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Prince Andrew served with legal papers for sexual assault lawsuit, according to US court document

Prince Andrew has been served with the legal papers for a lawsuit in which he is accused of sexual abuse, according to a court document.

Lawyers representing Virginia Giuffre – who is suing the Duke of York – say in the document that the civil lawsuit was handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty at the main gates of The Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, on 27 August.

The prince has always categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

Sources close to the Queen’s son say he has not been served the papers in person, and could not confirm if security had received the document.

Ms Giuffre claims she was a victim of financier and convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

She claims she was made to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, and a lawsuit was filed last month in a federal court in Manhattan.

According to the document, there was a first attempt to serve the papers on the prince on 26 August, when an agent went to Windsor Great Park.

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A Metropolitan Police officer who was the head of security said they had been told not to accept service of any court process, or let anyone trying to serve legal papers on to the property.

The agent then returned the following day and was told the court process could be left with the police officer at the main gate “and that this matter would then be forwarded on to the legal team”.

A spokeswoman for the duke has confirmed there is a dispute
Image: Prince Andrew has denied all of the allegations against him

Prince Andrew is the only defendant in Ms Giuffre’s civil suit, though Epstein and his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.

“In this country no person, whether president or prince, is above the law, and no person, no matter how powerless or vulnerable, can be deprived of the law’s protection,” Ms Giuffre’s lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit is the first time Ms Giuffre has directly confronted Andrew in such a formal setting.

Ms Giuffre states she was recruited by Maxwell into Epstein’s sex trafficking operation when she was working at Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.

She said between 2000 and 2002 she was flown all over the world by Epstein and sexually abused by him at “numerous locations”.

Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Pic: Sky UK
Image: Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Pic: Sky UK

Members of staff at Epstein’s properties have confirmed seeing Prince Andrew at his homes, both to the media and in sworn testimony.

Ms Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of abusing her a number of times, on separate occasions.

The court documents state: “Prince Andrew committed sexual assault and battery upon Plaintiff when she was 17 years old.”

In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew said he had never had sex with Ms Giuffre, saying: “I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened.”

The duke said he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her and that there were “a number of things that are wrong” about her account.

He has also suggested a photo showing him with his arm around Ms Giuffre may have been doctored.