Prince Andrew has accepted service within the US of a sexual assault lawsuit, which accuses the Duke of York of abusing a teenage girl.
Virginia Giuffre, his accuser, and the royal have agreed service was effected as of 21 September, in line with a joint courtroom submitting.
Ms Giuffre has alleged in her lawsuit that the prince compelled her to have intercourse with him when she was underage on the London house of Ghislaine Maxwell, a long-time affiliate of convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein, twenty years in the past.
She additionally claims Prince Andrew abused her at across the identical time at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on the financier’s personal island within the US Virgin Islands.
A submitting with the US District Courtroom in Manhattan on Friday confirmed the prince has accepted service.
Topic to courtroom approval, the Duke – who has not been charged with crimes – would have till 29 October to formally reply to the lawsuit.
He has not waived his defences towards Ms Giuffre’s claims and has beforehand strenuously denied the allegations.
The settlement seems for now to finish a month-long effort by the prince’s authorized group, together with legal professionals within the UK, to dam Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit on the outset fairly than have the 61-year-old prince defend himself towards it.
Earlier this month, the prince’s legal professionals argued the royal had not been correctly served paperwork regarding the lawsuit.
Prince Andrew’s US-based legal professionals declined to remark to Reuters, whereas Guiffre’s legal professionals didn’t instantly reply to the company’s requests for remark.
The prince’s legal professionals are searching for to evaluation a 2009 settlement settlement from a lawsuit towards Epstein in Florida to find out whether or not it requires a dismissal of Ms Giuffre’s case.
The 38-year-old accuser is searching for unspecified damages.
Ms Giuffre claims that she was a “sex-trafficking sufferer” of Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019.
She has lengthy accused the royal of sexually abusing her at Maxwell’s house in London and at properties owned by Epstein.
In a Newsnight interview in 2019, the prince denied ever having had intercourse with Ms Giuffre and stated he had no recollection of ever assembly her.
Extra reporting by Reuters