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Prince Andrew has challenged the residency status of his accuser of sexual abuse, Virginia Giuffre, in an attempt to have the civil case against him dismissed out of court.

Lawyers for the Duke of York on Tuesday filed a motion saying Ms Giuffre, 38, is not a U.S. citizen and therefore the New York court lacks jurisdiction to hear the case.

Ms Giuffre alleges Prince Andrew forced her to have sex with him at Ghislaine Maxwell’s London home and abused her in two homes owned by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke categorically denies the allegations.

What are the “factual allegations” set out in the Virginia Giuffre trial?

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The prince had previously said the sex “did not take place” and suggested that a photo showing him with Ms Giuffre may have been forged. Photo: Shutterstock

The petition states that although “Ms. Giuffre claims to be a citizen of the state of Colorado, the evidence shows that she is actually domiciled in Australia, where she has lived for almost two of the past nineteen years.”

He claims that she has “spent less than two years in the United States since arriving in Australia in 2002” and that her complaint is therefore invalid.

Federal Court rules do not allow both parties to an action to be foreign citizens.

His ties with Colorado are “very limited,” said Prince Andrew’s team. They also allege that she has not lived in the United States for “at least 2019”, around two years before she filed a lawsuit against the royal.

At the time she filed the action, “Ms Giuffre had an Australian driver’s license and was living in an A $ 1.9 million house in Perth”, where “she and her husband were raising their three children”.

The documents say she “only recently registered to vote in Colorado using the mailing address of her mother and stepfather there.”

The prince’s team says “inconsistent pleadings from Ms. Giuffre’s various trials and other documentary evidence” indicate “she is not a citizen of Colorado.”

The petition adds: “The court does not have jurisdiction ratione materiae for this dispute and must dismiss the action in law”.

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The Duke’s legal team, led by Los Angeles-based attorney Andrew Brettler, has asked Judge Lewis Kaplan – who is overseeing the case – to stop proceedings while they investigate Ms Giuffre’s residency status .

In November, the judge set the hearing of the case for January 4.

Meanwhile, Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she helped recruit and prepare underage girls to abuse Epstein. The jurors of his trial continue their deliberations.

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