Those who believe that the British Royal Family are a bunch of unemployed freeloaders were proved wrong recently, when Prince Andrew worked harder than he’d ever worked before, to attempt to have his longtime accuser Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault lawsuit thrown out. He tried every scummy avenue and played every victim-blamey angle. And yet, no luck for Prince Andrew. Today, a federal New York judge decided that the lawsuit will go to trial.
After reminding everyone of her accusations against Prince Andrew over and over again, Virginia Giuffre (formerly Roberts) filed a federal civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew back in August of last year. In it, she reiterated what she’s said multiple times: that she was abused three times by Prince Andrew when she was a 17-year-old after being sex trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein. Andrew reportedly responded to the lawsuit by hiding out at his mother’s summer home and avoiding that lawsuit for as long as possible. Once it was inevitable that he face the lawsuit, he and his legal team began crafting ways to argue that the lawsuit was bogus and should be dismissed forthwith. Like saying that Virginia had been recruiting other victims herself, or that she was technically at the age of consent in New York, where the alleged abuse took place and the lawsuit was filed. But nothing he threw at the wall stuck and his request to dismiss the lawsuit was denied. via CNN:
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Prince Andrew filed by Virginia Giuffre, a woman who alleges she was sexually trafficked to the royal when she was underage.
The judge who handed down the decision, Judge Lewis Kaplan, also dragged Andrew’s attempts to paint Virginia’s lawsuit as a waste of time and resources.
“Ms. Giuffre’s complaint is neither ‘unintelligible’ nor ‘vague’ nor ‘ambiguous,'” Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in the ruling. “It alleges discrete incidents of sexual abuse in particular circumstances at three identifiable locations. It identifies to whom it attributes that sexual abuse.”
CNN has reached out to Prince Andrew’s legal team, but they had no comment on the ruling. Buckingham Palace released a statement, saying that they “would not comment on what is an ongoing legal matter.” Virginia Giuffre’s attorney commented on the situation, saying the judge’s ruling is “another important step in Virginia’s heroic and determined pursuit of justice as a survivor of sex trafficking.”
Prince Andrew has until July 14th to answer questions related to the trial under oath, and if the case cannot be settled, then it will go to trial sometime between September and December 2022. Prince Andrew is facing two roads. One, he goes to trial and loses. Two, he grabs as much cash as he can and tries to settle with Virginia before they go to trial. But that could be tough, since Queen Elizabeth allegedly isn’t willing to give him the money to settle, and he reportedly doesn’t have much money of his own. Plus, sources are saying that Virginia is unlikely to settle.
“Oh, but I believe there’s also a third road!” chimed Andrew, holding a garden trowel and large silver serving spoon from the Buckingham Palace kitchen. “One could dig their way to freedom, and avoid all this by living underground forever! Like a gopher, or a mole. Better get started. FERGIE! Get digging, I want a 14×14 sitting room dug out by sundown.”