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Prince Andrew will no longer be referred to as His Royal Highness. Image via Twitter @Forbes

Royal mess? Date set for Prince Andrew’s sexual assault case hearing

A date has been set for a hearing where Prince Andrew’s lawyers will plead for dismissal of a sexual assault case brought against the royal by Virginia Giuffre.

prince Andrew sexual assault

Prince Andrew will no longer be referred to as His Royal Highness. Image via Twitter @Forbes

A New York judge on Thursday set a date of 4 January for a hearing in which lawyers for Britain’s Prince Andrew will plead for dismissal of a case of sexual assault brought by a US woman.

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PRINCE ANDREW AIMS TO DISMISS COMPLAINT

“The Court will hear argument on defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint on 4 January 2022, at 10 am (16:00)” wrote Judge Lewis Kaplan. 

The Duke of York, 61, has been under increasing pressure since August when Virginia Giuffre, 38, filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court accusing Queen Elizabeth’s second son of sexual assault when she was a minor over 20 years ago. 

Giuffre alleges that late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein lent her out for sex with his wealthy and powerful associates, including Andrew.

She says the prince assaulted her at Epstein’s home in New York, as well as on his private island in the US Virgin Islands.

PRINCE ANDREW DENIES CHARGES

Giuffre alleges that Andrew also sexually abused her at the London home of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.

Epstein died in a Manhattan jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges, in what New York’s coroner ruled was a suicide.

Andrew denies the charges and has called for the complaint to be dismissed, saying it was “without merit” and that Giuffre was seeking to profit financially from the case. 

A civil trial – if the prince’s request is rejected – should be held “between September and December next year,” Judge Kaplan said recently.

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