Prince Andrew’s lawyer has stated claims of sexual assault in opposition to him are “baseless, unviable and probably illegal”.
Andrew Brettler represented the Duke of York in a pre-trial listening to in New York.
The listening to checked out whether or not the duke was correctly served with the lawsuit by accuser Virginia Giuffre, the girl who has launched a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.
Prince Andrew has all the time categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre
Ms Giuffre’s legal professionals have stated the paperwork had been handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on obligation on the predominant gates of Andrew’s dwelling in Windsor Nice Park on 27 August.
Choose Lewis Kaplan informed Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, he has every week to search out another technique of serving the papers on Prince Andrew.
Mr Brettler stated they’ve gone to the excessive court docket to confirm validity of how papers have been served.
The duke’s lawyer additionally informed the listening to on Monday that Ms Giuffre beforehand entered right into a “settlement settlement” that may nullify her present lawsuit.
He added that Andrew’s legal professionals have “important considerations in regards to the propriety of this lawsuit”.
“We consider this can be a baseless, unviable and probably illegal lawsuit that the plaintiff has filed in opposition to the duke,” he stated.
“There was a settlement settlement that the plaintiff has entered into in a previous motion that releases the duke and others from any and all potential legal responsibility.”
Mr Brettler was apparently appointed on the final second after Ms Giuffre’s authorized crew accused Andrew’s legal professionals of getting “stonewalled” their makes an attempt to get them to interact with the case.
He has been described as a Hollywood lawyer who reportedly represented director Bryan Singer and musician Ryan Adams, and who has carved out a profitable profession defending allegations arising from the #MeToo motion.
Through the listening to, Choose Kaplan repeatedly sought to restrict the scope of the proceedings to the matter of whether or not or not the duke had been correctly served discover of the case, and what motion the court docket must take to make sure the authorized papers attain him.
Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former pal and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein to have intercourse with the duke, when she was 17 and a minor beneath US legislation.
She has repeatedly made her allegations in opposition to Epstein, the American’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and the prince, however the swimsuit is the primary time she has immediately confronted Andrew in such a proper setting.
Ms Giuffre earlier stated in a press release that the lawsuit was introduced beneath the Little one Victims Act to allege she was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.
“I’m holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she stated.
In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew stated he had by no means had intercourse with Ms Giuffre, saying: “I can completely categorically inform you it by no means occurred.”
The duke stated he had “no recollection” of ever assembly her and that there have been “quite a lot of issues which might be flawed” about her account.
He has additionally instructed a photograph exhibiting him along with his arm round Ms Giuffre might have been doctored.