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British Palace Denies Prince Andrew US Underage Sex Allegation

FILE - Britain's Prince Andrew speaks at the 10th anniversary of Harrow International School Beijing.

Britain's Buckingham Palace is "emphatically" denying allegations of sexual impropriety by Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son who is fifth in line to the British throne.

In a U.S. court case, an American woman alleges she was kept as an underage sex slave by disgraced U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein, a friend of the prince, and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew on three occasions. The woman alleges the liaisons occurred between 1999 and 2002, in London, New York and on Epstein's private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Buckingham Palace has now issued two denials of the allegations against the 54-year-old prince, also known as the Duke of York. It said that "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

The woman made the allegations in a court filing in the southern U.S. state of Florida in a case accusing U.S. prosecutors of agreeing to let Epstein plead guilty to sex crime charges without consulting victims.

Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to a Florida state charge of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution and served 13 months of an 18-month prison term. But with the guilty plea, he escaped more serious federal charges.

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