US judge refuses to annul Prince Andrew’s trial by default

US judge refuses to annul Prince Andrew’s trial by default

A judge of New York refused to annul for a formal defect the judicial process initiated against the prince Andrew from England, accused of child abuse by the Australian-American Virginia Giuffre, as had requested the defense of the member of the British royal family.

Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District Court of New York, denied this Friday the petition in which it was argued that that court did not have jurisdiction over the case since the plaintiff, alleged the Duke of York’s lawyers, does not reside in Colorado, as she has stated, but in Australia.

In Kaplan’s latest decision, the robed estimates that Giuffre has presented enough documents proving his residence in Colorado and demands a response from Prince Andrew’s lawyers by next Tuesday, January 4.

For their part, Giuffre’s lawyers requested documents proving the “inability to sweat” that the son of Elizabeth II alleged as an “alibi” to deny that he knew the plaintiff, who had detailed in an interview that the Duke of York had sweated profusely in one of their encounters.

Giuffre, 38, maintains that she was sexually trafficked by financier Jeffrey Epstein and his right-hand man, Ghislaine Maxwell, and that as a result she was abused by Prince Andrew when she was 17 years old in London, New York and on a private Epstein island in the Caribbean.

The woman filed a civil suit against the British prince last August in New York, under the Child Victims Law, of which an oral preview will be held on January 4, the first since Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking last Wednesday in a trial closely related to Giuffre’s.

In relation to Giuffre’s lawsuit against Prince Andrew, it is also expected that next Monday, January 3, an out-of-court agreement will be made public that the plaintiff would have signed with Epstein and that, according to the defense, would exonerate the Duke of York from any responsibility. .