Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre needs to depose two UK residents in her sex abuse suit, together with His Royal Lowness’ former assistant who might have “relevant information” concerning the relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In a Friday court docket submitting, Giuffre’s attorneys requested British authorities permit them to depose the assistant, Robert Olney, together with an individual named Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew with a younger lady at a nightclub in London across the time Giuffre claims she was abused by him.
The submitting doesn’t request depositions from anybody in the royal household or Andrew himself. A spokesperson for Giuffre’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply when requested in the event that they minted to depose other UK residents in the suit.
Olney is listed in Epstein’s notorious “black book,” main Giuffre’s attorneys to consider he might have recognized Giuffre throughout his employment with Andrew.
Andrew, 61, has claimed he doesn’t recall ever assembly Giuffre.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth stripped the prince of his navy and royal titles as information that the suit would transfer ahead made waves in the UK.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace mentioned of the 61-year-old prince.
In a proposed letter that explains what they’re looking for from a deposition with Olney, Giuffre’s attorneys wrote: “any communications with or regarding Plaintiff, as Defendant claims he has never met Plaintiff and never sexually abused her.”
The authorized group is looking for testimony from Walker as a result of she has claimed she noticed Andrew within Tramp Nightclub with a younger lady across the similar time Giuffre claims she was abused by the royal after visiting the nightspot.
“Because Prince Andrew has denied ever meeting Plaintiff or being at Tramp Nightclub during the relevant time period, Ms. Walker’s testimony is highly relevant,” lawyer Sigrid McCawley wrote.
Giuffre claims in the suit that Andrew sexually abused her thrice when she was a teen and had fallen below the thumb of Epstein and his convicted cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The prince had sex along with her in London, New York and on Epstein’s non-public Carribean island, the suit alleges. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The proposed depositions are the most recent growth in the bombshell civil lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York.
Earlier this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan dominated the suit may transfer ahead after Andrew’s attorneys had requested it’s dismissed on quite a lot of grounds.
In a listening to earlier this month, Andrew’s lawyer argued a settlement settlement inked between Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 barred her from bringing a suit towards him.
The settlement settlement barred authorized motion towards “other potential defendants” – however the language was far too obscure and ambiguous to dismiss the case, the decide dominated.