US: 2022 trial scheduled for Prince Andrew in sexual abuse case

UK royal has been accused of sexually violating an American woman when she was under 18



By Reuters

Published: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 8:27 PM

Last updated: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 8:32 PM

A US judge on Wednesday said Britain’s Prince Andrew should be prepared for a civil trial late next year on accusations that he sexually abused a woman when she was under 18 and also being abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said he anticipated a trial on Virginia Giuffre’s civil claims would begin between September and December 2022, provided that a jury could be accommodated safely amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I will look at the possibility of September, but in any case October through December as being the target here,” Kaplan said in phone conference with Andrew’s and Giuffre’s lawyers.

Giuffre, 38, sued Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second son, for unspecified damages in August.

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She said Andrew forced her to have sex at the London home of longtime Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, and abused her at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of Epstein’s private islands in the US Virgin Islands.

The conference came five days after Andrew, 61, said he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him” and urged Kaplan to dismiss the lawsuit.

Andrew said Giuffre had been seeking “another payday” in a more than decade-long effort to profit from her accusations against Epstein and people associated with him.

Epstein killed himself at age 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, in what a medical examiner called a suicide.


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