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Jumat, 10 September 2021

Prince Andrew served with lawsuit alleging sexual assault of Virginia Giuffre - ABC News

Britain's Prince Andrew has been served with a lawsuit by a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting and battering her two decades ago, when she said she was also being abused by the financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a court filing.

In an affidavit filed with the US District Court in Manhattan on Friday local time, Cesar Sepulveda, identifying himself as a "corporate investigator/process server," said he left a copy of Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit on August 27 with a police officer guarding the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England, a property Prince Andrew occupies.

Mr Sepulveda who is based in London said police had told him a day earlier they were instructed not to accept court documents on Andrew's behalf, but upon his return was told documents would be forwarded to the prince's "Legal Team."

Police refused to let him see Prince Andrew or to say where the prince was, Mr Sepulveda said. 

Spokespeople for the prince said on Friday that his lawyers had no comment while a source close to Prince Andrew's legal team said the prince had not been personally served.

Prince Andrew, 61, is one of the most prominent people linked to Epstein, charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors in July 2019 with sexually exploiting dozens of girls and women.

Epstein, a registered sex offender, killed himself in 2019, at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail.

A man and two women stand in a house looking at the camera.
Prince Andrew is pictured with Virginia Giuffre (centre) and Ghislaine Maxwell (right) in 2001.(

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In her lawsuit dated August 9 this year, Giuffre alleged Andrew forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and Epstein's longtime associate.

She also alleged Andrew abused her at Epstein's mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and on a private island that Epstein owned in the US Virgin Islands.

In a November 2019 BBC interview, Andrew, who had been a friend of Epstein, denied Giuffre's allegations of sexual abuse, and said he did not recall meeting her.

"I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened," he said.

An initial conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon before US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan.

Maxwell faces a scheduled November 29 trial before a different Manhattan judge on charges she allegedly aided Epstein's sexual abuses.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Maxwell is not a defendant in Giuffre's lawsuit against Andrew

Reuters.

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