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SECOND woman tells Met she was sexually abused by Prince Andrew's friend Jeffrey Epstein in Britain

A second woman has told Scotland Yard that she was sexually abused by Prince Andrew's friend Jeffrey Epstein in the UK, it was claimed last night.

Until now, only teenage 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts – who claimed she was forced to have sex with Andrew, something the prince has always denied – was known to have complained to the Metropolitan Police.

But last night the force said a second woman had also come forward with allegations about Epstein.

Scotland Yard has been under pressure this week to explain why it has never launched a criminal investigation into claims that at least half a dozen women were trafficked, groomed and abused in the UK by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

Last night the force said a second woman had also come forward with allegations about Epstein (pictured)

The Met has previously said it could not investigate the two complaints made by Miss Roberts because any probe concerning her would mostly be based in America.

Earlier this week, police sources suggested the other woman had not led to investigations because she had not made complaints to the Met.

But last night, Channel 4 News revealed the person did. A second woman contacted the force in December 2019 to make allegations of sexual assault, it said.

Scotland Yard has been under pressure this week to explain why it has never launched a criminal investigation into claims that at least half a dozen women were trafficked, groomed and abused in the UK by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

Scotland Yard last night apparently conceded that a second complaint had been made.

But it said this allegation was not investigated because the woman had chosen not to make a formal statement.

Earlier this week, Channel 4 revealed a dossier of allegations that Maxwell and Epstein abused half a dozen women in the UK. Scotland Yard will 'review' the claims.

Miss Roberts claimed she was trafficked to London aged 17 and pressured by Epstein and Maxwell into having sexual relations with Prince Andrew.

The Duke of York has vehemently denied the allegations.

Miss Roberts (pictured) claimed she was trafficked to London aged 17 and pressured by Epstein and Maxwell into having sexual relations with Prince Andrew. The Duke of York has vehemently denied the allegations 

Nazir Afzal, the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England, said: 'There is clearly enough evidence for the police to investigate more thoroughly.'

Epstein died in prison in 2019 before he could be brought to trial.

Maxwell, 59, is awaiting trial in the US on charges of recruiting and grooming teenage girls. She denies all the allegations.

Last night police made no comment but a Scotland Yard statement confirmed that the second woman contacted the force but did not 'wish officers to pursue the allegations.'

Met Police said: 'No other allegations of crime have been made at this time in connection with matters related to Jeffrey Epstein.'

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