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US judge strikes out Prince Andrew sex claims

April 7, 2015 6:27 pm

Claims that a woman was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17 are to be struck from the record of a civil case in the US, a judge has said.

The Duke of York was named in court papers in Florida by a woman alleging financier Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the duke three times.

But Judge Kenneth Marra said the “lurid” claims were “unnecessary” to decide the civil case.

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Buckingham Palace has previously “emphatically” denied the allegations.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Judge Marra had expressed no opinion as to the “validity or veracity” of the allegations.

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