- JANUARY 05, 2015
BUCKINGHAM Palace has leapt to the defence of the Duke of York Prince Andrew after it was alleged in an American court he had had sex with an underage ‘sex slave’ kept by a notorious paedophile.
The palace has strenuously denied the claim made in papers filed in Florida by a woman who detailed she was 17-years-old when she was “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 billionaire Wall Street financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The prince, now 54, was photographed with Epstein in New York two years after the American’s release from prison in 2009, and their friendship was a source of controversy.
The woman’s sex allegations made indirectly against Prince Andrew was alleged to have occurred between 1999 and 2002.
The accusation is reportedly contained in a motion filed in US District Court in West Palm Beach this week which is part of a lawsuit over how federal prosecutors handled the case of Epstein, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
“This relates to longstanding and ongoing civil proceedings in the United States, to which the Duke of York is not a party,” a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said today.
“As such we would not comment on the detail. However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with under age minors is categorically untrue”
The woman, identified only as “Jane Doe”, has made the indirect claim of underage sex with the prince before as she seeks a civil case against federal prosecutors for making a plea-bargain deal with Epstein without consulting his victims, in violation of the US Crime Victims Rights’ Act.
According to her claim she was part of an underage orgy with the prince arranged by Epstein.
“Epstein instructed Jane Doe that she was to give the Prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse,” the document states.
Others named in the filing include Alan Dershowitz, one of Epstein’s defence lawyers, with whom the woman was allegedly forced to have sex with on several occasions. He denies the claim and says he can prove it and challenged her to file criminal charges against him. He said he also planned to act swiftly to have her lawyers disbarred for unethical conduct.
The prince, fifth in line to the throne, has often faced scrutiny over his relationships with controversial figures including Epstein.
In July 2011 he stepped down from his role as the UK’s roving business ambassador after he was accused of a lack of judgment about his links with the American billionaire who according to the prince’s ex wife Sarah Ferguson helped paid some of her debts off.
Doubts were raised about his position in the wake of media coverage about him entertaining the son-in-law of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at Buckingham Palace.
He also held a meeting with Libya’s then leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, while on a private visit to Tunisia in 2008.