The Duke of York has been urged to fight back over allegations made in US court documents in which a woman claimed she was forced to have sex with him whilst she was still a minor.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, professor of law at Harvard University – who is also named in the US court papers, said that the allegations made against him by the woman were a “pattern of made up stories” targeted at prominent people.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Professor Dershowitz said the woman, who claimed to be 17 years old at the time of the incident, “should not be believed”.
The woman, known only as ‘Jane Doe #3’, named Prince Andrew & Dershowitz in a case against their former friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The woman alleges she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, a claim strongly denied by Buckingham Palace.
A spokesperson for the Duke said yesterday “For the avoidance of doubt, any suggestion of impropriety with under age minors is categorically untrue”. You can read more about the allegations and the background to the story by clicking here.
“My only feeling is, if she’s lied about me, which I know to an absolute certainty she has, she should not be believed about anyone else.
We know she’s lied about other public figures including a former prime minister and others who she claims to have participated in sexual activities with, so I think it must be presumed all her allegations against Prince Andrew were false as well.
You cannot allow these allegations to hang above you. The first question you have to ask yourself when you are charged with a crime like this is ‘Is there any conceivable possibility you did it?’ and if the answer to that is ‘no’, you have to fight back with every resource and ounce of energy available to you.”
– Alan Dershowitz speaking on BBC Radio 4.