An American lawyer from the the prince British Andrés He vigorously rejected the allegations in a civil lawsuit by a woman who accused him of having her sexually assaulted when he was 17, and doubted that the case could even be presented.
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At a hearing at the United States District Court in Manhattan, the prince’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, also said that plaintiff Virginia Giuffre appeared to have waived her right to sue Queen Elizabeth of England’s second child in a 2009 lawsuit. settlement for another lawsuit.
Giuffre, 38, has said that Andres’ abuse occurred about two decades ago, roughly when financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused her. Andrew, the Duke of York, has denied the allegations.
“This is an unfounded, unworkable, and potentially illegal lawsuit,” Brettler, a Los Angeles attorney, said in a court hearing by telephone.
“There has been a settlement agreement that the plaintiff has signed in a previous action that releases the Duke and others from any and all possible liability,” added Brettler.
Brettler also said that Giuffre had failed to properly notify Andrés in accordance with UK law and the Hague Convention, despite the fact that a copy of the summons was left on August 27 with a police officer guarding the home of the prince in Windsor, England.
Giuffre’s attorney rejected that claim. “We have notified you correctly,” David Boies told District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan.
Kaplan ordered Boies to propose alternative means of notifying Andrés, and rejected Brettler’s argument that the Hague Convention procedures had to be “exhausted” before applying the Americans. The next hearing is scheduled for October 13.
Andrés, 61, is an old friend of Epstein, a sex offender who committed suicide in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 after US prosecutors accused him of sexually exploiting dozens of girls and women.
Consequences for his relationship with Epstein
The prince resigned from his royal duties and saw charities and other organizations distancing themselves from him after he gave an interview to the BBC in November 2019 about his relationship with Epstein, which is now considered a public relations disaster.
Giuffre’s lawsuit puts Andrés in a difficult position because he could be declared in absentia and owe damages if he ignores it, or face years of legal battles defending himself in court.
According to the August 9 lawsuit, Andrés forced Giuffre to have sex unwanted in the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and former associate of Epstein.
The complaint also says Andrés abused Giuffre at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and on a private island he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With information from Reuters