Legal professionals for Virginia Giuffre, who says she was assaulted at 17, despatched the civil lawsuit to the prince’s US-based lawyer.
The UK’s Prince Andrew has been served with a sexual assault lawsuit in the USA by legal professionals for a lady who says she was compelled to have intercourse with him on the London residence of a detailed good friend of convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, court docket papers present.
In a submitting with the US District Courtroom in Manhattan, legal professionals for Virginia Giuffre mentioned they despatched the civil lawsuit to the prince’s Los Angeles-based lawyer Andrew Brettler by e mail and FedEx, and each copies had been obtained by Monday morning.
Underneath federal guidelines, the Duke of York has 21 days to reply or might face a default judgement. Giuffre’s legal professionals beforehand mentioned in addition they had served Andrew, who’s Queen Elizabeth’s second son, within the UK.
Andrew and his legal professionals have denied Giuffre’s claims. The 61-year-old prince has not been charged with crimes. Giuffre’s lawsuit, filed on August 9, seeks unspecified damages.
Brettler didn’t reply to a request for remark from the Reuters information company. There was no remark from the prince’s London authorized crew. The prince has denied Guiffre’s allegations
Giuffre, 38, accused Andrew of forcing her to have intercourse when she was underage on the London residence of Epstein’s longtime affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre mentioned Andrew abused her at across the identical time in Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on Epstein’s non-public island within the US Virgin Islands.
Epstein, a financier and registered intercourse offender, killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking costs.
Giuffre sued underneath New York’s Little one Victims Act, a 2019 regulation giving survivors of childhood sexual abuse a window to sue their alleged abusers for conduct that occurred a few years or a long time earlier. The deadline to sue has since handed.
US District Decide Lewis Kaplan, who oversees Giuffre’s lawsuit, has urged either side to not dwell on “technicalities” and as a substitute to give attention to the case’s substance.
“I can see quite a lot of authorized charges being spent and time being expended and delay, which in the end might not be terribly productive for anybody,” Kaplan mentioned at a September 13 listening to.
Final week London’s Excessive Courtroom mentioned it could organize for Andrew to be served if the events didn’t work out their very own association and gave the prince’s legal professionals every week to attraction that call.
A supply near the Duke’s legal professionals mentioned it was extremely unlikely any problem can be pursued now.
Maxwell has pleaded not responsible to prison costs she helped recruit and groom underage women for Epstein to abuse. Her trial is ready to start on November 29.