CAUSE Andrew was dealt a blow when lawyers for his accuser revealed two witnesses will be questioned as part of the case.
The Duke’s legal team is preparing to confront the lawyer for accuser Virginia Roberts, who alleges she was forced to have sex with Andrew when she was just 17 years old.
Now that two witnesses have been revealed, who will be called to testify or be interviewed as Virginia’s team tries to prove the claims against Andrew.
The first was Shukri Walker, who claims to have seen Prince Andrew at London’s Tramp nightclub with a young girl around the time Ms Giuffre alleges Andrew was abusing her.
The second witness was Robert Olney, Prince Andrew’s former and assistant.
It is believed he may have information about Andrew’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein – as his name appeared in a public edition of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Epstein employees Juan Patricio Alessi, Larry Visoski, Johanna Sjoberg and Steve Scully, and even Meghan Markle have previously been offered as potential witnesses.
And it was a further humiliation for the Duke, who saw military titles and royal patronage. take away from him.
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Virginia is seeking an unspecified amount of damages after being accused of human trafficking for Andrew by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.
However, the amount is said to have easily exceeded £14m if she wins.
The Duke is longtime friends with paedo couple Epstein and Maxwell – but denies knowing anything about their sick behaviour.
And the disgraced royal is likely to face questions about statements he has made about the case – such as during his car crash interview on BBC Newsnight in 2019. .
It could include being asked if he could break a sweat, or claiming that he was actually at Pizza Express the night he allegedly abused Virginia for the first time.
Andrew will likely face removal under oath, during which he can also answer questions about his marriage, genitals and sex life.
His accuser’s lawyers swore”nothing is off limits“.
Virginia claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew three times – once in London, once in New York and once on Epstein’s private island of Little St James.
The duke is facing legal action over the charges for the first time after Virginia was made public in 2011.
He vehemently denied all the allegations – and claimed he did not remember ever meeting the teenager at the time.
But despite his denials, Andrew appears to have been expelled from the Royal Family and left to fight his battles as a “private citizen”.
Andrew is often described as the Queen’s “most favorite son”.
His brother Prince Charles and his grandson Prince William – the next two kings of England – are said to have had give him one last shove.
It comes after an hour-long summit with themselves and the Queen, with Charles said to have made a final decision “protect” their mother.
Andrew’s case is finally coming to court after a judge made his last-ditch attempt to force a halt using a $500k settlement between Epstein and Virginia. .
Virginia claims she was trafficked by Epstein and that Maxwell was abused by Andrew after meeting him at a London nightclub in 2001.
It is alleged that she was taken back to Ghislaine’s house when she was forced to have sex with the royal family, who was 41 years old at the time.
They had also previously warned that she may be creating “false memories” with her claims.
Virginia claims she was drawn in by the Duke of York’s close friend Maxwell and lured into paedo Epstein’s sick sex pyramid scheme.
Her legal team argued that she was a “fearful, vulnerable child with no one there to protect” when Andrew accused her of abuse, saying “nobody, whether 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.
Virginia claims she feared for her life when she was allegedly forced to have sex with Andrew, who was allegedly aware of her age and status as a “sex trafficking victim”.
Court documents allege that Ms Giuffre was “loaned for sex purposes” by convicted sex offender Epstein while she was still a minor under US law.
The documents add that the alleged assault “caused, and continues to cause, substantial mental and psychological distress and harm to her”.
“Prince Andrew’s actions, described above, constituted an extreme and outrageous conduct that is shocking to the conscience,” the lawsuit states, as it describes the emotional suffering Ms Giuffre has endured. .
“The sexual abuse of a child by Prince Andrew who he knew was a victim of sex trafficking, and when he was approximately 40 years old, exceeded all possible limits and could not be tolerated in a civilized community,” it added.
In a popular Newsnight interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis in November 2019, Andrew denied claims he had slept with Ms Giuffre and said he had “no recollection” of ever meeting her.
He also said he no longer remembers the famous photo of himself with his arm around Virginia’s waist at Maxwell’s home, and has questioned whether the photo has been edited.
The aftermath of the interview saw the royal being criticized for showing a lack of empathy for Epstein’s victims and a lack of remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier.
Andrew has previously pledged to assist in any investigation into his former friend, but there has been a protracted war of words between his team and US prosecutors over the level of support he offers. provided them.
Epstein hanged himself in his cell in 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
And meanwhile Maxwell faces the possibility of jail time for the rest of her life after she is convicted for her role in the conspiracy.
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