Once news made waves that Queen Elizabeth’s son, Prince Andrew, is the target of a sexual assault lawsuit, it seems that he’s done everything he can to avoid it. Now, a month after it was filed, his attorneys claim the entire lawsuit is invalid as Prince Andrew has not been adequately served with the paperwork.
A pretrial teleconference was held on Monday in New York, with Los Angeles attorney Andrew Brettler attending on Prince Andrew’s behalf. He said that the prince’s legal team is going to be challenging the validity of the suit.
They claim that Andrew can’t be sued as the accuser, Virginia Roberts Guiffre, had come to a settlement in the case of convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, which precludes her from pursuing litigation against anyone involved with that case.
Brettler said, “We believe, however, that this is a baseless, non-viable, and potentially unlawful lawsuit that plaintiff has filed against the Duke. There has been a settlement agreement that the plaintiff has entered into in a prior action that releases the Duke and others from any and all potential liability.”
Oddly, the legal team a long time to refute the claims as baseless. Andrew also never responded to Ian Halperin’s offer of $100million to take a polygraph (lie detector) test either. Andrew is well known for avoiding his responsibility in this case, despite his previous claim that he would cooperate with all investigations.
According to an affidavit filed Friday in the Southern District of New York, Guiffre’s legal team hired a process server to deliver the formal notice of the lawsuit to Andrew. The server said that on August 27, he handed the papers to the Metropolitan Police security detail at the main gates of the prince’s home, the Royal Lodge in Windsor.
“We’ve proceeded to serve Prince Andrew in several ways pursuant to Article 10 of the Hague Convention,” said David Boies, an attorney for Giuffre during the hearing.
Brettler attempted to argue that it was the duty of the U.K. High Court in London to decide the case, but American Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan disagreed.
He determined that the case could proceed, but the prosecution needed to find another way to serve Prince Andrew with the documents. Judge Kaplan gave them a week to serve the papers and scheduled another meeting for October 13.
Prince Andrew is accused of forcing Guiffre into having sex with him when she was a minor.