NewsAbuse allegations: Prince Andrew wants to challenge civil lawsuit

Abuse allegations: Prince Andrew wants to challenge civil lawsuit

Prince Andrew allegedly sexually abused a minor, the indictment said. Andrew himself had always denied that – and is taking action against the lawsuit.

[New York -] British Prince Andrew, 61, wants to challenge the civil lawsuit brought by a woman accusing him of molesting her as a minor.

Andrew wanted to challenge both the jurisdiction of the court in New York and the proper delivery of the lawsuit, according to a document that a lawyer for the prince deposited at a court hearing on Monday and that was available to the German press agency.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, filed the civil lawsuit in mid-August. In it she accuses the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II of sexual abuse of a minor and demands compensation. Giuffre had previously publicly accused the prince of having abused her as a minor. Andrew had always denied that. The chief of the London police, Cressida Dick, had announced a review of the abuse allegations.

The incident is related to the abuse scandal involving convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in prison in 2019. Prince Andrew was several overnight guests at Epstein’s home in the USA and the Caribbean. He claims nothing of the machinations of his friend and his ex-partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently waiting for her trial in a New York prison. Because of his previous friendship with Epstein, Prince Andrew has been criticized for years and has withdrawn from his royal duties. [dpa]

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