A sex scandal which is threatening to rock the British royal household shows no signs of impaling itself, despite strong denials from Prince Andrew, who is facing the baptism of accusations which are still making the front pages in the UK.
Hopes that the Duke may have had that he could put the allegations against him with a speech at the World Economic Forum were dashed as his accuser, Virginia Roberts - now 31 and married - made a series of lurid claims in her first sworn court statement, which preceded a media blitz which catalogued her chief accusation that she was 'forced' to have sex with the Prince when she was 17 years old.
On January 19 she signed a sworn statement – the first time she has made the accusations about the Duke under oath – which was submitted to a court in Florida as part of an attempt to have a plea bargain agreement with Epstein overturned. In Florida, the age of consensual sex is 18.
The claims now are more detailed and certainly more embarrassing for the British royal as they detail fetishes that he is accused of having. She claimed the Duke had a "sexual interest in feet", that she had sex with him while his police protection officers sat in a car outside and that his friend Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was "collecting private information" about the Queen's son.
She also claimed the paedophile billionaire Epstein paid her $400 for "servicing" the prince in New York and also says Andrew slept with her and other girls at Caribbean sex party.
The Duke has categorically denied from the very beginning any form of sexual contact with Miss Roberts, now 31, a claim which is struggling to hold any water with the UK media due to the friendship he retained with a convicted sex offender who acted as her pimp at the time. An intimate photograph of the Prince and Miss Roberts is also not helping.
She described the Duke's denial as "hurtful", according to a report in the conservative broadsheet The Daily Telegraph.
She said: "I have seen Buckingham Palace's recent "emphatic" denial that Prince Andrew had sexual contact with me. That denial is false and hurtful to me.
"I did have sexual contact with him as I have described here – under oath. Given what he knows and has seen, I was hoping that he would simply voluntarily tell the truth about everything. I hope my attorneys can interview Prince Andrew under oath about the contacts and that he will tell the truth."
The Duke, made a brief on-camera reference to Miss Roberts's claims when he addresses an event for entrepreneurs in Davos, Switzerland last night, refused to comment on the latest developments as he left a chalet in the nearby resort of Klosters yesterday.
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