Prince Andrew: New York judge sets 2022 target for civil sexual abuse case against Duke of York

The judge in Prince Andrew’s civil sexual abuse case has set a goal of holding a trial between September and December next year.

New York judge Lewis Kaplan only made the comments during the second hearing involving both the The Duke of York and the legal teams of Virginia Giuffre.

During the short telephone hearing, Judge Kaplan said that “at another time I would probably set a trial date today but you are aware of the difficulties in obtaining juries”, referring to the precautions being taken now. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He went on to say, “I am planning the period from September to December (next year).”

Both sides have confirmed that they plan to request depositions, or evidence, from eight to twelve people.

On October 29, Prince Andrew’s legal team filed documents asking the judge to close the case.

A document, signed by lawyer Andrew Brettler, said: “Charging a member of the world’s most famous royal family with serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create a media frenzy online and in the mainstream press.

“It is unfortunate, but undeniable, that sensationalism and innuendo have prevailed over the truth.

“Giuffre started this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to get another salary at his expense and at the expense of those close to him.

“Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify his public campaign against Prince Andrew.”

Ms. Giuffre, 38, is sue the duke of york, accusing her of forcing her to have sex when she was underage at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and former girlfriend of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The lawsuit also alleges that Prince Andrew abused Ms Giuffre at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of Epstein’s private islands in the Virgin Islands.

Prince Andrew “unequivocally denies” the allegations.

Sky News

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