Prince Andrew has lastly been served court docket papers over his sex accuser’s lawsuit — after his police guards and safety had been initially ordered to not settle for them, in line with court docket papers filed Friday.
Cesar Sepulveda filed an affidavit within the Manhattan federal court docket lawsuit introduced by Virginia Roberts Giuffre confirming that he had served the papers to Andrew at his Royal Lodge house at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 27.
He detailed how he had been repeatedly rebuffed in earlier makes an attempt to hand over the documents through which Queen Elizabeth II’s 61-year-old son is accused of first-degree rape tied to late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s intercourse ring.
Sepulveda mentioned the day earlier than the papers had been efficiently served he had been informed to attend at Andrew’s most important gates, the place law enforcement officials — together with Andrew’s head of safety — repeatedly claimed they may not attain anybody inside.
The server mentioned that he was then informed that “the safety there had been instructed to not enable anybody attending there for the aim of serving court docket papers onto the grounds of the property and on the time they’d been informed to not settle for service of any court docket course of.”
He was “additionally suggested at the moment that something left there wouldn’t be forwarded” to the prince.
“It appeared from the attendance that the safety employees had already been primed to not enable anybody entry onto the property to serve court docket course of and had been instructed to not settle for any service,” his affidavit mentioned.
He then left messages with Andrew’s legal professional, however “no communication was obtained” in response, he mentioned, forcing him to return to Royal Lodge the subsequent day.
This time, the officer on the gate contacted Andrew’s head of safety, who assured Sepulveda that he might go away the papers and they might be forwarded to the Duke of York’s authorized staff.
Sepulveda requested if it was “potential to satisfy personally” with Andrew to serve him straight, however was “was informed that this was not potential,” his affidavit mentioned.
Nevertheless, leaving it with the police officer “is in line with the provisions for service,” the affidavit famous, acknowledged that Andrew was formally served the grievance and reveals.
He additionally left paperwork alerting him that the primary listening to, a phone convention from New York, is scheduled for Monday, the papers acknowledged.
Giuffre’s lawsuit claims she was “pressured to have sexual activity with Prince Andrew towards her will” on the behest of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and accused madam Ghislaine Maxwell.
“Prince Andrew’s actions represent sexual offenses” together with first- and third-degree rape, the lawsuit alleges, citing New York penal code, beneath which rape consists of with somebody “by forcible compulsion.”
Giuffre claims she suffered “substantial damages” from “excessive emotional misery, humiliation, concern, psychological trauma, lack of dignity and vanity, and invasion of her privateness.”
“I’m holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” Giuffre informed The Submit in a press release after submitting her lawsuit.
“The highly effective and wealthy usually are not exempt from being held answerable for their actions,” she mentioned.
“I didn’t come to this resolution flippantly. As a mom and a spouse, my household comes first – and I do know that this motion will topic me to additional assaults by Prince Andrew and his surrogates – however I knew if I didn’t pursue this motion, I might be letting them and victims all over the place down,” she mentioned.
Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre’s claims, together with throughout a BBC interview through which he insisted he had “no recollection of ever assembly this woman, none in any way.”
Neither he, his authorized staff nor Buckingham Palace has responded to the lawsuit.
Epstein hanged himself in his Manhattan lockup in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on severe intercourse costs.
Maxwell is in custody in Brooklyn awaiting trial for allegedly recruiting underage ladies for Epstein. She has pleaded not responsible.