The Irish Times

The Irish Times online. Latest news including sport, analysis, business, weather and more from the definitive brand of quality news in Ireland.

https://www.irishtimes.com/

Prince Andrew asks for US jury trial in Giuffre lawsuit.

Britain’s Prince Andrew on Wednesday asked for a US jury trial as he again denied Virginia Giuffre’s accusations that he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17.

Giuffre (38) sued the Duke of York in a Manhattan court last August, alleging he battered her while the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was trafficking her.

In a filing with the US district court in Manhattan in the case on Wednesday, Andrew (61) admitted to meeting Epstein in or about 1999, but denied Ms Giuffre’s claim that he “committed sexual assault and battery” upon her. He also denied “that he was a co-conspirator of Epstein or that Epstein trafficked girls to him”.

David Boies, a lawyer for Ms Giuffre, said in a statement that Andrew was trying to “blame the victim”.

“We look forward to confronting Prince Andrew with his denials and attempts to blame Ms Giuffre for her own abuse,” Mr Boies said.

Prince Andrew’s ties to Epstein, who took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges, have undermined his reputation with the public and standing in Britain’s royal family.

Earlier this month, the family removed the prince’s military links and military patronages, and said the second son of Queen Elizabeth would no longer be known as “his royal highness”.

Prince Andrew’s filing was an “answer”, a common document in US litigation in which defendants deny or say they lack enough information to comment on plaintiffs’ substantive accusations.

The prince’s lawyers had previously called Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit “baseless” and accused her of seeking another payday.

Ms Giuffre received $500,000 in a 2009 civil settlement with Epstein.

US district judge Lewis Kaplan has said a trial could begin between September and December 2022.

If Ms Giuffre won at trial, Prince Andrew could owe her damages. She has asked for an unspecified amount in damages.

Andrew has not been criminally charged, and no criminal charges can be brought in Ms Giuffre’s civil lawsuit.

Mr Justice Kaplan this month denied Prince Andrew’s earlier request to dismiss Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit, which the prince said he was shielded from under the terms of the 2009 Epstein settlement.

Prince Andrew renewed that argument in Wednesday’s filing, and also said Ms Giuffre lacks legal standing to sue because she lives in Australia. – Reuters/Bloomberg

Останні новини
LIVE: Blinken speaks to reporters ahead of G7 summit.

LIVE: Blinken speaks to reporters ahead of G7 summit.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to reporters ahead of G7 Summit. The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to...

Watch Live: First lady Jill Biden marks 1 year since Surfside condo collapse - CBS News.

Watch Live: First lady Jill Biden marks 1 year since Surfside condo collapse - CBS News.

First lady Jill Biden is expected to speak at 10 a.m. ET on Friday at a memorial marking one year since 98 people were killed when a condominium building collapsed in Surfside, Florida. The collapse of Champlain Towers South is considered one of t...

Biden: Supreme Court Ruling On Carrying Guns In Public ‘Contradicts’ The Constitution.

Biden: Supreme Court Ruling On Carrying Guns In Public ‘Contradicts’ The Constitution.

In response to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that overturned a New York state law and upheld the guaranteed right to carry guns in public, President Biden said that the decision “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution.” NBC News’ Mau...

Boris Johnson joke 'wearing thin,' says Labour's Lisa Nandy.

Boris Johnson joke 'wearing thin,' says Labour's Lisa Nandy.

Shadow Levelling Up Secretary Lisa Nandy says the joke with Boris Johnson is 'wearing thin' and that people want 'serious politicians.' #Labour #Politics #skynews SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on F...

British-led Dark Angels team blast Russian positions with a Javelin anti-tank missiles.

British-led Dark Angels team blast Russian positions with a Javelin anti-tank missiles.

British-led Dark Angels team blast Russian positions with a Javelin anti-tank missile on Ukraine’ southern front line. The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscr...

HUGE Russian bomb is removed from apartment block in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

HUGE Russian bomb is removed from apartment block in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

MOMENT a HUGE Russian bomb is removed from apartment block in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The bomb which hit a residential building in the city's Saltivka district in March was deactivated the day after the attack but the non-stop shelling of the area in th...