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Prince Andrew subpoenaed, abuse case starts Monday


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Britain’s Prince Andrew has been subpoenaed. Queen Elizabeth’s second son is being sued in New York by 38-year-old Virginia Roberts Giuffre.

The woman says she was a sex slave for Jeffrey Epstein at a young age. She starts a lawsuit against the British prince for abuse that allegedly took place twenty years ago. Giuffre says she was abused by the prince at the age of 17.

The victim took the case to a New York court. It is not the first time that she has accused Prince Andrew,  previously she also said that she had to sleep with the prince. However, it never came to an official charge.

Andrew is said to have been a guest of controversial businessman Jeffrey Epstein in 2001. The first hearing in the case is scheduled to take place next Monday.

Attorney David Boies has stated that there have been repeated attempts to subpoena Andrew (61) on behalf of his client Giuffre. Employees are said to have gone to the prince’s house, but he refused to let them in, according to British media. Court documents showed yesterday that the subpoena was delivered to his home in Windsor on August 27.

On Balmoral

The prince is said to have moved into the royal Balmoral estate in Scotland this week. Tabloid The Sun concluded that Andrew went into hiding because of the New York lawsuit and nicknamed him “Runaway Prince,” the fleeing prince. A spokesman for the prince declined to comment on the news.

Andrew, who has denied the allegations, will not face criminal charges from US justice. Giuffre himself went to court and demanded compensation from the prince. “I hold Prince Andrew responsible for what he did to me,” she said in a statement last month. “Powerful and rich people can also be held accountable for their actions.”

Epstein abuse scandal

Epstein was arrested in 2019 on suspicion of child abuse and human trafficking. Among his victims were dozens of underage girls. Streaming service Netflix made a much-discussed documentary about the abuse scandal in 2020.

Two years ago he died by suicide in his cell, having previously been found injured in his cell.

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