Prince Andrew can’t block a lawsuit based on residency
Virginia Roberts Giuffre filed a complaint against Prince Andrew, claiming she was sexually molested by the British royal while still a teenager by convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, tried to have the action dismissed by claiming Giuffre currently lives in Australia. It’s claimed Giuffre is from Colorado While the judge acknowledged that Prince Andrew’s counsel “not actually raised” the prospective argument that Giuffre lived abroad, Kaplan also directed the prince’s attorneys to deliver papers by the agreed-upon date.
Brettler has submitted a “comprehensive request for documents” pertaining to Giuffre’s residence, according to Kaplan. Kaplan’s decision said nothing about the prince’s assertion that Giuffre should be barred from suing because she lives in Australia.
In her New York complaint, Giuffre claims Queen Elizabeth’s son sexually molested her when she was 17 and compelled her to do sexual activities against her will three times.
“Today my attorney filed suit against Andrew for sexual abuse under the Child Victims Act,” Giuffre told CBS News. I was trafficked to him and abused by him, as the suit details.
His decision comes ahead of an anticipated public announcement of a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein. The Associated Press reports that Andrew’s attorneys think the arrangement shields the prince against accusations like Giuffre’s and will be enough to dismiss the lawsuit.
“I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.” Andrew told the BBC in 2019.
Giuffre remarked on the BBC: “He knows what happened. I know what happened and there’s only one of us telling the truth, and I know that’s me.”
Although there is photographic proof showing the two of them together with Epstein’s former lover Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted Wednesday on counts of sex trafficking minor girls for Epstein, Andrew said he had “no recollection” of meeting Giuffre.