Prince Andrew will virtually definitely be requested about his non-public components in his sex-assault lawsuit — and his accuser’s attorneys will possible attempt to depose Queen Elizabeth II, in accordance with a lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein victims.
The 61-year-old UK royal will probably be known as on to provide a deposition below oath after failing Wednesday in his bid to toss the lawsuit filed by longtime accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre — leaving nothing off the desk.
“It is without question the Duke will be asked about his private parts,” Spencer Kuvin, an legal professional for a number of Epstein victims, told The Mirror.
“Nothing is off-limits, because if an underage girl can describe what the Duke of York’s private parts look like … how would that be if they had not had a relationship?” Kuvin requested.
Andrew wouldn’t need to fly to the US — the place authorities have lengthy needed to quiz him on what he knew about pedophile pal Epstein — however can be questioned “under oath, under penalty of perjury of US law” by Giuffre’s authorized crew, Kuvin mentioned.
Virginia Giuffre has accused the royal of getting intercourse together with her a number of instances whereas she was a minor.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo
That would come with extra questions in regards to the shut ties he needed to Epstein and convicted madam Ghislaine Maxwell that led to him being bumped from royal duties in 2019.
Giuffre legal professional David Boies has beforehand confirmed that his crew plans to attempt to depose a dozen or so individuals, together with some in Andrew’s “inner circle.”
Boies has confirmed that may possible embody Prince Harry’s spouse, Meghan Markle — with Kuvin speculating that he may have much more majestic targets.
Prince Andrew has denied the sexual assault allegations a number of time saying he has by no means met Virginia Giuffre. STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP through Getty Images
“The lawyers could even try for the queen,” he steered of Andrew’s mom, the 95-year-old reigning monarch.
“I don’t doubt they will,” he mentioned. “But as a sovereign, it will be almost impossible to do.”
Other regal targets will possible embody Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, in addition to their daughters, Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 31, as a result of they have been all talked about throughout his disastrous BBC interview during which he denied even assembly his accuser, Kuvin speculated.
According to authorized specialists, legal professionals might try and depose Queen Elizabeth, nevertheless as sovereign, it could be almost not possible.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
“They can now all legally be deposed,” he instructed the UK paper.
Wednesday’s ruling by Judge Lewis Kaplan to not dismiss Giuffre’s lawsuit leaves it free to now go to trial by the top of the yr.
The prince is decided “to clear his name” and settling out of court docket is “not an option being considered at the moment,” a supply near him instructed The Mirror.
Virginia Roberts holds a photograph of herself at age 16, when she says Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein started abusing her sexually.Emily Michot/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service through Getty Images
Giuffre, now 38, has lengthy claimed that Epstein and Maxwell made her have “disgusting” intercourse with the royal thrice, beginning in 2001 when she was simply 17. The prince has by no means been criminally charged.,
Andrew’s legal professionals insist he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him.”
Buckingham Palace mentioned it could not touch upon the “ongoing legal matter.”
With Post wires