Do they have The Price is Right losing horn in the UK? If not, then can someone quickly send Buckingham Palace a YouTube link to the sound online or something? Because it’s the perfect mood-maker for Prince Andrew’s life at the moment. Prince Andrew and his team of lawyers, likely kept on retainer thanks to a generous financial contribution from Her Majesty Mummy, have been fighting hard to get Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault lawsuit dismissed. Andy reportedly started panicking after his friend Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking a minor last month. And well, if the man could physically sweat, he’d probably look like he was just pulled from a swamp. Because according to several legal sources, it’s not likely that Virginia’s lawsuit will be thrown out.
Sources tell The Independent that Prince Andrew had a “horrible” time at yesterday’s hearing regarding Virginia’s lawsuit. Ever since Andrew was finally served with Virginia’s underage rape lawsuit, he and his lawyers have been presenting any and all reasons for why her lawsuit should be thrown out. Like that Virginia was an active participant in Ghislaine and Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking situation, or that Virginia being 17-years-old was technically a-ok in the eyes of New York state law. It felt like Andrew was so desperate to have this thing thrown out, he was willing to go back to the lie that he’s never even met her before. All those embarrassing arguments clearly didn’t pay off, because it looks like the lawsuit isn’t going anywhere but to trial later this year. via The Independent:
Mitchell Epner, a US former federal prosecutor said the case would not be dismissed following the court hearing led by Judge Lewis Kaplan and insisted that the Duke must settle, default or go to court.
BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the Duke is in a “difficult situation.”
Lisa Bloom, a US trial lawyer who formerly advised disgraced sex offender, Harvey Weinstein said the hearing was looking “very good” for Ms Giuffre’s case.
Andrew’s legal team also tried to argue that Virginia’s lawsuit isn’t valid, due to a 2009 settlement agreement she signed with Jeffrey Epstein. But whatever cards they pulled, it’s sounding like none of them worked and this thing is going to go to trial. Or at the very least, according to that one legal expert that spoke with The Independent, this could also end before it goes to trial, with a settlement. The only problem there is that Prince Andrew is supposed to be broke-ish. I mean, the man had to sell his and Fergie’s $24 million Swiss ski chalet to free up some cash and settle a lawsuit. If you see a little yard sale set up outside Buckingham Palace with a folding card table covered in war medals and authographed People magazines with a sign that reads “EVERYTHING MUST GO, CASH ONLY,” you’ll know why.