Prince Andrew news – Royal ‘can no longer hide behind wealth and WILL face court over Virginia Roberts rape claims’

PRINCE Andrew can no longer “hide behind wealth” and will face court over the rape claims against him, it has been claimed.

In a new lawsuit, Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre says she was “forced to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will” and lists offences including “rape in the first degree”.

Now her lawyer David Boies has told BBC Two’s Newsnight that Ms Giuffre intends to send a message that the alleged behaviour “is not acceptable and that you cannot hide behind wealth and power and palace walls”.

He added that “at this point litigation is the only way to establish once and for all what the truth is – and litigation is the only way to establish once and for all what Prince Andrew’s evidence actually is”.

Andrew fiercely denies any allegations, says he has no memory of even meeting Roberts, and has said he had no suspicions of Epstein’s wrongdoing during their friendship.

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