Lawyers for the woman who claims the Duke of York sexually assaulted her when she was 17 years old have insisted she is a US resident, although Andrew’s lawyers say otherwise.
Virginia Giuffres attorneys filed their response earlier this week to papers in which Andrew’s attorneys say she really lives in Australia, where she has lived all but two of the last 19 years.
Duke’s attorneys said the lawsuit she filed in Manhattan federal court in August alleging the prince sexually assaulted her several times in 2001 should not be continued until it is determined by her residence that she is entitled to file the U.S. lawsuit. The Duke has always vehemently denied all allegations.
They have already asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit on several grounds, saying the Duke never sexually abused Ms. Giuffre.
The Duke’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, has called the lawsuit “unfounded.”
But in a trial on Thursday, Ms. Giuffre’s attorneys called Andrew’s attorneys’ move to temporarily halt the progress of the lawsuit towards trial as a “transparent attempt to delay the discovery in his own documents and testimony”.
They said the Duke claimed he had no documents that would match most of the inquiries from Ms. Giuffre’s attorneys, including any communications with British celebrity Ghislaine Maxwell or the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, or in relation to his trips to Florida, New York or various locations in London.
And they said he also denied having documents backing a claim that he was medically incapable of sweating, an alibi he offered in a media interview.
As for their client’s residence, they said her residence is in Colorado, where her mother lives, and found that she is registered there to vote. They said these facts and additional evidence establish their Colorado citizenship.
A message was sent to the Duke’s lawyers for comment.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of sex trafficking and conspiracy on Wednesday after a month-long trial.
Her attorneys argued that she was scapegoated by the U.S. government after Epstein killed himself in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
Maxwell was arrested a year later.
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