Prince Andrew Could be Sued by Epstein Accuser Within Days Amid War of Words

Prince Andrew could face a lawsuit from the Jeffrey Epstein accuser who said she was made to have sex with him while a trafficking victim, according to the woman's lawyer.

Virginia Giuffre says she was forced by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with Queen Elizabeth II's son in London, New York and on the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Duke of York quit public life after a BBC interview in November 2019 in which he dismissed her account of meeting him and denied the accusations.

Since then the U.S. Department of Justice put in a formal request for him to give evidence to the F.B.I. investigation into Epstein.

Giuffre has been pursuing out-of-court negotiations for a settlement with the Duke of York, but has had no response, her lawyer told U.K. tabloid The Mail on Sunday.

David Boies, Giuffre's attorney, told the newspaper: "[The case] would be based on her being lent out to Prince Andrew for sex by Jeffrey Epstein and [her] being under 18."

He added: "To use a common phrase here in the United States, 'Time's up'."

Sources close to Prince Andrew previously told Newsweek he intended a return to public life but a new court case against him could threaten his prospects.

If he fights the case, the allegations against will be fleshed out in court in detail and he may have to give evidence or supply documents.

However, if he ignores any legal action he risks the court ruling against him in his absence.

Boies told The Mail on Sunday the case would focus on allegations of "improper sexual violations, physical and emotional distress."

Giuffre has sued Ghislaine Maxwell before, winning an out-of-court settlement in America.

During the Maxwell case, she recorded a deposition in which she described being flown to London to have sex with Andrew after a visit to London night club Tramp.

Giuffre also detailed an encounter with Andrew at Epstein's New York townhouse when she said he used a puppet version of himself to grope her breast.

A photo of Andrew with his arm around Giuffre taken when she says she was 17 at Maxwell's London townhouse was previously published by the Mail on Sunday.

Andrew denies having sex with Giuffre and told the BBC in 2019 he cannot recall meeting her.

He told interviewer Emily Maitlis: "I can tell you categorically I don't remember meeting her at all. I do not remember a photograph being taken and I've said consistently and frequently that we never had any sort of sexual contact whatever."

Maitlis said: "She was very specific about that night, she described dancing with you. And you profusely sweating and that she went on to have bath possibly."

The prince replied: "There's a slight problem with the sweating because I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I didn't sweat at the time and that was... was it... yes, I didn't sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falkland's War when I was shot at and I simply... it was almost impossible for me to sweat."

Prince Andrew's representatives declined to comment.

Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre
Prince Andrew attends Ascot Racecourse on July 27, 2019 in Ascot, England. Virginia Giuffre attend the 2019 Women's Media Awards at Mandarin Oriental on October 22, 2019 in New York City. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images and Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Women's Media Award