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Prince Andrew seeks jury trial in sex abuse trial – Reuters

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In official filing, disgraced king denies abusing Virginia Giuffre, disavows knowledge of Epstein trafficking scheme

Britain’s Prince Andrew has officially denied sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged trafficking victims, when she was 17. In a new court filing, the British royal has denied Giuffre’s allegations, declined to comment on the “milking program” led by deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, and demanded a jury trial for Giuffre’s civil suit.

According to the filing, submitted to a Manhattan court on Wednesday by the prince’s lawyers, Andrew denies that Giuffre was “loaned for sexual purposes” him by Epstein, and denies having committed “Sexual Assault and Assault” on her, as alleged in a civil lawsuit by Giuffre first filed last August.

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The Duke of York also insisted that he “lack of sufficient information to admit or deny” any knowledge of Epstein’s alleged trafficking and abuse of Giuffre and “countless children and young women”.

Later in the case, Andrew asks that the case be dismissed on jurisdictional grounds because Giuffre is now a permanent resident of Australia and not the United States, before demanding a jury trial on all counts. accusation contained in Giuffre’s complaint.

The trial, which could see other members of the British royal family called to give evidence, is continuing despite attempts by Andrew’s lawyers to have the case thrown out. Earlier this month, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan dismissed an argument from the prince’s legal team that the case violated a 2009 settlement between Giuffre and Epstein, in which she agreed not to sue. anyone could be a “potential defendant” against the convicted sex offender.

The royal family has not officially commented on the prosecution bar saying the prince would be “defend this case as a private citizen”, but Andrew was stripped of his honorary military titles and patronage a day after Kaplan’s decision.

Andrew does not deny his relationship with Epstein, whose death in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on child trafficking charges was ruled a suicide. However, in his filing on Wednesday, the Briton denied being a “a frequent guest at Epstein’s various homes.” He also denied being a “close friend” of Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s former girlfriend who was convicted in December of underage sex trafficking.

The prince also refused to admit or deny the existence of a photo of himself with his arm around Giuffre while Maxwell watches from the background, although he was presented with this photo during from a BBC interview in 2019.

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