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Epstein victims fear Andrew will never face court as he ‘hides behind lawyers’

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Lawyer Spencer Kuvin represents nine of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims and does not believe the justice system will ever bring Prince Andrew to court – the Duke has strongly denied the allegations

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Victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein fear they will never see his pal Prince Andrew in court.

That is despite the royal finally being served a writ over a civil case in which he is accused of committing rape and sexual assault.

Lawyer Spencer Kuvin, who represents nine of tycoon Epstein’s victims, believes the Duke of York’s team will lodge a motion to dismiss the proceedings within days.

He said yesterday there were “numerous” grounds they could use. And he fears Judge Lewis Kaplan may not even accept the writ was legally served at a hearing tomorrow.

Kuvin said: “The victims I represent don’t believe Andrew will ever be held accountable for his actions.

“The justice system will never hold him accountable.

“There is no chance of getting Andrew to court, but he absolutely should be tried in the court of public opinion and that’s what this process is doing very successfully.”



Virginia Robets aged 17, photographed with Prince Andrew in early 2001
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In the court papers Epstein’s former sex slave Virginia Guiffre, 38, accuses Andrew, 61, of abusing her three times when she was under 18.

Kuvin said: “Andrew should step forward, be a man and answer to his accuser. He should present himself in court. But he’s clearly going to hide behind his lawyers.”

Lawyers for Guiffre claim the papers were properly served by London corporate investigator Cesar Sepulveda at Andrew’s Royal Lodge home at Windsor.



Victims of Jeffrey Epstein, from left, Sarah Ransome, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and Marijke Chartouni f
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Legal documents filed in the US on Friday say they were accepted by the security chief there on August 27 after weeks of claims that the Prince was avoiding officials.

It is understood the papers were also emailed to Andrew’s lawyers in both Britain and America and to the Duke of York’s office.

But Andrew’s team yesterday said they were not properly served and a plan to boycott tomorrow’s hearing.



Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2004
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Kuvin, based in Florida, admitted: “I wouldn’t say he was served papers. I’d say ‘process was dropped off.’

“It is not necessarily a service under US law.

“I expect his legal team to now file various motions to dismiss the complaint. They will do that under certain treaties between the US and UK regarding legal process.

“They could argue there is a certain level of sovereign immunity and diplomatic immunity that would apply.







“The reality is there are huge hurdles Virginia and her legal team have to get over. We are not ever going to see Andrew in court in person.

“This will all be done through his lawyers and it is likely to be a year-long process.”

Andrew has refused to comment on the case, but has previously strongly denied the allegations.


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