A lawsuit by an American who claims Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17, possibly had to be thrown out because she no longer lives in U.S, lawyers for the Prince said in a lawsuit.
Attorneys Andrew Brettler and Melissa Lerner wrote that they recently discovered that Virginia Giuffre has been living in Australia all except two of the last 19 years and can not claim that she is resident in Colorado, where she has not lived since at least 2019.
In a lawsuit in August, Mrs Giuffre claimed that the prince had abused her on several occasions in 2001.
The prince’s lawyers asked Judge Lewis A Kaplan in October to drop the lawsuit, saying the prince “has never sexually abused or assaulted” Mrs Giuffre, and they believed she was suing Andrew “to obtain another payday at his expense and expense. of the nearest. Hi M “.
The lawyers acknowledged that Mrs Giuffre may very well be a victim of sexual abuse by the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in 2019 while awaiting a sex trafficking lawsuit.
Last month, Judge Kaplan said a trial in Mrs Giuffre’s trial against the prince could take place between September and December 2022.
But the prince’s lawyers say the new information about Mrs Giuffre’s residence should result in the suspension of any further progress in the trial against the trial, which will include the attachment of Andrew and Mrs Giuffre, until the question of whether her foreign residence disqualifies her from sue Andrew in USA.
They asked the judge to order Mrs Giuffre to respond to written legal requests for her residence permit and to submit a two-hour statement on the matter.
A lawyer for Mrs Giuffre, Sigrid McCawley, called the request to throw the case out “just another in a series of tired attempts by Prince Andrew to dodge and evade the legal justifications of the case Virginia Giuffre has brought against him.
All parties to litigation are subject to discovery and Prince Andrew is no exception.
The Prince’s lawyers wrote that Mrs Giuffre has an Australian driving license and lived in a $ 1.9 million home in Perth, Western Australia, where she has raised three children with her husband, who is Australian.
“Even if Mrs Giuffre’s Australian domicile could not be established as early as October 2015, there can be no real disagreement that she lived there permanently with the intention of staying there from 2019 – still two years before she brought the case against Prince Andrew “, the lawyers wrote.
They said the time of Mrs Giuffre’s registration to vote in Colorado before the filing of the lawsuit against the prince was “suspicious and appears to be a deliberate move in an attempt to support her bizarre claim to citizenship in Colorado despite moving to Australia for at least a year (if not four years)” former.”