Prince Andrew indispensable marque himself disposable to reply questions nether oath by 14 July adjacent twelvemonth successful a civilian suit brought by a pistillate who has accused him of sexually abusing her erstwhile she was a teenager.
While not specified successful the tribunal papers, some Duke of York and his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, are expected to reply questions nether oath. Depositions indispensable beryllium completed connected oregon earlier 14 July, said the territory justice Lewis Kaplan, who serves successful the confederate territory of New York.
The Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations volition instrumentality spot successful June, perchance mounting up a clash with the duke’s ineligible issues implicit the summer.
Andrew vehemently denies allegations helium sexually assaulted Giuffre erstwhile she was a teenager. She is seeking unspecified damages from the 61-year-old, whose lawyer has dismissed the accusations arsenic “baseless”.
In the scheduling order, signed by lawyers for some parties, the justice besides ruled that a pretrial order, which sets retired the people of the case, is owed by 28 July. And nary further parties are allowed to articulation the lawsuit aft December 15.
Giuffre claims she was trafficked by the convicted enactment offender Jeffrey Epstein, the duke’s erstwhile friend, to person enactment with the royal erstwhile she was aged 17 and a insignificant nether US law.
Andrew has not been charged with immoderate crime. Earlier this month the Metropolitan constabulary said they were taking nary enactment implicit Giuffre’s claims.
The lawsuit has proved ruinous for the duke’s image. In a BBC Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis successful November 2019, Andrew denied claims helium had slept with Giuffre connected 3 abstracted occasions and said: “I tin perfectly categorically archer you it ne'er happened.
“I person nary recollection of ever gathering this lady, nary whatsoever.”
The duke besides said helium had nary representation of a well-known photograph of him with his limb astir Giuffre’s waist and has questioned whether it was his ain manus successful the image.
In the fallout from the interview, the royal was criticised for showing a deficiency of empathy towards Epstein’s victims and a deficiency of remorse implicit his relationship with the disgraced financier.