Prince Andrew’s lawyers say court has no jurisdiction over Virginia Giuffre’s trial

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By Brian Vitagliano, CNN

Great Britain’s Lawyers Prince Andrew claimed on Tuesday that the US court hearing a civil lawsuit brought by Virginie Giuffrein which she accuses the Duke of York of sexual assault, has no jurisdiction over the case.

A motion filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan states: “Ms. Giuffre alleges that she is a citizen of the State of Colorado, the evidence shows that she is in fact domiciled in Australia, where she has lived for almost two of the past nineteen years.

Giuffre alleges she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the prince. She says the assaults took place in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands – and Andrew knew she was 17 when the alleged incidents began.

In a previous motion to dismiss filed Oct. 29, a lawyer for Andrew said he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.”

The motion filed on Tuesday also asks the court “to order Ms. Giuffre to respond to targeted written discovery requests regarding her domicile and to submit to a two-hour remote deposition limited to the issue of her domicile.”

CNN has reached out to attorneys for Giuffre and Prince Andrew for comment.

In November, a Manhattan federal judge ruled that Andrew could face a trial date between September and December 2022 provided the case is not settled or dismissed.

Oral arguments are scheduled for January 4, when Prince Andrew’s lawyers are expected to argue in favor of dismissing Giuffre’s civil lawsuit.

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