Prince Andrew sex abuse lawsuit can go forward: judge

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Prince Andrew sex abuse lawsuit can go forward: judge

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the sex abuse lawsuit against Prince Andrew brought by a longtime Jeffrey Epstein accuser could move forward.

In a Wednesday morning order, Judge Lewis Kaplan denied the royal’s motion to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s suit against him.

Giuffre sued Andrew in Manhattan federal court in August, claiming she was forced to have sex with the embattled royal three times when she was a teen.

Giuffre, now 38, claims she was directed by pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and his cohort Ghislaine Maxwell each time she had sex with Andrew.

The abuse happened in New York, London and on Epstein’s private island in the US Virgin Islands, according to the suit.

In the suit, Giuffre’s lawyers describe her as a “child” who was forced have sex with the royal – and feared for her life if she didn’t do as instructed.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell
Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Prince Andrew’s motion to dismiss Virginia Giuffre’s suit against him.
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They wrote of the alleged sex abuse in London: “During this encounter, Epstein, Maxwell and Prince Andrew forced Plaintiff, a child, to have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.”

Giuffre’s attorney David Boies has said he intends to depose up to a dozen people ahead of trial, including the prince himself.

They may also request to depose Meghan Markle because of her position as a US resident with ties to the royal family, Boies told Fox News in December.

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein go for a stroll
Virginia Giuffre claims she was directed by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell each time she had sex with Prince Andrew.
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“We want to have at least a couple of depositions of people who knew Prince Andrew and were sort of members of his inner circle at various times and who might have either have knowledge themselves or have knowledge about people who would have knowledge,” Boies told the news channel.

“Meghan Markle, because of her position in the family, is one of those people,” he said.

“And because she’s in the United States, it’s easier to take her deposition than people in the United Kingdom. She is somebody who we are considering,” Boies added.

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