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Prince Andrew learns deadline to answer US court questions on sex abuse

19:24, 26 October 2021
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The third child of Queen Elizabeth II has to respond to the sexual assault allegations presented by Virginia Giuffre by July 2022.

A US court has ruled that Prince Andrew must present depositions on Virginia Giuffre’s sexual assault suit by mid-July.

District Judge Lewis Kaplan, NY, has demanded that the answers be given by July 14. In another ruling Kaplan scheduled a pre-trial order for 28 July. Representatives of both sides have agreed on the dates.

Apart from these orders, the judge has issued a ban on participation of any third parties in the case which will come into effect on December 15.

Virginia Giuffre, 38, claims that Prince Andrew sexually abused her at sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's mansion when she was 17. According to her accusations, the Duke of York forced her to have sex with him three times, adding that he was aware she was a victim of sex trafficking.

The second son of Queen Elizabeth II denies the allegations stating that he had never met Giuffre. In September, he accepted that he had been served in the case and started to prepare for the trial.

Prince Andrew has been forbidden to represent the Royal Family as the Buckingham Palace and precisely Prince Charles and Prince William presume that it will cause grave reputational damage to the British monarchy.