Judge schedules Jan. 4 hearing in Prince Andrew sexual assault case
A New York federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 4, 2022, in a lawsuit involving sexual assault allegations against Prince Andrew.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan issued the scheduling order a day after he indicated that a trial would likely take place between September and December of 2022 due to COVID-19 protocols still in place at courthouses.
Andrew’s attorneys are expected to seek dismissal of the lawsuit at the January hearing.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre has alleged that she was directed to have sex with the Duke of York by Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, when she was a minor.
Giuffre sued Prince Andrew in August for unspecified damages.
In a motion to drop the case filed last Friday, Andrew’s attorneys said that Giuffre started a “baseless lawsuit” to achieve “another payday” at his expense.
“Virginia Giuffre may well be a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein, and nothing can excuse, nor fully capture, the abhorrence and gravity of Epstein’s monstrous behavior against Giuffre, if so,” Andrew’s lawyers wrote.
“However, and without diminishing the harm suffered as a results of Epstein’s alleged misconduct, Prince Andrew never sexually abused or assaulted Giuffre. He unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him,” the motion continued.
Andrew has not been criminally charged with wrongdoing.
Maxwell is set to begin trial on Nov. 29 on four counts of conspiring to “entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts,” as well as two counts of surgery. She has maintained her innocence.
The Hill has reached out to attorneys for Andrew and Giuffre for comment.
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