The Duke of York now officially has 21 days to respond to legal documents which accuse him of having sex with Virginia Giuffre against her will
Prince Andrew has finally accepted that he is in possession of legal papers relating to his sex assault case.
The Duke of York now officially has 21 days to respond to legal documents which accuse him of having sex with Virginia Giuffre.
The alleged sexual assaults took place at the behest of infamous billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein at properties in London, New York, and the US Virgin Islands.
Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, says the prince – who is the Queen’s second son – has accepted he is in possession of the papers.
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The next legal step for the Duke is to ask for a “reasonable extension of time” to respond to Ms Giuffre’s complaint.
Mr Boies told the Daily Mail: “Andrew’s counsel have agreed that service has been made.
“Theoretically the clock is now ticking.
“However, it would be normal for them to ask for, and for us to agree to, a reasonable extension of time to respond to the complaint.”
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A legal filing seen by the US publication also confirmed the documents had been served to the prince’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler in Los Angeles.
A source close to Andrew has claimed that despite his inner circle’s “deep reservations” that his “wall of silence” legal strategy was not working, he has decided to “keep faith and stay loyal” to his UK lawyer Gary Bloxsome of Blackfords.
Royal insiders claimed that although the Duke has been “stressed” and “worried” over his predicament after Ms Giuffre accused him of sexually assaulting her three times in 2001, the serving of legal papers effectively meant he had “run out of time to change course”.
However, his newly appointed US attorney Andrew Brettler has now taken over the Duke’s case after being appointed just weeks ago.
A source claimed the US team were “astonished” at the long held strategy of “no comment” employed by the Duke and his team as he became engulfed in sex abuse allegations by alleged former Jeffrey Epstein sex slave Virginia Giuffre.
Another source close to Andrew said: “The Duke remains confident in his legal team and its strategy and is perfectly content to continue to follow their advice.”