Prince Andrew and accuser seek witnesses in sexual abuse lawsuit

London: Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre filed their initial requests for witnesses in their lawsuit accusing the British royal of sexually abusing her when she was 17 years old.

Newly released documents show the prince’s legal team is seeking witness statements from her husband, Robert Giuffre, and his psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, as part of the civil case filed in the US.

Meanwhile, Giuffre’s lawyers are seeking testimony from the prince’s former assistant and a woman who claims to have seen him in a London nightclub with her during the time in question.

The suit hit a snag after a judge earlier this week rejected Andrew’s request that it be dismissed.

Giuffre sued Prince Andrew, 61, in August, saying Epstein and his longtime partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, forced her to have sexual encounters with him in 2001. Giuffre said Prince Andrew sexually abused her at home. at Maxwell’s in London, at Epstein’s mansion in New York, and at Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.

The prince has strongly denied Giuffre’s allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Giuffre “didn’t happen” and that he “didn’t remember” meeting her.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre during an interview in December.Credit:BBC

Newly released documents show that Prince Andrew’s lawyers argue that Giuffre “may suffer from false memories” and say she should be questioned about the “false memory theory” along with other matters discussed during her sessions with Giuffre and any prescriptions that she might be given. have prescribed.

Lawyers for Prince Andrew want Robert Giuffre questioned about the circumstances in which the couple met around 2002 and the finances of their household. They want testimony from the two, both Australian residents, by April 29 or as soon as possible after that.

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