What has Prince Andrew been accused of and how is he linked to Jeffrey Epstein?

What has Prince Andrew been accused of and how is he linked to Jeffrey Epstein?

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PRINCE Andrew is under intense scrutiny over his links to paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and fresh allegations of inappropriately touching a woman in 2001 in New York, according to court papers.

But what are the specific allegations that the Duke of York strongly denies?

Prince Andrew face allegations of groping a woman
Prince Andrew is facing groping allegations
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What has Prince Andrew been accused of?

US court papers have alleged the Duke of York touched a woman while on his lap as she played with a Spitting Image puppet of him.

And almost 2,000 pages of a lawsuit were released in a defamation case involving Ms Giuffre, who in 2015 claimed Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Epstein’s ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell.

He was accused of having a sexual encounter with her when she was 17 in London and New York and a year later at a party on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands.

Johanna Sjoberg, pictured in 2007, claims Andrew touched her while she sat on his lap when she was 21
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Johanna Sjoberg, pictured in 2007, claims Andrew touched her while she sat on his lap when she was 21[/caption]

Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.

The Duke of York was pictured with his arm around the then 17-year-old’s waist at the home of Maxwell in London in 2001 – but the Prince strongly denies the claims.

Andrew and Virginia Giuffre - then Roberts - who in 2015 claimed Andrew slept with her three times
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Andrew and Virginia Giuffre – then Roberts – who in 2015 claimed Andrew slept with her three times[/caption]

All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015.

They were described by the judge as being “immaterial and impertinent”.

Prince Andrew was snapped strolling through a New York park with paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein in 2011
Prince Andrew was snapped strolling through a New York park with paedo pal Jeffrey Epstein in 2011
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How is Prince Andrew linked to Jeffrey Epstein?

The Duke of York said he first met Epstein, a billionaire financier in 1999 with the now dead banker once describing the him as his “best friend.”

That was also the year the pair’s friendship was reported on by the UK press.

The pair are thought to have flown together on Epstein’s private jet to the US Virgin Islands.

And in June 2000, Epstein and his Brit “madam” ex, Ghislaine Maxwell were both guests at a party hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.

Prince Andrew also became close with Maxwell – pictured together that same year at a Halloween party hosted by Heidi Klum in New York.

Just over a month later, in December 2000, the then 40-year-old prince, threw Ms Maxwell a surprise birthday party at Sandringham, with Epstein among the guests.

Who is Virginia Roberts and what has she said about Prince Andrew?

Virginia Roberts Giuffre claims she was forced to have sex with the duke when she was 17.

She previously alleges in court papers that she had sex with Andrew “three times, including one orgy” in London, at Epstein’s home, and at an on his private “paedo” island in the Caribbean.

She told press Prince Andrew “knows what he’s done.”

Prince Andrew has previously strenuously denied her claim he had sex with her.

Who is Johanna Sjoberg and what has she said about Prince Andrew?

Johanna Sjoberg alleges Prince Andrew touched her breast in 2001 at the New York home of his pal Jeffrey Epstein, according to court papers.

In the documents Sjoberg said: “I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap.

“And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine,” she said, saying it was done in a “joking manner”.


What has Prince Andrew said about the allegations?

The prince has strenuously denied all allegations bought against him.

Buckingham Palace said the Epstein scandal related to US proceedings “to which the Duke Of York is not a party”.
They added: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”

In a statement released at the weekend, the Duke of York said he did not “see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that led to Epstein’s arrest and conviction”.

Why did Andrew fly into a rage at a Palace aide?

A verbal dispute with a male member of staff is the latest scandal to hit the Duke.

The Prince flew into a furious rage at a senior Palace aide and Prince Charles asked him to apologise, it was revealed.

The row was sparked because the Prince demanded something that wasn’t possible, according to the Mail on Sunday.

A source told the Mail: “It was a verbal dispute. It was a work-related issue.

“The Duke got very cross that what he wanted wasn’t possible.”

The source added: “The Duke explained the situation to the Prince of Wales and left it at that.

“There was no apology because there was nothing to apologise for.

“The Duke maintains a good relationship with the Prince of Wales.”

And it comes as The Sun on Sunday revealed Epstein and rape accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein attended Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday ball.

Andrew has spent weeks embroiled in scandal surrounding his friendship with perv financier Epstein.


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