Prince Andrew has been served with intercourse abuse accuser Giuffre’s lawsuit: Court docket submitting
NEW YORK: Britain’s Prince Andrew has been served with a lawsuit by a lady accusing him of sexually assaulting and battering her twenty years in the past, when she asserts she was additionally being abused by the financier Jeffrey Epstein, in accordance with a Friday (Sep 10) court docket submitting.
In an affidavit filed with the US District Court docket in Manhattan, Cesar Sepulveda, figuring out himself as a “company investigator/course of server,” mentioned he left a replica of Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit on Aug 27 with a police officer guarding the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England, a property Andrew occupies.
The London-based Sepulveda mentioned police had informed him a day earlier they had been instructed to not settle for court docket paperwork on Andrew’s behalf, however upon his return was informed paperwork could be forwarded to the prince’s “Authorized Group.”
Police refused to let him see Andrew or to say the place the prince was, he added.
Spokespeople for Andrew mentioned on Friday that his legal professionals had no remark. A supply near Andrew’s authorized crew mentioned the prince had not been personally served.
Andrew, 61, is likely one of the most outstanding individuals linked to Epstein, charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors in July 2019 with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls.
Epstein, a registered intercourse offender, killed himself on Aug. 10, 2019, on the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail.
In her lawsuit dated Aug 9 this yr, Giuffre mentioned Andrew compelled her to have undesirable sexual activity on the London dwelling of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and Epstein’s longtime affiliate.
She additionally mentioned Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Higher East Facet, and on a personal island that Epstein owned within the US Virgin Islands.
In a November 2019 BBC interview, Andrew, who had been a pal of Epstein, denied Giuffre’s claims of sexual abuse, and mentioned he didn’t recall assembly her.
“I can completely, categorically inform you it by no means occurred,” Andrew mentioned.
An preliminary convention is scheduled for Monday afternoon earlier than US District Decide Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan. Maxwell faces a scheduled Nov. 29 trial earlier than a distinct Manhattan choose on expenses she aided Epstein’s sexual abuses. She has pleaded not responsible.
In 2017, Maxwell settled a US$50 million civil defamation lawsuit towards her by Giuffre for an unspecified quantity. Maxwell is just not a defendant in Giuffre’s lawsuit towards Andrew.