Prince Andrew Wants Sexual Assault Lawsuit Tossed Out Of Court, Claims Accuser Is Not A United States Resident
Prince Andrew is reportedly asking that the sexual assault lawsuit filed against him by alleged victim Virginia Giuffre be tossed out of court because she is not a resident of the United States as she allegedly claims.
According to court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, Andrew claims his accuser resides in Australia and lived Down Under when she sued him in August for sexual assault. According to Giuffre, Jeffrey Epstein “lent her out” at 17 to the British royal.
“It appears that prior to filing this action, but well after she returned to Australia, Ms. Giuffre registered to vote for the first time in Colorado using her mother’s home address in Penrose,” Andrew said in the court documents filed on Tuesday.
“The timing of Ms. Giuffre’s voter registration is suspicious and appears to be a calculated move in an effort to support her specious claim of citizenship in Colorado despite having moved to Australia at least a year (if not four years) earlier.”
Prince Andrew asked US District Judge Lewis Kaplan to make Giuffre answer questions about her residency under oath. He also requested that all future discovery pertaining to the current case be stopped until her residency can be determined.
“In light of the apparent lack of diversity jurisdiction, Prince Andrew respectfully requests that the Court order Ms. Giuffre to respond to targeted written discovery requests pertaining to her domicile and submit to a two-hour remote deposition limited to the issue of her domicile,” the court documents read.
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“Further, Prince Andrew requests that until the Court determines the threshold issue of whether it has subject matter jurisdiction over this dispute, all other discovery be stayed.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Giuffre alleges that she was forced against her will to have sex with Andrew nearly 20 years ago when she was only 17 years of age.
Giuffre also alleges Epstein ordered her to have sex with Andrew and that she was a victim of sex trafficking, which she claims the duke knew.
Although the trial could reportedly be as long as five years away, lawyers claim Andrew could be ordered to pay Giuffre as much as $19 million if he loses the lawsuit.