Prince Andrew and accuser Virginia Giuffre seek witnesses in sexual abuse lawsuit

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 her psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, as part of the civil case filed in the US.

Meanwhile, lawyers for Ms Giuffre are seeking evidence 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 the Duke of York’s request for it to 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.

Mrs. Giuffre’s lawyers want the testimony of the Prince’s former assistant.(AP: Bebeto Matthews)

Ms Giuffre said she was sexually abused by the royals at Maxwell’s house in London, at Epstein’s mansion in New York and at Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.

The Prince has strongly denied Ms Giuffre’s allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Ms Giuffre “didn’t happen” and that he had “no recollection” of meeting her.

Newly released documents show that Prince Andrew’s lawyers argue that Ms. Giuffre “may suffer from false memories” and say she should be questioned on the “false memory theory” along with other matters discussed during her sessions with Ms. Lightfoot, and any recipes written for it. .

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.

Meanwhile, Ms Giuffre’s lawyers have made similar requests to Prince Andrew’s side.

They want testimony from his former assistant Robert Olney, whose name they say appeared in Epstein’s phone book under “Duke of York,” which they say indicates he knew about the Prince’s trip to Epstein estates.

His lawyers are also seeking testimony from Shukri Walker, who they say has been quoted in news reports talking about seeing Prince Andrew at London’s Tramp nightclub during the period in question with a young woman who may have been Mrs Giuffre. .

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