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Virginia Giuffre's Father Calls Prince Andrew A 'Coward' After Legal Response
“I believe a jury won’t believe him," Sky Roberts said of Prince Andrew and his legal team's claims that the sexual assaults never happened.
Virginia Giuffre’s father has called Prince Andrew a “coward” for his legal response to the sexual assault lawsuit against him.
Sky Roberts called out the British royal in an interview with The Mirror just days after Prince Andrew’s attorneys filed a response to the lawsuit, which accuses Prince Andrew of sexually abusing Giuffre on three separate occasions beginning when she was 17 years old.
She has said the abuse occurred while she was being sexually trafficked by now-deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, according to the federal civil lawsuit obtained by Oxygen.com.
In their own response filed last week, Prince Andrew’s attorneys denied the allegations against him and said that the Duke of York demanded a jury trial if the case against him goes forward.
But his attorneys earned the ire of Giuffre’s father when they noted in the filing that the suit should be tossed out because of Giuffre’s “own wrongful conduct” referring to a “doctrine of unclean hands,” which accused Giuffre of acting unethically in connection to the allegations.
“It’s the coward’s way out to try to blame the victim,” Roberts told The Mirror.
He went on to say he believed the prince was “playing a game” and didn’t “have a strong hand” against the allegations.
“Do you think my daughter wants to go through this stuff?” he asked. “She has kids. Do you think she wants to go back there after all that happened?”
“No. She is doing it because it’s right,” he continued. “It’s ridiculous for him to say that Virginia’s hands are unclean or she has skeletons in her closet, or whatever.”
Although Prince Andrew has said previously that he didn’t remember meeting the 17-year-old, Roberts referenced a photo that surfaced of Prince Andrew with his arm draped around the teenage Giuffre.
“I believe a jury won’t believe him. That’s why Virginia wants a jury trial,” he said.
Giuffre has alleged that she had been at Maxwell’s London townhome with Epstein and Maxwell when she was “forced” to “have sexual intercourse with Prince Andrew against her will.” She said the abuse later continued at Epstein’s New York home and his private island in what her attorneys called “extreme and outrageous conduct that shocks the conscience,” according to the lawsuit.
Prince Andrew’s attorneys admitted he met Epstein “in or around 1999” but denied that he had ever been a “frequent guest” at Epstein’s various homes or had ever had Epstein traffic any girls to him, according to the legal filing obtained by CNN and The Guardian.
The lawsuit has already had ramifications for Prince Andrew, who was stripped of his military affiliations and royal charities by the Queen earlier this month. A statement from Buckingham Palace announcing the decision said the Duke of York would “continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen.”
“The Queen has kind of disowned him,” Roberts told The Mirror. “I think it’s great.”