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article imagePrince Andrew facing allegations of sexual abuse

By KJ Mullins     Jan 2, 2015 in Crime
British Royal Prince Andrew has been named in a United States sexual abuse case involving minors. Initial word from Buckingham Palace says that "suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."
According to media reports the woman alleges that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was under 18 three different times. The claims stem from a law suit from two women against investment businessman Jeffrey Epstein, 58, a friend of Prince Andrew. One of the women involved in the case has named Prince Andrew in the legal action. The woman, now 30, has claimed that Epstein used her as a sex slave with wealthy men. The alleged incidents took place from 1999 to 2002 and took place in London, New York and on Epstein's private island in the Caribbean.
The court documents state the following:
"Epstein sexually trafficked the then-minor Jane Doe, making her available for sex to politically-connected and financially powerful people.
"Epstein's purposes in 'lending' Jane Doe (along with other young girls) to such powerful people were to ingratiate himself with them for business, personal, political and financial gain, as well as to obtain blackmail information...
"One such powerful individual Epstein forced Jane Doe 3 to have sexual relations with was a member of the British Royal Family, Prince Andrew (a/k/a Duke of York).
In 2008 Epstein spent 13 months in jail after being caught soliciting a girl, 14, for prostition. Following the arrest other women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse. Prince Andrew remained friends with Epstein during this time nor is he the only high profile friend. Former President Bill Clinton, actor Kevin Spacey and other A-listers have all spent time at the businessman's private island or in the air in his private jet.
Buckingham Palace has released the following statement:
"This relates to long-standing and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke of York is not a party.
"As such we would not comment on the detail.
"However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."
This is not the first name the royals have been allegated to have a connection with Epstein and exploited women. In 2011 Virginia Roberts alleged that she had been abused by Epstein and "sexually exploited by Epstein's adult male peers including royalty".
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