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Sarah Ferguson: Andrew is 'a humungously good man'

Sarah Ferguson has made a steadfast defence of her former husband Prince Andrew over claims he slept with a woman when she was underage.

Ms Ferguson told NBC News her former husband was a "humungously good man" and she would not "stand by and let him have his character defamed".

"The American people know my integrity and my integrity is of a great man, and I'll have not one word said about him on any level," she added.

A bitter back and forth over underage sex claims

It has been a bitter back and forth between prominent US lawyer Alan Dershowitz and a woman who claims she slept with him when she was underage.

Mr Dershowitz is suing for defamation and wants the woman's lawyers disbarred.

Now the lawyers have themselves launched a counter-claim for defamation against Mr Dershowitz.

Prince Andrew, who is also mentioned in a civil case in Florida, has said allegations he had sex with a woman when she was underage are "false and without any foundation".

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan-Jones reports.


Ghislaine Maxwell refuses to respond to Andrew claims

Robert Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine, who is embroiled in the underage sex allegations involving Prince Andrew has refused to comment on the scandal after being questioned by ITV News.

Andrew 'should explain why he's friends with Epstein'

A lawyer who represented several women who made claims against disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein has told ITV News Prince Andrew should explain "why he's friends with this type of a man."

"It certainly doesn't look very good for someone of Prince Andrew's notoriety to be socialising with a convicted sexual predator," Florida lawyer Spencer Kuvin said.

"It just does not look good. It's salacious, it's unfortunate and people should be questioning just exactly the extent of that relationship and he should be answering for why he's friends with this type of a man."

"These influential and powerful people should have to answer these types of questions just like anyone else should," Kuvin added.

The Duke of York has denied allegations he had sex with a woman when she was underage, calling the claims "false and without any foundation".

Boris Johnson expresses sympathy for Prince Andrew

Boris Johnson has given his support to Prince Andrew in the wake of underage sex claims, saying he has sympathy for the Duke of York.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has expressed sympathy for the Duke of York. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"He does a huge amount of good and a huge amount of hard work. So if you are asking me whether I have sympathy for him, of course I do," the Mayor of London told LBC Radio.

"Prince Andrew, let's be very clear, is a guy who does a huge amount of unsung, unheralded work for this country," Johnson said. "I think that people should respect that side of his work."

Defamation lawsuit filed over underage sex claims

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has filed a defamation lawsuit and vowed to seek the disbarment of two lawyers representing a woman who claims she was forced to have sex with him when she was underage.

Prof Dershowitz denies the allegations, which were made in a Florida federal court filing last week, and claims Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards knew the charges were false when they filed them.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has launched a defamation lawsuit. Credit: REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The criminal defence attorney, who is not the target of the initial lawsuit, should not have been named as the "outrageous" allegations "are completely irrelevant to this case," the court papers state.

"To the great detriment of Prof Dershowitz, and as plaintiffs’ counsel surely anticipated, the contemptible allegations against Prof Dershowitz and others have created a media firestorm," it adds.

Prince Andrew, who was also named in the initial lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, has called the allegations "false and without any foundation".

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