Virginia Giuffre is officially suing Prince Andrew for sexual assault.
The longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser has launched a lawsuit in the Manhattan federal court claiming the Duke of York sexually abused her when she was just 17 years old.
The legal action claims Giuffre was trafficked to the London home of Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and was forced to engage in a sex act with the Prince.
"During this encounter, Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will," the suit reads.
Virginia also claims she was abused a second time by the Duke of York, along with another victim, at Epstein's Manhattan apartment.
"During this encounter, Maxwell forced Plaintiff, a child, and another victim to sit on Prince Andrew's lap as Prince Andrew touched her," it states.
"During his visit to New York, Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff to engage in sex acts against her will."
Prince Andrew has strenuously denied the claims in the past. He has denied meeting Virginia or even knowing her.
In a BBC Newsnight interview back in 2019, the Prince said: "I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened."
The Duke of York also claimed a famous photo of him with his arm around her waist is a fake.
Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages for battery as well as infliction of emotional distress.
She said in a statement: "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.
"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," she added.
"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."
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