The issues surrounding Prince Andrew’s rape charges are not yet over. Only, the Duke of York and his lawyers think they can make a game of poker with the accusation of rape of Virginia Giuffre. Indeed, the team of lawyers of the son of Queen Elizabeth II disputes the right to file a complaint against the accuser in the United States. This is for the good reason that she lives in Australia. A judge will consider this request to dismiss the case for the coming year.
It was this Tuesday, December 28 that Prince Andrew, 61, filed the documents in Manhattan. Documents supporting her request to suspend the case until the issue of Ms. Giuffre’s domiciliation is resolved. “Newly uncovered evidence suggests the court does not have substantive jurisdiction over this action because plaintiff Virginia L. Giuffre cannot satisfy the elements of diversity jurisdiction,” according to documents filed with the Southern District court from New York. Those same documents claim Ms. Giuffre’s ties to Colorado are very limited. Indeed, the accuser would be domiciled in Australia and she would have “lived there during all the years, except two, of the last nineteen years”.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, allegedly sexually abused her 3 times
Virginia Giuffre is now 38 years old. She appealed to New York’s Child Victims Act (CVA) against Prince Charles’ brother. This law notably allows mistreated people to bring their attacker to justice. As a result, she sued the Duke for unspecified damages. She accuses him in particular of having sexually abused her on 3 occasions. Events which would have happened in 2001 when she was only 17 years old.
Virginia Giuffre also claims to have been trafficked to London. It was there that she was reportedly forced to sleep with the Duke of York when she was Epstein’s “teenage sex slave”.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York © Bruno Bebert