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Duke's first visit after sex claims

The Duke of York will visit the offices of a multinational paints company today - his first official public engagement since sexual allegations made against him were struck from US court records.

Andrew will meet staff from the Slough base of AkzoNobel, a long-standing supporter of The Outward Bound Trust which has the Duke as its chairman of trustees.

The company, which produces Dulux paints, runs a number of programmes allowing employees to support schools and encourage student development.

Claims Andrew had sex with an under-age teenager were removed from civil court records following a federal judge's ruling last week.

The allegations made by Virginia Roberts - who claimed she was the sex slave of Andrew's former financier friend Jeffrey Epstein - were vehemently denied by the Duke.

The accusations were part of submissions made by lawyers acting for Ms Roberts who wanted to join an existing civil lawsuit.

It was launched by two women, also alleged Epstein victims, against US federal prosecutors' handling of the financier's conviction for a sex offence.

Epstein was sentenced to 18 months in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution but lawyers for the women claim a secret plea deal he struck with prosecutors, granting him - and any potential co-conspirators - immunity from further prosecution, violated their clients' rights.

US District Judge Kenneth Marra refused Ms Roberts per mission to join the lawsuit, and said in his written judgement the sex abuse details had no bearing on the lawsuit's goal of reopening the Epstein non-prosecution agreement.


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