Prince Andrew and Giuffre seek witnesses | Herald of Newcastle

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Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre filed their initial requests for witnesses in their lawsuit accusing the royal of sexually abusing her when she was 17 years old. Newly released documents show the prince’s legal team is seeking testimony from her husband Robert Giuffre and her psychologist Judith. Lightfoot as part of the civil case filed in the US Both Robert Giuffre and Lightfoot are Australian residents and will be required to be examined under oath, either in person or by video conference. 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 Andrew, 61, in August, saying Epstein and his longtime partner Ghislaine Maxwell forced her to have sexual encounters with him in 2001. Giuffre said Andrew sexually assaulted her at Maxwell’s London home, 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. Newly released documents show that Andrew’s attorneys argue that Giuffre “may suffer from false memories” and say that Lightfoot should be questioned about the “false memory theory” along with other matters discussed during his sessions with Giuffre and any recipes he was given. have prescribed. Andrew’s lawyers want Robert Giuffre questioned about the circumstances in which the couple met around 2002 and the finances of their household. They want testimony from both before April 29 or as soon as possible after that. The trial is scheduled to take place between September and December. Andrew’s lawyers have requested that the US court issue letters to the Australian Central Authority requesting their assistance in obtaining the testimony. Meanwhile, Giuffre’s attorneys have filed similar requests on 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 Andrew’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 Andrew at London’s Tramp nightclub during the period in question with a young woman who may have been Giuffre. The fallout from Andrew’s civil case continued on Friday as he faced calls to pay for his own security and lose his dukedom. Criticism of Andrew mounts after the Queen stripped him of his remaining patronages and honorary military roles as the monarchy distanced itself from the Duke ahead of potentially damaging developments in his lawsuit. with information from PA Australian Associated Press

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