Prince Andrew risks being convicted of Virginia Giuffre’s charges of sexual abuse

New York: A US judge has said Britain’s Prince Andrew should be prepared for a civil trial at the end of next year on charges of sexually abusing a woman when she was under 18.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan of Manhattan said he expected a lawsuit over Virginia Giuffre’s civil claims to begin between September and December 2022, provided a jury could be accommodated safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prince Andrew has said that he

Prince Andrew has said he “unequivocally denies” the charges against him. Credit:AP

“I will look at the possibility of September, but in any case October to December as being the target here,” Kaplan said in a conference call with Andrews and Giuffre’s lawyers Wednesday, local time.

Giuffre, 38, sued Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, for unspecified compensation in August.

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She said Andrew forced her to have sex in Ghislaine Maxwell’s home in London, a longtime employee of the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, and abused her in Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of Epstein’s private islands in the US Virgin Islands.

The conference came five days after Andrew, 61, said he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false accusations against him” and called on Kaplan to dismiss the lawsuit.

Andrew said Giuffre had sought “another payday” in a more than ten-year effort to take advantage of her accusations against Epstein and people associated with him.

Epstein died at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking, in what a doctor called a suicide.

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