Prince Andrew to be asked to prove 'no sweat' claim in sexual assault case

The Duke of York has been asked to produce key documents in support of his alibi that he has not had sex with his American accuser – including confirmation that he has not sweated.

Virginia Giuffre’s Legal Department requested a wealth of information from Andrew’s attorneys while investigating his BBC Newsnight interview when he said he was visiting a Pizza Express on the day of the alleged sexual encounter.

Ms. Giuffre is suing the Queen’s son for allegedly sexually abusing her as a teenager, claiming she was sold by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with the Duke and was killed during the alleged time with the King and his girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell pictured intercourse taking place.

Andrew has denied all allegations.

Her lawyers have also requested travel documents showing Andrew’s movements on Epstein’s planes and to his various homes, the Duke’s visit to the Pizza Express in Woking and the London tramp nightclub where Ms. Giuffre claims to have danced with a heavily sweating Andrew before they had sex.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted on Wednesday in the United States for luring vulnerable teenagers into the property of their ex-boyfriend Epstein for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

Classified as “dangerous” by prosecutors and imprisoned for the rest of her life, her friendship with Andrew has re-examined Ms. Giuffre’s civil damages lawsuit against the Duke.

Andrew’s legal team has denied requests for the documents for a variety of reasons, including protecting the information from disclosure by the right to privacy under the US Constitution and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

His lawyers also state in papers submitted to a New York court that the requested documents are already publicly available or that the requests are “inappropriately burdensome, oppressive … duplicate and too broad”.

Andrew’s highly anticipated appearance on BBC Newsnight in November 2019 was an attempt to defend his reputation following the Epstein sex scandal, but he opened up further allegations with critics saying he had shown no remorse for the financier’s victims.

The Duke denied having slept with Ms. Giuffre three times when interviewed by Newsnight host Emily Maitlis together.

The same sexual encounter that the American said started out with the king sweating profusely while dancing at the Tramp nightclub was factually wrong, the Duke said, since he had an illness at the time that meant he shouldn’t sweated.

Ms. Giuffre has in the past claimed to have had sex with Andrew in London and New York, a minor under US law, at the age of 17 and again on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein at the age of 18 that was having an orgy.

In response to the decision not to provide information, Ms. Giuffre’s Legal Department said in court documents: “If Prince Andrew really has no documents about his communication with Maxwell or Epstein, his trip to Florida, New York or various locations in London is his alleged medical inability to sweat, or anything supporting his alibis given during his BBC interview, then it will be no burden at all for him to proceed with the discovery.

Maxwell’s brother, Ian Maxwell, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the trial of his siblings was not fair and he believes their appeal against the verdict will be successful.

Urged to see if the women who testified against his sister were lying, he replied, “Of course the prosecution has not proven their previous interviews with these prosecutors, who showed an entirely different case.

“The memory is flawed, so from my point of view the process was not a fair process from Ghislaine’s point of view. And that’s why she’s going to appeal, and I think she’s going to be successful.


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