Britain’s Prince Andrew was accused of touching the breast of a youthful girl at the house of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to newly unveiled lawful paperwork.
The allegation surfaced in a cache of authorized papers unsealed by a US choose in a defamation circumstance involving a British socialite alleged to have supplied Epstein with underage ladies.
Virginia Giuffre, an alleged target of Epstein who also claimed she was pressured into a sexual come upon with Andrew, sued Ghislaine Maxwell in 2015.
In the authorized files, released on Friday, Johanna Sjoberg, one more alleged Epstein sufferer, mentioned Andrew touched her breast even though sitting on a couch inside of the billionaire’s Manhattan apartment in 2001.
Buckingham Palace claimed the allegations are “categorically untrue”.
In the authorized papers, Ms Sjoberg stated: “I just remember anyone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the sofa, and they place the puppet, the puppet on her lap.
“And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and I believe on my individual volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew set his on mine.”
The authorized paperwork claim Ms Sjoberg was a “young college or university student” who was approached by “perfect stranger” Ms Maxwell, who “lured” her to Epstein’s household with the guarantee of a “legitimate job”.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyers mentioned: “Ms Sjoberg’s testimony also corroborates Ms Giuffre’s account of being lent out to Prince Andrew by (Maxwell).”
Ms Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend, has denied the allegations.
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “This relates to proceedings in the United States, to which The Duke Of York is not a occasion. Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
Epstein, 66, admitted prostituting minors in 2008 and expended 18 months in jail.
He is struggling with refreshing charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy and could stand demo subsequent 12 months.
– Push Association