Prince Andrew acknowledges he faces U.S. sex assault lawsuit

Prince Andrew has acknowledged via his lawyer that he has been served with a lawsuit by a U.S. girl who says he sexually assaulted her, clearing a hurdle that had stalled authorized proceedings for a number of weeks.

The acknowledgment was confirmed in a joint settlement signed by a lawyer for the British prince, permitted by a Manhattan federal choose and entered into the general public courtroom report Tuesday.

The courtroom papers stated Andrew had been difficult acceptance of the lawsuit till attorneys spoke by telephone on Sept. 21. An settlement was signed three days later, in line with the order signed by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.

In the lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew abused her on a number of events in 2001 when she was underneath 18. His lawyer has referred to as the allegations "baseless."

Delivering a lawsuit to a defendant is often a routine matter however might be extra sophisticated when a defendant resides exterior the United States.

A choose have to be glad {that a} defendant has been correctly notified of the allegations and has an affordable time frame to reply to them. The prince should file responses to the lawsuit's claims by Oct. 29. A convention was scheduled for Nov. 3.

Lawyers for Giuffre had informed the choose that they'd delivered the lawsuit to Andrew in quite a few methods, although by no means immediately into his fingers. At one level, Britain's excessive courtroom accepted a request from Giuffre's attorneys to formally contact Andrew concerning the lawsuit.

Los Angeles lawyer Andrew Brettler, who signed the papers on Andrew's behalf acknowledging the prince was conscious of the lawsuit, had argued at a listening to this month that Giuffre's declare was "baseless, nonviable and potentially unlawful."

In late 2019, Andrew informed the BBC "Newsnight" program that he by no means had sex with Giuffre, saying, "It didn't happen."

Brettler has stated that Andrew can’t be sued as a result of an earlier lawsuit within the United States that was settled "absolves our client from any and all liability." That 2009 settlement doc, nonetheless, stays sealed.

The Associated Press doesn’t sometimes determine individuals who say they’re victims of sexual assault until they select to return ahead publicly, as Giuffre has.

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