A U.S. decide has set a deadline of mid-July subsequent yr for Prince Andrew to reply questions underneath oath within the civil intercourse assault case towards him.
In response to a U.S. courtroom doc dated Oct. 25, Decide Lewis A. Kaplan set July 14 because the deadline for the submission of all proof together with a possible deposition from the Duke of York.
The scheduling order signed by the decide in New York signifies that attorneys for Virginia Roberts Giuffre should query Andrew exterior of courtroom and submit the interview by that date.
Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s second-oldest son, stands accused of sexual assault by Giuffre, who’s suing the prince in New York.
Giuffre, an alleged sufferer of intercourse offender and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, alleged she was compelled to carry out intercourse acts with Andrew. She stated she was trafficked by Epstein and compelled to have intercourse together with his pals, together with the Duke of York, when she was underage.
Giuffre says that the assaults occurred in London, New York and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that Andrew was conscious that she was a minor (17) when it began, and that she had been trafficked by Epstein.
Andrew, 61, has constantly denied the claims, telling the BBC in 2019: “It did not occur. I can completely categorically inform you it by no means occurred. I’ve no recollection of ever assembly this woman, none in any respect.”
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police Service determined to drop its investigation sparked by the case, after reviewing various courtroom paperwork, together with these launched in August. The Duke of York was served authorized papers for the lawsuit by Giuffre’s attorneys in September.