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Guardian: Prince Andrew has been formally informed of the complaint filed against him in a New York court

The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, has been officially informed of the complaint filed against him in a New York court, lawyers say Virginia Roberts Joffrey, who claims she was forced to have sex with Queen Elizabeth's son when she was 17 years old.

A document filed in a US court showed that papers for Joffrey's lawsuit were reported to Prince Andrew at his home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor on August 27. It was rejected the day before, according to the documents.

Buckingham Palace referred the Guardian to an external PR agency representing the Duke of York after requesting comment, to which a spokesperson responded: "No comment."

Jeffrey filed a lawsuit against Andrew in August, accusing Andrew of sexually assaulting her at the home of British businesswoman Ghislaine Maxwell in London and on properties owned by US businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of sexual misconduct against underage girls and committed suicide in his New York prison.

Andrew has "categorically" denied having sex with Roberts, describing the allegations as "false and baseless".

The legal claim alleges that Joffrey "was compelled by express or implied threats by Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or bodily injury to herself or others and other repercussions of disobeying Epstein, Maxwell and Prince Andrew because of their strong connections, wealth and power." ".

The lawsuit also alleges that Andrew knew she was a victim of sex trafficking, and that she had suffered - and continues to suffer - "significant psychological distress and harm".

Maxwell, who is facing trial in New York in November, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges in connection with her alleged involvement with Epstein.

In August it was reported that Andrew is considered a "person of interest" in the investigation of Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, and Maxwell.

The newspaper said the phrase "person of interest" is used by law enforcement to refer to someone who has not been arrested or formally charged with any crime, but can refer to someone who may have information that would assist in the investigation.