LONDON (AP) — A U.S. court docket will maintain a pretrial meeting Monday in the civil go well with filed by a girl who promises Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her as the two sides argue in excess of whether or not the prince was thoroughly served with files in the scenario.
Attorneys for the woman, Virginia Giuffre, say the paperwork ended up handed above to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the most important gates of Andrew’s residence in Windsor Excellent Park on Aug. 27.
But Blackfords, a law business that stated they signify Andrew “in specified U.K. matters,” have questioned whether or not the papers ended up appropriately served and elevated the possibility of tough the court’s jurisdiction in the circumstance, according to a Sept. 6 letter referenced in court docket paperwork filed by Giuffre’s lawyers.
“We reiterate that our consumer reserves all his rights, such as to contest the jurisdiction of the US courts (such as on the foundation of likely faulty company),” they wrote.
A U.S. choose will eventually ascertain no matter whether the papers ended up appropriately shipped. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York will maintain the initial pretrial convention in the circumstance through teleconference on Monday.
The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations in the lawsuit brought by Giuffre, a longtime accuser of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
When the match was submitted past month, legal authorities advised it still left Andrew with no very good possibilities as the next son of Queen Elizabeth II seeks to repair service his image and return to community everyday living.
If the prince tries to disregard the lawsuit, he operates the chance that the courtroom could obtain him in default and purchase him to pay damages. And if he decides to struggle, Andrew faces many years of sordid headlines as the case winds its way by means of court.
Guiffre’s lawyer, David Boies, said in court docket documents that it was implausible that Andrew is unaware of the go well with.
“Attorneys at Blackfords, who he has evidently instructed to evade and contest support, have confirmed that Prince Andrew himself already has see of this lawsuit and is assessing his chances of achievement,” Boies wrote. “And even if Blackfords experienced not verified as a great deal, any other conclusion would be implausible — highly regarded media shops all around the environment documented on the submitting of plaintiff’s grievance, and hundreds, if not countless numbers, of article content about this lawsuit have been posted.’’
The lawsuit is a further undesirable tale for the royals, reminding the general public of Andrew’s backlinks to Epstein two decades just after his dying. Britain’s royal loved ones is also nonetheless recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity leveled at them by Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, previously this yr.