Prince Andrew’s legal team says the prosecutor ‘lives in Australia’ cannot sue in US court

The legal team representing Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in the trial against him of a woman claiming he sexually abused her when she was a minor, sought to halt the discovery of evidence this week, claiming , that a U.S. court does not have jurisdiction over her claim because she has lived in Australia for many years.

In court documents filed Tuesday, Andrews attorneys Andrew B. Brettler and Melissa Y. Lerner questioned Virginia Giuffre’s claims that she is a citizen of Colorado, writing that “newly discovered evidence” shows that she has lived in Australia for 17 of the last 19 years. .

“It is common ground that at the time she brought the case, Mrs Giuffre had an Australian driving license and lived in a AU $ 1.9 million home in Perth, Western Australia, where she and her husband raised their three children. II in fact, Mrs. Giuffre’s ties to Colorado are very limited, “they wrote.

“She has not lived there since at least 2019 – about two years before she filed this lawsuit against Prince Andrew – and potentially, according to her own testimony, not since October 2015.”

According to Giuffre, she was lured into sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein employee Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently charged when she was a minor. At the time, she worked at fhv President TrumpDonald Trump 29 percent of GOP supports efforts to target accused troublemakers Jan. 6: Poll Trump warns Alaska GOP governor that he will withdraw endorsement if he backs Murkowski, Michigan, Republican John James ‘strongly considering’ House run MORE‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Giuffre has said she was forced to have sexual contact with Andrew, who was a long-time colleague of Epstein when she was still a minor. Andrew, who has expressed regret over his “ill-condemned affiliation” with Epstein, has consistently claimed he has never met Giuffre, suggesting pictures of them were manipulated together.

When she was 19, Giuffre said she was sent to Thailand by Epstein to go to massage school and bring another girl back. While in Thailand, she met her future husband Robert Giuffre, severed ties with Epstein and moved to Australia in 2002, where she started a family.

In the lawsuits, Andrews’ lawyers asked that Giuffre be asked to respond to requests for discovery and to submit to a two-hour deposit on where she lives. They added that it would be “inappropriate” for the case to proceed if the court did not have the proper jurisdiction over it.

“Neither Mrs. Giuffre nor Prince Andrew should be compelled to incur the substantial attorneys’ fees and expenses associated with a full discovery if the court does not have the authority to deal with the case,” Brettler and Lerner wrote.

The Hill has contacted Giuffre’s lawyers for comment.

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