Judge gives the plaintiff more time
In the case of alleged sexual abuse by Prince Andrew, the plaintiff will have more time to serve the complaint.
Prince Andrew (61) and his lawyers continue to play for time. On Monday, the first preliminary negotiation in the case of Virginia Roberts Giuffre (38) took place in New York, but ended with no results after just 30 minutes.
The 38-year-old has filed a civil lawsuit against the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II (95). Prince Andrew is said to have sexually abused the then minor between 1999 and 2002 on the property of the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (1953-2019). Andrew rejects allegations that he can no longer remember the woman.
As reported by the British Daily Mail, among others, Judge Lewis Kaplan from the US District Court for the southern district of New York wanted to clarify in a conference call on Monday whether the complaint by Roberts Giuffres lawyers was correctly served on the prince. His lawyers deny this because it was not handed over to him personally. According to court records, the indictment was handed over to the security chief at Andrew’s Mansion in Windsor on August 27. The landlord could not be reached.
Andrew’s lawyers question the whole process
Andrew’s defense lawyers not only deny that the papers were properly served, but also question the entire legitimacy of the process. The plaintiff had already signed an out-of-court agreement in 2002, which is said to have acquitted Andrew and other parties involved of all legal liability.
Andrew’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, reiterated this point of view in the conference call. The star lawyer, who was called in at the last minute, described the civil suit as “unfounded, untenable and possibly illegal.” He also wants to challenge New York as a negotiating location.
Judge gives plaintiff more time
Judge Kaplan suspended the hearing and postponed its continuation for a week. Until then, the applicant’s team has time to deliver the papers again. Kaplan criticized Andrew’s team’s attempts to play for time and complicate the case more than he is. “Sooner or later you will be summoned!”