Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York. AFP PHOTO
LONDON: Britain’s Prince Andrew has been served authorized papers in a US lawsuit introduced by a lady who says he sexually abused her when she was a teen, a courtroom submitting confirmed on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
The grievance was delivered to the royal’s residence in Windsor, England on August 27, in keeping with an affidavit filed within the Southern District of New York.
Virginia Giuffre says she was “lent out” for underage intercourse by late US financier Jeffrey Epstein who killed himself in a New York jail in 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking minors.
Giuffre sued Andrew final month, alleging he sexually abused her on the London residence of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell greater than 20 years in the past, when she was beneath 18.
Giuffre additionally claims Andrew abused her at Epstein’s New York mansion and on Little St. James, Epstein’s personal island within the US Virgin Islands.
Andrew, 61, has vehemently denied claims he had intercourse with Giuffre and mentioned he has no recollection of assembly her, however the allegations have broken the British royal household.
An agent for Giuffre mentioned within the affidavit that he handed the papers to a police officer on the predominant gates of Andrew’s property and didn’t meet Queen Elizabeth 2nd’s second son. A spokesman for Andrew refused to remark when requested to by Agence France-Presse.
Andrew, a divorced father of two and former Royal Navy helicopter pilot who flew within the 1982 Falklands Conflict towards Argentina, was compelled to step again from frontline royal duties in late 2019.
That adopted a furor at a uncommon tv interview he gave to the BBC, by which he defended his friendship with Epstein, a multimillion-dollar hedge fund supervisor who befriended numerous celebrities.
Andrew – who as a younger man was thought of certainly one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors and was dubbed “Randy Andy” within the tabloid press – later issued a press release by which he mentioned he “unequivocally” regretted his “ill-judged affiliation” with Epstein.
He has made few public appearances since, though joined different senior royals for the funeral of his father, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at Windsor Citadel in April.
Maxwell pleaded not responsible in April to prices of recruiting underage ladies for Epstein. She is because of go on trial on November 29.