Prince Andrew’s effort to immediately block the progression of a lawsuit by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her when she was 17 — on the grounds that she no longer lives in the U.S. — was rejected by a federal judge as oral arguments were set to proceed Monday on the Prince’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, in a written order Friday, told the Prince’s lawyers they must turn over documents on the schedule that has been set in the lawsuit brought in August by Virginia Giuffre, who says she was abused by the Prince on multiple occasions in 2001 while she was being sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Prince’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, has called the lawsuit “baseless.”
The order was filed three days before the scheduled public release Monday of a 2009 settlement agreement between Epstein and Giuffre. Lawyers for Prince Andrew said that the agreement protects the Prince from claims like those brought by Giuffre and will be sufficient grounds for the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Prince Andrew's lawyers point out that Virginia Giuffre lives in a $1 million house with her husband and three children, as if doing well or having money is supposed to undermine her case.
— Sarah Hurst (@Life_Disrupted) December 31, 2021
The lawyers had claimed that the evidence was so strong that Giuffre does not reside in the United States that it was pointless to exchange evidence until that question is resolved because it could result in the lawsuit’s dismissal. They argued that Giuffre has lived in Australia all but two of the past 19 years, has an Australian driver’s license, and lives in a $1.9 million home in Perth, Western Australia, where she has been raising three children with her husband, who is Australian.
As the jury still deliberates in the Maxwell case, Prince Andrew tries to stave off Virginia Giuffre's civil lawsuit by arguing that the U.S. court may not have jurisdiction.
The prince is attacking Giuffre's ties to Colorado, claiming she's "actually domiciled in Australia." pic.twitter.com/oXhHMe9rix
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 28, 2021
In October, the Prince’s lawyers had attacked the lawsuit on multiple grounds, saying Giuffre had made false claims against Andrew because he “never sexually abused or assaulted” her.
Prince Andrew has no witnesses to his alibi trip to Pizza Express
He has no evidence of his ‘not being able to sweat’
He claims he cannot be sued because of Epstein’s plea agreement with Prosecutors which he was not a party to
He argues that case must stop
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— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) January 1, 2022
In a statement, Virginia Giuffre’s attorney Sigrid McCawley called the request to halt the case “just another in a series of tired attempts by Prince Andrew to duck and dodge the legal merits of the case Virginia Giuffre has brought against him. All parties in litigation are subject to discovery and Prince Andrew is no exception.”
BREAKING: Prince Andrew has proven he is not guilty of sexual offences by attempting to get off on the technicality that his accuser is now living in Australia, rather than America, so she shouldn't be allowed to sue. This is totally the type of thing an innocent person would do.
— Laura Kuenssberg Translator (@BBCLauraKT) December 29, 2021