CAUSE Andrew claims his rape accuser recruited girls for pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and “acquired false memories”.
The Duke of York – who has now lost his royal and military titles – is battling a sex abuse case filed as a “private citizen” by Virginia Roberts Giuffre.
She alleges she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times when she was 17 – a claim the 61-year-old has always strongly denied.
Andrew was seen looking pensive today with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson – for the first time since he was stripped of his royal title by the Queen’s mother.
But after a judge dropped Andrew’s civil case, his lawyers accused Ms Giuffre of helping to recruit underage girls for disgraced financier Epstein. , documents filed with the New York court show.
Andrew alleges Ms Giuffre’s statements were “an attempt to dissuade her from participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking scheme, including the recruitment of young women (including at least one 14-year-old girl) age) became a sexual partner for Epstein.
And his lawyers want to question Ms. Giuffre’s husband and the psychologist as witnesses in his defense.
They asked to speak to Dr Judith Lightfoot about Ms Giuffre’s claims to have suffered “severe mental distress and trauma” as a result of her alleged ordeal.
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Court documents show his lawyers also wanted to examine Dr Lightfoot’s medical notes from her sessions with Ms Giuffre, now 38.
His legal team said that Andrew “considered that (Miss Giuffre) may have suffered from false memory, as evidenced by her statements about her time with Epstein and the circumstances under which (Andrew) the defendant The forced assault on her has continued to change over the years”.
The duke’s lawyers also want to question her sworn husband Robert Giuffre about her “childhood traumas and abuses” and any communications they have regarding this civil case that she has was against him.
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It comes after the Queen made the decision to strip Andrew of his HRH title on Wednesday after meeting with Charles and the Duke of Cambridge.
The decision on the bomb was made after New York judge Lewis Kaplan ruled Andrew face a civil trial about his alleged sexual abuse of Ms. Giuffre.
Andrew will now face his trial as an “ordinary citizen.”
His Majesty’s third child is also prohibited from using ‘His Royal Highness’ in any official capacity, and his rank was revoked in a sensational decision.
Prince William was said to have been a key figure in the judgment that stripped Andrew of his titles – and helped his grandmother realize his position as “the grave of death”.
Both he and Charles are said to have completely agreed that Andrew had to go – and did “completely angry” after he “crossed the red line”, The Sun exclusively reported.
Prince Andrew, who looked gray as he was driven to see his mother, is said to have been stunned by the action.
An insider said decided to reduce royal – often referred to as “her favorite son” – for a “private citizen” is one of the most difficult of 70 years on the Queen’s throne.
It follows conversations within the family about the growing problem of the “Andrew problem”.
Andrew is seeking an out-of-court settlement for Ms Giuffre. It could be up to £10 million – the amount he will get from the sale of his house in Verbier, Switzerland.
Virginia claims she was seduced by the Duke of York’s close friend Ghislaine Maxwell and lured into paedo Epstein’s sick sex pyramid scheme.
She alleges she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times – in London, New York and on Epstein’s Little St James island.
Her legal team argued that she was a “fearful, vulnerable child with no one there to protect” when she was accused of abuse by Andrew, saying “nobody, not even the President or Prince, above the law”.
Andrew was named as the sole defendant in the lawsuit, which was brought under the New York State Child Victims Act, but Epstein and Maxwell are mentioned frequently throughout.
She is seeking unspecified damages and punitive damages over the charges.
But Andrew has always vehemently denied all allegations.
Meanwhile, my old friend Maxwell will be sentenced in June after being found guilty of sexually trafficking underage girls to Epstein.
Social media site Shamed Brit Maxwell, 60, is now facing spending the rest of her life in prison after being arrested was convicted of five of six counts of sex trafficking for Epstein’s vile pedophile ring.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8212050/andrew-claim-virginia-recruited-girls-epstein/ Prince Andrew will ask Virginia rape accuser to ‘recruit girls for Epstein’ & ‘suffer from false memories’