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Settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre remains an option for Prince Andrew if a judge rules that the case should go to trial.
This news comes as the latest hearing in the case between Ms Giuffre and Prince Andrew was called a “horrible day” for the duke by both legal and royal experts.
The judge overseeing Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit from Ms Giuffre promised to hand down a ruling “pretty soon” after a heated hearing on Tuesday.
Mitchell Epner, a US former federal prosecutor said the case would not be dismissed following the court hearing led by Judge Lewis Kaplan and insisted that the Duke must settle, default or go to court.
During Tuesday’s hearing, Prince Andrew’s lawyers argued the 2009 agreement signed by Epstein and Ms Giuffre protects the Duke of York and should be grounds for dismissing her current suit against him.
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Prince Andrew’s attempt to dismiss sexual abuse case flounders under tough questioning from judge
Prince Andrew’s lawyers came under withering questioning from a judge on Tuesday who was deciding whether Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse lawsuit should be allowed to proceed to trial.
Ms Giuffre’s civil lawsuit alleges that she was forced to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein’s friends when she was 17, including the Duke of York.
Prince Andrew, 61, has strongly denied the allegations, and claims Ms Giuffre is after a “payday at his expense”.
Bevan Hurley has the full report.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 12:29
Ghislaine Maxwell trial juror hires lawyer as second member of jury reveals sexual abuse
A member of the jury which convicted Ghislaine Maxwell of sex trafficking has hired a lawyer, after the revelation that he himself faced sexual abuse as a child prompted the British socialite’s attorneys to say that they will request a new trial.
The anonymous juror, who first publicly revealed his own personal experience of sexual abuse in an interview with The Independent this week, has now sought legal representation from New York attorney Todd Spodek.
It came as a second anonymous juror came forward to say that they too had faced sexual abuse as a child, in an interview with the New York Times.
In separate interviews, both individuals said that they had shared their experiences with the rest of the jury, and that their revelations had seemed to help shape the jury’s discussions and understanding.
The Independent’s Andy Gregory has more.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 11:52
Prince Andrew’s lawyers set to urge US judge to dismiss sexual assault lawsuit
The Duke of York has denied claims of repeated sexual assault made by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that she had been trafficked by now-deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17 – a minor under US law.
The Independent’s Lamiat Sabin has more.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 10:25
What can be done about the Queen’s turbulent second son, the Duke of York?
Such is human nature that not everyone who happens to be born into the House of Windsor is as cautious and dutiful as, say, Her Majesty – genetics has its limits.
For more, read The Independent’s editorial below.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 09:15
From Trump to Prince Andrew: All the famous names embroiled in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial
Those decades-long connections formed a key role in Ms Maxwell’s trial for sex-trafficking at the federal courthouse in Manhattan.
Ms Maxwell would frequently boast of her close friendships with Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump, her accusers have testified. Bevan Hurley writes.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 08:39
Who is Virginia Giuffre and what are her allegations against Prince Andrew?
Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, filed her suit against the Duke of York in the Southern District Court of New York in August under the state’s Child Victims Act.
The suit alleges Prince Andrew sexually abused Ms Giuffre as a teenager on multiple occasions in London, Manhattan, and the US Virgin Islands in 2001 – allegations which he denies. Megan Sheets has this report.
Charlene Rodrigues7 January 2022 07:17
What can be done about the Queen’s turbulent second son, the Duke of York?
Such is the nature of the hereditary principle that, sometimes, less than ideal personalities pop up in the line of royal succession or elsewhere as prominent members of the family; people whose sense of judgement can be problematic, to put it mildly, and cause trouble.
Such is human nature, indeed, that not everyone who happens to be born into the House of Windsor is as cautious and dutiful as, say, the Queen – genetics has its limits.
What, then, can be done with and about her turbulent second son, the Duke of York?
Read The Independent’s editorial below.
Bevan Hurley7 January 2022 04:30
All the famous names embroiled in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial
Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell palled around with presidents, movie stars and royalty, hosting household names aboard private jets and at palatial properties all over the world.
Other names that Maxwell frequently boast of her close friendships with were Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump.
Bevan Hurley7 January 2022 03:45
Prince Andrew will have to jump over ‘four hurdles’ to have sexual assault case dismissed
Prince Andrew faces an uphill battle to have his sexual assault lawsuit dismissed, legal commentators say.
English lawyer David Allen Green wrote that Andrew’s lawyers would have to clear “four hurdles” to convince a judge to throw out Virginia Giuffre’s civil case.
“To win, Andrew’s lawyers have to show that: agreement as whole can be constructed so as to cover him; the phrase ‘potential defendant’ should be interpreted to cover him; there is no rule of law/policy that prevents enforcement; he can enforce it without privity.”
Mr Allen Green said on his Law and Policy blog that the 2009 settlement agreement between Jeffrey Epstein and Ms Giuffre that Andrew’s lawyers claimed absolved him of liability was far from clear.
“If Andrew – by reasons of residence/jurisdiction, or the facts alleged by Giuffre in the Florida case – was not capable of being a defendant to the Florida proceedings then – as a matter of construction – then it is difficult for me to see how he can take the benefit of the General Release,” he wrote.
“In essence: if Andrew could not have been jointly or separately liable for the tort claim within the Florida jurisdiction then the General Release may not apply.”
Bevan Hurley7 January 2022 03:00
Prince Andrew could have avoided Virginia Giuffre sexual assault lawsuit with apology
Prince Andrew could have avoided being sued for sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre if he had apologised for his actions, sources tell the New York Post.
“Virginia has always just wanted the prince to acknowledge that he did something he shouldn’t have, she wants him to apologise,” a source with knowledge of Ms Giuffre’s thoughts told the paper.
“She has never made this all about money.”
Prince Andrew’s attorney Andrew Brettler argued that the civil lawsuit should be thrown out during oral arguments before Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday.
His claims that a $500,000 settlement deal signed in 2009 between Ms Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein should absolve Andrew of liability appeared to flounder under intense questioning from Judge Kaplan.
The judge has promised to release a decision “soon”.
Ms Giuffre has accused the royal of sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Andrew has denied any wrongdoing.
Bevan Hurley7 January 2022 02:15
Source by www.independent.co.uk