Prince Andrew’s lawyer wants to interview Virginia Giuffre’s husband and his psychologist about her sexual abuse claims after the royal suggested she may be suffering from “false memories”, court documents have revealed. .
duke of york The legal team has asked Robert Giuffre for permission to take evidence under oath that he is likely to have knowledge of his wife’s “alleged emotional and psychological harm”.
Andrew’s lawyer also wants to question Mr Giuffre about his wife’s relationship Jeffrey Epstein And Ghislaine Maxwell And the claim that Ms Giuffre had a “role in recruiting underage girls” for Epstein’s sex-trafficking scheme.
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Andrew’s lawyer, Melissa Lerner, says it is alleged that Mr. Giuffre met his wife in Thailand in 2002 while she was attending a massage training course and “for Jeffrey Epstein who funded the trip.” was recruiting one or more women for sexual acts”.
A request has also been made to interview Ms. Giuffre’s psychologist, Dr. Judith Lightfoot, as Andrew’s legal team says they have had “alleged abuse by Epstein and Maxwell, childhood abuse and trauma, and emotional and psychological harm and damage.” “relevant information”. ,
Ms. Lerner writes, “Dr Lightfoot’s records (or lack thereof) reflecting (Ms. Giuffre’s) allegations against (Andrew) are relevant to the preparation of her defense for trial.”
Andrew’s lawyers have asked Mr Giuffre and Dr Lightfoot to collect evidence by April 29 in Australia, where they are both residents.
The latest court documents contain a summary of Andrew’s defence, which states that he argues that Ms Giuffre “may be suffering from false memories” because of “the circumstances under which[she]allegedly attacked her, His claim about them has changed repeatedly over the years”.
Andrew argues that Ms Giuffre’s decision to reveal her identity and participate in media interviews “contributed to any perceived emotional distress and invasion of privacy”, the documents claim.
Royal rejected Ms Giuffre’s allegations “outright” and believes she believes “out of her own involvement” in the financier’s sex trafficking scheme, according to her defense summary. In an effort to divert attention” was smuggled in by Epstein.
This included recruiting young women “to be sexual partners for Epstein”, at least one of whom was just 14 years old, Duke’s lawyers allege.
Who has been called as a witness to Virginia Giuffre?
This is Ms. Giuffre. comes after the lawyers of Witness accounts sought From Andrew’s former assistant Robert Olney and a woman named Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen the royal “with a young girl” at London’s Tramp nightclub.
Documents submitted by Ms Giuffre’s legal team say Mr Olney’s name appears in Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book under the head “Duke of York”.
He says this means Mr Olney likely had relevant information about Andrew’s travels from Epstein’s properties during the relevant period.
Documents say Ms Walker reportedly saw the royal “with a young girl when (Ms Giuffre) claimed that Prince Andrew abused her in London after visiting a Trump nightclub. did.”
The Duke is due to face a civil trial later this year Judge Kaplan rejected his attempt to get the case out,
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Ms Giuffre sued Andrew in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager and claims Andrew’s friend, convicted sex offender Epstein, made her have sex with Duke when she was 17 was smuggled.
Andrew has vehemently denied the allegations.
Following the judge’s decision to allow the civil trial to proceed, the Queen Andrew was stripped of all his military titles and royal patronage — and it was announced that he would no longer make himself “His Royal Highness”.
During this, Maxwell will be sentenced at the end of June She killed herself in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges after her ex-boyfriend Epstein was found guilty of recruiting underage girls to sexually assault.