Accused of sexual assault, Prince Andrew seeks civil trial in New York

Accused of sexual assault, Prince Andrew seeks civil trial against New York

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NEW YORK | Britain's Prince Andrew is seeking trial in a civil trial in New York to defend himself from charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a then underage American woman more than 20 years ago, his lawyers announced on Wednesday. 

“Prince Andrew hereby demands a trial by jury on all grounds asserted in the civil complaint” filed in August 2021 in New York by Virginia Giuffre, 38, who accuses Queen Elizabeth II's second son of sexually assaulting her three times in 2001.

In a substantiated court document filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, Prince Andrew's lawyers dispute Ms. Guiffre's accusations point by point.

The latter, born Virginia Roberts and who now resides in Australia, was herself the victim of American financier Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019, and his British accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, re found guilty in December in New York of sex trafficking of minors.

Prince Andrew is accused by Ms Giuffre of sexual assaults in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, residences of the couple of sexual predators Epstein -Maxwell, when she was 17.

The Duke of York, who has just been stripped of his military titles by his mother Elizabeth II and now lives as an outcast, has always “categorically” contested the facts, but failed in January to have the American courts dismiss Virginia Giuffre's complaint.

Which makes the prospect of a civil trial in New York more and more likely.< /p>

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