Koo: My fury at Andrew sex claims


Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The Duke of York’s ex-girlfriend has leapt to his defence over the sex allegations that have engulfed the royal.

Koo Stark, who dated Andrew after his return from the Falklands War in 1982, said the claims made in legal papers filed in the US by Virginia Roberts amounted to an “assassination of his character”.

Ms Roberts – who is referred to in court as Jane Doe No 3 – claims she was forced to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 by his financier friend Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender.

Andrew, 54, vehemently denies the claims and Buckingham Palace has stated they are “false and without foundation”.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the American-born actress, 58, said: “My first reaction was fury, then disbelief, at the lurid allegations being made against a man I have known well for more than 30 years.

“He was being accused of the very worst kind of behaviour. The stain on his reputation is spilling across his life like blood from a new wound.

“I know too much about the media and the law courts to allow the disgrace of an innocent man. That is why I have decided to now reveal some of the details of my relationship with Andrew. Most people in this country have formed their own impression of him – either good or ill. My view is clear: I believe him to be a good man.

“I firmly believe I can hep rebut, with authority, the allegations against him. I will use those details to challenge Virginia Roberts’ description of a man which does not tally with the person I have known for more than half my lifetime.”

Miss Stark dated Andrew for 18 months before he went on to marry Sarah Ferguson in 1986.

The Palace did not comment on Miss Stark’s intervention.

Last month a letter addressed to Andrew at Buckingham Palace asking him to take part in a two-hour interview was filed in a Florida court by lawyers acting on behalf of Ms Roberts.

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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