The Duke of York’s accuser in his civil sex case is seeking testimony from his former assistant and a woman who claims to have seen the royals at the Tramp nightclub.
Virginia Giuffre is asking UK courts to help obtain testimony after her lawsuit against Andrew took a big step forward this week when a judge dismissed a motion by the Duke’s lawyers to dismiss the case, ruling it can go to court. judgment.
Mrs. Giuffre is soliciting testimony from Andrew’s former groom, Robert Olney, and a woman named Shukri Walker.
Documents filed by Ms. Giuffre’s legal team say that Mr. Olney’s name appears in Jeffrey Epstein’s phone book under “Duke of York.”
They say this means Mr. Olney is likely to have relevant information about Andrew’s travel to and from the Epstein estates during the relevant period.
The documents say that Ms. Walker has publicly stated in the press that she witnessed Andrew’s presence at Tramp during the relevant time period with a young woman who may have been Ms. Giuffre.
The documents say: “Ms Walker has therefore stated that she is a potential witness and would therefore be relevant to this dispute because the plaintiff contends that the defendant abused her in London after visiting Tramp together, while Defendant denies having been at Tramp on the night in question or ever knowing Plaintiff.”
The fallout from Andrew’s civil sex 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.
The Prince of Wales did not respond when asked about the sex scandal his brother has been plunged into, during a visit to north-east Scotland to meet people who helped clean up after Storm Arwen.
Charles was involved in the royal family’s discussions with the Queen and Duke of Cambridge which resulted in Andrew losing his military roles, patronages and abandoning his HRH style.
But when he arrived at Haddo House and Country Park, the heir to the throne did not comment when a Sky announcer said: “Your Royal Highness, may I ask your opinion on the position of your brother, Prince Andrew? What do you think?
Ms Virginia, in public reaction to this week’s court ruling allowing her civil sex case against Andrew to go to trial, tweeted that she has the opportunity to “expose the truth”, adding: “My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law and must be held accountable.”
She is suing the Duke in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her as a teenager and claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s friend, convicted sex offender Epstein, to have sex with the Duke when she was 17 and underage. age under US law.
The Duke has strongly denied the allegations.
Ms. Giuffre claims that Andrew had sex with her against her will at Maxwell’s house in London and at Epstein’s mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Duke is also alleged to have abused Ms Giuffre on another occasion during a visit to Epstein’s private island, Little St James, and on a separate occasion at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan.
A spokesman for Andrew declined to comment on the newly released legal documents.
A source close to the Duke has said: “This is a marathon, not a sprint and the Duke will continue to defend himself against these claims.”