Seven bizarre claims from Prince Andrew’s legal papers raise more questions than answers in rape case

CAUSE Andrew has issued a defiant response to the sexual abuse allegations brought against him, as he faces assault charges in the United States.

The Duke of York refused to be a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwellconvicted sex trafficker, while his lawyers say he wants a trial by jury to challenge claims against him by Virginia Giuffre.

Prince Andrew has reacted to Virginia Giuffre's sexual assault allegations against him


Prince Andrew has reacted to Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault allegations against himCredit: AP

Guiffre claims in 2001 she was bought and sold by Maxwell and the financial billionaire Jeffrey Epstein had sex with Andrew in London when she was 17 years old, and a minor under US law.

She also alleges she was forced to have sex with him at Epstein’s home in New York and the US Virgin Islands.

Andrew faces damages that could “easily” exceed £14 million if he loses the civil case, according to lawyers.

The duke has consistently denied all charges, and on Wednesday his lawyers formally filed the case in court. A trial is scheduled for later this year.

Here are seven bombs from Prince Andrew’s court documents.

Not admitting if Epstein registered as a sex offender when he visited

In 2010, Andrew visited convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at his Manhattan home, where he stayed for a few days.

When speaking to BBC Newsnight in 2019, he said he visited the disgraced financier so he could end the friendship.

He said: “At the time, I felt it was the honorable and right thing to do and I fully acknowledge that my judgment may have been colored by my tendency to be too honorable but that just the truth.”

In their legal papers, Giuffre’s attorney wrote: “In 2010, after Epstein finished serving his sentence and registered as a sex offender, Prince Andrew was photographed with Epstein in Central Park and staying at Epstein’s mansion in New York City.”

Andrew’s lawyers, responding to the matter, said he admitted to being in the £50m home but neither admitted nor denied he knew Epstein was a registered sex offender. that time or not.

Denies is Maxwell’s best friend

Andrew denies being good friends with sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell


Andrew denies being good friends with sex offender Ghislaine MaxwellCredit: Camera Press

Prince Andrew has admitted to being friends with pedophile Epstein but denies being close friends with Ghislaine Maxwell.

Giuffre’s legal team alleged: “Prince Andrew is a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, a British social media site that spent many years monitoring and managing Epstein’s sex trafficking network and actively recruiting using underage girls, including Plaintiffs.”

The Duke’s lawyers said he “denies” to be a close friend of Maxwell, and admitted “he lacks sufficient information to admit or deny the remaining allegations”.

It came after it was reported Maxwell visited Buckingham Palace four times in one day.

Speaking on the ITV documentary channel Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile, former royal bodyguard Paul Page said: “From the way [Maxwell] allowed in and out of the palace at will, we suspect she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew.

Social networker Brit Maxwell, 60, was convicted last month of five counts of sex trafficking and other counts of grooming and recruiting underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein from 1994 to 2004.

She faces 65 years in prison when she is sentenced in New York later this year.

Claims that he is not a frequent guest of Epstein

Andrew stayed at Epstein's house in New York for a few days in 2010


Andrew stayed at Epstein’s house in New York for a few days in 2010Credit: Jae Donnelly

The duke has denied that he was a “regular guest in Epstein’s various homes around the world, including New York City,” where he has been accused of sexually abusing Giuffre.

In his 11-page “affirmative response and defense” to Giuffre’s civil complaint, the Duke said he met Epstein “on or about 1999”.

Andrew is pictured with Epstein in New York’s Central Park in 2010 and admitted to being with him for several days despite knowing he was a convicted sex offender.

When asked why he was staying at Emily Maitlis’ pedophile’s mansion on BBC’s Newsnight in 2019, he replied: “It’s a convenient place to stay.”

During this stay, many young women are said to have come and go from the house, and literary agent John Brockman claims to have seen the prince being seen by a young Russian woman, along with Epstein, which he denied.

I don’t know if the painting by Virginia Roberts exists or not

Andrew says he doesn't know if he'll be photographed with Virginia Roberts


Andrew says he doesn’t know if he’ll be photographed with Virginia RobertsCredit: Nicholas Razzell

By far the most damaging photo of the Duke of York seems to show him with his arms around the 17-year-old while Maxwell watches in the background.

The photo is believed to have been taken by Epstein at the Maxwell house in London after the four went to the Tramp nightclub, before which, Giuffre alleges, Andrew had sex with her.

In court papers, Andrew said he “lacked enough information to admit or deny” that he was pictured with Maxwell and Giuffre.

On Newsnight, the prince claimed he “remembered nothing” of the photograph being taken and said it could have been “fixed”.

Andrew insists he never went upstairs at Maxwell’s house, where the photo was taken, and said he always wears a “suit and tie” in London.

This is despite the fact he was previously pictured wearing a similar looking duck-neck blue shirt after a night out at London’s Chinawhite club.

I wonder if he invited Epstein to Beatrice’s 18th birthday

Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell and Princess Beatrice's 18th Birthday


Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell and Princess Beatrice’s 18th Birthday

In August 2006, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s eldest daughter, Beatrice, celebrated their 18th birthday with a Victorian themed masked ball.

Pictured at the party together are Maxwell, her celebrity partner Jeffrey Epstein, and now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Beatrice wore a £10,000 dress designed by Georgina Chapman, who at the time was dating the sex crime film producer.

Chapman married Weinstein in 2007 but separated in 2017 after more than 90 women brought rape, assault or sexual harassment allegations against him.

Epstein was photographed at Windsor Castle, despite the fact that he had been charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor a month earlier.

Andrew has not denied inviting Epstein to Beatrice’s birthday but says he lacks sufficient information to know if he did.

Giuffre’s alleged cause of action is prevented in whole or in part by her own misconduct

Prince Andrew’s solicitor

Don’t know if he emailed Maxwell about Giuffre back in 2015

Giuffre’s legal team alleges Prince Andrew emailed Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2015 after she publicly accused the Duke of sexually abusing her.

Andrew is said to have written: “Let me know when we can talk. Got some specific questions to ask you about Virginia Roberts.”

In response, Andrew’s attorneys insisted he “lacked sufficient information” to admit or deny that he sent this email.

Claims Guiffre and others are responsible for her own alleged abuse

The prince has denied Giuffre’s main allegations of “sexual abuse” and “rape” when she was “under 18”.

His lawyers have stated: “Assuming, without admission, Giuffre suffered any injury or damage, Giuffre and/or others, who are not Prince Andrew, have made a full contribution. whole or in part to the alleged damage.”

Andrew’s legal team also listed “consent” and “unclean hand doctrine” – alleging Giuffre acted unethically in relation to the allegations – among his defenses. .

They wrote: “Giuffre’s alleged cause of action is barred in whole or in part by her misconduct.”

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