A U.S. lawsuit against investment banker Jeffrey Epstein has implicated a prominent member of the British Royal Family.
Epstein, a disgraced hedge fund mogul who pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution, is being sued by women who say he loaned them out as sex slaves to his rich and powerful friends more than a decade ago, including Prince Andrew. According to The Guardian, the Duke of York was named in a motion by an anonymous woman in a Florida court this week as part of proceedings against Epstein. The woman alleges that between 1999 and 2002, while she was still underage, she was “forced to have sexual relations with this prince” in New York, London and on a Caribbean island owned by Epstein.
Prince Andrew is Queen Elizabeth’s third child and younger brother to Prince Charles, placing him fifth in the line of succession to the British throne.
Buckingham Palace denies any wrongdoing by the prince, telling BBC News it would not comment comment in detail on a U.S. lawsuit “to which the Duke of York is not a party.”
“However, for the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with under age minors is categorically untrue,” a spokesperson told the BBC.