Prince Andrew lawyer questions lawsuit by Jeffrey Epstein accuser

Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England. Prince Andrew is below rising strain after a collection of damaging revelations about him surfaced, together with criticism over his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier.

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An lawyer for Britain’s Prince Andrew on Monday questioned the legality of a lawsuit claiming he sexually abused an underage woman many years in the past, saying her declare may be barred by a secret settlement settlement she signed years in the past in reference to accusations that she was abused by intercourse felony Jeffrey Epstein.

The prince’s lawyer additionally informed a Manhattan federal decide that he disputes representations by attorneys for the accuser, Virginia Giuffre, that Prince Andrew was legally served along with her lawsuit in England in late August.

“We have significant concerns about the propriety of this lawsuit,” stated Prince Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, throughout a teleconference court docket listening to.

“We believe this is a baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful suit,” stated Brettler.

But Judge Lewis Kaplan shortly lower Brettler off, telling the lawyer that Monday’s listening to was “not an occasion” to argue whether or not Giuffre’s lawsuit is legally legitimate.

Giuffre’ lawyer, the high-powered litigator David Boies, informed Kaplan that he’s assured that Prince Andrew was correctly served with the swimsuit by a course of server who left a duplicate of the criticism with a police officer exterior of a royal residence on Aug. 27 after authorities initially refused to just accept the doc.

But Boies informed Kaplan that he’ll, inside a week-long deadline, resolve whether or not to ask the decide to additionally order different technique of legally serving the Duke of York with the criticism, as is required in civil lawsuits. Those means may embody the decide ordering that the swimsuit be served on a overseas nationwide below a provision in American legislation.

Prince Andrew, who is the son of Queen Elizabeth, reportedly has been actively attempting to keep away from getting served with the swimsuit.

Earlier Monday, Brettler filed discover that he was appearing because the prince’s lawyer within the case, which Giuffre, who’s one of Epstein’s many accusers, had filed in August. The lawyer stated in that doc that he would problem the swimsuit on the grounds of jurisdiction.

Giuffre claims the Duke of York sexually abused her two decades ago in New York, London and in the U.S. Virgin Islands when she was underage, and within the clutches of the prince’s good friend Epstein and Epstein’s accused procurer Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre “was regularly abused by Epstein and was lent out by Epstein to other powerful men for sexual purposes,” her swimsuit alleges.

Giuffre’s swimsuit says she was “was also forced to have sex with Defendant, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at [Epstein’s] and Maxwell’s direction.”

Prince Andrew has denied Giuffre’s allegations and claims he has no memory of even meeting her, regardless of the existence of {a photograph} that seems to indicate them smiling and standing subsequent to one another as Maxwell broadly beams within the background.

Brettler informed the decide Monday that he believes any declare by Giuffre towards the prince — and different potential defendants — could also be barred by a settlement settlement she beforehand signed, which is below a seal imposed by one other decide in Manhattan federal court docket.

Brettler requested that Boies flip over that doc to him to confirm whether or not that perception is right.

Boies in flip objected to that request, saying that he disputed Brettler’s characterization of the importance of the settlement deal relative to Prince Andrew, and arguing that it was untimely for the prince’s lawyer to request any proof whereas he was nonetheless arguing that the swimsuit was not legally served.

Kaplan didn’t rule on the request, saying that the opposite federal decide has but to rule whether or not the doc will be unsealed.

“She’s in charge … and we’ll leave it at that,” Kaplan stated, referring to the opposite decide.

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Epstein, a former good friend of ex-Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, died from what has formally been dominated a suicide by hanging in 2019 whereas being held in a Manhattan federal jail pending trial on baby intercourse trafficking costs.

Maxwell is because of go on trial in Manhattan federal court docket in November on costs that she recruited underage women to be abused by Epstein.

She has pleaded not responsible in that case. Maxwell is being held with out bond in a Brooklyn jail.

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