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Prince Andrew’s legal professionals query service of authorized paperwork

LONDON (AP) — A U.S. court docket will maintain a pretrial convention Monday within the civil go well with filed by a girl who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her as the 2 sides argue over whether or not the prince was correctly served with paperwork within the case.

Attorneys for the girl, Virginia Giuffre, say the paperwork had been handed over to a Metropolitan Police officer on responsibility on the predominant gates of Andrew’s dwelling in Windsor Nice Park on Aug. 27.

However Blackfords, a legislation agency that mentioned they characterize Andrew “in sure U.Ok. issues,’’ have questioned whether or not the papers had been correctly served and raised the potential of difficult the court docket’s jurisdiction within the case, in accordance with a Sept. 6 letter referenced in court docket paperwork filed by Giuffre’s attorneys.

“We reiterate that our shopper reserves all his rights, together with to contest the jurisdiction of the US courts (together with on the premise of probably faulty service),” they wrote.

A U.S. choose will in the end decide whether or not the papers had been correctly delivered. Choose Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York will maintain the primary pretrial convention within the case through teleconference on Monday.

The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations within the lawsuit introduced by Giuffre, a longtime accuser of the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.

When the go well with was filed final month, authorized consultants steered it left Andrew with no good choices because the second son of Queen Elizabeth II seeks to restore his picture and return to public life.

If the prince tries to disregard the lawsuit, he runs the chance that the court docket might discover him in default and order him to pay damages. And if he decides to struggle, Andrew faces years of sordid headlines because the case winds its manner by court docket.

Guiffre’s lawyer, David Boies, mentioned in court docket paperwork that it was implausible that Andrew is unaware of the go well with.

“Attorneys at Blackfords, who he has apparently instructed to evade and contest service, have confirmed that Prince Andrew himself already has discover of this lawsuit and is evaluating his probabilities of success,’’ Boies wrote. “And even when Blackfords had not confirmed as a lot, another conclusion can be implausible — respected media shops world wide reported on the submitting of plaintiff’s grievance, and a whole lot, if not hundreds, of articles about this lawsuit have been revealed.’’

The lawsuit is one other undesirable story for the royals, reminding the general public of Andrew’s hyperlinks to Epstein two years after his loss of life. Britain’s royal household can also be nonetheless recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity leveled at them by Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, earlier this yr.