Prince Andrew on Wednesday formally denied most of the charges against him in a sex abuse lawsuit and asked for a jury trial.
The one who denounced him Virginia Giuffre requested a jury trial, the prince’s request to allow him to keep the status quo if she decides to hear her case before a judge. Andrew lose his movement to dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit earlier this month, and he has Stripping his military honors the next day at Buckingham Palace.
Filed in federal court in Manhattan, the prince’s 11-page response to Giuffre’s complaint sets out in clear answers to every paragraph of the complaint filed a lawsuit against him last August.
“A strange answer”
In a remarkable response, the prince was baffled by the photo Giuffre included in her complaint that appeared to show her with Andrew in his London home. Jeffrey Epstein The accomplice has now been convicted Ghislaine Maxwell.
Giuffre claimed that Maxwell’s home was one of three places where the Duke of York allegedly sexually assaulted her. According to her complaint, the other two are Epstein’s New York townhouse and a private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Though the prince once said BBC Newsnight that the infamous photo of him with his arm around Giuffre’s waist may have been fabricated, Andrew now says he “lacks enough information to admit or deny the allegation that there is photographic evidence of the meeting being found.” attributed to him and Giuffre.”
Former federal prosecutor Mitchell Epnerwho previously handled sex trafficking cases in the County of New Jersey, told Law & Crime in a phone interview that the prince’s statement did not deny the authenticity of the photo.
Epner, now a consultant with Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, said: ‘He also doesn’t admit it’s a fair and accurate photo. “He said ‘I don’t know if that’s a fair and accurate photo because I don’t have enough information.’ That’s a weird answer to a photo you’re describing. “
At least 41 times, Andrew said he denied Giuffre’s allegations, including those that he sexually abused her, that Epstein lent her to him for “sexual purposes”, and the allegations describe him as a close friend of Maxwell. He also disputes that a US federal court has jurisdiction over him.
In addition, the royal asserts 11 affirmative defenses, some of which reuse technical grounds he previously invoked in an attempt to refute the case. Andrew argued that Giuffre was actually a resident of Australia who exaggerated her ties to the US to claim jurisdiction. His lawyer Andrew Brettler signaled a plan to bring Giuffre down to where she lives.
Other defenders questioned the nature of Giuffre’s allegations, including the “consent” and “unclean hands” reasons. Giuffre accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her three times without her consent.
While still denying having sex with the then 17-year-old girl, Andrew claimed that defending consent would have affected Giuffre.
“Suppose, without admitting, Giuffre suffered any of the injuries or damages set forth in the complaint, then Giuffre’s claims are prohibited by the doctrine of consent,” the filing states.
Epner, a former sex trafficking prosecutor, found the defense to be confusing.
“Consent completely failed in an argument, and here’s why: The lawsuit alleges that she was raped,” he noted. “Being raped, by definition, means lack of consent.”
Legally, Epner said that an affirmative plea is a plea that will be asserted even if the allegations in the Giuffre suit are found to be true.
Another notable defense asserted in the lawsuit was “unclean hands,” a clear allusion to Giuffre’s acknowledged role in introducing other girls to Epstein.
“A striking feature of this case is that while Giuffre brought absurd charges against Prince Andrew, the sole party to this case engaged in conduct involving the willful recruitment and trafficking of The young girl for sexual abuse was Giuffre herself, even if she was an adult,” the prince’s attorney wrote in a filing last October.
Authorities have described Epstein’s operation as akin to a Pyramid sex abuse scheme in which a young girl would be hired to give Epstein a so-called “massage” that escalated to sexually assaulted and then paid to recruit more victims.
Epner interpreted the defense as an attempt to bring Giuffre’s legal team to the bargaining table.
What could happen here, according to his analysis, is that “the threat of information that is part of a public trial would discourage her from continuing the case or settling on more favorable terms.” .”
Read the prince’s response to Giuffre’s complaint, below:
[Photos: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images (left); Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit (right)]
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