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What were the allegations made against Prince Andrew and how is he linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case?

PRINCE Andrew has been accused of inappropriately touching a woman in 2001 in New York, according to court papers.

But what are the specific allegations that the Duke of York strongly denies?

What has Prince Andrew been accused of?

US court papers have alleged the Duke of York touched a woman while on his lap as she played with a Spitting Image puppet of him.

Johanna Sjoberg alleges Prince Andrew touched her breast in 2001 at the New York home of his pal Jeffrey Epstein, according to court papers.

In the documents Sjoberg said: "I just remember someone suggesting a photo, and they told us to go get on the couch. And so Andrew and Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap.

"And so then I sat on Andrew's lap, and I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet's hands and put it on Virginia's breast, and so Andrew put his on mine," she said, saying it was done in a "joking manner".

Almost 2,000 pages of a lawsuit were released in a defamation case involving Ms Giuffre, who in 2015 claimed Prince Andrew slept with her three times, and Epstein’s ex-lover Ghislaine Maxwell.

He was accused of having a sexual encounter with her when she was 17 in London and New York and a year later at a party on Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands.

Another document describes an alleged sexual encounter between Ms Giuffre, now 35, and Andrew in a bathtub.

The Duke of York was pictured with his arm around the then 17-year-old's waist at the home of Maxwell in London in 2001 - but the Prince strongly denies the claims.

Buckingham Palace said this related to US proceedings "to which the Duke Of York is not a party".

"Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015.

They were described by the judge as being "immaterial and impertinent".

In February 2011, Andrew was photographed walking with Epstein in Central Park in New York.

And video also emerged of the Duke peering out of the front door of the paedo's mansion in Manhattan on December 6, 2010.

Since his arrest and death, it has been reported that the disgraced financier kept a secret diary detailing his friendships with the rich and famous as an “insurance policy”.

Who is Jeffrey Epstein?

The billionaire financier was born in Brooklyn, New York City and grew up on Coney Island.

His father worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Epstein attended classes at Cooper Union, a private college, but dropped out in 1971.

He then went to the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University but left before he completed his degree.

He started his career in finance in 1976 as an options trader at Bear Stearns and became a limited partner in the firm in 1980.

Epstein then formed his own firm, J Epstein & Co in 1982. The firm changed its name to the Financial Trust Company and based itself in the US Virgin Islands for tax purposes.

On August 10, 2019, it was announced Epstein took his own life.

His death comes two weeks after he was placed on suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck.

Law enforcement officials confirmed on August 10 he had taken his own life at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, which is where is had been held without bail pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.

It is understood he hanged himself.

What's Jeffrey Epstein's 'paedo island'?

Epstein's private Caribbean island has become the centre of a sex trafficking probe against him, amid claims underage girls were used as sex slaves and repeatedly abused inside a temple.

The billionaire bought the island of Little St James more than two decades ago - transforming it into a high-security private oasis, complete with a mansion and a bizarre blue and white gold-domed structure.

To date, the island has remained Epstein’s main residence, but has been shrouded in mystery.

Aerial footage of Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘paedo island’ now centre of sex trafficking probe amid claims ‘underage sex slaves were repeatedly abused there’

Its high security, secluded location has coined the locally-known moniker as "Pedophile Island" and has given rise to more sinister theories about its use.

Neighbouring islander Kevin Goodrich, who operates boat charters from nearby St Thomas, said: “Everybody called it ‘Paedophile Island' ... It’s our dark corner.”

Epstein set about building an enormous stone mansion with cream-coloured walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by a maids’ quarters.

Years later, and on the other southwest edge of the island, he built a square-shaped blue and white building resembling a religious temple, topped with a gold dome.

Many have speculated that the child sex abuse Epstein has been accused of may have occurred in this secluded space.

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