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Prince Andrew Wants Sex Abuse Lawsuit Dismissed Because Accuser Was Age Of Consent
Prince Andrew claims that Virginia Giuffre was the age of consent when she alleges that Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficked her to the British royal.
Lawers for Andrew — whose full name is Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York — claimed on Monday in a memo filed to the Southern District of New York, that Giuffre's accusations are based upon on evidence that is "not a reasonable mechanism" to be used under the New York Child Victims Act, according to USA Today. The New York Child Victims Act was an act that extended the statute of limitations for a survivor of child sexual abuse in both criminal and civil cases in New York but it expired in August, just days after Giuffre filed her suit.
In that suit, previously obtained by Oxygen.com, Giuffre accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her after she was sex-trafficked to him by Epstein when she was 17. Giuffre claims 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.
“Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse of a child who he knew was a sex-trafficking victim, and when he was approximately 40 years old, goes beyond all possible bounds of decency and is intolerable in a civilized community,” the lawsuit states.
Andrew has denied the allegations. In Monday’s motion, his lawyers wrote that Giuffre’s memories of the alleged sexual assaults are “highly subjective."
"These highly subjective determinations are the kind most likely to be hampered by the passage of time, as memories fade, false memories are created, and witnesses die or otherwise become unavailable," the motion reads, according to USA Today.
The motion also claims there is a lack of witnesses that could back up Giuffre's claims.
"The only witnesses to the purported implied threats under which Giuffre allegedly engaged in unconsented sex acts with Prince Andrew are Epstein (deceased), (Ghislaine) Maxwell (incarcerated), Prince Andrew (the accused) and Giuffre herself."
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.