Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre seek witnesses in sexual abuse lawsuit

Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre filed their initial requests for witnesses in her lawsuit that accuses 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.

Prince Andrew (AP)

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 home 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 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 Giuffre. and any prescriptions prescribed for you.

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 the two, both Australian residents, by April 29 or as soon as possible after that.

Virginia Guffre
Virginia Guffre (AP)

In the meantime, lawyers for Ms Giuffre 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 the testimony of Shukri Walker, who they say has been quoted in news reports talking about how she saw Andrew at London’s Tramp nightclub during the period in question with a young woman who may have been Mrs Giuffre. .

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to come forward publicly, as Giuffre has done.

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