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Second son of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Andrew, accused of sexual assault, asked on Wednesday to defend himself before a jury in the United States, for acts he allegedly committed in 2001 on a minor American at the era.
Prince Andrew wants a civil trial by jury in the United States. The son of Queen Elizabeth II of England requested, Wednesday, January 26, the holding of a civil trial before a jury in the United States. He also still denies the accusations of sexual assault against him. A complaint against Prince Andrew was filed last August by Virginia Giuffre, who accuses him of having sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.
According to the complainant, Prince Andrew would have forced her, more than twenty years ago, to have a sexual relationship at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, ex-associate of Jeffrey Epstein, then would have sexually assaulted her twice in residences of Epstein.
In a document filed with Manhattan District Court, Prince Andrew, 61, admitted to meeting Jeffrey Epstein in 1999, but denied having “sexually assaulted or physically assaulted” Virginia Giuffre.
No more “Royal Highness”
Manhattan District Judge Lewis Kaplan said a trial could begin between September and December 2022.
Prince Andrew has not been charged with any crime and no criminal charges can be brought against him in this civil trial.
Earlier this month, Prince Andrew handed over his military titles and royal patronages to Queen Elizabeth II of England and will no longer be able to be styled “His Royal Highness”.
Jeffrey Epstein, accused of trafficking and abuse of minors, committed suicide in the summer of 2019 in his cell in Manhattan prison.