NEW YORK (AP) – Prince Andrew has admitted through his lawyer that he has been prosecuted by an American woman who says he sexually assaulted her while clearing a barrier that has prevented legal proceedings for several weeks.
The acknowledgment was confirmed in a joint settlement signed by a lawyer for the British prince, which was approved by a Manhattan federal judge and entered into public court records on Tuesday.
Court papers said Andrew was challenging his acceptance of the trial until lawyers spoke by phone on September 21. A settlement was signed three days later, pursuant to an order signed by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.
In the lawsuit, Virginia Giuffre claims that Andrew abused her on several occasions in 2001 when she was under 18. Her lawyer has called the allegations “baseless”.
Prosecuting a defendant is usually a routine affair, but it can be more complicated when the defendant lives outside the United States.
A judge must be satisfied that a defendant has been properly informed of the charges and has a reasonable time to respond. Rajkumar will have to file a response to the lawsuit’s claims by October 29. A conference was scheduled for 3 November.
Giuffre’s lawyers told the judge that they would hand Andrew the trial in a number of ways, though never directly in his hands. At one point, the UK High Court accepted a request from Giuffre’s lawyers to formally contact Andrew about the trial.
Los Angeles attorney Andrew Brettler, who signed the papers on Andrew’s behalf admitting Prince was aware of the lawsuit, argued at a hearing this month that Giuffre’s claim was “unfounded, non-viable and unfounded.” was potentially illegal.”
In late 2019, Andrew told the BBC “Newsnight” program that he had never had sex with Giuffre, adding, “It didn’t happen.”
Brettler has stated that Andrew cannot be prosecuted because an earlier lawsuit in the United States that was settled “exempts our client from any and all liability.” However, the 2009 settlement document is sealed.
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.