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TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 WORLD 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA ROYAL SCANDAL Prince Andrew in Germany last year and (left) Buckingham Palace has closed ranks around the troubled Prince. PRINCE Andrew flew back into the centre of a royal storm yesterday when he returned to London after a Swiss ski trip. The Prince is facing allegations he was involved with a woman allegedly kept as an underage sex slave. Buckingham Palace, which issued a strongly-worded denial of the allegations on Friday, took the unusual step of issuing a second statement in response to allegations printed in British Sunday papers. It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact or relationship with the woman, the palace said. The allegations made are without foundation. Virginia Roberts, 31, the woman at the centre of the sex scandal, has alleged in a US court filing that she was kept as a sex slave by Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the Prince. Ms Roberts now lives in the US state of Colorado but at one stage had settled on the NSW Central Coast where she had three children with her Australian husband. Prominent US attorney Alan Dershowitz, Epsteins lawyer, was also named in the court papers. Both he and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York who is fifth in line to the throne, have vigorously denied the allegations. According to the motion filed in a Florida court this week, the woman alleges she was forced to have sexual relations with the now 54-yearold Andrew, meeting him in London, New York and the Caribbean at Epsteins behest. Epstein, a long-time friend of Queen Elizabeth IIs second son, was convicted in 2008 of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution and served a prison term. Dershowitz, whom Roberts was allegedly forced to have sex with on several occasions, told reporters the story was made up. In an interview with the BBC, the Harvard Law School professor said he wanted the plaintiff to speak on oath in court: I unequivocally and without any reservations deny all the allegations about sexual contact. Speaking of the denial of her claims, Virginia Roberts told The Guardian newspaper: Im not going to be bullied back into silence. But Dershowitz, who said he did not recognise her name or picture, countered: I would like the opposite: I want her to speak! I challenge her to repeat her statement ... under oath. Roberts claimed she was Epsteins sex slave from 1999 through to 2002. In 1960 Andrew became the first child born to a reigning British monarch in more than a century. His brother Charles, the heir to the throne, was born before their mother Elizabeth became queen in 1952. Andrew was Britains special representative for trade and investment, a roving business ambassador, for 10 years. But the Prince gave up the post in 2011 following intense scrutiny over his relationship with Epstein, candid comments recorded in US diplomatic cables exposed by WikiLeaks, and links with key figures in repressive regimes. LONDON Backlash as Prince flies into a sex storm 1990s: Jeffrey Epsteins then girlfriend introduces the financier to Prince Andrew 1999: According to Virginia Roberts, she meets Epstein and has a sexual encounter with him, aged 15. 2001: Roberts, photographed with Prince Andrew (left), claims they had sex 2001/2002: Roberts claims to have had sex with Andrew two other times 2002: Roberts meets her Australian husband 2005: Epstein arrested and charged with paying 14-yearold girl for erotic massage 2008: Epstein pleads guilty to paying a minor for sex. Jailed for 18 months 2009: Epstein released 2011: Prince Andrew and Epstein photographed together in New York 2011: Virginia Roberts alleges Epstein abused her 2011: Prince Andrew resigns as UK trade envoy 2014: Prince Andrew named in court papers as having had sexual relations with Roberts. Buckingham Palace denial HOW THE STORY UNFOLDED Palestine to try luck with new council LOS ANGELES: New Zealand could receive a baptism of fire on the UN Security Council, with Palestinian officials set to renew a bid for statehood. Australia, in one of its final votes before the end of its twoyear term on the Security Council last week, joined the US in siding against a resolution calling for the establish ment of a Palestinian state and an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories. The resolution, submitted by Security Council member Jordan, fell short by one vote. New Zealand, along with other new non-permanent members Angola, Malaysia, Venezuela and Spain, will face pressure to pick a side. Well go again to the Security Council, why not? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told officials. Council members France, China, Russia, Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan and Luxembourg supported the resolution, while Britain, Lithuania, Nigeria, South Korea and Rwanda abstained. Aussie dies after NZ swim spot fall WELLINGTON: An Australian tourist who fell 5m on to rocks at a New Zealand swimming hole has died in hospital. Queensland woman Ashleigh Jade Dargusch, 23, died from her head injuries in Waikato Hospital on Saturday. On December 27, Ms Dargusch and four friends had walked to a swimming hole in the Kauaeranga Valley on the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island. She had been watching two of her friends jumping into the water when she lost her footing and fell about 5m on to a large slate of rock, Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend said. Ms Dargusch was flown by helicopter to Waikato Hospital but died eight days later. I would like to extend the New Zealand Polices sympathies to Ms Darguschs family and friends for their loss, Sen Sgt Friend said. Ms Darguschs social media accounts show she had been holidaying around Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula since December 21.
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