Just over one month ago, the Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, was named as the defendant in a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse and infliction of emotional distress. However, during a pre-trial hearing on September 14, the Prince’s lawyer Andrew Brettler claimed that the Prince “has not been properly served” with the legal papers in the case.
Now, court documents show that the papers have been sent to Mr. Brettler at his office in L.A. Once he is served, the Prince has 21 days to respond or face the prospect of a default judgement against him.
The move follows the pre-trial hearing before a New York district judge, during which much discussion was had about serving the Prince—who is believed to be staying at the Queen’s Scottish retreat Balmoral. During the hearing, Judge Lewis Kaplan made it clear that he expected service to be authorized and the case to proceed to the next stage. He scheduled a next meeting for October 13.
Prince Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Virginia Guiffre, who claims that he abused her when she was a teenager and was being trafficked his former friend Jeffrey Epstein. The Prince told the BBC in the 2019 interview that led to him stepping back from royal duties that he has “no recollection of ever meeting this lady.” Brettler is reported to have been recently instructed by the Prince and was revealed to be taking part in the hearing just a few hours before it was due to begin.
Court papers have claimed that Virginia Roberts Guiffre was sexually abused by Prince Andrew on “separate occasions when she was under the age of 18 years old,” in Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home, Epstein’s New York Mansion, and on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A representative for Prince Andrew declined to comment today.
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