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Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle might get deposed as a witness for the accuser in the Prince Andrew sex abuse case.
David Boies, an attorney who is representing Virginia Giuffre in her civil case against the Duke of York, told Fox News that he is “considering” deposing the American member of the British family, in part because she is an American.
He told Fox News that “it's easier to take her deposition than people in the United Kingdom.”
"She is one of a number of people that we are considering deposing. We only have between 10 and 12 depositions that we can take and one of those obviously is going to be of Prince Andrew and several of them will have to be of people who witnessed Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre,” Boise told the outlet. “But we want to have at least a couple of depositions of people who knew Prince Andrew and were sort of members of his inner circle at various times and who might have either have knowledge themselves or have knowledge about people who would have knowledge.”
The decision of whether or not to depose her, and others, is not expected to be made until the end of January.
Giuffre has accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her after she was sex-trafficked to him by Jeffrey Epstein when she was 17. In that suit, previously obtained by Oxygen.com, Giuffre alleges she traveled with Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell to Maxwell’s London home where she said she was “forced” to “have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.”
She also alleges that the 61-year-old British royal, son of Queen Elizabeth, further sexually assaulted her at Epstein’s New York mansion and at his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Because Markle has recently been vocal about social issues, Boies feels she would make a good witness.
"I think because of her character and her interest in combating this kind of abusive behavior she would be a credible witness,” he said, adding that “If she has information, we think she would be honest and forthcoming in testifying about it and because of where she was at the time, we think there's a good chance she would have information.”
The lawyer told The Daily Beast that she is “somebody we can count on to tell the truth.”
Andrew has denied the sexual abuse allegations. In a recent memo, his lawyers wrote that Giuffre’s memories of the alleged sexual assaults are “highly subjective."
Maxwell, 59, is currently on trial for allegedly recruiting and grooming teen girls as part of Epstein’s pyramid of sexual abuse. She faces six federal counts, including transporting minors to engage in criminal sexual activity and sex trafficking of children or by force, fraud or coercion. Epstein was found hanged in his jail cell in August 2019 at age 66, just one month after he was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.
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