Friday, January 28

Prince Andrew’s Lawyers Call for “Sexual Assault” Complaint to be Filed

Prince Andrew in Windsor (UK) on April 11, 2021 Steve Parsons

Lawyers for British Prince Andrew on Tuesday urged an American judge to dismiss a civil complaint for “sexual assault” that an American filed in New York for facts dating back to 2001, when she was a minor.

Defenders of the prince rely on a compensation and exemption agreement signed in 2009 between this American woman, Virginia Giuffre, and the sexual predator who died in 2019 Jeffrey Epstein, to argue that this regulation “protects” also others ” potential accused “in the entourage of Mr. Epstein, including his friend Prince Andrew.

Ms Giuffre “gave up her rights to press charges against them when she signed the 2009 deal and took money from Mr Epstein,” lawyer Andrew Brettler pleaded in a teleconference hearing in Manhattan Federal Court.

According to the prince’s lawyer, Virginia Giuffre “intended (to exonerate) a large category of individuals, including royalty and businessmen”.

Ms. Giuffre’s defenders believe, on the contrary, that Andrew was not “covered” by the 2009 agreement, which lawyer David Boies repeated before Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday.

In her civil complaint filed in August in New York, Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims that Andrew, second son of Queen Elizabeth II, “sexually assaulted” her three times in 2001 – when she was 17 years old and was called Virginia Roberts – in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands: this is where Andrew’s friends resided, the couple formed by Epstein and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, condemned to the last week.

International jet set figure Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in Manhattan prison in August 2019, aged 66, ahead of his sex crimes trial. His companion and accomplice for three decades, Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, was convicted last week in New York of sex trafficking of teenage girls for his benefit and faces decades of imprisonment.

Virginia Giuffre, who was not a plaintiff in the Maxwell trial, welcomed the judgment and said she hoped that others would “be held to account”, a possible allusion to Andrew.

The prince’s lawyers have been doing everything for six months to block Ms. Giuffre’s complaint and therefore repeated Tuesday before Judge Kaplan that it is legally “unfounded”.

The prince, 61, who is not being prosecuted, “categorically” denies having assaulted Virginia Roberts at the time and even claims not to remember this young girl.

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