A lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. against Britain’s Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, who claims that she was forced to have sex with him at the London home of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell – who is currently in jail facing charges of sex trafficking. 

Giuffre’s lawyers sent the suit on Monday – Prince Andrew has long maintained no wrongdoing.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

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Legal Wranglings 

Under federal court rules, Prince Andrew, or as he is known by his official title, the Duke of York, has 21 days to respond. If he does not, he could face a default judgment. 

Giuffre accuses Andrew of abusing her at Maxwell’s home, Epstein’s home, and Epstein’s private island.

Prince Andrew has not been charged with any crime. 

The High Court in London stated that they would arrange for the Prince to be served if an arrangement with both parties did not happen. 

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Ghislaine Maxwell Latest

Ghislaine Maxwell, one-time girlfriend and alleged procurer of underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, currently sits in a Brooklyn jail. If convicted on sex trafficking and other charges, she could face up to 80 years in prison.

She recently attempted to have the charges of sex trafficking overturned but was unsuccessful. She is being held on an eight-count indictment which includes efforts to find and groom underage girls for Epstein to abuse sexually between 1994 and 2004.

Maxwell has repeatedly attempted to be released on bail, including offering to give up British and French citizenship but has been denied three times. 

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Epstein’s Sordid Life

Accusations against Jeffrey Epstein and his associates have become internationally known, particularly since the news of former President Bill Clinton taking several trips on his private jet.

Epstein moved among the rich and famous, and infamous. 

His occupation was described as “financier,” and he specifically marketed his services to “those with assets worth more than $1 billion.” In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of solicitation of prostitution involving a minor and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

He would only serve 13 and was granted a work release. He was also required to register as a sex offender.

He was arrested again on July 6, 2019 in New Jersey with dozens of counts of sexual abuse of underage girls at his Manhattan townhouse, a home in Palm Beach Florida, and a private island owned by Epstein. 

The indictment also charged Epstein with paying several of his victims to recruit additional underage girls that he could abuse sexually, some as young as 14.

Epstein pleaded not guilty to the charges, and was denied bail.

On August 10, 2019, officials say he committed suicide in his New York City jail cell.

 

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