Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been served with a sexual assault lawsuit in the United States by lawyers for Virginia Guiffre who claims she was forced to have sex with him at the London home of friends of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew has 21 days to respond or have a default judgment made. This was filed under the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He was served to the Prince’s Los Angeles lawyer by email and FedEx. Giuffre has accused Andrew of forcing her to have sex when she was underage. She also stated Andrew abused her around the same time period in Epstein in Manhattan and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands (newsnationnow).
Guiffre has been able to sue under New York’s Child Victims Act, which is a 2019 law which gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse a window to sue alleged abusers that occurred many years or even decades earlier.
This deadline to sue has passed. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has urged both sides to focus on the substance of the case. Prince Andrew has denied these claims. He has not been charged with these crimes.
ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN
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