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Prince Andrew calls for dismissal of accuser’s “baseless” and “frivolous” civil lawsuit in New York | US News

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Lawyers for Prince Andrew in the United States have asked a judge to dismiss the civil trial of his accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Mrs. Giuffre accused the The Duke of York for sexually assaulting her when she was 17, over 20 years ago.

In court records, the Duke said he “unequivocally denies” that he assaulted or sexually assaulted her.

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The Duke of York seeks to dismiss the civil lawsuit brought against him again in New York

His claim was filed in Manhattan U.S. District Court on Friday.

In court documents viewed by Sky News, Prince Andrew says the lawsuit should be dismissed because Ms Giuffre failed to “make a claim for redress” and asked the court to hold oral arguments on her request.

The document, signed by lawyer Andrew Brettler, said: “Charging a member of the world’s most famous royal family with serious misconduct has helped Giuffre create a media frenzy online and in the mainstream press.

“It is unfortunate, but undeniable, that sensationalism and innuendo have prevailed over the truth.

“Giuffre has taken this baseless lawsuit against Prince Andrew to get another salary at his own expense and at the expense of those close to him. Epstein’s abuse of Giuffre does not justify his public campaign against Prince Andrew.”

The documents also accused Ms Giuffre of profiting from her “allegations against Epstein and others by selling stories and photographs to the press and making secret deals to resolve her claims.”

“Most people could only dream of getting the sums of money that Giuffre has raised over the years,” the documents say.

“This presents a compelling motive for Giuffre to continue to pursue frivolous lawsuits against individuals such as Prince Andrew, whose tainted reputation is only the latest collateral damage to the Epstein scandal.”

Representatives for Ms Giuffre have been approached for comment by Sky News.

Ms Giuffre, 38, sued the Duke in August, accusing him of forcing her to have sex when she was underage at the London home of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and former girlfriend of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein .

The lawsuit also alleges that Prince Andrew abused Ms Giuffre at Epstein’s mansion in Manhattan and on one of Epstein’s private islands in the Virgin Islands.

Mr Brettler on Wednesday asked a judge to keep a 2009 legal deal sealed that he said may protect the prince from claims.

The request was made in court documents in Manhattan Federal Court, where U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan is presiding over the dispute.

Judge Kaplan ruled on Prince Andrew on Monday must be examined under oath by Ms. Giuffre’s attorneys in her civil sexual assault case by mid-July next year.

The Duke vehemently denied the allegations against him, telling the BBC in late 2019 that he had never had sex with Ms Giuffre, saying: “It never happened”.

Ms Maxwell is currently awaiting trial for sex trafficking, which she denies.

His brother, Ian, told Sky News he believed prison officers had “physically abused his sister“.

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