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Prince Andrew has been served with sex abuse accuser Giuffre's lawsuit -court filing

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, looks on during the funeral of Britain's Prince Philip on the grounds of Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, April 17, 2021. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

By Jonathan Stempel and Mark Hosenball

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Andrew has been served with a lawsuit by a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting and battering her two decades ago, when she asserts she was also being abused by the financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a Friday court filing.

In an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Cesar Sepulveda, identifying himself as a "corporate investigator/process server," said he left a copy of Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit on Aug. 27 with a police officer guarding the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England, a property Andrew occupies.

The London-based Sepulveda said police had told him a day earlier they were instructed not to accept court documents on Andrew's behalf, but upon his return was told documents would be forwarded to the prince's "Legal Team."

Police refused to let him see Andrew or to say where the prince was, he added.

Spokespeople for Andrew said on Friday that his lawyers had no comment. A source close to Andrew's legal team said the prince had not been personally served.

Andrew, 61, is one of the most prominent people linked to Epstein, charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors in July 2019 with sexually exploiting dozens of girls and women.

    Epstein, a registered sex offender, killed himself on Aug. 10, 2019, at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail.

    In her lawsuit dated Aug. 9 https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/prince-andrew-is-sued-by-jeffrey-epstein-accuser-over-alleged-sexual-abuse-2021-08-09 this year, Giuffre said Andrew forced her to have unwanted sexual intercourse at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and Epstein's longtime associate.

    She also said Andrew abused her at Epstein's mansion on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and on a private island that Epstein owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    In a November 2019 BBC interview, Andrew, who had been a friend of Epstein, denied Giuffre's claims of sexual abuse, and said he did not recall meeting her.

    "I can absolutely, categorically tell you it never happened," Andrew said.

    An initial conference is scheduled for Monday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan. Maxwell faces a scheduled Nov. 29 trial before a different Manhattan judge on charges she aided Epstein's sexual abuses. She has pleaded not guilty.

In 2017, Maxwell settled a $50 million civil defamation lawsuit against her by Giuffre for an unspecified amount. Maxwell is not a defendant in Giuffre's lawsuit against Andrew.

Prince Andrew has been served with sex abuse accuser Giuffre's lawsuit -court filing
 

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Mykel Wndsrf
Mykel Sep 11, 2021 8:45AM ET
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During the times of Brave Heart, you can get away with it...that was then...it is now in 21st century where every human being is respected regardless of genders. Therefore, he has pay the price for what he did. No one is above the law period.
John Eisenbeiser
John Eisenbeiser Sep 11, 2021 6:26AM ET
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Statute of limitations?
Monkey Singh
Monkey Singh Sep 11, 2021 3:47AM ET
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British royal families should be given immunity against all allegations across all courts in the world. Why is this allegation even being entertained?
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EddieG Sep 11, 2021 3:47AM ET
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it's 21 century, why do we still have Royal anything.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Sep 11, 2021 3:43AM ET
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nonce andrew
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shib Sep 11, 2021 2:12AM ET
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did he kill himself? really?
JG Lee
JG Lee Sep 11, 2021 2:12AM ET
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Why would he kill himself?
Lester Burnham
shib Sep 11, 2021 2:12AM ET
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JG Lee  i was talking about Epstein, author of this article thinks he committed suicide
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Sep 11, 2021 1:13AM ET
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It's all about money. Prince Andrews lawyers will earn big money. There will be an out of court settlement. The woman who let herself be willingly trafficked now claims, after 20 years the she was forced .. mama mia. It's all about money in the end. The royals and the tabloids have loads of it
Shione Cupa
Shione Cupa Sep 11, 2021 1:13AM ET
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Wow thats a tragedy
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Sep 11, 2021 1:13AM ET
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“Let herself be willingly trafficked” do you even hear how ignorant you sound
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Sep 10, 2021 8:18PM ET
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The Royals are always protected.... Kennedy, Clinton, Biden, Gore, Pelosi, Gates, and Hungary's biggest embarassment, Herr Soros.
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Roger Miller Sep 10, 2021 8:18PM ET
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Joe Zhang Who protected him? Seems like everyone with influence, including mainstream media was against him, and still are.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 10, 2021 8:18PM ET
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Roger Miller Who protected him? Probably the person that Barr paid to shut off security cameras in the cell, while Epstein “hung himself”. So much for law and order.
Shione Cupa
Shione Cupa Sep 10, 2021 8:18PM ET
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such is life
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Sep 10, 2021 8:18PM ET
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sure buddy...and biden really is in charge!
Benjamin McIntire
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Jose your tinfoil has tightened too mucj reducing brain function and leaking your anti-semitism.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Sep 10, 2021 6:25PM ET
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When princes turn back into .....?(hint: rivet.)
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 10, 2021 5:51PM ET
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no human being is the same at different times of life. they get better and worse
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Prince Andrew and Royal Family are pedophiles protected elite members of society.
 
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