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US legal professionals ask British courts to inform Prince Andrew of swimsuit

FILE – On this Sunday, April 11, 2021 file photograph, Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks throughout a tv interview on the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England. Attorneys representing a U.S. lady who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her have requested British courts to formally notify him about her lawsuit after a lawyer for the prince maintained this week that Andrew has not been correctly notified of the “baseless” civil motion. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photograph by way of AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — Attorneys representing a U.S. lady who claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her have requested British courts to formally notify him about her lawsuit after a lawyer for the prince maintained this week that Andrew has not been correctly notified of the “baseless” civil motion.

Britain’s Excessive Court docket accepted the request from legal professionals for Virginia Giuffre to formally contact Andrew concerning the lawsuit launched in America.

In keeping with the lawsuit filed final month in New York federal court docket, Giuffre repeated claims she has made publicly concerning the prince, saying Andrew abused her on a number of events in 2001 when she was underneath 18.

In late 2019, Andrew instructed the BBC “Newsnight” program that he by no means had sexwith Giuffre, saying, “It didn’t occur.”

At a listening to in New York on Monday, Giuffre’s lawyer had argued that the prince was already correctly served when paperwork formally notifying him of the lawsuit have been handed over to a Metropolitan Police officer on the major gates of Andrew’s dwelling in Windsor Nice Park on Aug. 27.

However Andrew Brettler, representing the prince on the first court docket continuing to outcome from the lawsuit, instructed Choose Lewis A. Kaplan that Andrew had not correctly been served. He additionally stated Giuffre’s declare was “baseless, non-viable and doubtlessly illegal.”

And he additionally argued that Andrew can’t be sued as a result of an earlier lawsuit in the US that was settled “absolves our consumer from any and all legal responsibility.” That settlement doc, nonetheless, stays sealed.

Kaplan gave Giuffre’s attorneys per week to handle the bureaucratic hurdles concerning service of the lawsuit so it might be resolved and the case might proceed.

Beneath a treaty that governs requests between nations known as the Hague Service Conference, Giuffre’s authorized group can ask the Excessive Court docket in London to formally notify Andrew about her civil motion. The court docket had earlier rejected the appliance on a technicality, however modified tack.

“The legal professionals appearing for Ms Giuffre have now supplied additional info to the Excessive Court docket, and the Excessive Court docket has accepted the request for service underneath the Hague Service Conference,’’ the court docket stated. “The Excessive Court docket will now take steps to serve underneath the conference, except service is organized by settlement between the events.”

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Related Press Author Larry Neumeister in New York contributed.