Prince Andrew makes first public appearance since sex claims

Video: Prince Andrew arrives in Davos to host a business reception

Kiran Moodley@kirancmoodley
Thursday 22 January 2015 12:25

Prince Andrew has appeared in public for the first time since a US woman alleged she was forced to have sex with him at the age of 17.

The Prince arrived in Davos, Switzerland, where he is scheduled to host a business reception at the World Economic Forum on Thursday evening. Prince Andrew can be seen typing on his phone as he arrives at the summit and does not respond to reporters trying to greet him.

His appearance at the event comes as the woman who says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew while underage outlined the accusations in her own words for the first time, in newly filed US court papers.

Virginia Roberts claims she was compelled to have sex with the Prince in 2001 by his friend, Jeffrey Epstein.

Epstein, a former hedge fund tycoon, was convicted for sex offences in 2008.

Roberts claims that when she met Prince Andrew, she was aware he was a British royal but knew him only as "Andy".

The Duke vehemently denies the claims. Prince Andrew is expected to address the accusations later today.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We would not comment on speculation about what the Duke might say."

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