US judge sets January hearing for Prince Andrew lawyers in Virginia Giuffre case

A US federal judge in New York on Thursday scheduled a 4 January hearing where lawyers for Britain’s Prince Andrew are expected to argue for a dismissal of Virginia Giuffre’s lawsuit accusing the Duke of York of sexually abusing her when she was under 18.

US district judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan issued the scheduling order one day after saying he expected Giuffre’s civil case to go to trial between September and December 2022, provided it is not settled or dismissed.

Giuffre, 38, sued Andrew for unspecified damages in August.

She accused Queen Elizabeth’s second son of forcing her to have sex, more than two decades ago at the London home of British socialite 吉斯莱恩麦克斯韦, and abusing her at two homes belonging to the late financier and sex offender 杰弗里爱泼斯坦.

安德鲁, 61, has denied Giuffre’s claims, and accused her of trying to profit from accusations against Epstein, whom Giuffre says also abused her, and people who knew him. The prince has not been charged with crimes.

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. A medical examiner called his death a suicide.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges relating to accusations that she helped recruit and groom underage girls for Epstein to abuse.

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