Prince Andrew accepts sexual assault lawsuit papers

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Prince Andrew accepts sexual assault lawsuit papers

Prince Andrew has finally conceded that he’s been served with the bombshell sex-assault lawsuit against him, according to his accuser’s attorney — and is reportedly preparing to “come out fighting” to clear his name.

The scandal-scarred UK royal was this week twice served documents — via the UK’s High Court and his US attorney — after earlier denying that they’d been legally delivered.

Now “Andrew’s counsel have agreed that service has been made,” David Boies, the lead attorney for Andrew’s accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, told the Daily Mail.

“Theoretically the clock is now ticking,” said Boies, who previously accused the middle son of Queen Elizabeth II of playing a “game of hide and seek behind palace walls” in dodging the lawsuit filed in New York.

However, Boies said he was open to Andrew’s legal team requesting “a reasonable extension of time to respond to the complaint,” which accuses the prince of sexual offenses including first- and third-degree rape.

Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, including Virginia Roberts Giuffre (right) exit the United States Federal Courthouse in New York.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, including Virginia Roberts Giuffre (right), exit the United States Federal Courthouse in New York.
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Virginia Roberts-Giuffre has made claims that Prince Andrew forced her to have sex with him three times while she was underage.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre (center) has made claims that Prince Andrew forced her to have sex with him three times while she was underage.
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Sources told the UK paper that Andrew, who is ninth in line to the UK throne, now intends to “come out fighting” in the legal battle.

Prince Andrew (left) and Jeffrey Epstein (right) go for a stroll together through New York's Central Park.
Prince Andrew (left) and Jeffrey Epstein go for a stroll together through New York’s Central Park.
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The sources said he plans to deny “point by point, claim by claim” Giuffre’s long-running allegations that she was forced to have sex with the prince three times on the orders of his late pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.

So far, Andrew’s legal strategy has relied on denying that the lawsuit had been served, and suggesting that the Duke of York was covered by a 2009 settlement Giuffre struck with Epstein.

The outlet’s sources denied earlier reports that Andrew was considering firing his legal team in frustration at the ongoing silence in publicly denying the damning allegations.

“The duke retains every confidence in his legal team and their strategy,” a source close to Andrew told the outlet.

Although Andrew has yet to comment on the lawsuit, he had previously denied Giuffre’s accusations, most notably during a disastrous TV interview that got him booted from royal duties.

Andrew has denied the allegations several times saying that he has never met Roberts-Giuffre or had sex with her.
Andrew has denied the allegations several times, saying he has never met Roberts-Giuffre or had sex with her.
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Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on serious sex charges. Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly abusing underage girls and recruiting them for Epstein. She has pleaded not guilty.

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