Prince Andrew accuser says she 'feared death' if she disobeyed orders
She is suing the royal for allegedly abusing her as a 17-year-old.
Virginia Guiffre (then-Roberts) has claimed that she "feared death" if she disobeyed Prince Andrew, Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
Guiffre has accused the Duke of York of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress and is seeking "substantial damages" in a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday.
She has claimed she was forced to have sex with the Queen's son on three occasions in 2001 and was "compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts" with the Duke during each of these instances.
The Mail Online reports that the 38-year-old claims she "feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority."
Prince Andrew has always strenuously denied allegations of sexual contact or relations with Roberts.
At the time the acts are alleged to have occurred, Guiffre was considered a minor under state law.
The new lawsuit lists Guiffre as the plaintiff and the defendant as "Prince Andrew, Duke of York a/k/a Andrew Albert Christian Edward."
Virginia Giuffre has sued Prince Andrew in New York for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act:
"I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me. The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions." https://t.co/UM6ujrfWJ8
— Vicky Ward (@VickyPJWard) August 9, 2021
The lawsuit claims that "Prince Andrew intentionally committed battery by sexually assaulting Plaintiff when she was a minor."
It continues: "On multiple occasions Prince Andrew intentionally touched (Roberts) in an offensive and sexual manner without her consent."
The damning lawsuit claims that Prince Andrew was one of the "powerful men" who Epstein loaned Roberts out to for sex.
It goes on to accuse the Duke of "publicly feigning ignorance about the scope of Epstein's sex-trafficking operation and sympathy for Epstein's victims," and refusing to cooperate with the FBI.
The lawsuit does note that during each of the alleged incidents with Roberts, the royal was acting in a "personal capacity" and not in any role for the Royal family or the British government.
Prince Andrew has always strongly denied any wrongdoing or knowledge of the crimes committed by Epstein. He told BBC Newsnight in late 2019 that he has "no recollection" of meeting Roberts and that he never had sex with her, saying: "It didn't happen."