General European Royals Thread Jan 4, 2015 22:48:49 GMT
Post by Admin on Jan 4, 2015 22:48:49 GMT
Buckingham Palace is defending Prince Andrew after he was embroiled in claims of sexual impropriety with an underage woman. The claims surfaced late last week when papers were filed in a Florida court. Sunday’s statement was the since the claims were made.
Officials “emphatically denied” allegations by an unidentified woman who said she was forced to have sex with the royal when she was under the age of 18. The woman named 54-year-old Prince Andrew, known as the Duke of York in the court filings. The filing was submitted as part of a lengthy lawsuit against American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who the woman claims forced her to have sex with prominent people, including Prince Andrew. The woman was only identified as “Jane Doe Number 3″ in the papers.
She has also claims she was forced to have sex with Alan Dershowitz, a high-profile, 76-year-old lawyer who has represented clients including O.J. Simpson. “I categorically and unequivocally, without any reservations, deny that there was any sexual contract of any kind between me and any of the Jane Does connected with Jeffrey Epstein, whether underage or not,” Dershowitz told The Associated Press on Sunday. Dershowitz, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, said he is filing a disbarment complaint against the attorneys who filed the motion in the lawsuit as well as an affidavit denying the allegations.
“I am challenging the woman to come forward and state it publicly and to file criminal charges against me.” He said he has agreed to waive the statute of limitations and to waive immunity, which he said no guilty person would do. “I have no fear. I have nothing to hide,” Dershowitz said. Royal officials on Friday denied “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors” by Andrew, and strengthened that stance Sunday after two tabloid newspapers published details of interviews with the alleged victim. The controversy has dominated British news coverage since Friday.
“It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with (the woman),” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “The allegations made are false and without any foundation.” The statements are unusual because royal spokespeople typically refrain from commenting on most media reports. The woman claims she was forced to have sex with the royal in London, in New York and on a private Caribbean island between 1999 to 2002.