(NewsReady.com) – Over the last few years, Prince Andrew faced many questions about his close friendship with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. One of the alleged victims of the dead American sex offender claimed Queen Elizabeth’s son assaulted her when she was a teenager. She filed a civil suit against him, but the royal is trying to get the case tossed out on a technicality.
In 2019, during his only public interview about the subject, Andrew denied having any sexual contact with Virginia Roberts Giuffre when she was 17 years old. He told BBC’s Emily Maitlis that he never met the woman. When the reporter pressed, he responded, “It didn’t happen.” Two years later, the royal’s lawyers still maintain it didn’t take place, and are trying to use the alleged victim’s age to get it tossed.
Andrew’s attorneys said Giuffre would have been above the age of consent when the alleged assault occurred.
The queen’s son is arguing that Giuffre’s case is compromised because she was 17 and over the age of consent in New York when the alleged sexual activity took place https://t.co/D3QruMHJJB
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 14, 2021
Giuffre’s civil suit relies on the New York Child Victims Act [CVA], which classifies the age of consent as 18. That contradicts NY law stating the age of consent is 17. Andrew’s lawyers claim that while she was a child under CVA when the alleged offense took place, she wasn’t under state consent laws.
If the judge agrees, the lawsuit will be thrown out and Andrew will never have to prove he never had sexual relations with a minor. It would allow him to walk away without ever arguing anything of substance.
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