Prince Andrew prosecutor Virginia Giuffre wants to oust two British residents in her case of sex abuse, including His Royal Lowness’ former assistant, who may have “relevant information” about the relationship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
In a trial on Friday, Giuffre’s lawyers asked the British authorities to allow them to depose the assistant, Robert Olney, along with a person named Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew with a young girl at a nightclub in London around it. time when Giuffre claims. she was abused by him.
The filing does not request deposits from anyone in the royal family or Andrew himself. A spokesman for Giuffre’s lawyers did not immediately respond when asked if they intended to depose other British residents in the case.
Olney is listed in Epstein’s infamous “black book”, which leads Giuffre’s lawyers to believe that he may have known Giuffre during his employment with Andrew.
Andrew, 61, has claimed he does not remember ever meeting Giuffre.
On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth deprived Prince of his military and royal titles when news that the suit would go ahead created waves in Britain.
“With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliation and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen,” Buckingham Palace said of the 61-year-old prince.
In a proposed letter explaining what they are seeking from a deposit with Olney, Giuffre’s lawyers wrote: “any communication with or concerning plaintiff, as defendant claims he has never met plaintiff and never sexually abused her.”
The legal team is seeking testimony from Walker because she claims she saw Andrew inside the Tramp Nightclub with a young woman around the same time that Giuffre claims she was abused by the royal after visiting the nightclub.
“Because Prince Andrew has denied ever having met plaintiff or been to Tramp Nightclub during the relevant period, Ms. Walker’s testimony is highly relevant,” wrote attorney Sigrid McCawley.
Giuffre claims in the case that Andrew sexually abused her three times when she was a teenager and had fallen under the thumb of Epstein and his convicted cohort, Ghislaine Maxwell.
The prince had sex with her in London, New York and on Epstein’s private Caribbean island, it is alleged in the case. Andrew has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The proposed deposits are the latest development in the bombed-out civil lawsuit filed in the southern district of New York.
Earlier this week, Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled that the case could go ahead after Andrews’ lawyers had requested that it be dismissed on a number of grounds.
In a hearing earlier this month, Andrews’ lawyer argued that a settlement agreement between Giuffre and Epstein in 2009 prevented her from suing him.
The settlement agreement precluded trials against “other potential defendants” – but the language was too vague and ambiguous to dismiss the case, the judge ruled.
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