Attorneys for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have filed an initial claim for witnesses in her case alleging the British Royal Family sexually abused her at the age of 17.
Recently released documents show that the prince’s legal team is seeking witness accounts from her husband, Robert Giuffre, and her psychiatrist, Judith Lightfoot, as part of a civil case being investigated. filed in the US.
Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyers are seeking witness accounts from the prince’s former assistant and a woman who claims to have seen him at a London nightclub with her during questioning.
The lawsuit cleared a roadblock after a judge earlier this week denied Andrew’s request to dismiss it.
Giuffre sued Andrew, 61, in August, saying she was forced to have sex with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre said she was sexually abused by Andrew at Maxwell’s London home, at Epstein’s New York mansion and at Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.
The prince has staunchly denied Giuffre’s allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Giuffre “didn’t happen” and that he “remembered nothing” of meeting her.
Recently released documents show Andrew’s lawyers arguing that Giuffre “may be suffering from false memory” and say she should be questioned about “the theory of false memory” along with other allegations. Other matters are discussed in sessions with Giuffre and any prescriptions she writes to her.
Andrew’s lawyers want Robert Giuffre to be questioned about the circumstances under which the couple met around 2002 and their family finances. They want testimony from two people, both Australians, by April 29 or as soon as possible after.
A war of words between Prince Andrew and US prosecutors is heating up as they seek his testimony in the Jeffrey Epstein case.
Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyers also made a similar request for Andrew’s side. They want the testimony of former assistant Robert Olney, whom they say Epstein’s name appears in Epstein’s phone book under the name “Duke of York”, who say he knows about Andrew’s travels to Epstein’s properties.
Her lawyers are also seeking testimony from Shukri Walker, who they said was quoted in news reports as saying she had seen Andrew at London’s Tramp nightclub during the time period questioned with a woman. young woman could be Giuffre.
The AP usually doesn’t identify people who say they’re victims of sexual assault unless they choose to go out publicly, as Giuffre said.
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https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/prince-andrew-accuser-seek-witnesses-in-sex-abuse-lawsuit/3108613/ Prince Andrew, Accuser Looking for Witness in Sex Abuse Case – NBC10 Philadelphia