Britain’s Prince Andrew has been having a rough couple of years ever since word went out that he allegedly raped a minor when he was hanging out with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell years ago. The Queen doesn’t like all the bad publicity the royal family is getting from Andrew’s past shenanigans.
Apparently, Prince Andrew has given an ultimatum to the court that is presiding over the child rape case he is charged with to either send the case to a jury trial or dismiss it outright. Very demanding, these royal family types.
On Wednesday, Andrew’s lawyers said the prince wants a jury trial to decide the lawsuit against him that was filed by a child sex trafficking victim of Epstein if he can’t get it dismissed.
The victim, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an American woman, accused the prince of raping her three separate times when she was 17-years-old, after being trafficked to the prince by Epstein.
Andrew, now 61, has denied the victim’s allegations. He tried to get the lawsuit thrown out, but Judge Lewis Kaplan denied his request to dismiss the case earlier this month. The judge’s denial of the request opened the door to allow depositions and evidence presentations to move forward.
The ultimatum was filed by two LA attorneys, Melissa Lerner and Andrew Brettler. They argued that the lawsuit should be thrown out on several grounds: Giuffre’s permanent address is in Australia, and they point to a prior settlement made from over a decade ago between Epstein and Giuffre that the two lawyers argue prohibits Giuffre from being able to sue the prince. On top of that, they claim that the sexual activity was consensual and the statute of limitations has run out.
Giuffre alleged that she met Prince Andrew while she traveled with Epstein between 2000 and 2002. Her attorneys say that she was considered “on call for Epstein for sexual purposes.” Also, that Epstein saw that she was “lent out to other powerful men,” and that included Prince Andrew.
In the lawsuit, Giuffre said that she still suffers significant emotional and psychological distress and harm.
Since Judge Kaplan’s decision, Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles, after he had already stepped back from his royal duties.
Epstein, 66, did not kill himself in August 2019 inside a Manhattan federal jail as he was waiting for his trial on sex trafficking charges.
Giuffre has also made accusations against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s longtime companion and pimp, but her charges were not a part of the recent criminal case against Maxwell where she was convicted on sex trafficking charges.
Now 38-years-old, Giuffre sued Andrew, alleging that she was coerced into having sexual encounters with the prince in 2001 by Epstein and Maxwell.
She alleges that she was abused sexually by Andrew at Epstein’s New York Mansion, on his island known as Pedophile Island in the Virgin Islands, and at Maxwell’s home in London.
Andrew told BBC Newsnight in 2019 that he never had sex with Giuffre and he didn’t even remember ever meeting her. If so, then how come his lawyers are arguing right now that the sex was consensual?