Prince Andrew and accuser seek witnesses in sex abuse trial
Lawyers for Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre have filed their first requests for witnesses in her trial accusing the prince of sexually assaulting her when she was 17.
Newly released documents show the prince’s legal team is seeking testimony from her husband, Robert Giuffre, and his psychologist, Judith Lightfoot, in the civil case filed in the US.
Giuffre’s lawyers, meanwhile, are seeking testimony from the prince’s former aide and a woman who claims to have seen him in a London nightclub with her during the time in question.
The lawsuit passed a hurdle after a judge earlier this week denied Andrew’s request to dismiss it.
Giuffre sued Andrew, 61, in August, claiming she was coerced into having sex with him in 2001 by Epstein and his longtime girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre said she was sexually assaulted by Andrew at Maxwell’s home in London, Epstein’s mansion in New York and Epstein’s estate in the US Virgin Islands.
The prince strenuously denied Giuffre’s allegations, telling the BBC in 2019 that sex with Giuffre “did not take place” and that he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her.
Newly released documents show Andrew’s lawyers claim Giuffre ‘may be suffering from false memories’ and say she should be questioned about the ‘false memory theory’ as well as other issues discussed during her sessions with Giuffre and all the prescriptions she wrote for her.
Andrew’s lawyers want Robert Giuffre questioned about the circumstances in which the couple met around 2002 and their household finances. They want testimony from the two, who are both Australian residents, by April 29 or as soon as possible after that.
Giuffre’s attorneys, meanwhile, filed similar claims for Andrew’s side. They want testimony from his former assistant Robert Olney, whose name they say was listed in Epstein’s phone book under ‘Duke of York’, which they say indicates he was aware of Epstein’s trip. ‘Andrew in Epstein’s properties.
His lawyers are also seeking the testimony of Shukri Walker, who they say was quoted in reports about how she saw Andrew at London nightclub Tramp during the time in question with a young woman who may have been Giuffre.
The AP generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they choose to come forward publicly, as Giuffre has done.