Prince Andrew accuser Virginia Giuffre needs to depose two UK residents in her intercourse abuse swimsuit, together with His Royal Lowness’ former assistant who might have “relevant information” in regards to the relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In a Friday court docket submitting, Giuffre’s attorneys requested British authorities permit them to depose the assistant, Robert Olney, together with an individual named Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew with a younger lady at a nightclub in London across the time Giuffre claims she was abused by him.
The submitting doesn’t request depositions from anybody within the royal household or Andrew himself. A spokesperson for Giuffre’s attorneys didn’t instantly reply when requested in the event that they minted to depose different UK residents within the swimsuit.
Olney is listed in Epstein’s notorious “black book,” main Giuffre’s attorneys to consider he might have recognized Giuffre throughout his employment with Andrew.
Andrew, 61, has claimed he doesn’t recall ever meeting Giuffre.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth stripped the prince of his navy and royal titles as information that the swimsuit would transfer ahead made waves within the UK.
“With The Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” Buckingham Palace mentioned of the 61-year-old prince.
In a proposed letter that explains what they’re looking for from a deposition with Olney, Giuffre’s attorneys wrote: “any communications with or regarding Plaintiff, as Defendant claims he has never met Plaintiff and never sexually abused her.”
The authorized workforce is looking for testimony from Walker as a result of she has claimed she noticed Andrew inside Tramp Nightclub with a younger girl across the identical time Giuffre claims she was abused by the royal after visiting the nightspot.
“Because Prince Andrew has denied ever meeting Plaintiff or being at Tramp Nightclub during the relevant time period, Ms. Walker’s testimony is highly relevant,” lawyer Sigrid McCawley wrote.
Giuffre claims within the swimsuit that Andrew sexually abused her 3 times when she was a teen and had fallen beneath the thumb of Epstein and his convicted cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The prince had intercourse together with her in London, New York and on Epstein’s personal Carribean island, the swimsuit alleges. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The proposed depositions are the newest improvement within the bombshell civil lawsuit filed within the Southern District of New York.
Earlier this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan dominated the swimsuit might transfer ahead after Andrew’s attorneys had requested or not it’s dismissed on quite a few grounds.
In a listening to earlier this month, Andrew’s lawyer argued a settlement settlement inked between Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 barred her from bringing a swimsuit towards him.
The settlement settlement barred authorized motion towards “other potential defendants” – however the language was far too obscure and ambiguous to dismiss the case, the choose dominated.