LONDON (AP) — Legal professionals for an American girl who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Prince Andrew say they’ve served him with authorized papers in a U.S. civil swimsuit.
Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre say the paperwork had been handed over to a Metropolitan Police officer on responsibility on the predominant gates of Andrew’s house in Windsor Nice Park at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 27. The handover of the paperwork, first reported by Britain’s Every day Mail newspaper, is essential as a result of Andrew could be obliged to reply inside 21 days of the summons.
“In the event you fail to reply, judgment by default might be entered towards you for the aid demanded within the grievance,” Giuffre’s legal professionals mentioned within the paperwork.
Andrew’s representatives didn’t reply to a request for remark. The prince has repeatedly denied the allegations within the lawsuit introduced by Giuffre, a longtime accuser of the late convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
When the swimsuit was filed final month within the U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York, authorized consultants prompt it left Andrew with no good choices because the second son of Queen Elizabeth II seeks to restore his picture and return to public life.
If the prince tries to disregard the lawsuit, he runs the danger that the court docket might discover him in default and order him to pay damages. And if he decides to struggle, Andrew faces years of sordid headlines because the case winds its method via court docket.
The lawsuit is one other undesirable story for the royals, reminding the general public of Andrew’s hyperlinks to Epstein two years after his dying. Britain’s royal household can be nonetheless recovering from allegations of racism and insensitivity leveled at them by Prince Harry and his spouse, Meghan, earlier this yr.