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Prince Andrew, accuser seek witnesses in sexual abuse trial

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FILE – Prince Andrew, foreground, walks in procession before the funeral of Britain’s Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, April 17, 2021. US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan gave the green light on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The lawsuit against Prince Andrew by Virginia Giuffre, who says he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. (Victoria Jones/Pool via Associated Press, FILE)

LONDON ( Associated Press) – Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have filed their initial request for witnesses in their trial, accusing the British royal of sexually abusing her at the age of 17.

Recently released documents show that Prince’s legal team is seeking witness accounts from her husband, Robert Giuffre, and his psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, as part of a civil case filed in the US.

Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyers are asking for an audit of witnesses from the prince’s former assistant and a woman who claims she saw him with them at a London nightclub.

The trial cleared a hurdle earlier this week after a judge refused to deny Andrew’s request.

In August Giuffre sued Andrew, 61, alleging that he was coerced into sexual encounters with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime partner, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre said she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, Epstein’s New York mansion, and Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.

The prince has vigorously denied Giuffre’s allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Giuffre “didn’t happen” and that he had “no memory” of meeting her.

Recently released documents show that Andrew’s lawyers argue that Giuffre “may be suffering from false memories,” and say he should be questioned about the “theory of false memories,” as well as Giuffre. about other matters discussed during his session with him and any prescriptions written for him.

Andrew’s attorneys want Robert Giuffre to be questioned about the circumstances under which the couple met around 2002 and their household finances. They seek testimony from both, who are both Australian residents, by 29 April or as soon as possible after that.

Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyers have filed similar requests for Andrew’s side. They seek testimony from their former assistant, Robert Olney, whose name they say appeared in Epstein’s phone book under “Duke of York”, who they say knew about Andrew’s visit to Epstein’s properties. Was.

His lawyer is also seeking testimony from Shukri Walker, whom he says has been cited in news reports about how he saw Andrew at the London nightclub Tramp during interrogation with a young woman who may have been Giuffre. .

The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to publicly come forward, as Giuffre has done.

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