The wife of Prince Andrew could be called to testify in a s3x assault case against the Duke of York
In the s3x assault lawsuit against her husband, Prince Andrew, the Duchess of York could be called as a witness.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that Lawyer David Boies, who represents Virginia Roberts, the Duke of York’s accuser, has stated that he intends to talk with two British witnesses in front of a New York judge.
The decision, which comes after Ms. Roberts’ attorneys announced they would ask Prince Andrew to testify under oath, has fuelled speculation that the royal’s previous wife Sarah, Duchess of York, could be called to testify as well, according to The Telegraph. Another of Ms. Roberts’ lawyers, Sigrid McCawley, suggested that Andrew’s ex-wife might be called to give a deposition.
The Duke of York, 61, is the subject of a legal action brought by Ms. Roberts in August, alleging that she was forced to have s3x with him three times in 2001 when she was 17 on the orders of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew has always denied the allegations, and his legal team is working to have the US case dismissed.
Ms. Roberts says in her civil action that she was compelled to have s3x with Prince Andrew at Jeffrey Epstein’s residence in New York and on Little St James, his Caribbean private island. In March 2001, she claims she was ‘trafficked’ to London, where she was photographed next to Andrew in Maxwell’s residence.
Andrew has frequently refuted Miss Roberts’ description of events, insisting that he has “no recall” of meeting her.
Ms Roberts also claims she has been subjected to’significant mental and psychological pain and harm’ as a result of the alleged abuse, and she is seeking damages in the millions of pounds if her lawsuit is successful.
She alleged in her lawsuit that Andrew was aware that she was a victim of sex trafficking by Epstein and that he was also aware that she was a juvenile under US law. She was ‘compelled to engage in s3xual acts with Prince Andrew by express or implied threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and/or Prince Andrew, and feared death or physical injury to herself or another, as well as other repercussions for disobeying Epstein, Maxwell, and Prince Andrew due to their powerful connections, wealth, and authority,’ according to the lawsuit.
Ghislaine Maxwell is also on trial for procuring and trafficking young girls on behalf of Epstein. She is adamantly opposed to the charges.
A trial in the Prince Andrew s3xual assault civil lawsuit is scheduled to take place between September and December 2022, according to the judge.
During the short telephone hearing, New York Judge Lewis Kaplan said that “in another era, I would probably set a trial date today but you are aware of the difficulties of getting juries”, referring to precautions now being taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic.