Prince Andrew’s defense turns into attack. Accused by Virginia Giuffre of three rapes when she was a minor, the Duke of York recently chose new lawyers to handle the complaint she filed in the United States. After asking the justice to reject it, the counsel of the son of Elizabeth II made serious accusations. In the legal file they put together for their claim, they claim Virginia Giuffre was “involved in the deliberate recruitment and trafficking of young girls for sexual abuse,” by financier Jeffrey Epstein. “She was handling nine or ten girls she brought her. She never looked like she was being held captive,” Philip Guderyon, a former boyfriend of Prince Andrew’s accuser, said in the report. document delivered to court. The sister of another of his ex-companions assured that she had asked him for help in finding girls.
“Virginia Giuffre was like, ‘Do you know any girls who are a little bit dirty?'” She wrote. In the court file, Prince Andrew’s lawyers also suggested that she was making false allegations of sexual abuse of known people in order to profit from the publicity. They therefore ask the Manhattan court that Virginia Giuffre’s complaint be dismissed because it does not state, according to them, “a request that could give rise to compensation”. According to court documents, the Duke of York’s attorney accuses Virginia Giuffre of suing the prince “to get more money”: “Most people wouldn’t even dream of getting the sums of money Madame Giuffre had. garnered over the years “. They go on to claim that Virginia Giuffre “allegedly received millions of dollars” from a 2017 out-of-court settlement after prosecuting Ghislaine Maxwell.
The complaint against Andrew? “Not very serious prosecutions”
“This is a motivation for Giuffre to continue to bring less serious lawsuits against individuals such as Prince Andrew, whose tainted reputation is only the latest collateral damage of the Epstein scandal”, one reads. They also evoke another agreement, signed by Virginia Giuffre in 2009 with Jeffrey Epstein, which would prevent her from prosecuting anyone, in connection with his allegations of sexual abuse. As a reminder, last August, she lodged a complaint against Prince Andrew, whom she accuses of having raped her three times when she was 17: twice in the properties of Jeffrey Epstein, in New York and in the Virgin Islands and once with Ghislaine Maxwell, a relative of the businessman, in London. The Duke of York denies en bloc the facts with which he is accused.
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