Prince Andrew and Buckingham Palace have strenuously denied allegations that he sexually abused a 17-year-old girl, and now a judge has thrown those allegations out of court.
The allegations were made by Virginia Roberts, now 31, who claimed that she and others were sexually abused as underage teenagers by investment banker Jeffrey Epstein who passed them on “for use” as sex slaves by his acquaintances at parties, claiming Prince Andrew was one of them.
Federal district judge Kenneth Marra rejected the claims involving the Duke and several prominent Americans and ordered that they be removed from the court record.
He said the sex abuse details had no bearing on the lawsuit’s goal of reopening the Epstein non-prosecution agreement. Epstein has already reached out-of-court financial settlements with many victims. He has also served 13 months of a an 18-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to sex offences in 2008.