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LONDON (AP) — Attorneys representing a U.S. girl who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her have requested British courts to formally notify him about her lawsuit after a lawyer for the prince maintained this week that Andrew has not been correctly notified of the “baseless” civil motion.
Britain’s Excessive Court docket accepted the request from legal professionals for Virginia Giuffre to formally contact Andrew in regards to the lawsuit launched in America.
In accordance to the lawsuit filed final month in New York federal courtroom, Giuffre repeated claims she has made publicly in regards to the prince, saying Andrew abused her on a number of events in 2001 when she was underneath 18.
In late 2019, Andrew instructed the BBC “Newsnight” program that he by no means had intercourse with Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t happen.”
At a listening to in New York on Monday, Giuffre’s lawyer had argued that the prince was already correctly served when paperwork formally notifying him of the lawsuit had been handed over to a Metropolitan Police officer on the primary gates of Andrew’s house in Windsor Nice Park on Aug. 27.
However Andrew Brettler, representing the prince on the first courtroom continuing to end result from the lawsuit, instructed Choose Lewis A. Kaplan that Andrew had not correctly been served. He additionally mentioned Giuffre’s declare was “baseless, non-viable and potentially unlawful.”
And he additionally argued that Andrew can’t be sued as a result of an earlier lawsuit in the US that was settled “absolves our client from any and all liability.” That settlement doc, nevertheless, stays sealed.
Kaplan gave Giuffre’s attorneys per week to handle the bureaucratic hurdles relating to service of the lawsuit so it may very well be resolved and the case might proceed.
Below a treaty that governs requests between international locations referred to as the Hague Service Conference, Giuffre’s authorized group can ask the Excessive Court docket in London to formally notify Andrew about her civil motion. The courtroom had earlier rejected the applying on a technicality, however modified tack.
“The lawyers acting for Ms Giuffre have now provided further information to the High Court, and the High Court has accepted the request for service under the Hague Service Convention,’’ the court said. “The High Court will now take steps to serve under the convention, unless service is arranged by agreement between the parties.”