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Prince Andrew expected to contest NY court case, filing shows


In the latest stage of the sexual assault case against him, Prince Andrew is expected to argue he has not been served papers, and will challenge the jurisdiction of the case.

Virginia Giuffre has filed a civil suit against the Duke, and papers must be “served” before the case can be heard.

On Monday, a lawyer for the Duke of York, 61, is scheduled to appear in a New York pre-trial court conference call.

He denies all of the charges levelled against him.

The conference call will discuss the case’s next steps, which began last month.

The judge will decide whether or not the papers were properly served and whether or not the case can proceed.

Ms Giuffre, now 38, was an accuser of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and claims the prince sexually assaulted her in three locations, including New York City.

The case revolves around allegations that the prince sexually abused Ms Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, at the London home of Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, as well as Epstein’s homes in Manhattan and Little St James, US Virgin Islands.

It claims that Prince Andrew engaged in sexual acts without Ms Giuffre’s consent, despite knowing her age and that she was a sex-trafficking victim.

The prince, the Queen’s second son, has repeatedly denied the allegations, telling BBC Two’s Newsnight in 2019: “It did not take place. I can tell you unequivocally that it never happened. I have absolutely no recollection of ever meeting this lady.”

According to newly filed documents, the prince will be represented by Andrew B. Brettler of the Los Angeles-based law firm Lavely & Singer.

According to the firm’s website, Mr Brettler was named to the Hollywood Reporter’s 2019 Power Lawyers list and specialises in “media and entertainment litigation.”

Ms Giuffre’s lawyers claimed last month that papers were left with a police officer at the gates of Prince Andrew’s Windsor home.

According to court documents from Ms Giuffre’s lawyers, he has until September 17 to respond, and “if you fail to respond, judgement by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.”

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