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Virginia Roberts' sex abuse claims against Prince Andrew are thrown out by judge

By Staff Reporter

Allegations that a 17-year-old girl was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew have been thrown out by a US judge.

Judge Kenneth Marra ordered the accusations about the Duke of York, made by Virginia Roberts, to be struck from the record as he halted her attempt to join a lawsuit against convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Ms Roberts, who is 31, had claimed she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew by his former friend Mr Epstein in 2001 when she was 17.

"These lurid details are unnecessary," Judge Marra wrote in his order, issued at the US district court in southern Florida yesterday.

"These unnecessary details shall be stricken."

Mr Marra said the "factual details regarding with whom and where" she had sex were "immaterial and impertinent" to her argument that she should be allowed to join the lawsuit.

Allegations that Ms Roberts was also made to have sex with Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and another friend of Epstein, were also struck from the case.

Andrew was named in a lawsuit against Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender who has served a 13-month jail sentence.

Epstein still faces claims by two other women, named as Jane Doe No 1 and Jane Doe No 2.

However, yesterday's developments in Miami have put an end to allegations against Andrew made by Roberts (Jane Doe 3) and another woman, Jane Doe 4.

They said they were among dozens of women sexually abused by Epstein as teenagers at locations ranging from a Palm Beach mansion to a private Caribbean island to a sprawling ranch in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors in the US opposed allowing the pair to join the lawsuit, which was filed in 2008, and Judge Marra agreed.

"Justice does not require amendment in this instance," the judge wrote.

Andrew (54) has vehemently denied the claims and Buckingham Palace has stated they are "false and without foundation".

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the developments.

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