Last week, Britain’s Prince Andrew set off his latest fireworks in his litigation with Virginia Giuffre, ask for a jury trial in the sexual abuse lawsuit she filed against him. Giuffre, a victim of Jeffrey Epstein sex ring, royal lawsuit in August.
Now attorneys for Andrew and Giuffre will be questioning them soon some witnesses under oath — including Shukri Walker, an English woman who said she saw 17-year-old Andrew and Giuffre at a London nightclub — and Robert Olney, a former royal servant to the Duke of York.
On Monday, new court filings showed that the Manhattan federal judge in the case had formally requested assistance from authorities in Australia to obtain testimony and documents from two more witnesses: Robert, Giuffre’s husband and her psychologist, Dr. Judith Lightfoot.
The prince’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, is seeking this testimony to bolster his defense that Giuffre “may be suffering from false memory,” court documents show. Andrew’s team alleges “Giuffre’s statements regarding her time with Epstein and the circumstances.” [Andrew] Her alleged assault has steadily changed over the years.”
Andrew’s team wanted to question Lightfoot on topics including Giuffre’s “alleged childhood trauma and abuse” and “opinions regarding [Giuffre’s] alleged mental and psychological harm and harm, “as well as the “false memory theory”.
Meanwhile, the 61-year-old royal wants to question Virginia’s husband Robert Giuffre about her relationship with Epstein and his convicted accomplice. Ghislaine Maxwell—And Virginia is accused over the years of sending her to Andrew to be sexually abused. The defense named other subjects of investigation, including her nonprofit’s activities, Victim Denial Silence, “alleged mental and psychological harm and harm ” and “her role in the recruitment and trafficking of underage girls for Epstein.”
Judge Lewis Kaplan also formally requested assistance from the UK authorities with the testimony of Walker and Olney, which is being sought by Giuffre’s lawyers.
Giuffre’s case against the prince is expected to go to trial this fall.
The royal family is not the only Epstein confidant to use the “false memory” defense in the face of sexual abuse allegations. At his friend, Maxwell’s criminal trial in December, her lawyers called “false memory” experts to testify that whistleblowers’ memories of events can be corrupted over time or implanted by others.
As The Daily Beast last week’s report, Andrew intends to argue a key piece of evidence — a photo showing Andrew clutching teenage Giuffre’s bare waist as Maxwell smiles in the background — is a fabrication.
According to Giuffre, Maxwell and Epstein forced her to have sex with Andrew when she was under 18 on at least three occasions: at Maxwell’s townhouse in London, at Epstein’s New York mansion, and at Epstein’s mansion in New York. Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.
Giuffre “was coerced by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew with explicit or implied threats to perform sexual acts with Prince Andrew,” her civil complaint adds that she “fear of death or physical injury” if they do not listen “due to their strong connections, wealth and power. “