Britain’s Prince Andrew is claiming his sexual assault accuser is out to profit from a “baseless lawsuit” against him and has asked a New York court to dismiss the case.
Prince Andrew has filed a motion on Friday to dismiss the civil lawsuit launched by Virginia Giuffre.
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Giuffre, a victim of the late pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, alleges that the Duke of York sexually abused her when she was underage.
The duke’s legal team say that Epstein’s abuse “does not justify her public campaign against Prince Andrew”.
RT reports: The prince filed the motion in the District Court in Manhattan on Friday, arguing that Giuffre’s civil suit fails to “state a claim upon which relief can be granted” while calling on the judge to scrap the case. Should the court decline to do so, Prince Andrew requested an order requiring Giuffre to “provide a more definitive statement of her allegations,” which he denied entirely.
“Virginia Giuffre may well be a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein, and nothing can excuse, nor fully capture, the abhorrence and gravity of Epstein’s monstrous behavior against Giuffre, if so,” the prince’s legal team said in the filing.
However, and without diminishing the harm suffered as a results [sic] of Epstein’s alleged misconduct, Prince Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre… He unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.
Now 38, Giuffre launched her lawsuit against the prince in August, alleging that he forced her into sex at the home of Ghislaine Maxwell – one of Epstein’s closest confidantes who also faces sexual abuse allegations – when she was just 17 years old. She also accused Andrew of further abuse at Epstein’s lavish Manhattan home, and on one of the late financier’s private getaways in the US Virgin Islands, and previously leveled similar charges against Epstein himself.
While Andrew, 61, has not been charged in the US and “categorically” denies Giuffre’s claims, earlier this month he was ordered by a US judge to answer questions from her lawyers sometime before July 14, 2022, and to offer some initial response by October 29 – the latter of which appears to have come in the form of Friday’s motion for dismissal. British authorities, meanwhile, declared that they would take “no further action” against the royal after conducting a review prompted by Giuffre’s civil case.