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Prince Andrew Asks U.S. Judge to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Case Against Him

Prince Andrew Asks U.S. Judge to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Case Against Him

In new a filing asking a U.S. judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit, Prince Andrew said his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, was seeking a “payday” at his expense. The filing with the US district court in Manhattan says that “Giuffre has initiated this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to achieve another payday at his expense and at the expense of those closest to him.”

The Duke of York’s request comes on the heels of the announcement from London’s Metropolitan Police that they are taking no further action after a review prompted by Giuffre, who is taking legal action against Prince Andrew. Met officers made the decision to drop their investigation on Sunday, after reviewing several documents, including one relating to an ongoing US civil lawsuit concerning Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with the prince when she was 17 years old.

The Sunday Times reported that Met officers had since questioned Giuffre, who now lives in Australia, about the allegations. It said it was unclear whether they had taken a formal statement from her. But in an interview in August, after Giuffre filed the lawsuit, the Met commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said “no one is above the law” and that she had “asked my team to have another look at the material”.

From left, American real estate developer Donald Trump and his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, financier (and future convicted sex offender) Jeffrey Epstein, and British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell pose together at the Mar-a-Lago club, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Donald Trump hanging out with Prince Andrew decades ago
Portrait of, from left, American real estate developer Donald Trump, his girlfriend (and future wife), former model Melania Knauss, and British Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as they pose together at the Mar-a-Lago estate, Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2000. (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)

Giuffre sued the Duke of York for unspecified damages in August. She accused him of forcing her to have sex when she was underage at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, a longtime associate of Epstein, more than two decades ago. Maxwell, the daughter of the late press baron Robert Maxwell, is in custody in New York, awaiting trial on sex trafficking and other charges. Giuffre also accused Prince Andrew of abusing her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on a private island in the US Virgin Islands.

Giuffre’s US lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, told the Sunday Times: “Given the clear and compelling evidence implicating Prince Andrew, the Metropolitan police should reopen its investigation and stand by their statement that no one is above the law.” In a statement, a Met spokesperson said: “We would not confirm who we may or may not have spoken to.”

Prince Andrew, now 61, has not been charged with crimes and has “categorically” denied Giuffre’s claims. His New York filing said: “Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew.” The next hearing is scheduled for November 3rd.

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