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Jeffry Epstein accuser asks Prince Andrew to come clean

NEW YORK: The accuser of Jeffery Epstein has asked Prince Andrew to come clean.

A woman has accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old.

The woman has now asked the the UK royal to “come clean”.

Speaking after a hearing for alleged victims in the wake of Epstein’s death, Virginia Giuffre told reporters the prince “knows what he’s done”.

The Duke of York denies the accusation.

Epstein killed himself in his prison cell this month while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

The 66-year-old tycoon – who once counted President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew as friends – was found unresponsive on 10 August.

About 15 plaintiffs were given an opportunity to speak at the New York City court hearing that brings an end to the criminal case – which is now closed because of Epstein’s death.

The women spoke of their anger, saying Epstein had cheated justice by taking his own life.

Prosecutors said the investigation was ongoing and charges could still be brought against any co-conspirators.

Ms Giuffre, 35, has alleged she was forced on three occasions to have sex with Prince Andrew, which he denies.

She has accused Epstein of keeping her as a “sex slave”. In court on Tuesday, she said: “My hopes were quickly dashed and my dreams were stolen.”

Ms Giuffre has said in a court deposition she was a 15-year-old working at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida when she was approached by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell to give massages to Epstein.

When asked for a comment on Prince Andrew during a news conference after the hearing, Ms Giuffre said: “He knows what he’s done and he can attest to that. He knows exactly what he’s done and I hope he comes clean about it.”

The prince has said it was “a mistake and an error” to see Epstein after his release from prison, and that he never saw or suspected criminal behaviour.