Virginia Giuffre has filed a civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew in New York City, alleging he abused her 20 years ago. The Duke of York has repeatedly denied that any event ever took place.
Here’s what we know about her.
Giuffre’s story with Epstein and Maxwell
Giuffre – then known as Virginia Roberts – met Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite, while working at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in 2000.
According to Giuffre, Maxwell offered her a job as a traveling masseuse to then-financier Jeffrey Epstein and promised to train teenage Giuffre as a massage therapist.
Giuffre was then reportedly cared for by Epstein and Maxwell over the next two and a half years, traveling with the couple as they rushed between Epstein’s luxury estates.
The duo are said to have asked her to have sex with a number of prominent figures during this time, including Andrew.
She only stopped traveling with Epstein and Maxwell when they sent her on a solo trip to Thailand in September 2002, to attend the International Training Massage School, Guiffre said.
Maxwell allegedly asked her to pick up a Thai girl for Epstein while she was there, but Guiffre alleges that she chose to cut off all contact with them while in Thailand once she met her future husband Robert Giuffre there.
When did Giuffre go public with her claims about Epstein?
Giuffre lived in Australia with her husband for five years after allegedly leaving Epstein and Maxwell.
She was contacted by the FBI in 2007 and filed a lawsuit as Jane Doe against Epstein and Maxwell in 2009, alleging sex trafficking when she was underage.
She decided to go public with her abuse allegations in 2011 and openly discussed her allegations against Epstein and Andrew with the media.
She also included a photo of herself as a teenager, with Andrew’s arm around her and Maxwell smiling in the corner of the image.
The photograph has become a major source of controversy, with Giuffre claiming it’s proof that they met while Andrew’s “friends” claim the photo is a fake. Andrew himself also said he had no recollection of the photograph.
There is no evidence to suggest that the photograph is not real.
Andrew’s role as the UK’s trade envoy came to an end shortly after Giuffre went public with his claims and his association with Epstein was revealed.
She was also involved in a civil case against Maxwell in 2014 and 2015 after she alleged that the British socialite was Epstein’s Madame. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum in favor of Giuffre.
Epstein was arrested and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to sex trafficking in July 2019, but he committed suicide before his trial.
At the hearing that followed, Giuffre said: “The count must not end. It must continue. He did not act alone. We, the victims, know that.
Giuffre’s allegations in the new civil case
Giuffre claimed the Duke of York had sex with her in London in March 2001, at Maxwell’s house, after spending the night dancing in the Tramp nightclub.
She alleged that they had sex again in Manhattan and on Epstein’s Island, Little Saint James, in the US Virgin Islands.
Guiffre also claimed that Andrew had sex with her without her consent in the new civil case.
She also alleged that Andrew knew she was only 17 at the time – he was 41 – and that she was a “victim of sex trafficking”.
The case added that Giuffre, now 38, still struggled with “significant emotional and psychological distress and harm” resulting from the “extreme and outrageous conduct”.
She seeks damages in the event that Andrew is found liable.
Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations and said in his BBC Newsnight interview: “I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none at all.”
Where’s Giuffre now?
Giuffre is now a mother of three and lives with her husband in Australia.
She created a non-profit organization in the United States in 2015 called Victims Refuse Silence to help survivors of sexual abuse and to help prevent individuals from becoming victims of sex trafficking.