LONDON: The woman who named Britain’s Prince Andrew in a US court filing claiming that she was kept as an underage “sex slave” by a Wall Street financier said on Saturday she would not be silenced.

The plaintiff, identified only as “Jane Doe #3” in court papers, told the Guardian newspaper that she refuses to be “unjustly victimised again” after robust denials from Buckingham Palace and another man named in the suit.

The story made headline news in Britain’s newspapers on Saturday.

According to the motion filed in a Florida court on Monday, the woman alleges she was “forced to have sexual relations” with Andrew, the Duke of York, in London, New York and the Caribbean at the behest of Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein, a known friend of the 54-year-old prince, was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution and served a prison term.

No dates for the purported sexual encounters were given, but the woman claimed she was Epstein’s sex slave from 1999 through 2002.

In a strongly worded resp­onse on Friday, Buckingham Palace said that “any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue”.

Published in Dawn, January 4th, 2015

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