Prince Andrew’s lawyers question service of legal documents

Katie R. Ochoa

A U.S. court docket will keep a pretrial conference Monday in the civil fit filed by a girl who statements Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her as the two sides argue about regardless of whether the prince has been appropriately served with paperwork in the situation

LONDON — A U.S. courtroom will maintain a pretrial convention Monday in the civil suit submitted by a female who promises Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her as the two sides argue in excess of no matter whether the prince was adequately served with paperwork in the case.

Attorneys for the lady, Virginia Giuffre, say the documents were being handed about to a Metropolitan Police officer on obligation at the most important gates of Andrew’s property in Windsor Great Park on Aug. 27.

But Blackfords, a regulation business that stated they symbolize Andrew “in specified U.K. matters,’’ have questioned irrespective of whether the papers ended up properly served and lifted the risk of tough the court’s jurisdiction in the case, in accordance to a Sept. 6 letter referenced in courtroom files filed by Giuffre’s lawyers.

“We reiterate that our shopper reserves all his legal rights, like to contest the jurisdiction of the US courts (including on the basis of probably faulty assistance),” they wrote.

A U.S. choose will finally identify regardless of whether the papers were properly sent. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York will hold the first pretrial convention in the circumstance through teleconference on Monday.

The prince has regularly denied the allegations in the lawsuit introduced by Giuffre, a longtime accuser of the late convicted sexual intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.

If the prince tries to overlook the lawsuit, he runs the chance that the court docket could discover him in default and order him to fork out damages. And if he decides to battle, Andrew faces several years of sordid headlines as the situation winds its way by way of courtroom.

Guiffre’s legal professional, David Boies, explained in courtroom files that it was implausible that Andrew is unaware of the suit.

“Attorneys at Blackfords, who he has apparently instructed to evade and contest service, have verified that Prince Andrew himself currently has notice of this lawsuit and is assessing his possibilities of achievements,’’ Boies wrote. “And even if Blackfords had not confirmed as considerably, any other conclusion would be implausible — reputable media retailers all around the globe described on the submitting of plaintiff’s grievance, and hundreds, if not thousands, of articles about this lawsuit have been posted.’’

The lawsuit is an additional undesirable tale for the royals, reminding the community of Andrew’s backlinks to Epstein two a long time following his dying. Britain’s royal spouse and children is also still recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity leveled at them by Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, before this year.