Prince Andrew’s lawyer has mentioned claims of sexual assault in opposition to him are “baseless, unviable and doubtlessly illegal”.
Andrew Brettler represented the Duke of York in a pre-trial listening to in New York.
The listening to checked out whether or not the duke was correctly served with the lawsuit by accuser Virginia Giuffre, the lady who has launched a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault.
Prince Andrew has all the time categorically denied any sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre
Ms Giuffre’s attorneys have mentioned the documents were handed to a Metropolitan Police officer on duty on the fundamental gates of Andrew’s residence in Windsor Nice Park on 27 August.
Decide Lewis Kaplan instructed Ms Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, he has per week to search out another technique of serving the papers on Prince Andrew.
Mr Brettler mentioned they’ve gone to the excessive court docket to confirm validity of how papers have been served.
The duke’s lawyer additionally instructed the listening to on Monday that Ms Giuffre beforehand entered right into a “settlement settlement” that will nullify her present lawsuit.
He added that Andrew’s attorneys have “vital considerations concerning the propriety of this lawsuit”.
“We consider this can be a baseless, unviable and doubtlessly illegal lawsuit that the plaintiff has filed in opposition to the duke,” he mentioned.
“There was a settlement settlement that the plaintiff has entered into in a previous motion that releases the duke and others from any and all potential legal responsibility.”
Mr Brettler was apparently appointed on the final second after Ms Giuffre’s authorized crew accused Andrew’s attorneys of getting “stonewalled” their makes an attempt to get them to have interaction with the case.
He has been described as a Hollywood lawyer who reportedly represented director Bryan Singer and musician Ryan Adams, and who has carved out a profitable profession defending allegations arising from the #MeToo motion.
Through the listening to, Decide Kaplan repeatedly sought to restrict the scope of the proceedings to the matter of whether or not or not the duke had been correctly served discover of the case, and what motion the court docket must take to make sure the authorized papers attain him.
Ms Giuffre claims she was trafficked by Andrew’s former pal and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein to have intercourse with the duke, when she was 17 and a minor below US regulation.
She has repeatedly made her allegations in opposition to Epstein, the American’s ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, and the prince, however the go well with is the first time she has directly confronted Andrew in such a formal setting.
Ms Giuffre earlier mentioned in a press release that the lawsuit was introduced below the Baby Victims Act to allege she was trafficked to him and sexually abused by him.
“I’m holding Prince Andrew accountable for what he did to me,” she mentioned.
In a BBC Newsnight interview in 2019, Prince Andrew said he had never had sex with Ms Giuffre, saying: “I can completely categorically let you know it by no means occurred.”
The duke mentioned he had “no recollection” of ever assembly her and that there have been “quite a few issues which are mistaken” about her account.
He has additionally advised a photograph displaying him together with his arm round Ms Giuffre might have been doctored.