A federal judge in Florida ruled Tuesday that two women have no merit for a lawsuit that accused Britain's Prince Andrew and a famous American lawyer of sexual abuse. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra rejected the lawsuit and also ruled against another woman who tried to join it by claiming Andrew used her as an underage sex slave.
The ruling included denying Jane Doe 3 and 4's request to become part of the group suing to reopen the case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, who allegedly organized an underage sex ring, according to the Associated Press. Marra ordered that Jane Doe 3's allegations about Prince Andrew and Harvard Law School professor and lawyer Alan Dershowitz be removed from the record.
“At this juncture in the proceedings, these lurid details are unnecessary,” Marra wrote in a court order. “These unnecessary details shall be stricken.”
The press has identified Jane Doe 3 as 31-year-old Virginia Roberts. Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II's second son, has repeatedly denied Roberts' accusations that his friend Epstein paid her as a teenager in return for sexual favors with him. "It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York [Andrew] had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Virginia Roberts," a palace spokesman told the Independent in January. "The allegations made are false and without any foundation."
Roberts and Jane Doe 4 wanted to be added to a lawsuit filed by other accusers, arguing that Epstein's 13-month jail sentence was not a harsh enough punishment for soliciting underage prostitution. They asserted that the federal government acted improperly in its 2008 plea deal with the billionaire and want prosecutors to re-examine the case, according to CNN.
But Marra shut the pair down on Tuesday, writing that "justice does not require amendment in this instance." The court filing was sealed. "The factual details regarding with whom and where the Jane Does engaged in sexual activities are immaterial and impertinent to this central claim," Marra wrote.