Prince Andrew has accepted service of the sexual assault lawsuit against him – so what happens next?
Virginia Giuffre has accused him of sexual assault and battery when she was a teenager.
, the suit alleges that the prince committed “sexual assault and battery” at Epstein’s New York City mansion when she and “another victim” were forced to “sit on Prince Andrew’s lap as Prince Andrew touches her.” During that visit, the lawsuit claims, the royal also forced Giuffre to “engage in sex acts against her will.”
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The suit also alleges that Prince Andrew abused Giuffre on Epstein’s private jet and that he raped her at the home of alleged Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell (whofaces her own trial beginning in November) in London.“During each of the aforementioned incidents, Plaintiff was compelled by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew to engage in sexual acts with Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another and other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority,” the lawsuit states. headtopics.com
How has Prince Andrew responded to the claims of sexual assault?Andrew has vehemently denied all the allegations. In an attempt to defend himself, he appeared on BBC’sNewsnightin November 2019, saying he did not regret his friendship with Epstein because it was “useful” and staying at his home was “convenient.”
However, integral to the lawsuit is a picture of Prince Andrew with his arm around a then-17-year-old Giuffre’s waist in which Maxwell appears in the background. Prince Andrew has claimed he has “no recollection” of meeting her, has previously claimed the photo was doctored and has denied all wrongdoing. He has never faced criminal charges.
Virginia Giuffre holding a picture of herself, aged 16What will happen next?“Twenty years ago, Prince Andrew’s wealth, power, position, and connections enabled him to abuse a frightened, vulnerable child with no one there to protect her. It is long past the time for him to be held to account,” the lawsuit states.
Giuffre is seeking unspecified damages, but there is speculation the sum could be in the millions of dollars.Despite claiming in 2019 that he would cooperate with “appropriate” authorities on investigations into his alleged abuses, the Duke of York has repeatedly not responded to FBI and US. prosecutors’ requests to question him. As headtopics.com
The Guardianreports, after ignoring voluntary requests for testimony early in 2020, he began dodging prosecutors’ queries made through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to the British Home Office, which would allow a British court to question him.Prince Andrew and his mother, the Queen, attend Trooping Of The Colour in 2019
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