Abuse allegations: Prince Andrew wants to take action against civil lawsuit

The British Prince Andrew, 61, wants to challenge the civil suit of a woman who accuses him of molesting her as a minor. Andrew wanted to challenge both the jurisdiction of the court in New York and the proper service of the lawsuit, according to a document that a lawyer for the prince deposited with the court on Monday and that was available to the German press agency.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, filed the civil lawsuit in mid-August. In it she accuses the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of sexual abuse of a minor and demands compensation. Giuffre had previously publicly accused the prince of having abused her as a minor. Andrew had always denied that. The chief of the London police, Cressida Dick, had announced a review of the abuse allegations.

Hearing in the case of Prince Andrew on October 13th

The civil suit was “unfounded, not tenable and possibly unlawful,” said Andrew’s attorney Andrew Brettler at an online hearing on Monday US media reports before Judge Lewis Kaplan. Giuffres attorney David Boies held against it.

It was absolutely clear that the action was in order and that the Prince was properly served. Judge Kaplan scheduled another hearing on October 13th.

The lawsuit is related to the abuse scandal involving convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019. Prince Andrew was several overnight guests at Epstein’s home in the USA and the Caribbean.

He claims nothing of the machinations of his friend and his ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently waiting for her trial in a New York prison. Because of his previous friendship with Epstein, Prince Andrew has been criticized for years and has withdrawn from his royal duties. (dpa)

Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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