Prince Andrew officially has until Oct. 29 to respond to a federal lawsuit brought against him by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a Manhattan judge ordered Tuesday.
Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan signed off on a joint stipulation and order document submitted last week by lawyers for the Duke of York and Giuffre, which laid out a timetable for how her suit will move forward.
According to the order, Andrew will have until Oct. 29 to serve a response to the complaint and an initial oral argument scheduled for Oct. 13 will be vacated. A remote conference in the case will instead be held on Nov. 3, Kaplan ordered.
The court will also deem that Andrew had officially been served with the lawsuit on Sept. 21, according to the filing.
Giuffre, who has claimed she was sex trafficked by Epstein and his accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged in the suit that she was forced to have sex with Andrew in London, at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion and on his private Caribbean island.
Giuffre alleged in the suit that she “feared death or physical injury to herself” if she did not follow orders from Maxwell and Epstein.
The suit was filed in federal court in Manhattan in early August, but Andrew did not accept service until late September — prompting Guiffre lawyer David Boies to accuse him of playing a “game of a hide and seek behind palace walls.”
“Ms. Giuffre believes she has already properly served Prince Andrew, and the Central Authority of the United Kingdom has accepted her request to serve him itself,” wrote Boies wrote in a Sept. 16 court filing.
“Service is not intended to be a game of a hide and seek behind palace walls,” he added.