Prince Andrew hearing: Duke in “difficult situation” after “horrible day” in court


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The final hearing in the case between Virginia Giuffre and Prince Andrew was a “horrible day” for the Duke, legal and royal experts have said.

The judge overseeing Prince Andrew’s offer to dismiss a lawsuit against Virginia Giuffre has vowed to deliver a ruling “very soon” after a stormy hearing on Tuesday.

Mitchell Epner, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, said the case would not be closed following the court hearing led by Judge Lewis Kaplan and insisted the Duke must settle, default or seize the tribunal.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the duke was in a “difficult situation”.

Lisa Bloom, a US lawyer who previously counseled disgraced sex offender Harvey Weinstein, said the hearing was shaping up to be “very good” for Ms Giuffre’s case.

“Andrew wants her [Ms Giuffre] case dismissed for technical reasons. Judge Kaplan aggressively questioned the defense about it and seemed unwilling to do so. I’m optimistic Virginia will get her day in court, ”Ms Bloom wrote on Twitter.

During Tuesday’s hearing, lawyers for Prince Andrew argued that the 2009 agreement signed by Epstein and Ms Giuffre protects the Duke of York and should be grounds for dismissing his pending action against him.

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Prince Andrew could have avoided Virginia Giuffre sexual assault trial with an apology

Prince Andrew could have avoided being prosecuted for sexual assault by Virginia Giuffre had he apologized for his actions, sources say. New York Post.

“Virginia always wanted the prince to admit that he did something he shouldn’t have done, she wants him to apologize,” a source with knowledge of Ms Giuffre’s thoughts told the newspaper.

“She never did any of this for the money.”

Prince Andrew’s lawyer Andrew Brettler has argued the civil lawsuit should be dismissed in oral argument before Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday.

Her claims that a $ 500,000 settlement agreement signed in 2009 between Ms. Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein should absolve Andrew of any responsibility seemed to crumble under intense questioning by Judge Kaplan.

The judge promised to render a decision “soon”.

Ms Giuffre accused the King of sexual assault and of intentionally inflicting emotional distress.

Andrew has denied any wrongdoing.

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What were Prince Andrew’s links with Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein?

Prince Andrew’s presence at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was most keenly felt in a photograph in which he did not appear.

Government exhibit GX-347 showed a photo of Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein on a porch bench in the grounds of the Queen’s Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands.

The photo was taken during a trip the couple made to the Royal Mansion in 1999 as a guest of Prince Andrew.

It was among 19 images released to the jury of Epstein and Maxwell in exotic-looking places that looked very amorous that were found on CDs taken from a 2019 FBI raid on Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse.

Our journalist, Bevan Hurley, has the full story below:

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Giuffre told her ex-boyfriend she was going to meet Prince Andrew

Virginia Giuffre said Epstein was taking her to meet Prince Andrew, her ex-boyfriend Anthony Figueroa said Hello Great Britain.

“She called me when she was traveling and she was talking about how she knew what they wanted her to do and she was really nervous and scared because she didn’t know how to react,” said said Mr Figueroa.

After a follow-up question, Mr Figueroa confirmed that Ms Giuffre had told him that the meeting was being held in London.

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ICYMI: Prince Andrew case judge attacks former US president

In one of the highlights of yesterday’s hearing, Judge Lewis Kaplan dealt a blow to former US President Donald Trump.

In Tuesday’s proceedings, the prince’s lawyers argued that the language was not detailed enough, but Judge Lewis Kaplan disagreed.

“It was sex,” the judge said, according to News week reporter Jack Royston. “Involuntary sex. There’s no doubt what that means, at least not since someone else was in the White House.

Our journalist, Bevan Hurley, has the full report below:

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Prince Andrew’s attempt to dismiss sexual abuse case fails under tough questioning by judge

Prince Andrew’s lawyers have been questioned by a judge who has decided whether Virginia Giuffre’s sexual abuse trial should be allowed to stand trial.

Ms Giuffre’s civil lawsuit alleges that she was forced to have sex with friends of Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17, including the Duke of York.

Prince Andrew, 61, has firmly denied the allegations and says Ms Giuffre is after “reimbursement at her own expense”.

Our journalist, Bevan Hurley, has the full report below:

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‘It’s disastrous’ if senior royal official uses legal loophole to avoid charges, royal biographer says

Royal biographer Angela Levin says that “if a senior royal uses a legal loophole” to avoid accusations of sexual abuse, it will be disastrous for the royal family and it is “doubtful” that the case will be closed.

“The two key words here are ‘potential defendant.’ Andrew’s attorney says he is a potential defendant and therefore cannot be sued by her,” Ms. Levin said. “The judge hinted that he wasn’t at all because the document was supposed to be absolutely confidential, so he wouldn’t know, so he can’t claim it anymore, so we’ll have to wait and see but this looks very doubtful. ”

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Twitter reacts to Prince Andrew’s hearing against Giuffre

Times Radio reporter Stig Abell called the use of Epstein’s 2009 settlement by the Duke’s legal team “totally unacceptable”.

British lawyer Nazir Afzal called Prince Andrew’s attempt to use Epstein’s deal a “bad look” for the Duke.

Royal correspondent Omid Scobie said Judge Kaplan did not appear convinced by the arguments put forward by Prince Andrew’s lawyer.

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BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Prince Andrew was in a “difficult situation” after Tuesday’s hearing, even though the case was dismissed.

He added that it was “unlikely” that the case would be closed based on the interventions of Judge Lewis Kaplan.

“Even if he is dismissed, it means he would not have cleared himself in open court during a full hearing. That would leave him in a position where a lot of people would think he emerged on the basis of a technical detail, ”Mr. Witchell said. BBC breakfast.

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Ms Giuffre ‘will get her day in court,’ legal experts say after hearing

Lisa Bloom, a US lawyer who previously counseled disgraced sex offender Harvey Weinstein, said the hearing was shaping up to be “very good” for Ms Giuffre’s case.

“Andrew wants her [Ms Giuffre] case dismissed for technical reasons. Judge Kaplan aggressively questioned the defense about it and seemed unwilling to do so. I’m optimistic Virginia will get her day in court, ”Ms Bloom wrote on Twitter after the hearing.

Ms Bloom also added that she was “shocked” that the prince’s legal team wanted the judge to declare New York’s law giving victims of child sexual abuse more time to prosecute is unconstitutional, a decision which would block access to justice for many victims.

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Voice | Prince Andrew may not need to sweat anymore

What a day to be Judge Lewis Kaplan, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York – the man with the fate of Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Prince Andrew in his hands, and eyes of the world on him.

If I were the judge, I wouldn’t be in a hurry, because either way, he will find himself under the vicious attack. If he rejected Giuffre’s claim, he would be accused of allowing Prince Andrew to “get away with it” as part of an establishment plot and an enemy of women’s and girls’ human rights. There would be a storm, writes Sean O’Grady

Read the full article on voices below:

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