Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

A U.S. judge has set a deadline for mid-July next year for Prince Andrew to answer questions under oath in the civil case of sexual assault against him.

According to a U.S. court document dated Oct. 25, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan set July 14 as the deadline for submitting all evidence, including a potential deposit from the Duke of York.

The form order signed by the judge in New York means that lawyers for Virginia Roberts Giuffre must question Andrew outside court and submit the interview before that date.
Prince Andrew at Prince Philips' funeral in Windsor on 17 April
A U.S. judge has set a mid-July 2022 deadline for Prince Andrew, seen here in Windsor on April 17, to answer questions under oath in the civil case of sexual assault against him. (Getty)
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth‘s second eldest son, is accused of sexually assaulting Giuffre, who is suing the prince in New York.
Giuffre, an alleged victim of sex offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, claimed she was forced to perform sexual acts with Andrew. She said she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with his friends, including the Duke of York, when she was a minor.

Giuffre says the assaults took place in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, that Andrew was aware that she was a minor (17) when it started and that she had been trafficked by Epstein.

Prince Andrew's friends accuse BBC of bias against Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre interview
Giuffre says the assaults happened in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands, that Andrew was aware she was a minor (17) when it started. Andrew, 61, has consistently denied the allegations (AAP / BBC)

Andrew, 61, has consistently denied the allegations, telling the BBC in 2019: “It did not happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you that it never happened. I have no recollection of ever having met this lady, no one at all.”

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police Service decided to drop its investigation, which was triggered by the case, after reviewing a number of court documents, including those released in August.

Virginia Giuffre has a picture of herself at age 16 when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein began sexually abusing her.
Virginia Giuffre has a picture of herself at age 16 when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein began sexually abusing her. (Getty)

The Duke of York was served legal papers for the trial by Giuffre’s lawyers in September.

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