- Prince Andrew has made another attempt to halt Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit against him.
- He claims the US federal court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the case because she lives in Australia.
- Giuffre’s lawyer says Andrew’s attorneys misunderstand the law and still haven’t scheduled a deposition.
Prince Andrew is making yet another attempt to halt Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit against him, this time claiming she doesn’t have the jurisdiction to file her lawsuit in US courts because she lives in Australia.
In a new court motion filed on Tuesday, lawyers for the Duke of York argue that discovery in Giuffre’s lawsuit should be paused until the judge overseeing the case determines whether she had the jurisdiction to bring the suit in the first place. The attorneys also demanded that Giuffre submit to a two-hour deposition regarding her residency.
It’s the latest attempt from Prince Andrew’s attorneys to slow down the lawsuit. Giuffre alleges he sexually abused her when she was 17, in homes belonging to now-dead financier Jeffrey Epstein in New York and the US Virgin Islands, as well as a London residence belonging to their associate Ghislaine Maxwell.
Since Giuffre filed the lawsuit in August, the royal’s attorneys have argued that a secret settlement protects Prince Andrew from the case, that the suit wasn’t properly served to him according to UK law, and that Giuffre is a fabulist who herself recruited girls for Epstein to sexually abuse.
Prince Andrew has denied Giuffre’s allegations and claims he has no memory of meeting her, even though he’s been photographed with her and Maxwell in 2001. (He has baselessly argued that the photo is fake.) A trial in the case is expected to take place in the fall of 2022.
Epstein killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Maxwell is currently awaiting a verdict in the same US federal court in Mnahattan, following a trial on charges that she sex-trafficked girls for Epstein and sexually abused some of them herself. She also faces another set of criminal charges for allegedly lying in a deposition for a civil lawsuit brought by Giuffre, who is also known as Virginia Roberts. Maxwell has denied all wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew argues she had the jurisdiction to bring the case in Manhattan federal court because she is a citizen of the US state of Colorado, and because some of the sexual misconduct she alleges took place in New York.
In Tuesday’s filing, Prince Andrew’s attorneys argue that Giuffre’s ties to Colorado are “limited” because she, her husband, and three children live in Australia. The attorneys argue that Giuffre’s links to Colorado are too tenuous for a US federal court to have jurisdiction over her case. The filing goes on to say that Giuffre’s 2020 Colorado voter registration uses her mother’s and stepfather’s mailing address.
“She has not lived there since at least 2019 – approximately two years before she filed this lawsuit against Prince
Andrew — and potentially, according to her own deposition testimony, not since October 2015,” the filing says.
In a December 24 letter filed as an exhibit in Andrew’s new motion, Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley, accused Prince Andrew’s lawyers of raising the issue while ignoring requests to schedule the royal’s deposition for the case.
McCawley also said that the motion to pause the case, if successful, would “achieve nothing.”
“Even if your contention that this Court lacks jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s claims were correct (it is not), Plaintiff would simply refile her claims in New York state court,” McCawley wrote.
Courtesy By INSIDER