A woman who accused Britain’s Prince Andrew of hiding from her sexual assault trial may try alternative means of serving her legal papers so that Queen Elizabeth’s second son can address her claims, an American The judge delivered the verdict on Thursday night.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said Virginia Giuffre’s plan to hand her lawsuit to Andrew’s Los Angeles-based attorney was “reasonably calculated to bring the given papers to the defendant’s attention,” regardless of Whether or not the prince had “authorised” the lawyer to accept it. .
The attorney, Andrew Breitler, did not immediately comment.
“We are grateful that the Court has provided Prince Andrew with an alternative service. It moves the case forward”, Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCauley, said in an emailed statement.
Andrew, 61, of York, was sued by Giuffre last month, accusing him of battery and intentional emotional distress over alleged misconduct nearly two decades ago.
Giuffre, 38, was underage at the time of Andrew’s alleged abuse, which she said happened when her friend, financier Jeffrey Epstein, was sexually abusing her.
The civil suit seeks unspecified damages.
Andrew has denied Giuffre’s allegations, and Brettler called Giuffre’s case a “baseless, non-viable, potentially unlawful lawsuit” in Monday’s court hearing.
The prince has stepped down from royal duties as details surfaced over the past two years about his relationship with Epstein, a registered sex offender who killed himself in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges was doing.
Kaplan ruled, six hours after Giuffre formally requested his intervention, “the purpose of the service is not to play hide-and-seek behind the palace walls.”
The judge issued his order a day after the High Court of London said it would arrange for Andrew to serve if the parties failed to act on their arrangement.
Giuffre’s lawyers have argued that they have already served Andrew properly in England when a copy of the trial was left with a police officer guarding the prince’s home in Windsor.
In his trial, Giuffre accused Andrew of forcing him to have sex at the London home of Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre also said that Andrew abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Maxwell faced trial on November 29, on charges that it helped for Epstein to recruit and groom underage girls for sexual abuse. He has pleaded not guilty. Andrew has not been charged with the crimes.
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