Prince Andrew has no jurisdiction over Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse trial

  • Prince Andrew has made another attempt to stop Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse lawsuit against him.
  • He claims the US federal court has no jurisdiction over the case because she lives in Australia.
  • Giuffre’s attorney says Andrew’s attorneys misunderstand the law and still haven’t scheduled a deposition.

Prince Andrew is once again trying to stop Virginia Giuffre’s sex abuse lawsuit against him, this time claiming she lacks jurisdiction to file her lawsuit in US courts because she lives in Australia.

In a new lawsuit filed on Tuesday, lawyers for the Duke of York argue that discovery in Giuffre’s trial should be stayed until the judge hearing the case determines whether she had jurisdiction to prosecute in the first place. Lawyers also demanded that Giuffre submit to a two-hour deposition regarding his residency.

This is the latest attempt by Prince Andrew’s lawyers to slow down the trial. Giuffre alleges he sexually assaulted her when she was 17, at homes owned by late financier Jeffrey Epstein in New York and the US Virgin Islands, as well as a London residence owned by their associate Ghislaine Maxwell.

Since Giuffre filed a lawsuit in August, the king’s lawyers have argued that a secret settlement protects Prince Andrew from the case, that the lawsuit was not properly served on him in accordance with British law and that Giuffre is a fabulist who herself recruited girls for Epstein to sexually abuse.

Prince Andrew has denied Giuffre’s claims and says he has no recollection of meeting her, even though he was photographed with her and Maxwell in 2001. (He has groundlessly argued that the photo is fake .) A trial in the case is expected to take place in the fall of 2022.

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Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre, then known as Virginia Roberts, as well as Ghislaine Maxwell. This photo was included in an affidavit where Giuffre claimed Prince Andrew ordered her to have sex with him.

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Epstein committed suicide in prison in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Maxwell is currently awaiting a verdict in the same US federal court in Mnahattan, following a trial for sexually assaulting girls for Epstein and sexually abusing some of them herself. She also faces another round of criminal charges for allegedly lying in a deposition for a civil suit filed by Giuffre, also known as Virginia Roberts. Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Giuffre’s trial against Prince Andrew argue she had jurisdiction to bring the case in federal court in Manhattan because she is a citizen of the U.S. state of Colorado and because some of the sexual misconduct she alleges took place in New York City.

In Tuesday’s filing, lawyers for Prince Andrew say Giuffre’s ties to Colorado are “limited” because she, her husband and their three children live in Australia. Lawyers argue that Giuffre’s ties to Colorado are too tenuous for a US federal court to have jurisdiction over his case. The filing goes on to say that Giuffre’s voter registration in Colorado in 2020 uses the mailing address of her mother and stepfather.

“She hasn’t lived there for at least 2019 – about two years before she started this legal action against Prince
Andrew – and potentially, according to his own deposition testimony, not since October 2015,” the filing states.

In a letter dated December 24 Filed as an exhibit in Andrew’s new motion, Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley accused Prince Andrew’s lawyers of raising the issue while ignoring the royal’s deposition planning requests for the case.

McCawley also said the motion to stay the case, if successful, “would achieve nothing.”

“Even if your assertion that this Court does not have jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s claims were correct (it is not), Plaintiff would simply file their claims in New York State court,” a writes McCawley.

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