Prince Andrew has requested that a sex abuse lawsuit brought against him in New York by longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre go to trial, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
In an answer to Giuffre’s complaint, Andrew’s attorneys requested the case go to trial — and asserted a number of “affirmative defenses” while denying all wrongdoing.
Among the defenses raised were “consent” and “statute of limitations,” according to documents filed in the Southern District of New York.
“Assuming, without admitting, that Giuffre has suffered any injury or damage alleged in the Complaint, Giuffre’s claims are barred by the doctrine of consent,” Andrew’s attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, wrote in the document.
Brettler added: “Giuffre’s claims are barred in whole or in part by the applicable statute(s) of limitations.”
Giuffre sued Andrew in August 2021, claiming the embattled royal sexually abused her while she was a teen at least three times in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands.
Attorneys for Giuffre did not immediately respond.