A case involving a woman who claimed a US financier forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17 is to be unsealed
- Details from a 2015 defamation case involving a woman who claimed financier Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew are set to be released to the public.
- Virginia Roberts accused Epstein - who was charged with sex trafficking last week - of recruiting her as a sex slave back in 2001, when she was just 17-years-old.
- Roberts alleged that she had been procured for sexual activities by Epstein's personal aide Ghislaine Maxwell, who was a reported friend of Prince Andrew's.
- Maxwell denied Roberts' claims, calling her a liar - which resulted in Roberts suing Maxwell for defamation in 2015, a case in which she brought forward her allegations against Epstein and the prince.
- After a new court ruling, 2,000 sealed files from the case will become available to the public.
- Buckingham Palace has emphatically denied the allegations against Prince Andrew.
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A defamation case from 2015 involving a woman who claims Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew is set to be unsealed.
Virginia Roberts previously accused Epstein of recruiting her as his sex slave back in 2001 when she was just 17-years-old.
Roberts is one of more than 80 women to accuse the financier of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, as he was charged last week with sex trafficking and conspiracy.
However, her allegation that he forced her to have sex with Prince Andrew in his New York mansion, in London, and on his private island in the Virgin Islands, were previously thrown out by a judge, who said they were "immaterial and impertinent to the central claim" during the defamation case in 2015.
Epstein and Prince Andrew were said to have a close friendship in the 1990s, and Epstein reportedly treated the royal like a guest of honor at regular dinner parties in his Upper East side home.
Roberts alleged that she had been "procured for sexual activities" by Ghislaine Maxwell, who worked as a personal aide to Epstein and was a friend of Prince Andrew's, The Times reports.
However, Maxwell denied Roberts' claims. In a 2011 statement, Maxwell said allegations that she had acted as Epstein's procurer were "entirely untrue."
"I understand newspapers need stories to sell copies. It is well known that certain newspapers live by the adage, 'why let the truth get in the way of a good story.' However, the allegations made against me are abhorrent and entirely untrue and I ask that they stop," Maxwell wrote.
"A number of newspapers have shown a complete lack of accuracy in their reporting of this story and a failure to carry out the most elementary investigation or any real due diligence. I am now taking action to clear my name," she added.
Maxwell also called Roberts a liar following her claims, according to The Times - which resulted in Roberts suing Maxwell for defamation. The defamation case also contains a number of allegations against Epstein and the prince.
Now, following a new ruling from the US Court of Appeals' Second Circuit, around 2,000 files from the case are due to be released to the public after they were sealed in 2015.
US appeals judge Jose Cabranes said "the public's right to know outweighed the privacy rights of people who wanted to keep secrets", according to The Times.
The files will not be made public immediately, The Mirror reports, because those involved with the case have a two-week window to file their arguments for keeping them sealed.
Buckingham Palace released a statement in 2015 denying Prince Andrew's involvement with Roberts. A palace spokesperson told INSIDER on Monday that the palace's initial response to specific allegations remains.
"It is emphatically denied that The Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation," said the spokesperson.
INSIDER has contacted Epstein and Maxwell's legal representatives for comment.
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