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Virginia Giuffre sues Prince Andrew over alleged assault

"I am holding Prince Andrew accountable."
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Virginia Giuffre, one of many women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex crimes, is suing Prince Andrew for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teen.

WATCH: Prince Andrew denies sexual assault allegations

Giuffre has been outspoken with her allegations against the royal for years now, claiming he sexually abused her when she was just 17.

Now her lawyers have filed a suit against Andrew in Manhattan federal court in the US, under the Child Victims Act.

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Virginia Giuffre is one of many women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex crimes. (Credit: Getty)

In a statement to ABC News, Ms Giuffre said she was suing Andrew after allegedly being sex trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.

“I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she said.

“The powerful and rich are not exempt from being held responsible for their actions […] I did not come to this decision lightly.

“As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates — but I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down.”

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Prince Andrew has denied the claims. (Credit: Getty)

Prince Andrew has denied all of Ms Giuffre’s claims and a representative for the royal said there will be no comment on the lawsuit.

In 2019, the Duke of York told BBC Newsnight that the alleged sexual assault “didn’t happen” and that he had “no recollection” of ever meeting Ms Giuffre.

“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he said at the time.

Ms Giuffre alleges that she was sexually abused by Andrew in 2001, her claims first coming to light in 2015. Buckingham Palace denied the allegations.

WATCH: Prince Andrew’s accuser Virginia Giuffre is interviewed by the BBC. Story continues below. 

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She reiterated her allegations in a 2019 BBC interview, at which time Buckingham Palace denied her claims once again.

“It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts [Giuffre],” the palace said in a statement.

“Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”

Prince Andrew faced criticism for his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who died in 2019, and stepped back from royal duties that same year.

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