MADRID, 14 Sep. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The lawyer for Prince Andrew of England, Andrew Brettler, has described as “unfounded” and “potentially illegal” the lawsuit for alleged sexual abuse filed by Virginia Giuffre, one of the alleged victims of US magnate Jeffrey Epstein – accused of child abuse -, against the son of Queen Elizabeth II.
At a pre-trial hearing to be held in a New York court, Brettler has said that a settlement between the plaintiff and Epstein in 2009 freed the prince from “all responsibility,” the BBC reports.
“There has been a conciliation agreement that the plaintiff has entered into in a previous action that frees the duke and others from any potential liability,” he specifically indicated, to request a copy of the agreement, which is sealed.
Likewise, the lawyer has denied that his client had been correctly notified of the proceedings and has argued that it is up to the High Court of London to determine whether the documents had been properly received by the prince.
Specifically, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II received a summons from the lawsuit at the Royal Lodge, in Windsor, on the morning of August 27, according to a witness statement presented in federal court in Manhattan, to which the The defense has responded by challenging the legality of the notification.
For his part, attorney David Boies, Giuffre’s representative, stated that the claim had been “delivered to the defendant’s last known address”, and that the documents had also been sent “by ‘Royal Mail'”. “We believe that we have complied with the notification requirement and we presented the proof of notification last Friday,” he said.
Finally, Judge Kaplan has given the plaintiff’s lawyer a week to find an alternative method of delivering legal documents to the prince and has called a new in-person hearing for the month of October.
In this context, he has advised Prince Andrew’s lawyer that “there is a high degree of certainty that he will be notified correctly sooner or later”, something that is necessary for the US court to have jurisdiction over him.
Virginia Giuffre claims that she was a victim of human trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein, an old friend of Andrés, to have sex with the duke, when she was 17 years old and a minor under US law.
Giuffre has relied on the New York Child Victims Law while Andrés from England has consistently denied these claims.
In 2019, he announced that he was abandoning his public activities due to the scandal in which he has been involved by his relationship with the American tycoon.
Epstein was arrested in July 2019 on charges of sexual abuse and trafficking of dozens of girls in the early 2000s. This millionaire, who at some point even rubbed shoulders with personalities such as Bill Clinton or Donald Trump, was discovered hanged in his New York prison cell in August 2019.