Prince Andrew Acknowledges He Faces US Sex Assault Lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew has acknowledged via his lawyer that he has been served with a lawsuit by a U.S. girl who says he sexually assaulted her, clearing a hurdle that had stalled authorized proceedings for a number of weeks.

The acknowledgment was confirmed in a joint settlement signed by a lawyer for the British prince, accredited by a Manhattan federal choose and entered into the general public courtroom file Tuesday.

The courtroom papers mentioned Andrew had been difficult acceptance of the lawsuit till attorneys spoke by cellphone on Sept. 21. An settlement was signed three days later, in line with the order signed by Choose Lewis A. Kaplan.

Within the lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew abused her on a number of events in 2001 when she was below 18. His lawyer has referred to as the allegations “baseless.”

Delivering a lawsuit to a defendant is often a routine matter however could be extra sophisticated when a defendant resides outdoors america.

The Duke of York arrives at the Headquarters of CrossRail in Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England. 

The Duke of York arrives on the Headquarters of CrossRail in Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011 in London, England. 

Legal professionals for Giuffre had advised the choose that they’d delivered the lawsuit to Andrew in quite a few methods, although by no means immediately into his palms. At one level, Britain’s excessive courtroom accepted a request from Giuffre’s attorneys to formally contact Andrew concerning the lawsuit.

Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Brettler, who signed the papers on Andrew’s behalf acknowledging the prince was conscious of the lawsuit, had argued at a listening to this month that Giuffre’s declare was “baseless, nonviable and potentially unlawful.”

In late 2019, Andrew advised the BBC “Newsnight” program that he by no means had intercourse with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”

Brettler has mentioned that Andrew can’t be sued as a result of an earlier lawsuit in america that was settled “absolves our client from any and all liability.” That 2009 settlement doc, nonetheless, stays sealed.