A New York judge refused to annul the judicial process initiated against Prince Andrew of England, accused of child abuse by the Australian-American Virginia Giuffre, as the defense of the member of the British royal family had requested.
Judge Lewis Kaplan, of the court for the southern district of New York, denied this Friday the petition in which it was argued that that court did not have jurisdiction over the case since the plaintiff, alleged the lawyers of the Duke of York, does not reside in Colorado, as she has claimed, but in Australia.
In Kaplan’s latest decision, the robed estimates that Giuffre has presented enough documents proving his residence in Colorado and demands a response from Prince Andrew’s lawyers by next Tuesday, January 4.
For their part, Giuffre’s lawyers requested documents proving the “inability to sweat” that the son of Elizabeth II alleged as an “alibi” to deny that he knew the plaintiff, who had detailed in an interview that the Duke of York had sweated profusely in one of their encounters.
Giuffre, 38, maintains that she was sexually trafficked by financier Jeffrey Epstein and his right-hand man, Ghislaine Maxwell and that as a result she was abused by Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old in London, New York, and on an island. private Epstein in the Caribbean.
The woman filed a civil lawsuit against the British prince last August in New York, under the Child Victims Law, of which an oral preview will be held on January 4, the first since Maxwell was found guilty. of sex trafficking last Wednesday in a trial closely related to Giuffre’s.
In relation to Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew, it is also expected that next Monday, January 3, an out-of-court agreement will be made public that the plaintiff would have signed with Epstein and that, according to the defense, would exonerate the Duke of York from any responsibility.