Transcript for Royal Family Fights Under-age Sex Accusations Against Prince Andrew
We turn to a controversy shaking Britain's royal family. Prince Andrew accused in a lawsuit of inappropriate relations with an underaged girl. Buckingham palace forcefully denying the bombshell allegations and that's where ABC's Alex Marquardt reports in from tonight. Reporter: It's an accusation that tonight is rocking the royal family. Allegations that prince Andrew, second son of the queen, brother to heir prince Charles, had sex with a 17-year-old girl. The explosive claim blanketing Britain's front pages today that the girl was forced to have sexual relations with the prince when she was a minor. Despite an immediate forceful denial from the palace that any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue. This potentially if proven true would involve illegality. That is a step further in terms of scandal for the british royal family. Reporter: The allegation surfacing in a Florida lawsuit against this man, American multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, once a close friend of the prince's who in 2008 went to prison for more than a year for soliciting sex with a minor. The court documents describe inappropriate relations between the prince and the unidentified minor at parties around the world including on Epstein's private caribbean island. Parties that the woman said also included prominent American lawyer Alan dershowitz who today vehemently denied any wrongdoing. My only feeling is that if she's lied about me which I know to an absolute certainty she has she should not be believed about anyone else. Reporter: As the palace stands resolutely behind prince Andrew tonight, he so far has remained silent, but as the seriousness of these allegations sinks in, he may soon be forced to confront them publicly.
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