live in silence and fear, but to reclaim one’s life by speaking out and demanding justice.
“I did not come to this decision lightly. As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates — but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”
Prince Andrew denies ever having sex with Giuffre. Giuffre said that she had been abused by the prince several times over the years and that she had received threats from Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, and Prince Andrew himself if she refused to have sex with him. The AP claimed that Giuffre “feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying” the three due to their “powerful connections, wealth, and authority.”
The suit said that in one case at Maxwell’s London home the three made Giuffre have sex with Andrew and in another case at Epstein’s New York mansion Maxwell made Giuffre and another individual sit on the prince’s lap while he touched her, according to the AP. The suit also claimed that the prince perpetrated sexual abuse against Giuffre at Epstein’s private island.
Epstein had been charged criminally with sex trafficking prior when he committed suicide in 2019, according to the AP.
Maxwell has plead not guilty to sex trafficking charges and is slated to stand trial in November, according to the outlet.
Giuffre was just one of many underage girls to be sexually abused at Epstein’s, Maxwell’s, and Orgy Island.