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Britain's Prince Andrew arriving for a church service at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, in January 2020. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP via Getty Images

Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein's longtime accusers, filed a lawsuit in New York against Prince Andrew on Monday alleging that the British royal sexually abused and raped her when she was 17 years old.

Driving the news: Giuffre alleges in the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, that the sexual abuse happened on three occasions nearly two decades ago after she was "lent out for sexual purpose" to the prince. He has denied any wrongdoing.

  • Giuffre said in a statement to news outlets that she was suing him under the Child Victims Act.

The allegations: The suit alleges that the prince abused Giuffre on one occasion at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, a close associate of convicted sex offender Epstein, who pleaded not guilty earlier this year to sex-trafficking charges.

  • "During this encounter, Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew forced [Giuffre] a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will," the lawsuit states.
  • He's also accused of abusing her at Epstein's Manhattan mansion on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The lawsuit states that on each of these occasions, Giuffre "was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew."
  • It claims that she "feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth."

What she's saying: "I am holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me," Giuffre said.

  • "As a mother and a wife, my family comes first — and I know that this action will subject me to further attacks by Prince Andrew and his surrogates," she added.
  • "But I knew if I did not pursue this action, I would be letting them and victims everywhere down."

What he's saying: Prince Andrew told the BBC in a 2019 interview that he had "no recollection" of ever meeting Giuffre and suggested that a photograph of him with his arm around the-then 17-year-old may have been doctored.

  • Prince Andrew could not immediately be reached for comment.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Jeffrey Epstein victims fund closes after paying out $121M to 150 people

New York City's Metropolitan Correctional Facility, where Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell in August 2019. Photo: David Dee Delgado via Getty Images

The fund set up to compensate Jeffrey Epstein's victims is closing after the estate of the late sexual predator paid out about $121 million to roughly 150 victims, the program's independent administrator announced Monday.

Why it matters: The fund gave victims the chance to resolve their claims "beyond the glare of public proceedings and without the costs and confrontation of litigation," administrator Jordana Feldman said in a statement.

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Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.