New York judge has denied Prince Andrew’s bid to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit against him.
The decision was handed down on Wednesday, more than a week after both sides made their case at a hearing on 4 January.
Judge Lewis Kaplan’s ruling on Wednesday means Virginia Giuffre will finally get her day in court more than 20 years after she claims she was assaulted by Prince Andrew in 2001.
The ruling paves the way for Ms Giuffre’s lawyers to enter into a protracted discovery and deposition phase that could draw in other members of the royal family.
Ms Giuffre alleges that Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with his friends, including the duke, and that Andrew was aware she was only 17 at the time. She is suing Prince Andrew for battery and infliction of emotional distress.
Prince Andrew, 61, has strongly denied the allegations, and claims Ms Giuffre is seeking a “payday at his expense”.
This week, Prince Andrew sold his chalet located in Swiss in order to be able afford the expenses linked to the Virginia Giuffre VS Prince Andrew Duke of York sexual abuse case reported several outlets.
Still according to several outlets, Queen Elizabeth was said to have to bankroll the lawsuit but it was reported that she declined to do so.
According to The Times, Prince Andrew has been urged to give up his honorary military titles by a senior former army officer amid continuing allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre.
Colonel Tim Collins, who met the prince after commanding the Royal Irish Regiment at the start of the Iraq War in 2003, said its colonel-in-chief should “jump before he is pushed.
The Duke of York also holds titles with the Grenadier Guards, the 9th/12th Lancers, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Small Arms School Corps and the Royal Highland Fusiliers.
He is also honorary air commodore of RAF Lossiemouth and commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm. Andrew, 61, is being sued in the United States by Virginia Giuffre who claims she was sexually assaulted three times by him.
Under US law, Prince Andrew could be forced to appear as a witness during a trial over Ms Giuffre’s civil case, a date for which has not been set.
A subpoena would be handed down under US Code § 1783, which states:
“A court of the United States may order the issuance of a subpoena requiring the appearance as a witness before it, or before a person or body designated by it, of a national or resident of the United States who is in a foreign country, or requiring the production of a specified document or other thing by him, if the court finds that particular testimony or the production of the document or other thing by him is necessary in the interest of justice, and, in other than a criminal action or proceeding, if the court finds, in addition, that it is not possible to obtain his testimony in admissible form without his personal appearance or to obtain the production of the document or other thing in any other manner.”
Buckingham Palace is staying quiet in the wake of Wednesday’s ruling denying the dismissal of Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew.
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