As previously reported, Prince Andrew has formally been served in a civil suit filed by a woman who claims the royal sexually assaulted her at a home owned by Jeffrey Epstein. Now a US court will hold a pretrial conference as the two sides are now arguing over whether the prince was properly served with those documents.
Lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre say the documents were handed over to a Metropolitan police officer on duty at the main gates of Andrew’s home in Windsor Great Park on August 27th. But Blackfords, a law firm that claims to represent Prince Andrew “in certain UK matters”, has questioned whether the papers were properly served and raised the possibility of challenging the court’s jurisdiction in the case, according to a September 6th letter referenced in court documents filed by Giuffre’s attorneys. The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations in the lawsuit brought by Giuffre, 38, a longtime accuser of Epstein, the late convicted sex offender with ties to celebrities such as the prince and Donald Trump, among other notables.
Now a U.S. judge will ultimately determine whether the papers were properly delivered. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold the first pretrial conference in the case via teleconference on Monday.
Rudy rolled into the 9/11 dinner drunk out of his mind tonight. Here he is giving his Queen Elisabeth impression, and assuring the audience he was never with a young girl and Prince Andrew. pic.twitter.com/U40YSzS34X
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) September 12, 2021
When the suit was filed last month, legal experts suggested it left Andrew with no good options as he seeks to repair his image and return to public life. If the prince tries to ignore the lawsuit, he runs the risk that the court could find him in default and order him to pay damages. If he decides to fight, Andrew faces years of sordid headlines as the case winds its way through court. Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, said in court documents that it was implausible that Andrew was unaware of the suit.
So it appears that Prince Andrew has been served & must now answer allegations of sexual abuse in an American court
I expect a new attack on Harry & Meghan in the morning because being half-black is worse than being a whole alleged sex offender
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) September 10, 2021
Just CONFIRMED on the court docket:
Prince Andrew was served with Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit late last month.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) September 10, 2021