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The woman who has accused Prince Andrew of sexual assault has said she will “continue to expose the truth” and thanked the judge who rejected the royal’s attempts to have the lawsuit thrown out.

Virginia Giuffre tweeted: “I’m pleased with Judge Kaplan’s ruling yesterday that allows my case against Prince Andrew to go forward. I’m glad I will have the chance to continue to expose the truth & I am deeply grateful to my extraordinary legal team.

“Their determination helps me seek justice from those who hurt me and so many others. My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law & must be held accountable.

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“I do not walk this path alone, but alongside countless other survivors of sexual abuse & trafficking.”

The Duke of York will face a civil sex case trial later this year over claims he committed “sexual assault and battery” upon Ms Giuffre when she was a teenager.

She alleges she was trafficked by disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with Andrew when she was 17.

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The Duke has repeatedly denied the claims.

On Thursday, the royal was stripped of his military titles and royal patronages, and will no longer style himself “His Royal Highness”.

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