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A federal court in New York dismissed on Wednesday a petition to dismiss a complaint filed against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who alleges she was sexually trafficked to the royal when she was minor.

“Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,'” Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in the ruling. “It alleges discrete incidents of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.”

Giuffre said in court that late millionaire Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her and forced her to have sex with his pals, including the Prince, even though Andrew was aware she was young (17) at the time. She claims the Prince assaulted her sexually at Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands, his mansion in Manhattan, and his former lover Ghislaine Maxwell’s residence in London.

Prince Andrew has rejected the claims and has asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

The decision sets in motion a dramatic series of legal actions for Queen Elizabeth II’s third child, which may have far-reaching consequences for Buckingham Palace. The long-running charges against Andrew, 61, have already severely harmed his public image, and he resigned from royal responsibilities in late 2019.

Following an order issued by Kaplan last year, Andrew has until July 14 to possibly answer questions regarding the matter under oath. If the lawsuit is not resolved, Prince Andrew may face a trial between September and December 2022.

Maxwell, his former girlfriend, and close collaborator was arrested and charged with orchestrating the abuse plot in 2020. In December, a federal jury convicted her on five federal counts, including sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy.

Giuffre was not one of the four women who testified about being molested in Maxwell’s trial. Nonetheless, she was addressed during the trial when Carolyn, one of the victims, testified that Giuffre had invited her to Epstein’s house in Palm Beach, Florida.

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