Britain’s Prince Andrew on Wednesday asked for a U.S. jury trial as he again denied Virginia Giuffre’s accusations that he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17.
Giuffre sued the Duke of York last August, alleging he beat her while she was being trafficked by financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Andrew, 61, admitted to meeting Epstein in or around 1999, but denied Giuffre’s claim that he “committed sexual assault and battery” upon her.
David Boies, a lawyer for Giuffre, said in a statement that Andrew was trying to “blame the victim.”
“We look forward to confronting Prince Andrew with his denials and attempts to blame Ms. Giuffre for her own abuse,” Boies said.
Andrew, the Duke of York, has been tainted by his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.
Earlier this month, the family removed Andrew’s military links and military patronages, and said the second son of Queen Elizabeth would no longer be known as “His Royal Highness.”
Andrew’s filing was an “answer,” a common document in U.S. litigation in which defendants deny or say they lack enough information to comment on plaintiffs’ substantive accusations.
The prince’s lawyers had previously called Giuffre’s lawsuit “baseless” and accused her of seeking another payday.
Giuffre received $500,000 in a 2009 civil settlement with Epstein.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan has said a trial could begin between September and December 2022.
If Giuffre won at trial, Andrew could owe her damages. She has asked for an unspecified amount.
Andrew has not been criminally charged, and no criminal charges can be brought in Giuffre’s civil lawsuit.
Andrew’s filing on Wednesday included an argument that Giuffre lacks legal standing because she resides in Australia.