It’s been six long weeks since Virginia Giuffre slapped Prince Andrew with a federal civil lawsuit accusing Andrew of sexual abuse when she was a minor. With the help of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Blegh. The Trash Trinity. Andrew attempted to dodge the suit by fleeing to the Royal Lodge in Windsor, and then to THE QUEEN’S Scottish castle in the country, Balmoral. On September 10 Virginia’s legal team claimed that Andrew was successfully served in Britain, however, his team denied it. But yesterday Virginia’s lawyers filed court papers with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan that confirmed that Andrew’s Los Angeles-based lawyer, Andrew Brettler, had received two copies of their civil lawsuit via email and FedEx on Monday. Yay! We can finally, officially say the three words everyone’s been longing to hear: BITCH. GOT. SERVED.
Virginia’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, and the prince isn’t charged with any crimes. Under American federal rules, Prince Man-Ew (ehhh, not my best) has 21 days to respond to the suit, or he could face a default judgment. So if the prince wants to throw money at the problem, he needs to start scrounging some pounds together ASAP. Check the couches at Balmoral, I’m sure there are loose jewels and gold bars in between the cushions.
But none of Andrew’s lawyers have officially commented on this new development. There have been reports that his team will try to get the suit thrown out on a technicality to do with Virginia’s 2009 suit against Epstein and Ghislaine. Andrew’s lawyers believe Virginia may have signed a confidentiality settlement containing clauses stating that she couldn’t come for Epstein’s “co-conspirators” in the future. So you agree, lawyers? You think Andrew’s a co-conspirator…
The duke intends to ‘come out fighting’ and use the civil court claim to repudiate Miss Roberts’s accusations ‘point by point, claim by claim’ and, they hope, clear his name.
“Come out fighting?” The same guy who’s been hiding in castles guarded by security teams? Sure, Jan.
Virginia has sued Andrew under New York’s Child Victims Act, a 2019 law that gives survivors of childhood sexual abuse a window to sue many years after the abuse. Virginia’s deadline to sue has passed, but U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who’s overseeing the lawsuit, has urged both sides to not dwell on “technicalities,” and instead focus on substance. In a September 13 hearing he said (via Reuters):
“I can see a lot of legal fees being spent and time being expended and delay, which ultimately may not be terribly productive for anyone.”
Last week London’s High Court said they’d arrange for Andrew to be served if “the parties failed to work out their own arrangement” and gave the prince’s lawyers a week to appeal that decision. But now a source close to those lawyers is saying it’s unlikely they’ll challenge it now.
As for Ghislaine, she’s pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that she recruited and groomed underage girls for Epstein and his sick fuck friends to abuse. Her trial is November 29, and I think we’re all waiting with bated breath to see if she stays alive that long.
On a much, much lighter note, The Daily Mail is also reporting that Prince Andrew rescued a dog from falling out an upper story window of a Scottish castle where he was attending a “reception”:
Moments before the dog plunged to its doom, the Duke of York rushed to the window and rescued it from peril before cradling the helpless creature in his arms.
WAIT. WAIT. WAIT. Did the prince hug the dog?! After claiming the photo of him side-hugging underage Virginia can’t possibly be real cuz he doesn’t do public displays of affection? Ohohohooo, this case just blew wiiiide open!